The Illinois win at Ohio State probably knocked the Buckeyes out of national championship consideration and put Kansas in line for a trip to Glendale.
Right now, LSU and Oregon are the top two teams, followed by a trio of Big 12 members Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Since Kansas is undefeated, a sweep through the rest of the regular season plus the Big 12 Championship would probably be enough to give the Jayhawks that boost Florida received by winning the SEC last year.
But, there are so many teams with just one loss that it’s still a crapshoot. As are my picks, which began a lousy 1-4, but ended 5-5. The .500 mark is still within reach, so let’s begin.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Oregon -12 at Arizona: The Ducks are sitting pretty in the BCS and are a robust 8-1 ATS. However, this is national TV and a big opportunity for the host Wildcats coming off a nice 12-day hiatus. Zona comes off wins over UCLA and Washington. The Ducks are in for a tough battle. ARIZONA.
Friday, Nov. 16
Hawaii NL at Nevada: The nation’s other undefeated along with Kansas won’t have an easy time in Reno against a Nevada team that pushed Boise State to the limit. The WolfPack have dropped two straight spreads and are due for a cover. Expect Nevada’s best effort here. NEVADA.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Syracuse +18 at UConn: The Huskies were humbled at Cincinnati after covering their first eight games. The Orange have been bad most of the year. Major letdown for UConn helps out. SYRACUSE.
Tulsa -14Â½ at Army: Cadets can’t stop anyone. Tulsa tends to score at will against the middle majors. TULSA.
BYU -11Â½ at Wyoming: The host Cowboys were shelled last week at Utah. No letup here from the Cougars, whose offense is better than the Utes. BYU.
Okla St.-15 at Baylor: Great spot for the Bears, who get the visiting Cowboys off the emotional home loss to Kansas. Major letdown for the Pokes. BAYLOR.
Iowa St +26 Kansas: No problem for the Jayhawks as they look to run up the score on the innocent Cyclones for BCS style points. KANSAS.
Ohio St NL Michigan: You know, this could possibly save Lloyd Carr’s job. The Wolverines should be a full strength. The Buckeyes have to be thinking about Illinois, even if they deny it. MICHIGAN.
BC +7 at Clemson: Eagles fell to Maryland but now in the role of underdog should be a tough hombre for the Tigers. Clemson is known for hot and cold streaks. BC.
Miami +17 at Va Tech: Don’t expect sympathy from the Hokies after what the Wahoos did to the Ibis at the Orange Bowl finale. This could get ugly. VA TECH.
Louisville +6Â½ at S.Florida: Louisville is just 3-6 ATS. USF blew away Syracuse in the Carrier Dome last week. At home, the Bulls knocked off West Virginia. Add Louisville to the list. USF.
UNLV +17Â½ at TCU: Not a difficult choice. TCU.
Ok, we believe in the Packers!
Chargers +3 at Jags: Talk about a Houdini. When does Vinatieri miss a 29-yarder? San Diego won, but the offensive problems remain. Jacksonville seems to be back on track and is always tough at home. JAGS.
Chiefs +14 at Colts: Peyton Manning turns six interceptions into six TDs against KC. Chiefs thinking of starting Brodie Croyle at QB. Why? COLTS.
Steelers -9 at Jets: The Jets usually play opponents tough at home so we expect no different here. Steelers playing well, but off a close win against Browns. Could come in flat. JETS.
Dolphins +10 at Eagles: Which Eagles team shows up. Westbrook is rolling again. Now, if he can just stay healthy. EAGLES.
Patriots -15Â½ at Bills: Sunday night in Buffalo could mean chill. Games with Al and Mad Dog tend to be tight. Good for NBC’s ratings. BILLS.
Giants -2Â½ at Lions: Detroit great at home, a horror show on the road. Huge game for both teams. Giants inconsistent no matter where they play. LIONS.