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Picks: OU knocks off ND; PSU over Buckeyes, Vols to keep it close against Carolina

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.

Louisville 28, Cincy 21: Munchie Legaux said he's better than Teddy Bridgewater. I'm not buying that, and I supect the Cards will have his back.

South Carolina 24, Tennessee 20: Despite all of the heat around Derek Dooley, I have a hunch the Vols and QB Tyler Bray will play inspired and give Steve Spurrier's squad all it can handle.

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Oregon 63, Colorado 10: Chip Kelly said his team had a good week of practice. The Ducks won't get caught looking ahead to USC. They are too explosive for a dreadful CU squad.

FSU 38, Duke 23: The Noles have dominated this series, but the Blue Devils are much improved. They'll hang around for a while.

Florida 13, Georgia 10: Despite a couple of dismal showings of late, expect the Dawgs to show up focused and ready to slow down Jeff Driskel and the UF running attack.

Ohio 38, Miami (Ohio) 34: Miami's defense has been woeful (No. 115 nationally), but it's the team's first home game in over a month, and I suspect the RedHawks will be pretty tough.

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.

Boise State 38, Wyoming 14: It's been a nightmarish season for the Cowboys, and it won't get any better facing a Boise team that's won six in a row and is No. 6 in scoring defense.

USC 42, Arizona 27: Rich Rod's squad is coming off a dominant performance last week. They'll give the young Trojans front seven some problems, but I think USC has too many weapons for the Cats D.

Penn State 14, Ohio State 10: The Buckeyes have barely survived the past few weeks, and those games were against teams that weren't playing anywhere near as well as the Nittany Lions have been.

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.

Texas A&M 31, Auburn 14: The Tigers are a mess. A&M, despite all of the mistakes against LSU, should be surging with confidence.

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.

La. Tech 62, New Mexico State 21: Sonny Dykes' offense has been explosive all season, and the Aggies are No. 100 in defense. Uh-oh.

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.

Alabama 28, Miss. State 13: MSU has a good secondary and should challenge A.J. McCarron, but the Tide's too balanced and too physical for State to stay with for four quarters.

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.

 
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