Stanford Steve and The Bear: Week 12 college football picks, bets and nuggets

Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins look to get back on track against the rival Trojans. Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA TODAY Sports

"Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris "The Bear" Fallica preview Week 12 of the 2022 college football season as only they can, offering their top bets, nuggets and totals worth wagering on.

Odds and lines are from Caesars Sportsbook unless otherwise noted.

The Bear (Last week: 1-2. Season: 37-18-1)
Stanford Steve (Last week: 1-2. Season: 23-20-1)

The plays

No. 7 USC Trojans (-2.5, 76) at No. 16 UCLA Bruins

The Bear: UCLA gave up a few too many big plays and just might have gotten caught looking ahead last week vs. Arizona, which also played USC tough earlier this year. There's no better way to bounce back off an upset loss than a game against your rival, one which has garnered all the attention and spotlight over the past 11 months even as the Bruins hung 62 on the Trojans last year. No Travis Dye could wind up being a huge deal for SC in this game. This game has flown over totals in the mid-60s the past three years and that number has rightly been adjusted. But I believe UCLA bounces back and gets the win.