LARRY'S PICKS: Gators, Canes Will Be Winners

I was feeling pretty good about picking games with the spread. I mean 17-7 to start the season was a pretty impressive mark if I do say so myself.

Well, last Saturday was humble pie day for yours truly, barely breaking even at 6-6. I would have been above the .500 mark if the Hurricanes had made their overtime two-point conversion. Or If Vanderbilt had just taken a knee to end the game with Ole Miss. Did you see that one? Vandy is so accustomed to not winning they just about forgot how. Instead of taking knees and running out the clock for a one-point win they did the only thing that could give Ole Miss a chance. They scored. The Rebels almost made 'em pay for it, driving to the Vandy 16 before the game ended.

The Arkansas Razorbacks embarrassed themselves and the SEC by getting waxed by Southern Cal. FSU scored twice in the final quarter to beat Boston College. Illinois played California surprisingly close and UCF rolled over and played dead. So those were my mistakes. On the plus side I picked the Gators by eight, Wyoming and Michigan State to win as underdogs, Arizona to lose, but win with the points and UCLA and Alabama to both cover.

So here we go with week four, and I guarantee a better record or next week's picks are on the house.

Troy State (plus 21-½) over South Carolina: Last year the Trojans scared both LSU and Carolina to death, but ought to be able to hang in there against the HBC and his low-scoring squad. South Carolina 24-13

Iowa (plus 7-½) over Ohio State: The Hawkeyes didn't look good against Iowa State, but I'm a big Kirk Ferentz fan. Buckeyes win, but not by much. Ohio State 20-16

Georgia Tech (plus 11-½) over Virginia Tech: Third game in a row I take the points with a team I expect to lose. Tech has enough talent to hang with the Hokies… but not enough to beat them. Virginia Tech 30-20

Michigan State (minus 10-½) over Illinoize: Zooker's fourth quarter collapse last week a huge surprise, wasn't it? Won't have that opportunity this time around. Spartans 38-21

Clemson (minus 3-½) over Boston College: This is an ACC elimination game of sorts. Clemson has played very well so far this year and should be encouraged by overtime loss to Miami. Clemson 27-17

Wyoming (plus 2-½) over Ole Miss: Rebels fired David Cutcliffe and their reward is consecutive losses to Vandy and Wyoming. Cowboys prove Florida's opening win was significant. Wyoming 28-20

Colorado (plus 14-½) over Miami: Buffaloes tend to play to the level of competition and should be pumped about this opportunity. Miami survived last week, but it won't be that close this time. Miami 34-21

Notre Dame (minus 13-½) over Washington: Tyrone Willingham won't be extra-pumped for this one, but his players will be. Trouble is, they can't play. Notre Dame 35-10

Arkansas (plus 15-½) over Alabama: The Hogs can't be as bad as they looked against Southern Cal, can they? Well, yeah. Alabama 28-17

Georgia (minus 15-½) over Mississippi State: The battle of the Dogs will reinforce the belief that the maroon-clad Bulldogs have little if any offensive ability. Georgia 28-7

Tennessee (plus 6-½) over LSU: Tough week in Rocky Top after loss in Gainesville. Committing to Eric Ainge will give them a chance to get some offense going. Vols 21-20

Florida (minus 22-½) over Kentucky: The countdown to Rich Brooks' inevitable dismissal begins to get louder. Ideally weak defensive line for the Gators' O-Line to get some continuity and confidence heading into the key game at Alabama next week. Florida 45-9

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Last Week: 6 correct, 6 O'Learys, .500

Season Total: 23 correct, 13 Orgerons, .639

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