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3:30 pm Wake Forest at #3 Clemson (-34 1/2, 60) - After their 36-17 loss at Virginia Tech dropped them to 72 last week and out of the Top 25, Wake Forest needs to crank it up on the road against the powerhouse Tigers, and that's no easy task.

One would have thought the number to be smaller, but Clemson is rated nearly a five touchdown favorite in a game a few weeks ago might have been considered a two or three-TD affair.

However, Clemson is the real deal at 10-0. How many teams have they beaten by 35 or more? Seven, including their last three. They'll dominate.

Coin Flip: Wake Forest

Prediction: Tigers 56 Demon Deacons 13

3:30 pm #4 Georgia (-2 1/2, 40 1/2) at #12 Auburn - Great match-up in the SEC, especially with the game at Auburn, where the Tigers are 4-0. Auburn has just two losses, at Florida, 24-13, and at LSU, 23-20. They're as tough as they come and may consider Georgia an enemy and a tune-up for their meeting with Alabama in two weeks.

The Bulldogs have easily proven their value, their only loss a flukey, 20-17, 2OT defeat by South Carolina. This should be a defensive battle. Georgia has registered three shutouts this season, the latest, last week's 27-0 whitewash of the Mizzou. The Bulldogs are second in points allowed behind Ohio State, at 10.1. Auburn is 13th, 17.4

Coin Flip: Auburn

Prediction: Tigers 20 Bulldogs 17

3:30 pm #18 Memphis (-10 1/2, 68 1/2) at Houston - If you're looking for defense, this isn't your game, especially when Memphis has the ball. The Tigers are 8-1 overall, 4-1 in conference and vying with SMU and Navy for the top spot in the AA West division.

Houston is 3-6, definitely not a bowl-eligible team, and they've lost by 10 or more on three separate occasions. Could be blowout city.

Coin Flip: Memphis

Prediction: Tigers 45 Cougars 27

3:30 pm #19 Texas at Iowa State (-7, 66) - Without a doubt, Iowa State is the best 5-4 team in the nation. Last week, they played Oklahoma to nearly a standoff, losing, 42-41, on the road. Their other three losses were to Iowa, 18-17, Baylor, 23-21, and Oklahoma State, 34-27. See a trend there? They don't get blown out, but they also shouldn't be seven point favorites against the Longhorns, should they?

Texas is 6-3, with seven-point losses to LSU and Oklahoma, and a 37-27 loss to TCU. They topped K-State last week, 27-24, so they lack nothing. One has to take the points here.

Coin Flip: Iowa State

Prediction: Cyclones 34 Longhorns 30

4:00 pm #8 Minnesota at #20 Iowa (-3, 44) - The Golden Gophers beat Penn State to remain undefeated (9-0), and they still aren't favored at Iowa. That's how close the bulk of the Big Ten is this season. Outside of Ohio State and maybe Michigan, there's plenty of parity.

The Hawkeyes may be, similar to the Cyclones above, the best 6-3 team in the country. All of their losses have been in conference, at Michigan, 10-3, Penn State, 17-12, and last week, at Wisconsin, 24-22. They can keep it close, but the Gophers simply have momentum, a solid offense (which the Hawkeyes do not), and a will to win. It's their year.

Coin Flip: Minnesota

Prediction: Golden Gophers 23 Hawkeyes 17

7:00 pm #1 LSU (-21, 65) at Ole Miss - Think maybe LSU is going to blow away the Rebels this weekend after their thrilling, 60-minute full-on win at Alabama? They would be hard pressed to do so. Not only is the game on the road - their second straight away from the Swamp - Ole Miss isn't very bad for a 4-6 team. The only time they've been blown out was at Alabama, a 59-31 loss. Their defense has improved since then. Though they lost three straight games, they allowed 38 at Missouri, 24 at Texas A&M, and 20 in a 20-14 loss at Auburn. Last week, they hammered poor New Mexico State, 41-3. They'll be ready.

LSU will get the proverbial emotional "bounce" but will still have enough in the tank to keep their record unblemished, but it won't be pretty, and it won't be by much.

Coin Flip: Ole Miss

Prediction: Tigers 31 Rebels 20

7:30 pm #10 Oklahoma (-10, 67 1/2) at #13 Baylor - This is essentially an early look at the Big 12 championship. The conference doesn't have a championship game, so, Oklahoma is on track to steal it away from the 9-0 Bears. The Sooners lost to K-State, 48-41, two games back, and they just barely escaped with a 42-41 win over Iowa State last week.

An undefeated team getting 10 points at home - albeit against a very dangerous foe - is a handicapper's dream. The Sooners have the best offense in the conference (318 points), the Bears, the best defense (171 allowed). Something has to give.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Bears 31 Sooners 28

8:00 pm UCLA at #7 Utah (-21, 51 1/2) - Well, Utah is in position to head to the PAC-12 championship with one more win, and that should come Saturday night against the 4-5 Bruins, who have won three straight after a disastrous 1-5 beginning.

UCLA should not be taken lightly here, though the Utes are clearly the better team at 8-1. Utah's lone loss, to USC, may haunt them, as the Trojans are just a game back in the standings. Utah plays excellent defense, but UCLA has nothing to lose.

Coin Flip: Utah

Prediction: Utes 27 Bruins 17

10:30 pm Arizona at #6 Oregon (-27, 68 1/2) - The Wildcats are glad basketball season has arrived because their football team is 4-5 and defenseless. In four consecutive losses, they've allowed 189 points. Even Stanford, with the second-lowest scoring offense in the conference, put up 41 on them. Meanwhile, the Ducks have run off eight straight wins after their opening week loss to Auburn.

Oregon is the class of the PAC-12, is home, has had an extra week off and should roll big time here.

Coin Flip: Oregon

Prediction: Ducks 49 Wildcats 14

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