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Pick Six!

It?s time for another week of Pick Six. This week?s guest handicapper, as always, is the BON ESPN Pick ?Em winner from last week. Congratulations are in order for Lonnie Baker for some terrific picks last week. With about 30 people correctly picking all ten games, Lonnie had to nail his tiebreaker score, which he did.

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As always, our updated weekly standings for the Pick Six:

Week Six Pick Six Results
Handicapper Week 6
Straight Up
Week 6
Against Spread
Straight Up
Against Spread
PB 5-1 3-2-1 27-9 21-13-2
AW 6-0 4-1-1 20-10 16-18-2
AR 5-1 3-2-1 12-6 9-8-1
Clemson -4.5 at Virginia Tech

PB: Ah, the textbook collision of immovable forces. Something's gotta give: Clemson's disgusting 6.9 yards per rush or Virginia Tech's 2.1 yards per rush allowed. My tiebreaker is Virginia Tech's middling offense, which I suspect will struggle to sustain drives - two quarterbacks or one - against the physical Clemson front seven. Tigers win and cover, 30-13.

AW: Clemson?s James Davis and CJ Spiller make up the tailback combo that Texas? fans wished we were seeing. Blacksburg is a tough place to play at night but it won?t matter if the Hokies can?t stop the run. Frank Beamer will also be experimenting with a two QB rotation. Not a good idea against the Clemson front line. Tigers 27-14

AR: Virginia Tech is overrated. Clemson is not. Clemson wins big 42-14

LB: Even with James Davis iffy for their game, I still think that Clemson and CJ Spiller will be able to beat the Hokies and move closer to claiming the ACC title. Daddy Bowden may be in trouble, but Tommy steps up for the Bowden clan and Clemson wins 28-17.

Florida -14 vs Georgia (Jacksonville)

PB: This looks like big, big trouble for Georgia. The Gators enjoy a better defense and a significantly better offense. Fourteen points is normally a scary proposition. Not in this one. I'm going with a Gator blowout, 37-10.

AW: The Gators have had two weeks to prepare, while Georgia ended their two game skid last weekend. Questions remain at quarterback for the Bulldogs though. Look for freshman Matt Stafford to struggle against the dominating Florida defense. Leak and Tebow will do enough to win but I don?t like giving away two tds in a rivalry game. Gators 24-13

AR: Florida?s going to win, but this spread looks too big for an SEC rivalry game. Georgia fights hard, but if they can?t beat Florida when they?re undefeated, how can they beat them when they?re down? Florida 24 ? Georgia 14

LB: A few weeks ago, Georgia had a good defense and a bad offense. Now they?re playing bad on both sides of the line. A team that barely beat Mississippi State doesn?t stand a chance unless Chris Leak gets rattled early and often. That won?t happen enough as the Gators coast 28-7.

Oklahoma +2 at Missouri

PB: As OU's offense tries to adjust to post-A.D. life, the defense has gotten itself together at the right time. After a solid effort against Texas, the Sooner defense has come together to put away Iowa State and Colorado. Do they have one last heroic effort in them? I think a trip to Columbia, against the Big 12's second best offense, is too much to put on the shoulders of the defense. Tigers win at home, 21-14.

AW: Missouri may be overrated but without Peterson OU is way overrated. How are the Sooners going to move the ball? Chase Daniel shouldn?t have trouble picking apart the OU secondary. Missouri rolls 32-14

AR: Missouri has the stronger running game coming in. Allen Patrick, Peterson?s replacement, couldn?t get to 3 yards per carry against Colorado! Missouri wins, setting up a showdown with Nebraska for the Cotton Bowl. Missouri 30 ? Oklahoma 25

LB: This is for bragging rights for third place in the Big 12. Wow, who would have ever thought that before Bomar and Peterson became non-factors? I just don?t think that Mizzou is ready for the bright lights, as OU?s defense will do their part by slowing down Chase Daniel, and Malcolm Kelly has a big game to lead OU to a 28-24 win.

Nebraska -5.5 at Oklahoma State

PB: Both squads left a lot on the field in trying to unseat Texas and Texas A&M last Saturday. With Bobby Reid possibly on the sidelines for this one, I'll take the Huskers to get focused on earning a rematch with Texas in KC. Nebraska solidly, 31-23.

AW: Both teams missed major opportunities last weekend. OSU quarterback Bobby Reid was knocked out of the A&M game. If he plays and plays well, this one could be close. The Husker secondary can be attacked. Look for lots of yards and lots of points. Big Red 30-24

AR: If Bobby Reid doesn?t play, it?s not close, but Gundy says he?ll play, so I?ll say it gets close, but Nebraska?s defense and crazy complex shape-shifting offense rebounds from the Texas loss to win it. Nebraska 27 ? Oklahoma State 24

LB: Husker Nation better watch out, because Okie State brings their A-game when its time for Halloween. It won?t be enough though, as the Huskers? four-headed monster at running back rolls all over the Cowboys. Nebraska refocuses and wins 35-20

USC -12 at Oregon State

PB: The Beavers have quietly started to get on an impressive defensive roll. Playing in Corvallis, it looks like USC's got another tough road test on its hands. Can the Beavers do what no Pac 10 team has done since 2003 and beat USC? I doubt it, but I think they can beat that spread. Trojans escape OSU, 27-24.

AW: USC is one of the few teams I have made money off this year by picking against them. The Trojans haven?t covered in their last four contests. However, they did have a week off to prepare for this one. The Beavers return home after two straight conference road games. John David Booty and the USC offense look better but I still am taking the points. USC 24-20

AR: So it?s a Pac-10 road game, and USC has beaten their last 3 Pac-10 opponents by 6, 6, and 7, so I?ll hedge, but I?ll say the Trojans gut through yet another tough game. The Better Team 28 ? Beavers 19

LB: USC will lose sometime this year, right? It won?t happen against the Beavers. SC is fresh off a bye and you know what they say about giving Pete Carroll extra time. Coach Carroll has his guys focused for the stretch run as the Trojans make a BCS statement and whip Oregon Sate 42-10.

Texas -12 at Texas Tech

PB: Does Tech have any chance of upsetting Texas? Tech was the last team to give Texas a road defeat - back in 2002 - but those were different teams. This Longhorn defense shouldn't let Harrell go wild. Texas, meanwhile, has a perfect opponent to try to get the running game in high gear. Longhorns win again on the road, 38-17.

AW: I am nowhere near as scared of this one as I was before the season started. Tech?s offense isn?t clicking like in year?s past. Even with our secondary issues, we should be able to control the aerial attack. Our D line is our strongest unit. So, running won?t be an option either. Texas rushes 35 times and wears out the Red Raiders. Horns 32-19

AR: TBS curse? Not against Texas Tech. The one and only time we?ve played Tech on TBS, we thrashed them in Lubbock. Look for more of the same, especially if our running game get?s on track against a horrible Tech run defense. Texas 45 ? Tech 14

LB: There?s lots of reasons to be nervous about this game. It?s Tech, it?s on TBS with their crazy announcers, and it?s near Halloween. As noted by AR, Coach Brown gets his guys focused coming off of a close win. Tech will get its yards, but their will be a time when Coach Leach gambles and it doesn?t pay off and then Colt and the rb?s will take over and keep on marching towards an epic battle with A&M. Texas shows Tech what a complete team looks like and wins 42-20.