Bama beats Auburn; Florida survives Florida State; OU handles Oklahoma State
I had a shaky week, going three under .500 against the line, which put me at 11 over for the season. The recap of last week's picks: the good -- picking Oregon State to beat Arizona; the bad -- picking Maryland to beat FSU; and the ugly -- picking Nevada to upset Boise State. Here are this week's guesses:
Thursday, Nov. 27
Texas 59, Texas A&M 17: Style points or not, the Horns won't be shy to crank up their offense against a very suspect defense. A&M not only has surrendered 107 points in its last two games, but the Aggies also have allowed 132 points in three Big 12 road games -- and two of those were against the other two worst teams in the league (Iowa State and Baylor).
Friday, Nov. 28
Pitt 28, WVU 24: The Mountaineers have revenge on their minds from last year's crushing upset at home. Pat White and the WVU speedsters have been hot of late, but expect the Panthers and LB Scott McKillop to slow them down enough to get the W. Ole Miss 34, Mississippi State 14: Jevan Snead continues to make big strides and his underrated crew of receivers will hit some big plays against a MSU defense that is nowhere near as tough as it was last season. Meanwhile, the Rebels' D-line will dominate an undermanned State offense.
Sat., Nov. 29
Georgia Tech 24, UGA 21: The Jackets' triple-option is really sizzling after rolling over Miami. UGA's defense will not make the number of mistakes a green Miami team did. Still, I like Tech's vaunted D-line to give the patchwork Georgia front too many problems. Cincy 35, Syracuse 14: Simply put, the Bearcats are a much more physical and tougher team than Notre Dame, which Syracuse beat on the road last week. The Bearcats also have more talented D-linemen to rattle Cam Dantley and knock the Cuse back to reality. Mizzou 52, Kansas 20: The wheels have popped off Mark Mangino's wagon over the last month as KU has dropped four of its last five. In those losses, Kansas has allowed 47 ppg. The Tigers, who have drifted off the national radar over the same stretch while beating up on the Big 12's weaker teams, are too multi-faceted and too fast for KU to keep up with.