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The Weekend That Will Be: Week 7

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Poor us, right? We have to listen to Andre Ware's color commentary. It's the punishment of playing poorly in the SEC, early games with either Rod Gilmore or Ware. Which is worse?


No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia, ESPN (-10 UGA)- Here is Mizzou's chance to prove that they are for real or just another pretender benefiting from a weak non-conference schedule. Georgia, depleted by injuries, has to come back for the third week with no emotional letdown. Bulldog quarterback Aarron Murray at home has been a safe bet all season so that's who I'll go with.

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas, ABC (-13.5 OU)- One of the downsides of the late-Mack Brown era in Austin is the lack of excitement surrounding the Red River Rivalry Shootout. But other than that, it sure is fun watching the Longhorns struggle. The Sooners won't go easy on their rival and easily cover the spread.

No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network (-5.5 USC)- In order for the Hogs to see postseason play they must win three of their final six games. Assuming wins over Auburn and the Mississippi schools is a big assumption at this point so a win, at home, would go along way towards the season goal. I'm hopeful for a trip to Birmingham. Take the points.


No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU, 3:30 p.m, CBS (-7 LSU)- It took three quarters for the Tigers to get it going against Mississippi last weekend, not the case this week. After two weeks on the road, the home crowd in Death Valley will be enough to cover the line against a improving Gator team.

No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m., FOX (-17.5 BU)- Remember last season when Kansas State was on the verge of an undefeated season and a possible trip to the title game? Instead the Bears upset the Wildcats, have been on an eight-game winning streak, and averaged close to 800 yards of offense. Bill Snyder is still confused. I will take the Bears' over forever and ever against Big 12 teams.

No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m., ABC (-10 UW)- "If it weren't for Ohio State." This is a sentiment shared by Wildcat and Badger fans alike. Both programs are coming off loses to the Buckeyes and a loss tomorrow could end a realistic shot at the Big 10 championship. The last time these two played some guy named Bret Bielema ran up the score on Northwestern in a 70-23 win. I'll take the points and Wildcats behind the leg of Jeff Budzien who has connected on 125 consecutive XPs.

No. 2 Oregon at No. 16 Washington, 4 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (-14 OU)- The Ducks offense and now the Philadelphia Eagles is significantly diminishing the notion of Chip Kelley as an offensive play-calling genius. Creating the offense? Yes, he's got that part down, but it turns out you and I could call the right plays with those players and that system. I like the Ducks to slow the roll of Washington and in typical Duck fashion, cover.


No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m., ESPN (-6 TAMU)- Did I miss something here? Ole Miss gave up 30 points to a quarterback who passed for 93 yards. Take this as your 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin lock of the week. Take the Aggies for the win and cover.

Late Night

California at No. 11 UCLA, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2 (-23 UCLA)- UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw a career-worst four interceptions last year at California. While last year's Bears team was nothing to write home about, but this season they are giving up 45 points per game, the second-most in the nation. In order for new coach Sonny Dykes to have any sort of success (like beating his first FBS team) he's got to get some defense. The Bruins will certainly challenge them this week. Bruins win and cover.

Last Week: 5-4-1

Season: 34-18-3