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Friday, November 03, 2006

Picks of the Week

Time to regroup after a subpar couple of weeks. Last week was a 2-3 week bringing the year total to 27-18.

Indiana +6 @ Minnesota - The Hoosiers are on a roll heading into Minneapolis after the beating they put on the Sparties and ended up being the last straw in John L. Smith's coaching career in East Lansing. Kellen Lewis to James Hardy has become a deadly duo and they should continue to do so this week. IU is one win away from bowl eligibility so they will be fired up and ready to go. Another suggestion if you want to roll the dice is take them on the +210 ML.

Cal -17 @ UCLA - The Golden Bears are ready to roll as they say up in Berkeley after the bye week. After the season opening loss to Tennessee not many teams have been as hot as Cal, the game against Washington aside. Marshawn Lynch has carried the team when needed and he will continue to do so against a reeling UCLA team coming off of 3 consecutive losses. This game won't be close, the Bears roll over the Bruins.

Virginia Tech -2.5 @ Miami - The Hokies have played Miami very well the past few years, minus last year's beating in Blacksburg and I expect that to continue. Brandon Ore is having a great season running the ball and been on fire of late rushing for over 200 yards the past two games. He probably won't get to that 200 yard mark this week but he should get over 100 to help the Hokies continue the Hurricanes tailspin.

Central Michigan -18.5 @ Temple - two things with this, Temple is very bad, although they did pick up their first win in 20 games last week and 2nd is Central Michigan has been undefeated ATS all season long, let's hope trends continue this week.

Vanderbilt +17 vs. Florida - Many may look at me being pretty crazy taking this but Vanderbilt isn't the same Vandy you know from years past. Chris Nickson is a solid QB, who will end up having a very good career for the Commodores. Earl Bennett is a playmaker at the WR position and Vandy will have plenty of emotion as they were very close to upsetting the Gators last year in the Swamp if not for a bad excessive celebration call by the refs. I fully expect Florida to win but the Commodores will give them a run.

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