September 20, 2007

Mike Huguenin
Rivals.com College Sports Editor

THURSDAY'S GAMES
Western Kentucky (2-1) at Middle Tennessee (0-3), 7 p.m.
The buzz: These teams will be full-fledged Sun Belt foes in 2009. As it is, WKU is a provisional I-A member this season.
The line: No line. |The pick: Middle Tennessee 33-28.
Texas A&M (3-0) at Miami (2-1), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Neither of these teams has beaten a team that has a victory over a I-A school.
The line: Miami by 2.5. |The pick: Texas A&M 20-16.
FRIDAY'S GAME
Oklahoma (3-0) at Tulsa (2-0), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Tulsa has lost its past 10 games against Big 12 schools. This will make it 0-11.
The line: Oklahoma by 22. |The pick: Oklahoma 41-21.
SATURDAY'S GAMES
Georgia Tech (2-1) at Virginia (2-1), noon, ESPNU
The buzz: Cavs already 2-0 in ACC play. Tech is 0-1 and needs this to stay in the hunt.
The line: Georgia Tech by 3.5. |The pick: Georgia Tech 24-17.
North Carolina (1-2) at USF (2-0), noon, ESPN
The buzz: Big one for the Bulls next week, when West Virginia heads to Tampa.
The line: USF by 13.5. |The pick: USF 38-27.
Syracuse (0-3) at Louisville (2-1), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: We think Louisville is going to take out frustrations from loss to Kentucky on punchless Orange.
The line: Louisville by 37. |The pick: Louisville 51-16.
East Carolina (1-2) at West Virginia (3-0), noon, ESPN2
The buzz: This is 19th meeting in this series and Mountaineers lead it 16-2, including six victories in row.
The line: WVU by 24.5. |The pick: WVU 42-21.
Clemson (3-0) at N.C. State (1-2), noon, Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: This is first road game of season for Clemson, which has thrown no interceptions. N.C. State already has thrown seven picks.
The line: Clemson by 7.5. |The pick: Clemson 30-27.
Kent State (2-1) at Akron (1-2), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: Can you feel the hate? The campuses are about 10 miles apart.
The line: Kent State by 3. |The pick: Kent State 31-21.
Temple (0-3) at Bowling Green (1-1), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: Temple won one game last season. The victim? Bowling Green.
The line: Bowling Green by 21. |The pick: Bowling Green 38-20.
Illinois (2-1) at Indiana (3-0), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: Last time the Hoosiers were 4-0? Try 1990, when they went to the Peach Bowl and finished 6-5-1.
The line: Illinois by 3. |The pick: Illinois 33-28.
Florida (3-0) at Ole Miss (1-2), 12:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: Bad omen? Gators have lost in their past three trips to state of Mississippi.
The line: Florida by 22.5. |The pick: Florida 45-21.
Ball State (2-1) at Nebraska (2-1), 12:30 p.m.
The buzz: Ball State QB Nate Davis is good, but he doesn't have near enough help to pull this upset.
The line: Nebraska by 22.5. |The pick: Nebraska 42-17.
Duke (1-2) at Navy (1-2), 1 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: Navy leads the nation in rush offense (378.6 ypg). Navy is last in the nation in pass offense (59.0 ypg).
The line: Navy by 11.5. |The pick: Navy 37-21.
Army (1-2) at Boston College (3-0), 1 p.m., ESPN Classic
The buzz: BC's next four foes - Army, UMass, Bowling Green and Notre Dame. Can you say "7-0 start"?
The line: BC by 28. |The pick: BC 38-13.
William & Mary (2-1) at Virginia Tech (2-1), 1:30 p.m.
The buzz: This will be 62nd meeting between these cross-state schools, but the first since 1985.
The line: No line. |The pick: Virginia Tech 38-15.
Illinois State (2-1) at Missouri (3-0), 2 p.m.
The buzz: Mizzou has increased its yardage total in three consecutive weeks, from 429 to 548 to 619.
The line: No line. |The pick: Missouri 49-24.
Wyoming (2-1) at Ohio U. (2-1), 3 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: A one-of-a-kind game: This is only meeting this season between MAC and Mountain West schools.
The line: Wyoming by 3.5. |The pick: Wyoming 26-17.
Air Force (3-0) at BYU (1-2), 3 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: A victory here, and Air Force becomes the front-runner in the Mountain West title race.
The line: BYU by 11. |The pick: BYU 38-23.
Penn State (3-0) at Michigan (1-2), 3:30 p.m., ABC
The buzz: This is Penn State's toughest road game of the season.
The line: Penn State by 3. |The pick: Penn State 24-20.
Michigan State (3-0) at Notre Dame (0-3), 3:30 p.m., NBC
The buzz: Irish have been playing football since 1887. They never - never - have been 0-4.
The line: Michigan State by 12.5. |The pick: Michigan State 27-17.
Northwestern (2-1) at Ohio State (3-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Buckeyes have won 14 consecutive Big Ten games. League record is 19 (Michigan, 1990-92).
The line: Ohio State by 22. |The pick: Ohio State 38-13.
Texas Tech (3-0) at Oklahoma State (1-2), 3:30 p.m., FSN
The buzz: Oklahoma State's pass defense has been shaky. Memo to the Cowboys: That's not a good sign with Red Raiders next.
The line: Texas Tech by 5.5. |The pick: Texas Tech 38-31.
South Carolina (3-0) at LSU (3-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS
The buzz: LSU has outscored its opponents 137-7 this season.
The line: LSU by 16. |The pick: LSU 27-13.
Memphis (1-1) at UCF (1-1), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: True story: UCF's new stadium opened last week - without water fountains. They were hurriedly added this week.
The line: UCF by 7. |The pick: UCF 28-24.
Howard (0-2) at Eastern Michigan (1-2), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: Eastern Michigan snapped a seven-game losing streak last week. This week, Eagles should start a winning streak.
The line: No line. |The pick: Eastern Michigan 29-14.
Maryland (2-1) at Wake Forest (1-2), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: Wake should have injured starting QB Riley Skinner back in the lineup this week.
The line: Wake Forest by 3. |The pick: Wake Forest 24-19.
North Dakota State (2-0) at Central Michigan (1-2), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: The Bison beat a MAC school (Ball State) last season. Can they do it again this season?
The line: No line. |The pick: Central Michigan 34-27.
Miami (Ohio) (1-2) at Colorado (1-2), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: This is one of four(!) games this weekend pitting Big 12 and MAC schools.
The line: Colorado by 14. |The pick: Colorado 21-14.
Colorado State (0-2) at Houston (1-1), 4:30 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: This is perhaps the week's most intriguing game that doesn't involve a BCS-league school.
The line: Houston by 7. |The pick: Houston 28-23.
Northern Illinois (0-3) at Idaho (1-2), 5 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: This may be worst team in MAC (NIU) meeting the worst team in WAC (Idaho).
The line: Idaho by 3. |The pick: Idaho 24-16.
Kentucky (3-0) at Arkansas (1-1), 6 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: UK becomes a legit SEC East contender if it can beat the Hogs. But the Wildcats' run defense is bad.
The line: Arkansas by 7. |The pick: Arkansas 35-31.
Baylor (2-1) at Buffalo (1-2), 6 p.m.
The buzz: Baylor becomes the first Big 12 team to ever play at Buffalo.
The line: Baylor by 4. |The pick: Baylor 34-24.
Arizona (1-2) at California (3-0), 6 p.m., Vs.
The buzz: If we were Mike Stoops, we'd be thinking about making sure to check the employment ads every morning.
The line: Cal by 16.5. |The pick: Cal 38-24.
Portland State (1-2) at San Diego State (0-2), 6:30 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: Jerry Glanville is the coach at Portland State. Hopefully, he'll be miked during the game because there's no other reason to watch.
The line: No line. |The pick: San Diego State 31-15.
Gardner-Webb (1-1) at Mississippi State (2-1), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Mississippi State is looking for its first 3-1 start since 2000.
The line: No line. |The pick: Mississippi State 33-10.
Florida Atlantic (2-1) at North Texas (0-2), 7 p.m.
The buzz: FAU beat a BCS-league team (Minnesota) last week; it has two more in the next two weeks (Kentucky, USF).
The line: FAU by 6. |The pick: FAU 35-23.
Connecticut (3-0) at Pittsburgh (2-1), 7 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: Pitt has allowed 30 points this season; UConn has allowed 31.
The line: Pitt by 9. |The pick: Pitt 24-17.
New Mexico State (2-1) at Auburn (1-2), 7 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Believe it - New Mexico State's quarterback is better than Auburn's.
The line: Auburn by 16.5. |The pick: Auburn 38-17.
Iowa State (1-2) at Toledo (0-3), 7 p.m.
The buzz: History lesson: Toledo is trying to avoid its first 0-4 start since 1978.
The line: Iowa State by 3.5. |The pick: Toledo 26-20.
SE Louisiana (1-2) at Tulane (0-2), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Division I-AA Lions coming in off a 72-point win. Really.
The line: No line. |The pick: Tulane 37-23.
Central Connecticut (2-1) at Western Michigan (0-3), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Western Michigan's Jamarko Simmons leads the nation with 38 receptions.
The line: No line.|The pick: Western Michigan 52-23.
Florida International (0-3) at Kansas (3-0), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Hear that howling emanating from the wheat fields? This is the dog of the week.
The line: Kansas by 32. |The pick: Kansas 51-14.
Troy (1-2) at La.-Lafayette (0-3), 7 p.m.
The buzz: "Can we just skip halftime?" ULL has scored just three second-half points this season.
The line: Troy by 10.5. |The pick: Troy 38-23.
Arkansas State (1-1) at Tennessee (1-2), 7 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: In three games against Sun Belt schools in Phillip Fulmer's career, the Vols have won by a combined 134-9.
The line: Tennessee by 19. |The pick: Tennessee 34-17.
Rice (0-3) at Texas (3-0), 7 p.m., FSN
The buzz: Rice hasn't won at Texas since 1965. Uhhh, it's not going to happen this season, either.
The line: Texas by 39. |The pick: Texas 54-17.
Marshall (0-3) at Cincinnati (3-0), 7:30 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Look out for the Bearcats. Cincy has won six in a row and eight of its past nine.
The line: Cincy by 22.5. |The pick: Cincinnati 48-21.
Georgia (2-1) at Alabama (3-0), 7:45 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: This is 64th meeting in series that began in 1895, but just the ninth time the game has been in Tuscaloosa.
The line: Alabama by 3.5. |The pick: Georgia 20-17.
Washington State (2-1) at USC (2-0), 8 p.m., ABC (regional)/GamePlan
The buzz: This is one of most lopsided series in the Pac-10. The Trojans own a 54-8-4 advantage, including 36-4-2 in L.A.
The line: USC by 25. |The pick: USC 45-24.
Iowa (2-1) at Wisconsin (3-0), 8 p.m., ABC (regional)/GamePlan
The buzz: This game lost a lot of luster when Iowa was upset by Iowa State last week.
The line: Wisconsin by 8. |The pick: Wisconsin 23-20.
San Jose State (0-3) at Utah State (0-3), 8 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: "Hey, do you know the way to San Jose?" This is the fourth consecutive road game for the Spartans.
The line: Utah State by 3. |The pick: San Jose State 30-21.
Sacramento State (0-2) at New Mexico (2-1), 8 p.m.
The buzz: Lobos have had two 100-yard receivers in each of the past two games - and Hornets' pass defense is shaky.
The line: No line. |The pick: New Mexico 41-21.
SMU (1-2) at TCU (1-2), 8:30 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: These close-in-proximity foes play for something called the "Iron Skillet" trophy.
The line: TCU by 20.5. |The pick: TCU 31-14.
Purdue (3-0) at Minnesota (1-2), 9 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Bombs away. Purdue is 15th in pass offense (319.7 ypg) and Minnesota is 119th in pass defense (431.0 ypg).
The line: Purdue by 14. |The pick: Purdue 49-28.
Texas Southern (0-3) at UTEP (1-2), 9 p.m.
The buzz: UTEP should cruise past a I-AA program that has won all of four games since beginning of 2004 season.
The line: No line. |The pick: UTEP 48-7.
Utah (1-2) at UNLV (1-2), 10 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: "Hey, I know you!" Head coaches in this one were coordinators on Utah's 2004 Fiesta Bowl team.
The line: Utah by 8. |The pick: Utah 23-17.
Oregon State (2-1) at Arizona State (3-0), 10 p.m.
The buzz: This is fourth home game in a row for the Sun Devils, who should start 7-0.
The line: Arizona State by 11.5. |The pick: Arizona State 38-24.
Oregon (3-0) at Stanford (1-1), 10 p.m.
The buzz: Oregon hosts the other Bay Area school (Cal) next week in a big Pac-10 showdown.
The line: Oregon by 17. |The pick: Oregon 45-24.
Washington (2-1) at UCLA (2-1), 10:15 p.m., FSN
The buzz: Including this one, UCLA plays three of next four at home. Bruins are 21-5 at home since start of 2003 season.
The line: UCLA by 6.5.|The pick: UCLA 21-17.
Charleston Southern (1-2) at Hawaii (3-0), midnight
The buzz: Bucs are flying about 4,760 miles for this game. The mileage total may be final margin.
The line: No line.|The pick: Hawaii 70-17.
LAST WEEK:
50-16 straight up, 27-24 against the spread.
OVERALL:
162-36 straight up, 82-67 against the spread. (Games involving I-AA teams don't have point spreads.)

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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