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Week 10 results: Rick: 9-4; Coin: 7-6
Cumulative: Rick: 60-65-1; Coin: 49-76-1

Thursday, November 12

8:00 pm Colorado State at Boise State (-14, 61) - There's so much up and down in the college football ranks, one can be confident that the 2-1 Boise State Broncos are living largely off their reputation, especially after being humbled by BYU last week in a serious rivalry game, 51-17.

Additionally, Boise could be without the services of QB Hank Bachmeier, who has missed two straight games, and backup Jack Sears left in the first quarter with an apparent concussion in the loss to BYU. Freshman Cade Fennegan finished the game for the Broncos, but one has to question the durability of the Boise QBs.

The Rams aren't bad, apparently. After losing to Fresno State, 38-17, they came back the following week to top Wyoming, 34-24, so they appear competitive. As usual, everybody in the Mountain West has targeted Boise State, so expect the Rams to be at their best.

Coin Flip: Colorado State

Prediction: Rams 34 Broncos 32

Friday, November 13

7:00 pm Iowa (-3 1/2, 58) at Minnesota - Following losses to Purdue (24-20) and Northwestern (21-20), the Iowa Hawkeyes took out their frustrations on Michigan State last week, pummeling the Spartans, 49-7. In that game, the Hawkeyes expanded a 21-0 second quarter lead with a pair of scores in 27 seconds time. Charlie Jones raced to the end zone on a 54-yard punt return, followed by a pick 6 by Riley Moss, again going 54 yards.

Minnesota also began the season with a pair of losses, to Michigan and Maryland, but got a win at Illinois last week, 41-14. The Gophers don't offer much in the way of defense, though their offense can be explosive. Iowa, however, is too physical and this has the makings of a mismatch.

Coin Flip: Minnesota

Prediction: Hawkeyes 38 Golden Gophers 24

7:30 pm East Carolina at #7 Cincinnati (-27 1/2, 56) - The Bearcats remain undefeated at 6-0, last week putting the hammer down on Houston, 38-10. Cincinnati's defense is top flight. Among teams that have played four or more games, the Bearcats are tied with Army for #3 in the nation, allowing 11.7 points per game. No team has scored more than 20 against them (Austin Peay) and in the last three weeks they've blasted conference foes, SMU, Memphis, and Houston by a combined score of 129-33, and all of those teams have solid offensive players.

Coming into unfriendly territory at 1-5, the Pirates better have their rucksacks ready, because they're probably going to be leaving in a hurry after the Bearcats tear them apart.

Coin Flip: East Carolina

Prediction: Bearcats 48 Pirates 3

Saturday, November 14

12:00 pm #9 Miami at Virginia Tech (-2, 67 1/2) - Top notch ACC match-up here which may be determined by Miami's defense, which is allowing 24.9 points per game. If they can contain dual threat QB Hendon Hooker, who has led the Hokies in both passing and rushing the past four games, they should be OK. If not, they're going to have to rely on the offense, as they did in last week's 44-41 win at NC State.

Chances are that Hooker will make the Hurricanes pay, giving 4-3 Virginia Tech a needed home win.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Prediction: Hokies 33 Hurricanes 28

12:00 pm #10 Indiana (-7, 52) at Michigan State - Now this right here is shocking. Indiana ranked #10 nationally a touchdown favorite at Michigan State?

It's easy to buy into the thinking that the Hoosiers - who returned something like 17 starters from last year - may have the best team in the Big Ten, outside of Ohio State. Wins over Penn State and Rutgers were all well and good, but last week's 38-21 triumph over Michigan was proof that Indiana has a capable defense and QB Michael Penix Jr. is a superstar in the making.

Michigan comes limping home at 1-2 after being whacked by Iowa last week, 49-7. They need to get right n a hurry just to be competitive.

Coin Flip: Michigan State

Prediction: Hoosiers 34 Spartans 17

12:00 pm #15 Coastal Carolina (-10 1/2, 53) at Troy - Anybody wondering how the Chanticleers are ranked #15 should consider their wins over Georgia Southern (28-14), Georgia State (51-0), and South Alabama (23-6) - teams with a combined record of 11-9, so no slouches - as ample proof of the quality of their play in and out of the Sun Belt conference. They've also beaten a Big Five conference team, winning at Kansas, 38-23, in their season opener.

Troy, for many years a beast in the conference, is just 4-3 this season, 2-2 in Sun Belt play. Losses to Georgia State (36-34) and Georgia Southern (20-13) don't look good coming into this contest.

Coin Flip: Coastal Carolina

Prediction: Chanticleers 34 Trojans 20

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