Fearless Friday Pick's and Pan's

Gerald Anthony takes a look at the weekend's action including the big game in Jacksonville.

The Games of November, the Home Stretch of the 2002 season is upon us! The battle for Conference titles and Bowl game qualification is white hot and we've still got some great rivalry games that can make or break somebody's season.

Week 10 has come and 8 teams stand undefeated and all but Bowling Green stand ranked in the Top 10, but more interestingly, only 7 teams remain with but one loss and only 14 remain with but 2 losses. As things shake out further, we could see a lot of 3 loss teams is some of the marquis bowls with a possibility of some 4 loss teams sneaking in on SOS. Crazy!

 I did pretty good with last week's guesses, going 7-5 both straight up and ATS, for a cumulative 14-10 SU and 13-12 ATS. The going indeed gets tougher as the quality of the games improves and we've got some GOOD ONES this week!  

  All times EST, all spreads obtained this morning.  

Noon on ESPN
Wisconsin @ Iowa (-8)
: The Hawkeyes went into the Big House and slapped the Meechiganers with authority. Iowa controls their own destiny since they DON'T play Ohio State. The Badgers own a 5 game winning streak over Iowa but the Hawkeyes need a win to keep alive their Rose Bowl aspirations. Lay the points as well.

12:30pm on Jefferson-Pilot & GP
Auburn (-4) @ Ole Miss
: A key SECW matchup for both teams. The Aubies waxed the Bayou's in surprising fashion last week with Campbell at the controls, but it was 4 picks of LSU that sealed the deal. Ole Miss is 5-0 at home and AU is 1-2 on the road, fwiw, and desperately need a win. In one that has me flummoxed, I'll take the home dog in a mild upset.

2:30pm on NBC
Boston College @ Notre Dame (-9.5)
: The Irish continue to win with just enough Offense to set up their punishing Defense. The Eagles haven't matched their level of play from last year despite being a Senior laden team, but this game always seems to bring out the best in them. I like ND to win but am going to take the spread just because.

3:30pm on ABC & GP
Georgia Tech @ NC State (-10)
: Tune-up game for the Wolfpack who must continue to win to keep alive any hope they have for a shot at the MNC. Impressive in their beating of Clemson, Chuck Amato's boyz are gaining that swagger as they sense that this may be their year to take the ACC crown. The Yellow Jackets rebounded in fine fashion by beating the Cavs handily but look to be outmatched in this one to me. Pack covers.

3:30pm on ABC & GP
Minnesota @ Ohio State (-13.5)
: The 7-1 Gophers waltz into the Shoe to take a shot at the undefeated Buckeyes who survived a taped-fist match with JoePa's Lions last week. Both teams are mirror-images of the other: tough as nails D, few turnovers, and punishing rushing attacks. Minnesota has played the Bucks tough the last two years and despite having the easiest route to this juncture I think they put a scare into the 103, 000 Ohio State contingent. Bucks win but not by the spread.  

3:30pm on ABC & GP
Colorado @ Oklahoma (-12)
: Perhaps a preview of the B12CG as the Buffs and the Sooners are unbeaten in Conference play. A matchup between the power running game of Colorado and the ultra stingy Sooner D, this one will get interesting ONLY if OU is sloppy with the ball. Boomers cook the Buffs.

3:30pm on ABC & GP
Arizona State @ Washington State (-7.5)
: Shootout Alert! The last undefeated teams in the Pac10 face off in Pullman where the Cougars are always tough. Problem is that HC Mike White has some problems with some key players that he has suspended for this one, and will be without the leading interceptor of passes in the Conference due to injuries suffered in a fight with a teammate. I'm thinking that the Sun Devils believe they have nothing to lose so I'm going with the upset, ASU.   

3:30pm on CBS
Tennessee (-1.5) @ South Carolina
: Back in August I speculated that this could be the season defining game for the Vols as I predicted they would have losses to UF and UGA going in. Now that Bama has tagged them, I sense a huge opportunity for the Cocks to add insult to injury. A week off does wonders for some teams late in the year and Holtz sure needed it with their list of injuries. Gimme SC in the upset.   

7pm on Fox  
Texas (-4) @ Nebraska
: Who would have thought that this matchup would have lost so much luster back in August? Me, for one! The Children of the Corn sucked it up and roared back from the abyss last week at aTm while the Horns were taking care of ISU. The last team to beat NU in Lincoln was whom? Texas and lay the points.   

7pm on TBS
UCLA (-1) @ Washington
: A must win situation for both if they desire to Bowl. UCLA won last week while the Huskies were humbled but both have the toughest part of their schedules remaining, UCLA is 5-3 & Udub is 4-4. At home the Huskies are tough but their Defense is simply horrid. Bruins.   

7:30pm on ESPN2
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