Tuck: The Okefenokee Oar
Florida -7 vs. Georgia
The Gators will clinch the SEC East title with a win, whereas the Bulldogs will control their own destiny with a win, only needing to beat Ole Miss and Auburn to wrap up the East crown. I picked Florida to win the SEC East before the season and won’t back off now, but Georgia has something LSU and South Carolina didn’t; a competent quarterback. Aaron Murray can really throw it around and has weapons to challenge the Gators defense. “Gurshall” hasn’t been churning out yards on the ground like the freshman backs were early in the season though, so I worry about Georgia getting to one-deminsional. Florida should be able to move the ball, and if they continue to force turnovers then they’ll win another against their rivals.
Cincinnati +3.5 @ Louisville
The Bearcats have won four straight games against the Cardinals. Cincy was upset by Toledo last week while Louisville barely avoided the same fate at home against USF. This just feels like Teddy Bridgewater with a late drive to get a John Wallace game-winning field goal.
Tennessee +13.5 @ South Carolina
The Gamecocks must feel drained after back-2-back trips to Death Valley and the Swamp. Closer than the experts think.
South Carolina 24-17
NC State +7.5 @ North Carolina
Spread seems a little high to me, especially with the Heels having dropped 5 straight to the Wolfpack, and were shutout last season. I did pick the Heels to win the Coastal (even though they are ineligible for the title game) so I will predict Giovani Benard to run them to a close win.
North Carolina 28-27
Duke +27 @ FSU
Duke is bowl eligible and lead the Coastal. Problem is they play FSU and Clemson the next two weeks. Duke is 0-16 all-time against FSU with no game closer than 19 points.
Texas Tech +7.5 @ Kansas State
The Red Raiders had beaten the Wildcats 5 straight until last years thrilling 41-34 come-from-behind win by K-State. The Wildcats have smothered two of the best offenses in the country, both on the road, in Oklahoma and West Virginia. They should be able to control Seth Doege, who has three 6-TD games this season.
Kansas State 34-28
Michigan State +6 @ Wisconsin
Badgers getting better as Sparty seems to be getting worse this season. Hide the women and children, this could be ugly. Not the score, the game itself.
USC -6 @ Arizona
The Trojans have won 5 straight in Tuscon by an average of 16ppg. I’d expect some fireworks in the desert.
Ohio State +1 @ Penn State
Is Braxton Miller okay? They say he is. I am going with the Buckeyes in a squeaker.
Ohio State 20-18
Michigan +2 @ Nebraska
These two teams played once ever in Lincoln. In 1911 they played to a 6-6 tie. This is a huge game to decide the Legends division featuring two of the best running quarterbacks in America. Denard Robinson hasn’t been the same guy on the road though, and Nebraska is averaging a very un-B1G-like 512 yards and 42 points per game.
Mississippi State +24 @ Alabama
The Tide haven’t been truly tested this year, and I am not so sure they will be on Saturday night. The Bulldogs aren’t bad, but they have faced an even less-daunting schedule than Bama. There is this though; the Tide haven’t covered in a home game yet.
Notre Dame +10 @ Oklahoma
The Irish defense gets and deserves the headlines, but the Sooners have been banging heads all year long, shutting down Texas Tech, K-State, and Texas this year. There is also this, OU doesn’t lose at home often, and Notre Dame has played ONE, yes just ONE, road game this season. Young Everett Golson going to win in Norman? I don’t think so.
TCU +7 @ Oklahoma State
The Cowboys lost QB JW Walsh for the season last week, so back into the lineup goes Wes Lunt, a freshman. TCU is playing freshman Trevone Boykin, who has played great the last couple of weeks, in a win and a shootout loss. If the Frogs can slow RB Joseph Randle, and I think they will, then they’ll steal one on the road.
STRAIGHT UP: 56-22/11-2
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 43-34-1/8-5
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