COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
No. 1 LSU (plus 6) at No. 2 Alabama
Only once since 2007 have the Tigers and Tide combined to reach the 50-point mark; They come into this game averaging a combined 95 points … ALABAMA 35-28.
Maryland (plus 42¢) at No. 3 Ohio State
Can Buckeyes DE Chase Young build on his Heisman momentum against an overmatched opponent the way offensive players can? … OHIO STATE 56-10.
No. 4 Clemson (minus 32¢) at North Carolina State
Defending national champion Tigers, fifth in the CFP rankings, might be a little ticked … CLEMSON 45-10.
No. 5 Penn State (minus 6¢) at No. 13 Minnesota
It is really hard to run against the Nittany Lions; No team in the Big Ten runs more and passes less than the Gophers … PENN STATE 23-17.
Vanderbilt (plus 26¢) at No. 6 Florida
Gators are 27-1 against the Commodores dating to 1989 … FLORIDA 42-14.
Missouri (plus 17) at No. 8 Georgia
Tigers QB Kelly Bryant (left leg) is uncertain against the SEC’s No. 1 defense … GEORGIA 28-13.
Iowa State (plus 14¢) at No. 10 Oklahoma
Sooners have already taken their almost annual upset as a double-digit favorite. Another one would be devastating … IOWA STATE 35-34, UPSET SPECIAL.
No. 12 Baylor (minus 2) at TCU
Horned Frogs have won four straight in an underrated, old Southwest Conference rivalry … BAYLOR 31-27.
No. 15 Notre Dame (minus 8) at Duke
Blue Devils’ offense is last in the ACC in yards per play at 4.84 … NOTRE DAME 24-13.
No. 18 Iowa (plus 9¢) at No. 16 Wisconsin
Hawkeyes are averaging 18.2 points in Big Ten games and that includes 30 against Rutgers … WISCONSIN 16-9.
UConn (plus 35) at No. 17 Cincinnati
Bearcats needed a late rally to escape last week at East Carolina. Shouldn’t be a problem this week … CINCINNATI 45-7.
East Carolina (plus 21) at No. 15 SMU
Pirates have shown some fight, but still have lost four straight … SMU 48-21.
Wyoming (plus 13) at No. 21 Boise State
Cowboys turn to backup QB Tyler Vader Waal after a season-ending injury to Sean Chambers … BOISE STATE 28-17.
No. 22 Kansas State (plus 7) at Texas
A loss here and a 6-6 season becomes a very real possibility for the Longhorns … TEXAS 35-30.
No. 23 Wake Forest (minus 2) at Virginia Tech
Demon Deacons victory sets up a first-place showdown at Clemson next week. How about that? … WAKE FOREST 31-27.
Nevada (plus 17¢) at No. 24 San Diego State
Another Rocky Long coached Aztecs team winning with stingy defense … SAN DIEGO STATE 34-13.
Tennessee (minus 1) at Kentucky — @JeffMuirBP
Wildcats WR-turned-QB Lynn Bowden Jr. has run for 499 yards in last three games and has not thrown an interception in 33 attempts … TENNESSEE 21-17.
Appalachian State (plus 5) at South Carolina — @JacksonFrancoi3
Mountaineers go for Carolina sweep after beating North Carolina in September … APPALACHIAN STATE 23-20.
Southern California (plus 1¢) at Arizona State — @walkerRcarey
Going to Tempe as USC coach has not always guaranteed returning to campus as USC coach … USC 27-24.
Louisville (plus 6¢) at Miami — @laruerobinson
Hurricanes were an unlucky team early in the season and could still finish strong … MIAMI 28-20.
Illinois (plus 15) at Michigan State — @GARandall
One of these teams is on a three-game winning streak and the other on a three-game losing streak, but you wouldn’t know which by the point spread … MICHIGAN STATE 28-17.
Last week: 14-6 straight; 9-10 against the spread.
Season: 172-51 straight; 118-97-6 against the spread.