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The Big E College Football Picks: Week 11

GameDay in Waco this weekend for Oklahoma vs. Baylor.

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Rejoice for the college football season so far but also soak it in because wow, it's already week 11. Where did it all go so quickly?

For week 10 Ghoulston Pick 6 and Picks of the North led the way with 10 victories.

Just a few more weeks to go and dudeacow remains atop the league with a 122-75 record, although dannan14 is only one game back.


Big E: (105-92 Overall, 32nd Place)

Now for this week's top picks...

Miami (+13) at No. 23 North Carolina

Pick: Miami

North Carolina may always deeply regret that season opening loss to South Carolina. Boy did they ever throw that one away to an inferior team. Hard to believe the Tar Heels would be undefeated right now and in the thick of the playoff race otherwise.

Meanwhile, the Canes have won both of their games since firing Al Golden. I think they'll give UNC a game here and the Tar Heels are going to begin to feel the pressure of expectations of meeting Clemson in the ACC Title Game.

No. 2 Alabama (-8) at No. 17 Miss State

Pick: Miss State

Almost every year Alabama plays Miss State following the LSU game. It's been several years since the Tide really worked over the Bulldogs coming off a slugfest with the Bayou Bengals.

Last week's game for Alabama wasn't particularly close but there's still a letdown factor coming into the weekend. The Bulldogs have competed pretty well with Prescott at quarterback so I think this will be a very, very tight game. Possibly down to the wire.

Oregon (+10) at No. 7 Stanford

Pick: Oregon

This game makes me really nervous for Notre Dame's playoff chances. Stanford's offense has been on a roll for quite a while but often devolves into "give it to McCaffrey" and Kevin Hogan scrambles.

Meanwhile, Stanford's defense (51st in FEI) is not the same unit in year's past and Oregon looks to be settling into their usual form (but maybe a step or two below) with 105 points over their last two games. I'm curious to see how this game plays out if Oregon jumps out to a 10-point lead or something to that effect.

No. 12 Oklahoma (+2.5) at No. 6 Baylor

Pick: Baylor

Oklahoma has been outscored 89-26 over the last two years. It's been that bad for the Sooners. It'd be really huge if OU took down Baylor this weekend. That'd only leave Oklahoma State as the lone undefeated team and the Cowboys then have to finish the season with the Sooners and Baylor.

Stidham probably will struggle a little bit which should allow Oklahoma to keep pace offensively. I think we'll see a really close game but Baylor with a clutch scoring drive late to win by less than a touchdown.

Minnesota (+12) at No. 5 Iowa

Pick: Iowa

I was all set to take Minnesota here after contemplating some upset talk but the one issue I have is that the Gophers can't score enough points in the big games. I think it'll be tough to rebound from playing Ohio State and keep this one super close.