November 15, 2007

SATURDAY'S GAMES
Ohio State (10-1) at Michigan (8-3), noon, ABC
The buzz: Ho, hum, just another Michigan-Ohio State game with the Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl berth on the line.
The line: Ohio State by 3.5. | The pick: Ohio State 31-24.
Maryland (5-5) at Florida State (6-4), noon, Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: The Terps have won two of past three in series; that comes on heels of FSU winning 14 in a row vs. Terrapins.
The line: Florida State by 7.5. | The pick: Florida State 27-21.
Northwestern (6-5) at Illinois (8-3), noon, ESPN
The buzz: The Illini are coming off huge win at Ohio State, but Northwestern has won four in a row in this series.
The line: Illinois by 13.5. | The pick: Illinois 35-24.
Tulsa (7-3) at Army (3-7), noon, ESPN Classic
The buzz: Tulsa QB Paul Smith (32 TD passes) should be able to carve up Army's defense.
The line: Tulsa by 14.5. | The pick: Tulsa 45-24.
Syracuse (2-8) at Connecticut (8-2), noon, ESPN2
The buzz: Bad news for punchless Orange offense: UConn has allowed just 17 TDs (second-fewest in nation) this season.
The line: UConn by 18.5. | The pick: UConn 31-10.
Florida Atlantic (5-4) at Florida (7-3), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger is 3-2 vs. Florida. His last loss as Miami's coach was to Gators.
The line: Florida by 34. | The pick: Florida 49-17.
North Carolina (3-7) at Georgia Tech (6-4), noon, Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: Tech has won eight of past nine in series. If Tech TB Tashard Choice runs for 100, it'll be nine of 10.
The line: Georgia Tech by 10. | The pick: Georgia Tech 21-13.
Pittsburgh (4-5) at Rutgers (6-4), noon, Altitude/MSG/GamePlan
The buzz: Watch this game within the game: Pitt TB LeSean McCoy vs. Rutgers TB Ray Rice.
The line: Rutgers by 11.5. | The pick: Rutgers 35-21.
Kent State (3-7) at Temple (3-7), noon
The buzz: Temple trying to get to four victories in a season for the first time since 2002.
The line: Kent State by 1. | The pick: Temple 24-20.
Kentucky (7-3) at Georgia (8-2), 12:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: To win the SEC East title, 'Dawgs must beat 'Cats and have Tennessee lose.
The line: Georgia by 7.5. | The pick: Georgia 34-28.
Missouri (9-1) at Kansas State (5-5), 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
The buzz: Nebraska put up 73 on K-State last week and Mizzou's offense is better than Nebraska's.
The line: Missouri by 7. | The pick: Missouri 42-24.
Bowling Green (6-4) at Buffalo (4-6), 1 p.m.
The buzz: Bowling Green has won three of its past four. If the Falcons can get to eight wins, a bowl is a possibility.
The line: Bowling Green by 1. | The pick: Bowling Green 27-23.
San Diego State (4-5) at Air Force (8-3), 2 p.m.
The buzz: San Diego State has won four of the past five in the series, but the Aztecs are going to have trouble with the Falcons' rush offense.
The line: Air Force by 11. | The pick: Air Force 34-20.
Mississippi State (6-4) at Arkansas (6-4), 2 p.m.
The buzz: If Arkansas runs effectively, it will win. If Mississippi State stuffs the run, it will win.
The line: Arkansas by 10.5. | The pick: Arkansas 24-21.
Idaho (1-9) at Boise State (9-1), 2 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Boise State is 27-0 all-time at home in WAC action. It'll be 28-0 after this one.
The line: Boise State by 34.5. | The pick: Boise State 59-10.
Georgia Southern (7-3) at Colorado State (1-9), 2 p.m.
The buzz: Colorado State is 6-0 vs. Division I-AA teams under Sonny Lubick. But CSU's run defense is awful and Georgia Southern sure can run.
The line: No line. | The pick: Colorado State 35-26.
Utah State (0-10) at New Mexico State (4-7), 2 p.m.
The buzz: Utah State has lost 16 in a row overall and 17 of its past 18 on the road.
The line: New Mexico State by 9. | The pick: New Mexico State 43-27.
Vanderbilt (5-5) at Tennessee (7-3), 2 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Commodores would like nothing better than to spoil Tennessee's SEC East title hopes.
The line: Tennessee by 12. | The pick: Tennessee 28-17.
BYU (7-2) at Wyoming (5-5), 2 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: Wyoming started 4-1 before losing four of its past five. BYU beat the Cowboys 55-7 last season.
The line: BYU by 11. | The pick: BYU 38-24.
Louisiana-Monroe (4-6) at Alabama (6-4), 2:30 p.m.
The buzz: The Tide has lost two in a row. But there's no way losing streak will reach three.
The line: Alabama by 25. | The pick: Alabama 38-10.
Duke (1-9) at Notre Dame (1-9), 2:30 p.m., NBC
The buzz: It's a Duke-Notre Dame football game and absolutely no one would be surprised if Duke wins.
The line: Notre Dame by 6. | The pick: Notre Dame 24-21.
Tulane (3-7) at Rice (3-7), 3 p.m.
The buzz: Rice has allowed 55 TDs this season, second-most in nation to North Texas' 59.
The line: Rice by 2. | The pick: Rice 45-38.
UCF (7-3) at SMU (1-9), 3 p.m.
The buzz: UCF junior TB Kevin Smith leads the nation with 22 rushing TDs.
The line: UCF by 13. | The pick: UCF 38-23.
Purdue (7-4) at Indiana (6-5), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
The buzz: Can you feel the excitement: The "Old Oaken Bucket" is on the line. Purdue has won five in a row in the series.
The line: Purdue by 2.5. | The pick: Purdue 31-30.
Western Michigan (3-7) at Iowa (6-5), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
The buzz: It looks as if the Hawkeyes will take a four-game winning streak into the postseason.
The line: Iowa by 14. | The pick: Iowa 28-10.
Iowa State (3-8) at Kansas (10-0), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: Jayhawks steaming toward "Border Showdown" with Missouri next week in Kansas City.
The line: Kansas by 26.5. | The pick: Kansas 42-17.
UAB (2-8) at Memphis (5-5), 3:30 p.m., Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
The buzz: Ahhh, life in Conference USA: Memphis' remaining two opponents are a combined 3-17.
The line: Memphis by 11.5. | The pick: Memphis 31-17.
Penn State (8-3) at Michigan State (6-5), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN
The buzz: Despite being bowl-eligible, Michigan State may need a victory to have a legit shot at a bowl invitation.
The line: Penn State by 3. | The pick: Penn State 23-17.
Wisconsin (8-3) at Minnesota (1-10), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
The buzz: This is the most-played rivalry in Division I-A. The teams have met every season except one since 1890.
The line: Wisconsin by 14. | The pick: Wisconsin 38-20.
LSU (9-1) at Ole Miss (3-7), 3:30 p.m., CBS
The buzz: Surely, Ed Orgeron won't be the guy who derails the Tigers' title train.
The line: LSU by 19. | The pick: LSU 42-17.
Miami (5-5) at Virginia Tech (8-2), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN/GamePlan
The buzz: Hurricanes were embarrassed at home last week by Virginia. This week, it's Virginia Tech that wants to smack down UM.
The line: Virginia Tech by 17. | The pick: Virginia Tech 28-7.
California (6-4) at Washington (3-7), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: Cal has won five in row in this series. The Golden Bears never have beaten Huskies six consecutive times in series that dates to 1904.
The line: California by 7. | The pick: California 31-21.
Marshall (2-8) at Houston (6-4), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: Houston has scored 43 TDs this season; Marshall has allowed 42.
The line: Houston by 11.5. | The pick: Houston 45-27.
Northern Illinois (2-8) at Navy (5-4), 3:30 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: NIU has given up an average of 305.6 rushing ypg in its past three games. That cackling you hear is coming from Navy's runners.
The line: Navy by 15.5. | The pick: Navy 45-28.
NC State (5-5) at Wake Forest (6-4), 4 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: NC State needs one more win for bowl eligibility. Wake is looking for one more win to solidify a bowl bid.
The line: Wake Forest by 6. | The pick: Wake Forest 24-20.
Morehead State (7-3) at Western Kentucky (6-4), 5 p.m.
The buzz: This will be 50th meeting in the series, and Hilltoppers lead 40-7-2.
The line: No line. | The pick: Western Kentucky 37-17.
New Mexico (7-3) at Utah (7-3), 5:30 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: The Utes have won six in a row, and their defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in nine quarters.
The line: Utah by 14.5. | The pick: Utah 31-21.
Oregon State (6-4) at Washington State (4-6), 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Northwest
The buzz: Oregon State looks to be bowl-bound, but to make sure the Beavers probably need to win this.
The line: Washington State by 2. | The pick: Oregon State 20-17.
Oklahoma State (5-5) at Baylor (3-8), 7 p.m., Fox Sports Net
The buzz: It would behoove Oklahoma State to win this if it wants to go bowling.
The line: Oklahoma State by 15. | The pick: Oklahoma State 45-28.
San Jose State (4-6) at Louisiana Tech (4-6), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Each is 3-3 in the WAC, and what's weird is that they have beaten and lost to the same teams.
The line: Louisiana Tech by 6. | The pick: San Jose State 30-27.
Louisiana-Lafayette (2-8) at Florida International (0-9), 7 p.m.
The buzz: The hounds make one final visit to the Orange Bowl. This is the dog of the week.
The line: ULL by 4.5. | The pick: ULL 28-21.
UNLV (2-8) at TCU (5-5), 7:30 p.m.
The buzz: TCU is one of three teams (the others are Boise State and LSU) that has two shutout victories this season.
The line: TCU by 17.5. | The pick: TCU 27-7.
Southern Miss (5-5) at UTEP (4-6), 7:30 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: Both teams have been disappointments. Still, a bowl invitation seems likely if either gets to six wins.
The line: Southern Miss by 3. | The pick: Southern Miss 41-35.
West Virginia (8-1) at Cincinnati (8-2), 7:45 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: A big one in the Big East. A win puts Cincinnati squarely in the BCS hunt.
The line: WVU by 6.5. | The pick: Cincinnati 28-24.
Boston College (8-2) at Clemson (8-2), 7:45 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: BC has lost two in a row and tumbled from No. 2 in the nation. Clemson has won four in a row, averaging 48 ppg in the wins.
The line: Clemson by 7.5. | The pick: Clemson 26-21.
Oklahoma (9-1) at Texas Tech (7-4), 8 p.m., ABC
The buzz: Ex-Sooners assistant Mike Leach wouldn't mind wrecking the national-title hopes of his former boss.
The line: Oklahoma by 8. | The pick: Oklahoma 38-28.
Louisville (5-5) at USF (7-3), 8 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: An intriguing game within the game: Louisville QB Brian Brohm vs. solid USF secondary.
The line: USF by 7. | The pick: USF 33-28.
TUESDAY'S GAME
Middle Tennessee (5-6) at Troy (7-3), 7 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Tune in to watch Troy's Omar Haugabook, one of the best quarterbacks you've never seen.
The line: TBD. | The pick: Troy 34-21.
THURSDAY'S GAMES
North Texas (1-8) at Arkansas State (4-6), 7 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: How bad is North Texas' defense? The Mean Green scored 62 points last week and lost.
The line: Arkansas State by 14.5. | The pick: Arkansas State 42-30.
The result: Arkansas State, 31-27
Oregon (8-1) at Arizona (4-6), 9 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Mike Stoops could help himself, not to mention his brother, if Arizona can pull the upset.
The line: Oregon by 12.5. | The pick: Oregon 31-21.
The result: Arizona, 34-24.
FRIDAY'S GAMES
Eastern Michigan (3-8) at Central Michigan (6-4), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Central Michigan already has clinched the MAC West title and a bowl bid.
The line: Central Michigan by 13. | The pick: Central Michigan 42-27.
The result: Eastern Michigan 48-45
Hawaii (9-0) at Nevada (5-4), 11 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: This is Hawaii's last visit to the mainland this season unless the Warriors make it to a BCS bowl.
The line: OFF. | The pick: Hawaii 40-31.
The result: Hawaii 28-26
LAST WEEK:
40-15 straight up, 25-28 against the spread.
OVERALL:
489-157 straight up, 274-276-14 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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