Illini will test Ohio St

Nov 12, 2002 6:52 AM

   NCAA

   Saturday, Nov. 16

   ILLINOIS (+10) vs Ohio St.: The Buckeyes already eyeing Fiesta with only Illinois and hated rival Michigan (next week) as obstacles to an unbeaten season and possible national championship chance. Illinois will be sky high at home for the possible upset. Series has been dominated by point spread covers by the fighting Illini (14-6) the past 20 meetings.

   HOUSTON (+15) at Cincinnati: This series has been totally dominated by the dog as taking the points have been the way to go in last five in a row. The Bearcats could be down after their upset of Louisville. St. Houston can put points on the board and should be able to hang close in what looks to be a very high scoring game.

   KENTUCKY (-16) vs Vanderbilt: Cats can light up the scoreboard and Vandy has trouble scoring. Kentucky is looking for a bowl game, while Vandy prepares for the season to be over. All things point to Kentucky blowout.

   OKLAHOMA ST (-22) at Kansas: The Jayhawks claim to fame this season has been victories over SW Missouri St. and Tulsa. They have been blown out every time when facing a good team and OK St. fits the bill. State, with wins over Nebraska and Texas A&M and a narrow loss to Texas, should put the finishing touches on horrible Kansas. The Cowboys, looking for a winning season, will take no prisoners.

   COLORADO ST (-12) at San Diego St.: The visiting Rams, looking for a chance at an 11-2 season, need a win here and against New Mexico and UNLV. That’s quite possible. C-State has 16 days to get mentally prepared for that run and a nice bowl game.

   TULANE (-19) vs Army: Green Wave scoring in bunches and slowly having a very nice season. Lowly Army defense will not be able to stop the onslaught. Green Wave destroys the Army in a bloodbath.

   MICHIGAN (NL) vs Wisconsin: The Wolverines can ill afford to be looking ahead to Ohio St. in what is a must win situation. Michigan will pull this one out for the sold-out house. Lay the points!

   FLORIDA (—15) vs South Carolina: Gators, looking to salvage their season, should just put it to SC. Florida has a week off to prepare for the season finale with Florida St.

   COLORADO (—8) vs Iowa St.: The Buffaloes are looking to finish the season with a win here, then have a week off before facing Nebraska in season final. Look for big effort from the Buffs.

   NFL

   Sunday, Nov. 17

   SAINTS (+3) at Falcons: Big time revenge for Saints as they allowed Atlanta to boot a late game-winning field goal in the first meeting. Saints will make no mistakes here as they get even at Atlanta. Pay back time!!

   BILLS (+3) at Chiefs: Buffalo comes off worst performance of the year against New England two weeks ago. The Bills have had a week off to regroup and will look like a different team in this spot.

   PANTHERS (+9) at Bucs: Tampa Bay coming off bye week and catching lowly Carolina. The first time around Bucs were in a life and death battle to get past Panthers (12-9 late field goal) at Carolina. It won’t be any different here as Bucs go through the motions. Points look great in this spot.

   JAGUARS (-6) at Texans: Jacksonville was embarrassed in loss to Houston will be foaming at the mouth for revenge! Lay the points. $$$.