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It?s time for another edition of Pick Six, folks. Last week?s results, which included our guest handicapper Trey from I'm a Realist, as well as AW and PB?s season?s totals are:

Pick Six Results
Handicapper Week 2
Straight Up
Week 2
Against Spread
Straight Up
Against Spread
PB 5-1 3-2-1 10-2 7-4-1
AW 5-1 2-3-1 10-2 5-6-1
Real 5-1 2-3-1 -- --

Remember, as we?ll do every week through the end of the season, the winner of the BON ESPN Pick ?Em Challenge for the previous week will get to join us for the front page Pick Six against the spread. Weekly winners also receive a t-shirt. Season winner gets a yet to be determined prize. It?ll be something fun.

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4) Make your picks

Last week, we had a fitting tie at the top of the weekly picks. Site author Andrew Wiggins racked up 54 points, good for a tie with regular reader, ?the other Andrew.? It?s a good week to be an Andrew at this site.

Without further adieu, this week?s picks.

Texas Tech +1 at Texas A&M

PB: This is my Must See game of the weekend. Two completely insane, and insanely insecure, fan bases go head to head for the battle to be the third best team in the Big 12 south. This is a tough game to call for a lot of reasons, but I?m leaning toward Tech for one simple reason: in games they?ve been able to run the ball well, they?ve been successful. The Aggies can be run on. I?ll take Tech, barely, 30-27.

AW: The Aggies come into this one as one of only two undefeated Big 12 teams. But like most Big 12 teams, the Red Raiders have owned A&M in recent years, winning three of the last four. The awful Aggie secondary has yet to be really tested this season. They did give up 229 yards to Louisiana Tech last weekend. Tech?s offense clicks once again. Tech 38-24.

TOA: This is, without a doubt, my favorite non-Longhorn game of the year. The series reached a boiling point a few years ago when the Tech fans tore down the goalposts and Sarge McKinney beat up a fellow Aggie. Good times were had by all. Unfortunately, the game is too early in the season for Tech to pull off the ?upset.? Twirling Binoculars 24 ? Tortillas 17

Michigan -10 at Minnesota

PB: The Gopher offense isn?t half bad. The problem is on defense, where they?re being absolutely shred. Michigan?s going to score, and Minnesota?s about to face one mean defense. No letting up for Michigan this week, 28-10.

AW: At first glance, ten points looks like too many, but Michigan is positively rolling. Chad Henne and Mario Manningham have been among the most lethal duos in college football this season. I can?t wait to see Mario?s speed inside on turf. It?s the other side of the ball that presents the more interesting matchup. Minnesota is 9th in rushing offense while Michigan is 1st in the nation in rushing defense. Michigan?s D shows up big on the road. Wolverines 24-13.

TOA: I know absolutely nothing about Minnesota. Honestly. Now that Laurence Maroney no longer plays for them, the Gophers have become irrelevant. Or rather, more irrelevant. Henne and Hart put on a roadshow, 35 -15.

Kansas +21 at Nebraska

PB: Goodness that?s a high spread for a game in which the underdog beat the favorite by 25 points last season. The Jayhawks are a truly bad road team, but are they three touchdown dog bad? Something tells me no. I?ll take the Jayhawks to cover, but lose 34-14.

AW: Both teams come in with equal 3-1 marks. Both teams lost their only true test of the season, though. The Manginos stomped the Huskers last season in Lawrence. Revenge will be painful. Even with the mediocre performance against USC, the Huskers are still 2nd in the nation in scoring offense. I?ll still take the points though. Big Red 38-20.

TOA: ?You know what this is about don?t you? The BCS. Yeah, dollar signs.? I?m sorry, but I can?t think about Kansas without thinking about Mangino at the press conference after our 2004 game. Zac Taylor further clogs Mangino?s arteries, Neb 42 ? Kansas 7

Ohio State -7 at Iowa

PB: Another tough game to call, and while this was my preseason upset pick? I?m backtracking. I like Ohio State to win. Can they cover? Maybe not, but they do beat Iowa 17-13.

AW: This will be a battle between two very good senior quarterbacks. We all know what Troy Smith can do. But Drew Tate leads a very balanced offensive attack as well. This one is in prime time and will be even more hyped than the Iowa caucus. If Iowa wants to be taken seriously, this is their chance. I want to pick the upset but won?t. OSU survives 23-20.

TOA: Potential trap game? No, sorry. Iowa had a rough first half against Iowa State. Teddy Ginn is so fast that in between touchdowns, he repaints the locker room to a more manly color, teal. Couch Burners 28 ? Iowa 17

Georgia Tech +9 at Virginia Tech

PB: This game may not be any fun to watch. I can see a lot of unsuccessful runs and incomplete passes headed our way. I?ll wince and take Virginia Tech 13-6. No cover.

AW: It?s hard to know where Frank Beamer?s club is right now. They haven?t played anyone but were tested and even trailed last weekend to Cincinnati. Reggie Ball and Calvin Johnson put the hurt on Virginia last week. But that one, along with their previous three contests, was at home. Blacksburg is a ?tough- place for your first road test of the season. The Hokies find a way through this landmine barely. Va Tech 24-21.

TOA: Virginia Tech will inevitably lose some game that they shouldn?t. This isn?t it. It?ll probably be Wake Forest or somesuch. They win; however, I don?t think they?ll cover. Va Tech ? 24 ? The Fighting Jim Persons ? 17.

Purdue +14 at Notre Dame

PB: The Boilermaker secondary is ripe to be exploited, though the offense isn?t half-bad. Laying 14 points with Notre Dame just doesn?t seem like a good idea to me. I think Purdue can make a game of this. Irish win, barely, 31-28.

AW: Are the Fighting Irish in the Big 10? News alert: ND is just not that good. Georgia Tech should have beaten them in the first week, Michigan destroyed them, and if John L Smith wasn?t the coach at Michigan State, the Irish would have lost last weekend as well. The Boilermakers have been piling up the yards and the points. They are 10th in total offense and 5th in scoring offense. The ND defense is still terrible: 80th in total defense. Upset alert. Purdue 32-30

TOA: Charlie Weis is a genius. ESPN says so. He can do an advanced sudoku during his morning dump. And he?s not even awake for that. Here?s how the NBC script will go for this game: Purdue jumps out to an early 14-3 lead off of some untimely turnovers. NBC shows some shows of Touchdown Jesus and some elderly Midwestern couples. Just before halftime, they show Charlie Weis with a dry erase board, meticulously drawing up a play that just... might... work. Hallelujah, Notre Dame goes into halftime with a 17-14 lead and they don?t look back. Notre Dame 38 ? Purdue 10 (NBC adjusts the score to reflect Weis?s genius)