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Week 9 results: Rick: 12-5; Coin: 7-10
Cumulative: Rick: 51-61-1; Coin: 42-70-1

Friday, November 6

7:30 pm #11 Miami (-10, 59) at NC State - For now, the Hurricanes look like the 3rd best team in the ACC, behind Clemson and Notre Dame. They bounced back from their loss at Clemson, October 10, with wins over Pitt and Virginia and have had a bye week to rest up.

NC State was looking good at 4-1 before their Oct. 24 meeting at North Carolina. The Tar Heels crushed them, 48-21, running up the biggest score of the year on the Wolfpack while holding their rushing game to just 34 yards on 19 carries. Miami may be able to do the same.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Hurricanes 38 Wolfpack 23

9:45 pm #9 BYU (-3, 59 1/2) at #21 Boise State - This is likely to be the Cougars' toughest test of the season. BYU has been lights out all year, demolishing opponents, like 55-3 over Navy, 48-7 over Troy, 52-14 over Texas State and last week, 41-10 over Western Kentucky.

Those were mostly pushover teams, but Boise is different and they are at home. The Broncos have played just two games, but won them both: 42-13 over Utah State and 49-30 at Air Force last week.

Given that both teams have things their own way, this is a tough call, but BYU deserves a nod just because they've played more, and won them all.

Coin Flip: BYU

Prediction: Cougars 36 Broncos 28

Saturday, November 7

12:00 pm Air Force at Army (-5 1/2, 41) - Averaging 308 yards rushing a game the Black Knights pose a formidable threat to any defense. Their only lass was a 24-10 setback to Cincinnati late September, but they've regrouped and won for straight to get to 6-1 on the year.

Air Force has played just three games and lost two of them, to San Jose State and Boise State, neither very close. Their opening win over Navy, 40-7, was expected, but Navy has nothing this season.

Army is certainly good enough to handle the Falcons. Home field helps. Could be a rout as the Army defense is also quite stout, allowing just 11.7 points per game, sixth nationally.

Coin Flip: Air Force

Prediction: Black Knights 27 Falcons 10

12:00 pm #23 Michigan (-3, 54) at #13 Indiana - The Wolverines looked great in their 49-24 win over Minnesota, but got their butts handed to them at home by Michigan State last week, 27-24. The Spartans were three TD underdogs. Michigan could be fairly good or just plain overrated.

Indiana hasn't missed a beat, beating Penn State, 36-35, and taking out Rutgers on the road last week, 37-21. The fact that the line is so short gives credence to the argument that the Wolverines may not be so tough. Huge game for the Hoosiers and they should be up to it with Michael Penix Jr. running the offense.

Coin Flip: Indiana

Prediction: Hoosiers 29 Wolverines 21

12:00 pm Arizona State at #20 USC (-10, 58) - This is a 9:00 am game local time, so the kids from AZST should make sure to get a good night's rest prior to their opening game.

Without much to go on, last season's meeting between these two could hold a clue. USC won at Arizona State, 31-26. The Sun Devils were 8- last season, and QB Jayden Daniels returns as a sophomore. The Trojans were also 8-5 last season and have Kedon Slovis also returning as a sophomore QB. The Trojans could light it up last season, but lacked in the defensive department.

With just six games on the PAC-12 schedule, every game is big. Expect the unexpected.

Coin Flip: USC

Prediction: Sun Devils 35 Trojans 24

12:00 pm #18 SMU (-17 1/2, 62 1/2) at Temple - Temple's only win (1-3) was against South Florida, another AAC punching bag. The Owls were humiliated at Tulane last week, 38-3. SMU is 6-1, losing only to unbeaten Cincinnati, 42-13, two weeks ago. The Mustangs rebounded for a 51-37 win over Navy, a team that beat Temple in their opener, 31-29. SMU quarterback, Shane Buechele, is one of the country's most prolific passers. He threw for an even 300 yards last week and lit up Memphis earlier in the season for 474 yards.

Looks like a walkover for SMU.

Coin Flip: Temple

Prediction: Mustangs 42 Owls 10

12:00 pm West Virginia at #22 Texas (-6 1/2, 55) - Texas regained some swagger with their 42-34 OT win at Oklahoma State, handing the Cowboys their first defeat of the year.

Likewise, the Mountaineers pummeled Kansas State, 37-10, knocking the Wildcats down to 4-1 in the conference. So, both of these teams with 3-2 conference marks are alive in the Big 12, making this a big deal. While Texas is efficient on offense, their defense leaves much to be desired and the Mountaineers, riding high, may get the best of them.

Coin Flip: West Virginia

Prediction: Mountaineers 33 Longhorns 30

12:00 Michigan State at Iowa (-7, 46) - Iowa is 0-2 and Michigan State just upset Michigan last week, at Michigan, so why are the Hawkeyes a touchdown favorite?

Draw a line through the Spartans' 38-27 loss to Rutgers in their season opener. They turned the ball over seven times in that game. Against Michigan, no turnovers. Easy to like Michigan State's chances here.

Coin Flip: Iowa

Prediction: Spartans 24 Hawkeyes 17

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