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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Picks of the Week

Once again it's time for Picks of the Week, being the last regular season weekend of college football, and it's not even a full slate, here are the picks. Last week went 3 out of 5 again to keep my above 500 mark.

Texas vs Texas A&M Over 69.5

Texas has been on fire this year, covering the spread and the over in pretty much every game, minus that Oklahoma State game I believe. There will be a lot of points put up in this one as Mack Brown will probably keep Vince Young in a little longer than normal so he can get some more stats for his Heisman campaign. Although Reggie Bush had the ridiculous performance last week, some feel that due to the time difference and a lot of voters not seeing that game a big game by Vince here and in the Big XII Championship game could still earn him the Heisman.

Arizona +9.5 @ Arizona State

These are two teams that are going in opposite directions. Ever since Willie Tuitama took over a few weeks ago this is a different team than the one that started the year. The Wildcats will be looking to end the season strong giving them momentum for next year. I think the 9.5 is a lot of points to be laying so I'm taking the Cats.

UAB -5 @ East Carolina

Darnell Hackney is a stud, he proved that last week by beating one of my picks last week and this week they play a pretty bad East Carolina team. I expect the Blazers to take this one easily.

South Florida -8 @ Connecticut

USF is playing great ball lately and they will continue to do so as they still control their own destiny and could earn the Big East's BCS berth by winning out. UConn has been on a downward trend this season and I don't see that stopping yet.

NC State -3 vs. Maryland

This is an elimination game as the winner will become bowl eligible and the loser will stay home for the holidays. NC State has won 3 of their last 4 while Maryland has lost 3 of their last 4. I'll take the Wolfpack and the homefield in this matchup as NC State just has more talent than Maryland and they should pack their bags to go bowling this holiday season.

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