|Bruce Feldman likes Oklahoma to knock off Notre Dame. (U.S. Presswire)|
I'm coming off a decent week, where I went 12-9 against the spread, moving me to three over .500 for the season against the number. The good: picking Texas Tech to be a big problem for TCU. The bad: picking Notre Dame to have no trouble with BYU. The ugly: picking Cal to upset Stanford. Here are this week's guesses:
Clemson 38, Wake Forest 20: I know that the Tigers are just 1-9 on Thursday nights, but seven of those losses are against Top 25 teams. Wake isn't close to that. Tajh Boyd and the dangerous Tigers O will improve that record.
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Rutgers 28, Kent State 10: RU knows to respect the super-fast Dri Archer, but the Scarlet Knights have a solid D and more than enough firepower on their offense to handle a good MAC team stepping up in class.
Kansas State 28, Texas Tech 27: I was tempted to go with Tech for the win, especially since Tommy Tuberville is 6-2 against top-five teams, but Bill Snyder's ridiculously impressive record in close games (10-1 in his last 11 games decided by seven points or less) swayed me.
Stanford 41, Washington State 21: The Cardinal just dominated their arch-rival, a team that had run all over WSU the week before. Stanford should be able to do the same to the Cougars, who come into this already pretty banged up on offense.
Oklahoma 21, Notre Dame 17: Landry Jones and the newly revved up Sooners receiving corps will be the best passing attack the Irish have faced this season. ND figures to get pressure on Jones, but I'll go with the home team with the more experienced QB in a close one.
Michigan 21, Nebraska 17: Greg Mattison's D has been very good at limiting big plays all season (just 14 of 20 yards or less, which is nine fewer than anyone else in the league, according to BTN). Expect them to be able to keep the Huskers in check.
Oregon State 20, Washington 18: Mike Riley's team gets U-Dub coming home on a three-game losing streak in which the Huskies have allowed more than 50 in two of those losses. Sark's team should be competitive since this one's in Seattle.