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Duke -1.5 over Navy - Duke has lost 4 straight to Navy. Last they were up by 11 with 8 minutes to go but lost a shootout 46-43. Navy has had the upper hand in the series by far but you get the sense this year it's Dukes turn. They return 7 on offense and 10 on defense and while that's not saying much considering they were 1-11 last year, it may be enough to get by a Navy team down a notch.
Rice +7 over Vandy - Everyone is in love with both of these squads after their 2-0 starts. We need to see a little more from Vandy before we start laying points with them. Rice can score some points and is always a live dog going 15-6 as a dog since 2006 while Vandy terrible in the favorite role. We're not ready to hand Vandy the SEC crown just yet. (that's a joke folks)
Miss State +10.5 over Auburn - This one certainly won't be a popular pick. The whole world is on Auburn here. Squares, Wiseguys and everyone in between. We can see their side. Big revenge game for Auburn after being upset last year 19-14 despite Auburn dominating statistically. Turnovers were the cause of Auburns troubles a year ago. Between 2002 and 2005 Auburn blew Miss St off the field winning by 28+ points (35+ in 3 of those) but Miss St has closed the gap. Aside from last years upset they also came within 6 in 2006. They also beat Alabama and Kentucky last year going 8-5 on the year. Perhaps it's a good thing that they catch Auburn early as the Auburn offense still a work in progress. We'll take a shot with the +10.5 here.
Akron +7 over Ball State - These two played a couple of games in the late 90's in which Akron destroyed Ball St. Different story last year though as Ball State stopped Akron on the goal line to hold on and win 23-17. Ball State is loaded with returning starters from a 7-6 team a year ago but we're on the home dog here in another tight one with revenge to boot.
Eastern Michigan -1.5 over Toledo - In what figures to be a shootout we'll side with the homers here.
Nevada @ Missouri over 69.5 - Not all that interested in laying 26 points with Mizu against a team like Nevada that is no stranger to the end zone. But the over may be worth a look. Mizu has scored 52 points each time out this year while Nevada can hang a few on the board itself yet can't stop anyone.
Texas Tech -35.5 over SMU - SMU lost by 29 to Rice. No reason to believe Tech won't surpass that.
Nebraska -25.5 over New Mexico State - New Mexico States first game was postponed so this one will be their first. The Huskers already have 2 games under their belts. This one could get ugly.
UCLA +8 over BYU - These two split a pair last year with BYU taking the Bowl game 17-16 and UCLA winning earlier in the year 27-17. UCLA lost a bunch of starters and BYU lost most of it's defensive starters while it returns the bulk of it's offense. Gotta figure Neuheisel is going to have UCLA playing some good ball and knocking off the Vols to kick off the year not a bad way to start. Can't see laying the number with a BYU squad in off a 28-27 win over Washington. This one figures to be much closer than 8.
Oregon -8 over Purdue - Tough to gauge Purdue off 42-10 win over Northern Colorado but Oregon certainly looks to be the real deal. They obliterated Washington which almost beat BYU last week.
Texas -23 over Arkansas - Coming into this year Arkansas figured to be a hurtin unit after losing their coach and their offense (Mcfadden and Jones) Barely getting by Western Illinois and La Monroe would seem to support that theory. Meanwhile Texas wins 52-10 over Fla Atlantic and 42-13 over UTEP......right on schedule. This one should be a romp.
Air Force +4 over Houston - Air Force simply looks like the better team two games in and we're getting 4 points to boot. We'll take it as Air Force wins this one straight up.
Hawaii + 12.5 over Oregon State - Yeah, Hawaii just a shell of it's former self but not so sure Oregon State should be laying double digits fresh off an 0-2 start with losses to Stanford and a wipe out at Penn State. This one may be competitive.
Penn State -27.5 over Syracuse - Penn State can name the score here. Let's hope they name one which has them winning by 4 touchdowns.
Iowa State +13.5 over Iowa - Go Fish. No feel for this one at all. Iowa impressive against cupcakes. Iowa State as well. Iowa State in off 3 win season but still managed to beat Iowa last year as they have done 7 of the last 10 games between the two. Gotta take the points.
Clemson -18.5 over NC ST - Clemson needs an impressive showing here after getting embarrassed by Bama in week one. This may be just what the Doctor ordered. NC ST was blanked by South Carolina 34-0 and had trouble with William + Mary last week.
Maryland +15 over Cal - This is the who woulda thought game of the week. Cal has scored 104 points in two weeks while Maryland lost to Midd Tenn last week and barely got by Delaware. So Cal blows their doors off right? For that reason alone, we'll back Maryland.
Tulane +13 over East Carolina - This one has potential to be interesting. East Carolina in after being sky high two weeks in a row so letdown always possible. Tulane had 318 yards in total offense against Bama. Hmmm.
Virginia +11 over Uconn - Not willing to lay double digits with Uconn just yet. Virginia beat Uconn by 1, 17-16 a year ago so revenge mode for the Huskies but 11 might be too much.
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