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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Picks of the Week

Well you knew it was bound to happen sooner or later went 2 out of 5 for my first under 500 week but it brings my season to 18 out of 30 for 60%. So here we go:

Eastern Michigan -6.5 @ Buffalo

Eastern is coming off of 3 tough losses in a row with two of the three losses coming by one point. They will be fired up and ready to go as they take on one of the worst teams in college football in Buffalo who miraculously picked up a win last week despite only 204 yards total offense. Eastern has a solid WR in Eric Deslauriers and I think they'll take this game on the road.

Nevada -9.5 @ Utah State

Nevada covered easily last week over a bad New Mexico State team and Utah State isn't that far behind them. Nevada is 5-1 in conference and still fighting for a possible share of the conference title as they control their own destiny with Fresno State looming the week after. I expect the Wolfpack to keep scoring as they have all year averaging almost 33 points per game and keep their hope alive for a WAC Championship.

Virginia Tech -7 @ Virginia

Virginia Tech got clobbered by Miami their last time out but they are still a great team. They are also still in the running for a BCS at large berth with only one loss and are out to prove that they are one of the elite teams in the nation that we thought they were before the Miami game. Look for Marcus Vick to get back on track as the Hokies will take care of business in Charlottesville.

UTEP -7.5 vs. UAB

Mike Price's squad can clinch the West Division of Conference USA with a win against UAB. Jordan Palmer, Carson's younger brother, has done a good job this season with over 2600 yards passing and 23 TD's. His main target is Johnnie Lee Higgins who is also having a solid year and combine that with former UCLA RB Tyler Ebell, you've got a potent offense that is currently 12th in the nation in avg points per game at 35.2. Darnell Hackney will try to bring the Blazers back to 500 on the year but look for the Miners who are unbeaten at home this year to stay that way.

Kansas State -2.5 vs. Missouri

Kansas State will not be bowl eligible for the 2nd straight year but they have plenty to play for as Coach Bill Snyder who made a program out of nothing at Manhattan, Kansas will be coaching his last game for the Wildcats. They have been a disappointment the past few years as they were national championship contenders only a few years prior. Although the all-time NCAA leader in rushing for QB's Brad Smith leads the Tigers into town I think the Wildcats will send out Coach Snyder with a win in his last game.

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