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Week 9: Rick: 8-5; Coin: 6-7
Cumulative: Rick: 56-69-1; Coin: 65-60-1

Thursday, October 31

8:00 pm West Virginia at #12 Baylor (-18, 55 1/2) - Baylor continues to rise through the rankings, at 7-0 with a 4-0 conference record, they are the current leader of the Big 12, 1/2-game up on the Sooners, who lost last week to Kansas State in a major upset. They have the best defense in the conference by far and some major playmakers on offense.

West Virginia has the lowest-scoring offense in the conference, so it's unlikely they'll do much against the Bears, especially on the road, where they are 1-2, the win coming at weak-kneed Kansas.

Coin Flip: West Virginia

Prediction: Bears 45 Mountaineers 10

8:00 pm Georgia Southern at #20 Appalachian State (-15, 44 1/2) - The Sun Belt doesn't often produce a top 25 team, but the Mountaineers have compiled a 7-0 mark and are 4-0 conference-wide. Their steady defense is yielding 19 points per game and they have the best offense in the conference, checking in at 41 points per game, #8 nationally. They average a whopping 244.1 yards per game.

Georgia Southern doesn't pack as much punch as the Mountaineers, but their defense is pretty good, and they've won three straight. The defense allows 28 points per game on average, but that's skewed due to a 55-3 loss to LSU on the opening weekend. Last week they routed New Mexico State, 41-7, but passed for a net three yards while rushing 56 times for 403. Weird.

Coin Flip: Appalachian State

Prediction: Mountaineers 30 Eagles 24

Saturday, November 2

12:00 pm #14 Michigan (-21, 56) at Maryland - After Michigan romped over Notre Dame last week, 45-14, they moved up five spots in the AP rankings and regained some self-respect. At 6-2, both losses were to heavyweight conference foes, Wisconsin and Penn State. Maryland surely doesn't have the answers on defense (second-worst in the Big Ten) and their offense won't dent the staunch Wolverine defense.

The Terrapins lost at Minnesota last week, 52-10, and were whipped by Penn State at the end of September, 59-0. Michigan should do similarly.

Coin Flip: Maryand

Prediction: Wolverines 49 Terrapins 10

12:00 pm NC State at #23 Wake Forest (-7 1/2, 60) - 6-1 Wake Forest is 4-1 at home, the loss coming when they were outgunned by Louisville, 62-59, three weeks ago. A 22-20 win over Florida State and a bye has them set up nicely at home against the Wolfpack.

After being humbled, 45-24, at Boston College, 4-3 NC State turns to Devin Leary, a redshirt freshman, as their starting QB against the Demon Deacons. Tough place to start a collegiate career.

Coin Flip: Wake Forest

Prediction: Demon Deacons 37 Wolfpack 20

2:30 pm Virginia Tech at #16 Notre Dame (-17 1/2, 57 1/2) - Having won three straight since installing Hendon Hooker at QB, the Hokies are 5-2 with losses at Boston College and against Duke. Since the 45-10 home loss to the Blue Devils, Hooker has led the offense to scores of 42, 34, and 43 points, so they're clicking. Whether they have enough in the tank to upend the Fighting Irish is the big question.

Notre Dame's quest for a chance at a national championship came down with a thud last week when Michigan smacked them, 45-14. The Irish offense was torn apart by Michigan's defense, but they should bounce back at home. This appears to be a game between teams going in opposite directions, While the Hokies may not win the game, they're certain to give it their best.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Prediction: Fighting Irish 31 Hokies 24

3:30 pm #8 Georgia (-6 1/2, 46) at #6 Florida - No doubt the most interesting game of the week right here, with the SEC East on the line. Georgia's only blemish is a 20-17, double overtime loss to South Carolina, while the Gators looked good until they played at LSU, suffering a 42.28 loss.

Both teams come off byes for the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" in Jacksonville. Florida had won three straight prior to Georgia taking the last two of this annual rivalry, including last season's 36-17 win by the Bulldogs. The games are normally not close, and Georgia appears to have an edge, and both teams enter the fray with one loss, same as last year.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Prediction: Bulldogs 28 Gators 18

3:30 pm #22 Kansas State (-6 1/2, 54) at Kansas - In five conference games, the Kansas Jayhawks have given up an average of 42 points per game, and that's bad, even for the Big 12. K-State, in four conference games, has allowed just under 29, but they have a win over Oklahoma to show for their efforts. The Wildcats outpaced the Sooners in a 48-41 shootout last week and returned to the Top 25 rankings.

Both teams can light up the scoreboard, which questions the O/U line here. This should be an up-and-down the field kind of affair. Kansas hasn't won in this series since 2008, though the games have been closer of late, including last year's 21-17 K-State victory.

Coin Flip: Kansas

Prediction: Wildcats 42 Jayhawks 31

3:30 pm Miami (FL) at Florida State (-3 1/2, 46 1/2) - This renewed rivalry will have the state of Florida jumping even though neither team is ranked. Both teams are 4-4, but Miami holds a significant defensive edge.

The Seminoles are 4-1 at home, the loss a 36-31 downfall to Boise State in week one. Recent losses at Clemson and Wake Forest have hurt, but they seek to make amends here. Miami's defense should hold sway in the final quarter.

Coin Flip: Florida State

Prediction: Hurricanes 24 Seminoles 20

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