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The Big E Picks marches on during Notre Dame's bye week. Ohio State invades East Lansing, and more.
The march back to .500 and above begins this weekend. I'm coming after Savannah_Domer and the vast majority of everyone else who is ahead of me in the overall standings.
It's Fighting Irish bye week so there's plenty of time to sit back and watch some football.
Let's get to this week's picks.
AP rankings used where appropriate.
No. 25 Baylor (+11.5) at No. 9 West Virginia
12:00 PM ET
Pick: West Virginia
Baylor's offense has shown little signs of slowing down in the post-RG3 era and they do have a couple elite NFL prospects running all over the place for Art Broyles. But their defense has been so bad and the Bears have yet to play against a big-boy defense this season.
I'm riding with my boy Geno Smith in this one, even though the threat of a backdoor cover by Baylor is strong. Sound fundamentals or not, I can't believe the Bears are going to go on the road in Morgantown and hang with the 'Neers.
No. 14 Ohio State (+2.5) at No. 20 Michigan State
3:30 PM ET
Pick: Ohio State
Not much hesitation on my part with this pick. Michigan State's offense has looked stinky this season and the Buckeyes will follow the same gameplan the Irish used against the Spartans. On the other side, Ohio State has Braxton Miller. Advantage Urban Meyer.
I guess we'd like to see State to win this one so our win over them looks better but I've had the feeling since the preseason that Ohio State is going to run through the B1G and then sit out the postseason. It's just too much of a B1G headline not to happen, and that means Sparty loses 2 out of their last 3 home games after not losing in East Lansing for a long time.
Tennessee (+13.5) at No. 5 Georgia
3:30 PM ET
I've been pretty conservative this season with my picks and last week I would have picked Tennessee here. I typically shy away from 2 score spreads in the SEC unless one of the teams playing is Vanderbilt, Kentucky, or Ole Miss.
However, after looking strong to start the season the Vols have taken a step back. Georgia has looked like a legit national title contender and they should take care of business at home between the hedges.
No. 12 Texas (-1.5) at Oklahoma State
7:50 PM ET
Hmm, it seems Oklahoma State is still getting a lot of respect here. I didn't even bother to check if true freshman QB Wes Lunt is playing---that's what happens when you get behind in the leaderboard...it's time to wing it---and it probably doesn't matter because he's a true freshman going up against a Longhorn defense, and the other guy isn't any better.
Hook 'em all the way. I'll take Texas with a road win in Stillwater.
Wisconsin (+11.5) at No. 22 Nebraska
8:00 PM ET
It's crazy to think that the spread is this high, but it hasn't been a bad half or a bad game for Wisconsin this season. It's been 4 games of really poor play. After watching them last week I can't help but think they are anything more than average this season.
The Huskers have been a pretty good team at home the past couple years and the offense has been efficient in 2012. The passion will be out in full force after the announcement of Tom Osborne's retirement.
No. 19 Louisville (-10.5) at Southern Miss
8:00 PM ET
Southern Miss is 0-3 this season in the post Larry Fedora-era. Louisville has a tremendous QB in Teddy Bridgewater and they are completely being undervalued here.
Charlie Strong is definitely one of those coaches doing great things out there. I like him and the Cards to roll big time on the road.
Ole Miss (+29.5) at No. 1 Alabama
9:15 PM ET
The spread is too low. That's all I got to say about that.
No. 18 Oregon State (+2.5) at Arizona
10:00 PM ET
Pick: Oregon State
Fresh off a shut out in Eugene and now the Wildcats come home and are favored against a ranked opponent? Does that make sense to anyone?
Sure, the Beavers might not be as good as their ranking suggests but they've proven enough not to be dogs here. I'll take the points and bet Arizona can't cover at home.
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