Rutgers (+14.5) at Syracuse
Saturday, 1:30 p.m., No TV
Troy Nunes takes over at quarterback, but don't expect much of a
change. It's been the defense that has delivered Syracuse's worst start since
Giving up more than 30 points and 300 yards a game and ranking last in
the Big East, or close to it, in every defensive category will give the
Orangemen another loss to a lowly conference team.
Pick: Rutgers 14, Syracuse 10
Boston College (+4.5) at Pittsburgh
Saturday, Noon, No TV
The Eagles' two losses have come against Big East powers Miami and
Virginia Tech. Boston College kept pace with the Hokies until Virginia Tech
used its devastating running game to smash the Eagles defense — which
allowed 380 rushing yards against woeful Navy.
Pittsburgh nearly upset undefeated Notre Dame on Oct. 12, coming up
just short behind Rod Rutherford's 313 passing yards.
This game should be a shootout.
Pick: Boston College 31, Pittsburgh 28
Notre Dame (+11.5) at Florida State
Saturday, Noon, ABC
The Fighting Irish held Air Force to 104 rushing yards on 38 carries
and only 10 first downs last weekend while pounding out a season-high 335
rushing yards. The Irish also squeaked out a win against Michigan on
But, then again, Florida State was one kick away from beating Miami.
Pick: Florida State 35, Notre Dame 27
Penn State (+4.5) at Ohio State
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC
One of the most storied rivalries in college sports will be as heated
as ever with the resurgence of Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions.
But who will stop Buckeyes' back Maurice Clarett, who has averaged 140
yards? Probably no one.
Pick: Ohio State 28, Penn State 23
Alabama (Even) at Tennessee
Saturday, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
Santonio Beard surprised even himself after rushing for five touchdowns
and 138 yards as Alabama trounced Mississippi, 42-7.
Meanwhile, Tennessee dropped its second conference game, losing to
Georgia, 18-13, on Oct. 12, without quarterback Casey Clausen (collarbone).
Later in the week, Clausen said he could've played with one arm and
Tennessee would've won.
Although Clausen returned to practice Monday, Tennessee's record won't
Pick: Alabama 42, Tennessee 28
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