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The Big E College Football Picks: Week 11

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Cougars in Madison, Tech in Coral Gables, LSU it Tuscaloosa, and more.

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The season is almost over but I'm still grindin'.


Last week our own alstein took home the cake with an impressive 17-6 record. Still, no one is making a run at our overall leader tjv who sits at 137-94 for the season.

Now for this week's games...

Air Force (+3) at New Mexico

Pick: New Mexico

If there are two things Bob Davie can do and do well it's defend home field and defend the option.

Penn State (+1.5) at Minnesota

Pick: Penn State

If Minnesota wins this game they'll likely finish 8-4 (with Michigan State and Wisconsin left to play) and I just don't see that happening. The Gophers have played well but is this really the best team there in a decade? They have to be due for a loss.

Vanderbilt (+10) at Florida

Pick: Vanderbilt

Super fishy line right here. Things have been absolutely falling apart in Gainesville and yet they are laying 10 points against another SEC team with a pulse?

Auburn (-7.5) at Tennessee

Pick: Tennessee

The Vols have been quite frisky at home (4-1 this season) and this smells like a big let down spot for the Tigers.

Kansas State (+2.5) at Texas Tech

Pick: Texas Tech

K-State looks like a team that's going to quietly cover a game like this but I like what I've seen from Tech this year. I'd be surprised if they didn't win this by a touchdown or more at home.

Western Kentucky (-6) at Army

Pick: Western Kentucky

Army lost last week to Air Force and we know how bad the Falcons are. WKU rolls at West Point.

Virginia (+13.5) at North Carolina

Pick: Virginia

All of a sudden Virginia loses 6 straight games and then you get a line like this. UNC appears to have turned their season a little bit with wins over Boston College and NC State, but I'll take the points with Bryn Renner injured.

Illinois (+9) at Indiana

Pick: Indiana

I finally got a chance to watch Illinois extensively last week against Penn State. They don't have much going for them and the Hoosiers can score some points.

Nebraska (+7) at Michigan

Pick: Michigan

Nebraska's defense is poor, they are without Taylor Martinez at quarterback, and Michigan is always a different team at home. I expect a pissed off Wolverine club and an easy victory.

BYU (+7.5) at Wisconsin

Pick: BYU

The Cougars have pushed their offense into over-drive this season averaging almost 90 plays per game. That's almost 10 more than Oregon is averaging by the way. I'm always skeptical about Wisconsin playing quality opponents out of conference so I'm picking BYU and the points.

Boston College (-24) at New Mexico State

Pick: Boston College

How'd the Eagles end up scheduling this beauty of a road game?

Miss State (+19.5) at Texas A&M

Pick: Texas A&M

This might be the last home game for Johnny Football in College Station. I'm assuming they'll miss the production of 81 touchdowns in 22 career games. Oh, the tears will flow this weekend!

Nevada (+9) at Colorado State

Pick: Colorado State

Jim McElwain is DGT up there in wherever Colorado State is located. Nevada isn't the same program since Ault left. Hiring Brian Polian was a really bad idea.

Hawaii (+17) at Navy

Pick: Navy

Something right around 40-20 sounds about right. This is a long, long road trip for Hawaii.

Arizona State (-6.5) at Utah

Pick: Arizona State

Utah isn't going to stop Arizona State from winning this division.

Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Miami

Pick: Virginia Tech

Sell! Sell! Sell! Oh wait, you mean I have to pick one of these teams? I guess I'll hitch my wagon to the Tech defense with Miami missing a couple offensive studs.

Houston (+10.5) at UCF

Pick: UCF

This Knights team is surprisingly good. I want to take the points because Houston's offense can score points but I'm going against my gut here.

Notre Dame (-4.5) at Pitt

Pick: Notre Dame

Can Brian Kelly's perfect record against Pitt continue this weekend?

Utah State (-14.5) at UNLV

Pick: Utah State

Utah State has recovered from losing Chuckie Keeton and after scoring 92 points in their last two games they should be able to run away from the Rebels.

LSU (+12.5) at Alabama

Pick: Alabama

The Tide have given up 78 points this season. And 42 of those came to Texas A&M. 36 points scattered over 7 games, dear God! LSU's offense can probably keep this a game in some fashion but their defense really isn't up to their standards and that's where Alabama is going to do some damage.

UCLA (PK) at Arizona

Pick: UCLA

Is Vegas jumping off the UCLA bandwagon? I still like the Bruins in essentially a pick 'em situation. The Wildcats aren't that good.

San Diego State (+6.5) at San Jose State

Pick: San Jose State

The Spartans are rounding into form in conference play. I am back to picking them every chance I get.