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PB: The Deacs chances Saturday pretty much come down to their ability to keep Florida State's running game in control. I'm expecting a low-scoring game here, which means I'm taking the points. But I think the Seminoles get the win; FSU 16-10.
AW: FSU is 1-3 in home conference games this year. Wake might be the better team and I get points. Jeff Bowden is still the offensive coordinator, right? The magical ride for the Demon Deacons continues. Wake 25-21.
AR: Xavier Lee has been much better than Drew Weatherford, and the Seminoles definitely have the talent advantage, but the Deacons are hot and playing up to everybody. I think Wake can pull this out in Doak Campbell Stadium, but I think they'll fall just short. Seminoles 28 - Demon Deacons 27
Nebraska -1 at Texas A&M
PB: Does Coach Fran's job depend on winning one of his last two games? It might. Given some of the turmoil in the A&M locker room, one wonders whether the wheels might be starting to come off. The Ags have been pretty good at home, but they won't be good enough to beat a Husker team that's finding itself. Nebraska 31-20.
AW: All Big 12 games not involving Texas are basically coin flips. Coach Fran calls it wrong again. Huskers 27-24
AR: We all saw last Saturday how Stephen McGee was shut down by a good pass defense, but Nebraska's D is not on a par with Oklahoma's. Nebraska hasn't beaten a Big XII South opponent and A&M hasn't lost to a Big XII North opponent this year. I'll take the South over the North, A&M 31 - Nebraska 27
PB: This is a statement game for Arkansas. Unfairly sitting behind Auburn in the polls, the Razorbacks get a chance to pick up another big time win. With Ainge out, I think it's a lock. The Volunteer run defense isn't enough to slow down Arkansas. Razorbacks 30-17.
AW: Darren McFadden is the real deal. Meanwhile, Tennessee is self destructing with an injured quarterback and players getting arrested after last week's loss. The Razorbacks are still playing for a SEC West title. They won't let that opportunity slip away at home. Hogs 25-14.
AR: Tennessee's working without any of its top 3 running backs, at least for the first half, and its starting quarterback. Arkansas just switched quarterbacks, but, with the two world-beating running backs, Malzahn's crazy spread action, and Marcus Monk, I'd bet Drew Bledsoe could succeed in this offense. I'll take Arkansas to go a win over Mississippi State away from the SEC title game. Arkansas 28 - Tennessee 21
Texas Tech +9 at Oklahoma
PB: This is a big game for the Big 12, and even for Texas. The Sooners are on a nice four-game winning streak during which they're running the ball more than they did when AD was still playing. In Norman, Tech's going to have trouble winning this one, though Graham Harrell's really coming on strong. Not strong enough, though, to win this one. OU 27-24.
AW: It's payback time in Norman. The Red Raiders stole one in Lubbock last year. Not this year. Allen Patrick continues his best AP impersonation. I'll take the points though. Sooners 27-21.
AR: I'm now sold on the post-Peterson Sooners. The Raiders have definitely recovered from their Missouri-Colorado slump, but I'll bet they fall just short of toppling the Sooners. Bob Stoops loves messing with young quarterbacks, and just because he couldn't get to Colt doesn't mean he'll stop trying. Sooners 34 - Raiders 31
PB: The Ducks are a different team in Eugene than elsewhere. On the road, they won't stop the Trojan offense enough, and I'm expecting some critical turnovers. USC covers at home, 34-21.
AW: The Trojans will drop another Pac 10 game but it won't be this week. The USC defense comes up big in this one. USC 24-14.
AR: An interesting one, USC playing their first real team since their loss to Oregon State. Can the state of Oregon sweep USC? I'll say no, but I wouldn't be too surprised if I were kicking myself on Sunday for not going out on that limb. USC 35 - Oregon 28
Texas -17 at Kansas State
PB: The door is open for Texas now, but their BCS Title Game chances hinge on running their opponents out of the stadium. This young Kansas State team stands little chance of knocking off Texas, even at home, and it looks like Texas can sniff the prize in front of them. The Horns lock up a trip to Kansas City, 37-13.
AW: Louisville going down means the rest of the season is all about style. The Horns won't let this opportunity to impress on national TV pass them by. The defense shows up for the second week in a row and shuts down their freshman quarterback. Meanwhile, our freshman QB continues to look like a veteran. Horns 37-13.
AR: Texas definitely has the firepower to break 50 on this mediocre K State defense, and K State has the freshman quarterback and overall offensive inexperience to crumble before Gene Chizik and his agents of doom, the Texas D. With the pressure of trying to compare our win to Louisville's off and with TBS having thrown in the towel for the season it looks like smooth sailing in this game. Texas 56 - K State 7