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Thursday, October 30, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT NFL AND COLLEGE PICKS

College:

(2) Florida State (7 - 0) 27 @ (25) Louisville (6 - 2) 24: It's popular to think that this is the game that will disrupt the Seminoles' run to the playoffs. I disagree, but it will probably be close. Until Jameis Winston leaves Florida State or is benched for one of his many indiscretions, I think he is good enough to lead his team to an undefeated season. If so, they will most likely be the only one without a loss, given the tough schedule that Mississippi State faces the rest of the way. Look for Florida State to find a way to keep their streak alive on the road against a team that will be very dangerous in the ACC in seasons to come.

NFL:

New Orleans (3 - 4) 27 @ Carolina (3 - 4 - 1) 30: This is a big divisional game in the NFC South, where no team is above .500. The Saints erupted at home against the Packers last week, but they have yet to win on the road. Carolina is always dangerous behind Cam Newton and took Seattle to the wire before losing a tight one, 13 - 9. Home team, Thursday night, Cam Newton against a still suspect New Orleans defense...I'll take the Panthers, despite the Saints' win last week. Of course, if the league is intent on the Saints remaining relevant, then you can forget about the X'x and O's and leave it to the Zebras to determine the outcome of the game. I happen to think the Saints have had their day and it's time for Cam Newton to thrive in front of a national audience.