By Stewart Mandel
November 10, 2007
Week 11 Pickoff
The last time Auburn QB Brandon Cox came to Sanford Stadium, in 2005, he delivered one of the most dramatic endings in the history of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, beating the Dawgs on a bomb. These days, Cox mostly delivers handoffs and watches his defense dominate.
Auburn 17, Georgia 14
Who would have guessed there would come a day when ABC would show a Kansas-Oklahoma State game to nearly three times more households than USC-Cal? At long last, this mysterious-yet-deadly new species of Jayhawk goes under the primetime microscope for the nation to observe.
Kansas 23, Oklahoma State 17
Last week at BC, Florida State finally looked like the juggernaut all those new coaches were hired to produce. Drew Weatherford finally looked like a '90s-era 'Noles QB. Mickey Andrews' defense looked like some of his scary units of old. Can they pull it off two weeks in a row? ... Not yet.
Virginia Tech 20, Florida State 14
No. 12 USC (7-2) at Cal (6-3)
A month ago, back when Cal was ranked No. 2 and USC had just lost to Stanford, the Bears would have been the no-brainer pick here. Since then, however, Cal's once-feared offense has mysteriously crumbled, while the Trojans' touted defense has become increasingly dominant.
USC 24, Cal 20
No. 13 Michigan (8-2) at Wisconsin (7-3)
Back in the preseason, with Ohio State considered to be in "rebuilding" mode, this was to be the Big Ten's game of the year. Ten weeks later, Michigan's penultimate league contest comes against some banged-up Badgers and is the same as usual: A prelude to the Ohio State game.
Michigan 31, Wisconsin 20
Texas Tech (7-3) at No. 15 Texas (8-2)
The Longhorns have been living dangerously the past couple weeks, needing fourth-quarter comebacks to beat inferior Nebraska and Oklahoma State teams. This should seemingly bode well for the high-flying Red Raiders, right? Actually ... this one will be much easier for Texas.
Texas 40, Texas Tech 27
The Huskies have been unbeatable in the Big East lately, with consecutive victories over Louisville, USF and Rutgers, but they've also been fortunate to play all those games at home. The last time UConn left the state, it lost a nail-biter at Virginia. Expect a similar outcome in the Queen City.
Cincinnati 24, Connecticut 22
No. 9 Arizona State (8-1) at UCLA (5-4)
The Bruins just lost to sub-.500 Washington State and Arizona. They're down to their third-string quarterback and likely without their top two tailbacks. Now, they have to face an actual top-10 foe. In other words, it's exactly the kind of game Coach Roller Coaster (Karl Dorrell) can actually win.
Upset Special:
UCLA 20, Arizona State 17
Last week's record: 4-4. Season record: 50-30.

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