Where’s love for OU? Right here

Sep 13, 2005 7:10 AM

Texas QB Vince Young left Columbus still a strong Heisman candidate, and a winner.

LSU gave Baton Rouge and a national late night audience an emotional lift with a stunning comeback win at Arizona State.

And, Dave Wannstedt showed why Pittsburgh messed up big firing Walt Harris.

Last week: 9-8

Season: 12-14.

Now on to our top selections for this week.

Oklahoma +7 at UCLA: The Bruins are for real. They have the better skill people and a more balanced attack. The Sooners have no QB and just RB Adrian Peterson. OU almost lost to Tulsa after falling to TCU. But there is no way UCLA would have been a touchdown favorite in preseason. All the value is with the Sooners. OKLAHOMA.

Toledo -30 at Temple: The home opener for the Owls will be a hoot for the high-powered Rockets. TOLEDO.

ECU +13½ at W. Forest: The visiting Pirates have had two weeks to prepare for the Deacs, who were shucked in Nebraska. Wake doesn’t handle the favorite role well and won’t here. ECU.

SMU +28 at Texas A&M: Kyle Field will be a nightmare for the Mustangs, especially with A&M not playing last week. TEXAS A&M.

N.Mex St. +22 at N.Mexico: Los Lobos are on fire after big win at Missouri. State was routed by Colorado. More of the same. NEW MEXICO.

N’western +14½ at ASU (64): The Sun Devils will need more than a week to shake off that LSU giveaway. Meanwhile, the upstart Wildcats can smell an upset that would make them 3-0. Expect a shootout. OVER.

FAU +32 at Minnesota: If you saw FAU, the offensive woes are documented. Minnesota can run Maroney 25 times, gain 200 yards and win by six TDs. MINN.

Pitt +10 at Nebraska: The Huskers really impressed us at how easily they handled Wake Forest. Ten years ago, I never would have thought I could write this! Pitt has reached the pits with Wannstedt. NEBRASKA.

And now for the pros.



Vikings +3 at Bengals (47): Minnesota looked awful against Tampa Bay, especially QB Daunte Culpepper. Can this guy ever hang on to the ball when hit? Expect aggressive Bengals to force the issue with blitzes, while on offense Carson Palmer’s stock continues to rise. Mike Tice may wish he had Moss after all.

Ravens -3½ at Titans (36): The Steelers did a number on Tennessee and it figures that Baltimore’s great defense should shut down Jeff Fisher’s declining squad. Baltimore doesn’t score much, so this one could be real ugly to watch. Unless the under is posted at 25, we’re interested.

Lions -2½ at Bears (34): The Bears lost at Washington 9-7, which qualifies as an offensive explosion. The 7, I mean! Detroit won 17-3 over Green Bay, a score I still can’t believe. In the NFL anything can happen but I’m not looking for a lot of points here. Kyle Orton just may be able to rally the forces against a truly horrible road team.

Chargers +3 at Broncos (44): Huge game in the AFC West since the loser is 0-2, which usually means no postseason. San Diego played well in its loss to Dallas, while the Broncos were dreadful at Miami. Even though Marty Ball suffers a mile high, we’ll back the Chargers. If one has to reach 0-2, we think it’s Denver.

Rams -1 at Cards (44): The loser falls to 0-2 in the division. You would think Arizona is the more likely of the two to remain winless, looking over history. But, Mike Martz can coach only one team and the Rams continue to lose on natural grass. Arizona ran into a fired up Giants team and will rebound in the desert.