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Week 7 Pickoff
First, they became improbable hoops rivals, with Joakim Noah and Co. terrorizing the Wildcats the past few years. On the football field, Kentucky plays the role of the one-time afterthought trying to derail the more glamorous program. Too bad they used up that juice last week.
Florida 34, Kentucky 31
No. 18 Auburn (5-2) at No. 5 LSU (6-1)
Last year's 7-3 Auburn win was so hard-hitting and physical that the Tigers (both sets) were still lamenting the toll they took months after the fact. Expect this one to be equally low scoring -- for Auburn. LSU's got too many weapons, and QB Brandon Cox is way too turnover-prone.
LSU 23, Auburn 10
Footballs will be flying through the Columbia sky, and if you live in Big 12 country, here's guessing you won't be getting your local ABC newscast afterward. In the battle of Heisman hopefuls, Graham Harrell will throw for more yards, while Chase Daniel will get the "W."
Missouri 45, Texas Tech 38
No. 24 Michigan (5-2) at Illinois (5-2)
Forget Appalachian State. Forget Oregon. The Wolverines are back in their rightful spot in the national rankings, vying for a return to Pasadena. Unfortunately, they now have to play an opponent with a pair of quarterbacks cast straight out of Michigan's two September conquerors.
Illinois 28, Michigan 25
No. 15 Kansas (6-0) at Colorado (4-3)
In their first trip outside the state of Kansas, the Jayhawks -- America's best-kept undefeated secret -- will attempt to do what Oklahoma could not: survive the Colorado altitude. Here's hoping they installed some of those crazy Anthony Gonzalez sleep tents in the dorms this week.
Kansas 23, Colorado 17
No. 20 Tennessee (4-2) at Alabama (5-2)
All across the South this week, people are scratching their heads in bewilderment. Tennessee-Alabama, that grand, old grudge match, relegated to syndicated programming? The third-biggest game in the SEC? Here's guessing it will still go right down to the last second. It usually does.
Alabama 31, Tennessee 29
No. 10 Cal (5-1) at UCLA (4-2)
How to forecast a game where both teams' QBs are "game-time decisions?" Of the four possible scenarios -- UCLA walk-on Bethel McLeod-Thompson against either Nate Longshore or Kevin Riley, Patrick Cowan against Longshore, or Cowan-Riley -- three favor Cal. I'll play the odds.
Cal 23, UCLA 17
Stanford (2-4) at Arizona (2-5)
OK, I know what you're thinking. You wuss. This is your upset pick? Hey -- the boys in Vegas deem Arizona a 12-point favorite. And to pick Stanford is to put faith in the most unpredictable team in America (win at USC, choke at home against TCU). Frankly, I think I deserve a medal.
Upset Special:
Stanford 27, Arizona 24
Last week's record: 6-2. Season record: 36-20.
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