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November 1, 2007

FRIDAY'S GAMES
Temple (3-5) at Ohio U. (4-5), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Can you feel the excitement? Temple is looking for its first four-game winning streak since 1985.
The line: Ohio U. by 7. | The pick: Ohio U. 26-21.
Akron (3-5) at Bowling Green (4-4), 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: Troubled times: Both teams have lost three of their past four games.
The line: Bowling Green by 7. | The pick: Bowling Green 30-24.
Nevada (4-4) at New Mexico State (4-5), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Aggies QB Chase Holbrook's 70.9 career completion percentage is best in nation among active quarterbacks.
The line: Nevada by 7. | The pick: Nevada 41-31.
SATURDAY'S GAMES
NC State (3-5) at Miami (5-3), noon, ESPNU
The buzz: Hurricanes have not allowed a first-half point in any of their five home games this season.
The line: Miami by 12. | The pick: Miami 24-14.
Iowa (4-5) at Northwestern (5-4), noon, ESPN2
The buzz: Bad starts: Iowa has not scored on its opening possession this season.
The line: Northwestern by 1. | The pick: Iowa 28-23.
Wisconsin (7-2) at Ohio State (9-0), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: Ohio State has tied a league record with 19 consecutive Big Ten wins. Can Buckeyes set the bar higher?
The line: Ohio State by 15.5. | The pick: Ohio State 27-17.
Purdue (7-2) at Penn State (6-3), noon, ESPN
The buzz: You know, it's early November, and we still don't really know how good these teams are.
The line: Penn State by 7. | The pick: Penn State 23-17.
Syracuse (2-6) at Pittsburgh (3-5), noon, Altitude/GamePlan
The buzz: Technically, both these teams remain alive in Big East race. And, technically, I could one day be president.
The line: Pittsburgh by 13. | The pick: Pitt 24-16
Clemson (6-2) at Duke (1-7), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: Clemson QB Cullen Harper has 21 TD passes, which is tied for the single-season school record.
The line: Clemson by 16. | The pick: Clemson 31-17.
Wake Forest (6-2) at Virginia (7-2), noon, Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: Cavaliers have tied an NCAA Division I record with four victories by two points or less this season.
The line: Wake Forest by 1. | The pick: Wake Forest 24-21.
Ball State (5-4) at Indiana (5-4), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: Ball State has scored less than 34 points just twice this season, and IU's defense is bad.
The line: Indiana by 6.5. | The pick: Indiana 40-31.
Kansas State (5-3) at Iowa State (1-8), 12:30 p.m., Vs.
The buzz: An important game for K-State as it positions itself for "nice" bowl bid.
The line: Kansas State by 14. | The pick: K-State 35-17.
Vanderbilt (5-3) at Florida (5-3), 12:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: Gators have won 16 in a row in series, and Vandy has won just once in Gainesville (1945).
The line:Florida by 16. | The pick: Florida 27-17.
Nebraska (4-5) at Kansas (8-0), 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
The buzz: This is second-most-played rivalry in nation (this is 114th meeting, with Huskers leading 88-22-3), and KU can get some payback.
The line: Kansas by 19. | The pick: Kansas 38-17.
Troy (6-2) at Georgia (6-2), 1 p.m.
The buzz: "Hey, where are we?" This is first home game for Georgia since Sept. 29.
The line: Georgia by 16.5. | The pick: Georgia 38-24.
East Carolina (5-4) at Memphis (4-4), 2 p.m.
The buzz: ECU is only school in C-USA East that controls its destiny in title race.
The line: East Carolina by 5. | The pick: ECU 34-24.
Northwestern State (La.) (3-5) at Ole Miss (2-7), 2 p.m.
The buzz: Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron is an alum of I-AA Northwestern State, which has three ex-Rebels on its roster.
The line: No line. | The pick: Ole Miss 27-11.
Western Kentucky (5-3) at Chattanooga (2-6), 2 p.m.
The buzz: This is one of two road games against I-AA opponents for Western Kentucky this season.
The line: No line. | The pick: Western Kentucky 44-17.
Colorado State (1-7) at BYU (5-2), 2 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: BYU has won nine in a row at home, one shy of the league record (which, coincidentally, is held by BYU).
The line: BYU by 21. | The pick: BYU 45-21.
Navy (4-4) at Notre Dame (1-7), 2:30 p.m., NBC
The buzz: OK, is this finally the season the Middies break that long losing streak (an NCAA-record 43 games) to the Irish? Yes.
The line: Notre Dame by 3.5. | The pick: Navy 27-21.
Tennessee Tech (4-5) at Auburn (6-3), 2:30 p.m.
The buzz: Auburn is only Division I-A team to lead at halftime of each game this season. That streak will continue.
The line: No line. | The pick: Auburn 38-7.
Buffalo (4-5) at Miami University (4-5), 3 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: A victory in this one and Buffalo all but wraps up the MAC East crown. And, yes, we're serious.
The line: Miami by 7. | The pick: Miami 23-14.
UTEP (4-4) at Rice (1-7), 3 p.m.
The buzz: UTEP has averaged 44 ppg in its past five games and Rice is 119th in nation in total defense.
The line: UTEP by 7. | The pick: UTEP 45-34.
Florida International (0-8) at Arkansas State (3-5), 3 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Can the hounds get to Jonesboro, Ark.? Man, do they even want to go to Jonesboro? This is the dog of the week.
The line: Arkansas State by 17. | The pick: Arkansas State 28-14.
San Jose State (3-5) at Boise State (7-1), 3 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Maybe it's the blue field: Boise State has won 32 league games in a row at home and 56 of past 58 overall at home.
The line: Boise State by 26. | The pick: Boise State 49-21.
Texas Tech (6-3) at Baylor (3-6), 3 p.m.
The buzz: Red Raiders have lost two in a row, to good teams. Baylor is not a good team.
The line: Texas Tech by 21. | The pick: Texas Tech 52-23.
Cincinnati (6-2) at USF (6-2), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN/GamePlan
The buzz: Each comes in on a two-game losing streak. Cincy has forced 26 turnovers, USF 25.
The line: USF by 5. | The pick: USF 20-17.
Michigan (7-2) at Michigan State (5-4), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN/GamePlan
The buzz: Wolverines have won five in a row in this series. Spartans still looking for first "good" win of season.
The line: Michigan by 4. | The pick: Michigan 30-23.
Texas (7-2) at Oklahoma State (5-3), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: Can Cowboys get high-powered rushing attack in gear against Texas? If so, they can win.
The line: Texas by 3. | The pick: Oklahoma State 31-28.
UCLA (5-3) at Arizona (3-6), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: All of a sudden, both coaches in this game are feeling the heat.
The line: UCLA by 2.5. | The pick: UCLA 21-16.
Marshall (1-7) at UCF (5-3), 3:30 p.m., Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
The buzz: UCF TB Kevin Smith is second in nation in rushing (157.5 ypg), and Marshall's run defense is rancid.
The line: UCF by 14. | The pick: UCF 35-17.
Army (3-5) at Air Force (6-3), 3:30 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: Air Force has won nine of past 10 in series, and average victory margin for Falcons has been 22 points.
The line: Air Force by 16.5. | The pick: Air Force 38-20.
Maryland (4-4) at North Carolina (2-6), 3:45 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: If Terps are serious about playing in a bowl, they'd better win this one.
The line: North Carolina by 2.5. | The pick: Maryland 23-18.
La.-Lafayette (1-7) at Tennessee (5-3), 4 p.m.
The buzz: Phillip Fulmer's first official victory as Vols' coach came vs. ULL, in 1992, when school was known as Southwestern Louisiana.
The line: Tennessee by 29. | The pick: Tennessee 44-17.
LSU (7-1) at Alabama (6-2), 5 p.m., CBS
The buzz: Tigers have won six of past seven vs. Tide. Alabama coach Nick Saban had four of those wins and the loss while with Tigers.
The line: LSU by 7. | The pick: LSU 28-17.
Utah State (0-8) at Fresno State (5-3), 5 p.m.
The buzz: A whole lot o' losing: Utah State has lost 14 in a row overall and 11 in a row on the road.
The line: Fresno State by 20.5. | The pick: Fresno State 38-13.
Louisiana Tech (3-5) at Idaho (1-8), 5 p.m.
The buzz: A whole lot o' losing II: Idaho has lost 10 in a row in WAC play.
The line: Louisiana Tech by 3.5. | The pick: Louisiana Tech 27-21.
New Mexico (6-2) at TCU (4-4), 5:30 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: New Mexico hasn't allowed a point in the fourth quarter in its past three games.
The line: TCU by 3.5. | The pick: New Mexico 23-21.
Missouri (7-1) at Colorado (5-4), 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
The buzz: Mizzou is in top 10 nationally in scoring offense (eighth), pass offense (fifth) and total offense (seventh).
The line: Missouri by 4. | The pick: Missouri 31-21.
Washington (2-6) at Stanford (3-5), 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Bay Area/Fox Sports Net Northwest
The buzz: Stanford won once last season beating the Huskies in Seattle. This season, Huskies come in on six-game losing streak.
The line: Washington by 3. | The pick: Washington 27-20.
Arizona State (8-0) at Oregon (7-1), 6:45 p.m., ESPN*
The buzz: Arizona State is 8-0 for first time 1996. That's the season it won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl.
The line: Oregon by 7. | The pick: Oregon 28-24.
Middle Tennessee (4-5) at La.-Monroe (3-5), 7 p.m.
The buzz: ULM TB Calvin Dawson has 12 100-yard performances in his past 13 games.
The line: Middle Tennessee by 4. | The pick: Middle Tennessee 24-23.
Southern Miss (4-4) at UAB (2-6), 7 p.m., Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
The buzz: Southern Miss LB Gerald McRath is third in nation with 103 total tackles.
The line: Southern Miss by 11. | The pick: Southern Miss 24-10.
Eastern Michigan (3-6) at Toledo (4-5), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Last week was first time Toledo didn't surrender at least 34 points in a game this season.
The line: Toledo by 7.5. | The pick: Toledo 48-34.
Rutgers (5-3) at Connecticut (7-1), 7:15 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: UConn is only unbeaten team in Big East play. Stopping Rutgers TB Ray Rice is key to remaining unbeaten.
The line: UConn by 2.5. | The pick: UConn 20-17.
Tulsa (5-3) at Tulane (2-6), 7:30 p.m., CTSV
The buzz: Tulane TB Matt Forte has four consecutive 200-yard games, one shy of NCAA record.
The line: Tulsa by 6.5. | The pick: Tulsa 38-28.
Illinois (6-3) at Minnesota (1-8), 8 p.m., Big Ten Network
The buzz: This is a must-win for Illini if they want to stay in mix for New Year's Day bowl.
The line: Illinois by 11.5. | The pick: Illinois 37-17.
Texas A&M (6-3) at Oklahoma (7-1), 8 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: OU is third in nation in rush defense, which bodes ill for Aggies, who can't do anything but run.
The line: Oklahoma by 21. | The pick: Oklahoma 34-17.
Oregon State (5-3) at USC (6-2), 8 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: Even though Beavers won last season, USC owns this series, with a 57-9-4 advantage. Oregon State hasn't won at USC since 1960.
The line: USC by 15.5. | The pick: USC 24-14.
South Carolina (6-3) at Arkansas (5-3), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: This is huge for Gamecocks as they try to stay alive in SEC East race. Hogs, meanwhile, still looking for first "legit" win of year.
The line: Arkansas by 4.5. | The pick: South Carolina 24-20.
Florida State (5-3) at Boston College (8-0), 8 p.m., ABC regional/GamePlan
The buzz: What in the world? BC is a national-title contender, and FSU is trying to play spoiler.
The line: Boston College by 6.5. | The pick: Boston College 21-13.
Wyoming (5-3) at San Diego State (2-5), 9 p.m., The mtn.
The buzz: Check the halftime score. SDSU is 0-5 this season when it doesn't lead at the half.
The line: Wyoming by 4. | The pick: Wyoming 24-16.
Washington State (3-5) at California (5-3), 10 p.m., Fox Sports Net
The buzz: Cal was, basically, one play away from being No. 1. Instead, they come in riding a three-game losing streak.
The line: Cal by 14.5. | The pick: Cal 42-24.
SUNDAY'S GAMES
SMU (1-7) at Houston (5-3), 8 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: SMU already has fired coach Phil Bennett. Cougars likely will compound his misery in this one.
The line: Houston by 19. | The pick: Houston 49-24.
Nov. 6
Central Michigan (5-4) at Western Michigan (3-6), 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Central Michigan leads MAC West race and has won 11 of past 12 regular-season league games.
The line: Central Michigan by 3. | The pick: Central Michigan 38-28.
Nov. 7
Ohio U. (5-5) at Akron (3-6), 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Ahhh, nothing like Wednesday-night college football in early November.
The line: Ohio U. by 3. | The pick: Akron 28-23.
THURSDAY'S GAME
Virginia Tech (6-2) at Georgia Tech (5-3), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Georgia Tech TB Tashard Choice will miss this game with a knee injury. Thus, Jackets are in trouble.
The line: Georgia Tech by 2.5. | The pick: Virginia Tech 20-13.
The result: Virginia Tech, 27-3.
LAST WEEK:
35-18 straight up, 22-28-1 against the spread.
OVERALL:
404-130 straight up, 223-225-9 against the spread. (Games involving I-AA teams don't have point spreads.)

TV NOTE: * - In Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and southern California, the Arizona State-Oregon game will be on either Fox Sports Net Arizona or Fox Sports Net West.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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