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WEEK 7 NCAA Footall Picks - late games

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3:30 pm North Carolina at Miami (-8 1/2, 64 1/2) - Both teams are coming off losses, but Miami's was by a mere point (20-19) to a desperate Florida State squad, while the Tar Heels were rudely dispatched by Virginia Tech, 34-3, in a rain-plagued contest. The 4-2 Carolinians aren't that bad a team, boasting one of the top offenses in the conference, though they are shaky on defense.

If North Carolina would win this game, one would figure it to be a close call, but Miami at home, maddened by the one-point defeat, should prevail in a large way.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Hurricanes 45 Tar Heels 28


3:30 pm Alabama (-13, 57 1/2) at Tennessee - One can only wonder how good the Volunteers could be if they played a little defense in the first halves of their games. They've managed to come back in every contest except last week, finally surrendering to Texas A&M, 45-38, in double OT.

The Vols will be up for this game, as will the Tide, which has managed to scare off every contender to their #1 ranking, wining all six of their starts, most of them by large margins. Other than a 48-43 score at Ole Miss, Alabama has punished everybody, including a 49-30 romp at Arkansas last week. This being their second road game in a row, the result here could be a little tighter and an upset is completely possible.

Coin Flip: Alabama

Prediction: Crimson Tide 34 Volunteers 31


3:30 pm Nebraska (-3 1/2, 56) at Indiana - As far as the Big Ten is concerned, it's all a matter of which division one plays in that matters. Indiana has the misfortune of being in the East, the domain of Ohio State and Michigan, both undefeated, while the Cornhuskers play in the west and currently have a 5-0 mark overall and are 2-0 in conference play.

The Hoosiers have played everybody tough and are not an automatic win, as has been the case in previous seasons, making this a big one for all involved. A defense-minded Nebraska, however, may be more than they can handle.

Coin Flip: Indiana

Prediction: Cornhuskers 28 Hoosiers 18


4:00 pm Missouri at Florida (-13 1/2, 51) - The Gators may not be national championship caliber, but they are at least alive in the SEC, while the Tigers looked pretty beatable after the October 1, 42-7, pounding at LSU.

Florida's only loss was to Tennessee, and they squared by Vandy two weeks back. A week off and return home should result in a mammoth uprising.

Coin Flip: Missouri

Prediction: Gators 38 Tigers 10



4:00 pm Utah (-9, 47 1/2) at Oregon State - At 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference, the Utes are alive and living large. The 2-3 Beavers may be a little better at home than on the road, but who isn't? Their 47-44 OT win over Cal last week was nothing special, so the Utes should have things going their way all day long.

Coin Flip: Utah

Prediction: Utes 45 Beavers 21


7:00 pm Ole Miss (-7 1/2, 66 1/2) at Arkansas - Even though Arkansas got beaten up by Alabama last week, at 4-2 they're still quite dangerous, their only other loss coming against Texas A&M. They certainly have enough offense to compete with any SEC squad, though the defense comes up short too often.

Ole Miss is 3-2, but ranked nine places higher than the Razorbacks (13 vs. 22). At home, with a shot at knocking off an SEC rival, gotta like Arkansas to win outright.

Coin Flip: Ole Miss

Prediction: Razorbacks 29 Rebels 26


7:30 pm Stanford at Notre Dame (-3, 54) - Huge disappointment for fans of both teams as the Fighting Irish are now 2-4 with the Cardinal slumping to 2-3 after a couple of blowout losses to Washington and Washington State, 44-6, and 42-16, respectively.

The season is over for both teams and this game is not on anyone's "must watch" list.

Coin Flip: Notre Dame

Prediction: Cardinal 34 Fighting Irish 24


8:00 pm Ohio State (-10, 44) at Wisconsin - The Buckeyes are rolling along, but this is their first big test of the season. Their 45-24 win over Oklahoma back in mid-September, was much ado about nothing, as the Sooners are pussycats. Last week, Ohio State took care of business against Indiana, topping them by a 38-17 score.

Wisconsin poses a host of issues for Ohio State, not the least of which is a stingy defense. The 4-1 Badgers allow just 12.2 points per game, a challenge for any team, including the Buckeyes. Can Ohio State win on the road by 10. Sure, they can, but they more than likely will be happy to escape with a win by less. The spread is quite generous here. Wisconsin's only loss was in their last game, October 1, a 14-7 defeat at Michigan. Extra rest and home field work in their favor.

Coin Flip: Ohio State

Prediction: Buckeyes 22 Badgers 20


10:30 pm UCLA at Washington State (-5, 64) - After a pair of three-point losses, the Cougars have bounced back with there straight victories, really hitting their stride with a 42-16 upset over Stanford last week. They're looking good in the PAC-12, though their big game may be at the end of the season, when they meet the Huskies.

With the South division completely upside down, UCLA, 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference could use a win to catapult them into the conference race, though the 23-20 loss to Arizona State last week surely didn't help matters. This should prove a bellwether game for both teams, but by all appearances, Washington State is rolling along quite nicely.

Coin Flip: Washington State

Prediction: Cougars 31 Bruins 21

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