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September 12, 2013

Expect plenty of TDs in this SEC heavyweight match


The picks:


No. 1 Alabama (minus 7½) at No. 6 Texas A&M

Tide won't stop Johnny Football, but A&M won't stop Tide ... ALABAMA 42-31.


No. 24 TCU (minus 3) at Texas Tech, Thursday night

Tech freshman QB Baker Mayfield has yet to throw an interception in 90 attempts ... TCU 28-27.

Vanderbilt (plus 13½) at No. 13 South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney won't win the Heisman, but he can still wreck a game ... SOUTH CAROLINA 28-13.

No. 16 UCLA (plus 4½) at No. 23 Nebraska

Huskers looking for revenge after last year's loss at Rose Bowl ... NEBRASKA 38-31.

No. 19 Washington (minus 9½) vs. Illinois at Chicago

Two rejuvenated offenses ... WASHINGTON 31-24.

No. 25 Mississippi (plus 3½) at Texas

Desperate times in Austin ... TEXAS 35-24.


No. 7 Louisville (minus 14) at Kentucky

Teddy Bridgewater and Co. pour it on against rival Wildcats ... 45-17.


No. 20 Wisconsin (plus 5½) at Arizona State

Badgers power through heat and fast-paced Sun Devils ... WISCONSIN 31-28.


Tennessee (plus 27½) at No. 2 Oregon ... OREGON 48-17.

No. 4 Ohio State (off) at California ... OHIO STATE 42-28.

Tulsa (plus 24) at No. 14 Oklahoma ... OKLAHOMA 38-17

No. 21 Notre Dame (minus 20½) at Purdue ... NOTRE DAME 34-10.

Vols begin nasty run of five top-20 teams in six games. Cal's Bear Raid and freshmen quarterback could pose problems for Ohio State, though Buckeyes are hopeful Braxton Miller plays. Tulsa off to slow start after much preseason hype, but Sooners are searching for QB. Boilermakers have lost five straight to Irish, though three of those decided by 11 points or less.


No. 5 Stanford (minus 29) at Army ... STANFORD 35-3.

Kent State (plus 37½) at No. 8 LSU ... LSU 45-14.

Nevada (plus 33½) at No. 10 Florida State

For his next trick, QB Jameis Winston gets 'Noles fans to buy tickets to see Nevada ... FSU 56-20.

Akron (plus 37) at No. 11 Michigan ... MICHIGAN 48-7.

Lamar (no line) at No. 12 Oklahoma State ... OKLAHOMA STATE 60-10.

Western Michigan (plus 31) at No. 17 Northwestern ... NORTHWESTERN 45-10.


Last week: Record straight: 15-4; vs. points 7-7.

Season: 37-6; 17-17.

Best bet: 1-1.

Upset special: 0-2.


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