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Saturday, October 25, 2014

WEEK NINE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

Both Mississippi teams go on the road today, and I think there's a good chance that one of them falls. I just don't know which one it will be, and despite that, I may not pick either one to lose. But then again, maybe I will. Let's see!

(1) Mississippi State (6 - 0) 27 @ Kentucky (5 - 2) 17: This is all new territory for the Bulldogs, especially since a trip to Kentucky usually meant an easy win. But the Wildcats are 5 - 2 with  couple of SEC wins under their belt. They're coming off a 41 - 1 beating by LSU and should be motivated to make a better showing.

(3) Ole Miss (7 - 0) 20 @ LSU (6 - 2) 23: After slumping a little earlier in the season, LSU has rebounded to get back in the SEC West conversation. The Bayou Bengals stumbled at home against Mississippi State, but I believe they'll even their record against their neighboring state tonight.

(4) Alabama (6 - 1) 34 @ Tennessee (3 - 4) 16: Don't forget about the Crimson Tide, just because they looked sluggish against Ole Miss and Arkansas. They put a big whooping on Texas A&M last week and appear poised to make a run at the SEC West title.

South Carolina (4 - 3) 27 @ (5) Auburn (5 - 1) 38: The Gamecocks' youth has finally caught up with them, something that Auburn should be able to exploit today.

Michigan (3 - 4) 17 @ (8) Michigan State (6 - 1) 34: It's hard to believe that the Spartans are 17 point favorites in this one. But unfortunately for Michigan, it's probably justified.

Texas Tech (3 - 4) 27 @ (10) TCU (5 - 1) 38: The Red Raiders could use some help on defense. They'll really need it today.

Texas (3 - 4) 16 @ (11) Kansas State (5 - 1) 27: The Longhorns could go a long way in their rebuilding program with a win in the Little Apple. But that's probably not going to happen. The Wildcats are on a collision course with TCU and Baylor to determine the Big 12 winner.

(13) Ohio State (5 - 1) 30 @ Penn State (4 - 2) 24: Since an early loss to Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes have rebounded with high scoring victories. True, it hasn't exactly been murderer's row, but 56 points a game is still pretty impressive. I doubt they get that total today, but they should leave Penn State with a win.

(14) Arizona State (5 - 1) 30 @ Washington (5 - 2) 28: This is one of those unpredictable Pac 12 games, but here I am making a prediction anyway. I'm going to stay with the visitors in a nail-biter.

(15) Arizona (5 - 1) 37 @ Washington State (2 - 5) 24: Other than an upset over Utah, Washington State hasn't been very impresssive. The Wildcats have.

Rutgers (5 - 2) 23 @ (16) Nebraska (6 - 1) 27: The Cornhuskers have continued to improve and stand a good chance of playing for the Big Ten title. Rutgers is not a team anyone can take lightly.

(20) USC (5 - 2) 28 @ (19) Utah (5 - 1) 27: I'm a big USC supporter, but they go into a tough environment against Utah. The Utes have squeaked by their last two opponents after a close loss to Washington State. I'm picking the Trojans in a mild upset.

Syracuse (3 - 4) 20 @ (21) Clemson (5 - 2) 31: Clemson is on an impressive four game roll since losing in overtime to then top-ranked Florida State. I look for them to continue that against an overmatched Syracuse team.

(22) West Virginia (5 - 2) 34 @ Oklahoma State (5 - 2) 31: I believe this is one of the most difficult games to pick this week. West Virginia's two losses are against Alabama and Oklahoma and they head to Stillwater ranked 22nd. The Cowboys are coming off a drubbing to TCU. Tough decision.

Florida Atlantic (2 - 3) 20 @ (23) Marshall (7 - 0) 27: Marshall is still trying to keep pace with ECU to play their way into a major bowl game.

(25) UCLA (5 - 2) 31 @ Colorado (2 - 5) 27: The Bruins are hoping to kick start their season before a tough finishing run in the Pac 12.