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Nov 11, 2003 4:00 AM

Joe Paterno, like any other 74-year-old college football coach, deserves to say when he’s had enough. Except when his team loses to Northwestern.

Penn State has now lost six straight games, the most in Joe Pa’s Hall of Fame career. The first five can be forgiven ”” good teams were involved. This one is different. Losing to Northwestern is an embarrassment for a program and coach as great as Penn State and Paterno.

Joe Pa is as spry as ever and an inspiration to baby-boomers aging by the day. For the first time, it looked like Paterno began to see the writing was on the wall at a post game news conference. When Penn State becomes a member of the GamingToday Dirty Dozen, it is truly time to call it a career.

Please say it is so, Joe.

SUCKER BET: Bowden Bowl V. All that talk of daddy Bobby having no mercy for son Tommy went out the window as 17-point underdog Clemson made Wake Forest look like Oklahoma after routing Florida State, 26-10.

SECOND GUESS: California. If you stayed up for the Late, Late Show, the visiting Golden Bears blew a 17-7 lead in the final five minutes at Oregon by calling six straight running plays ”” going 3-and-out both times. Give all the backers of Cal as a 3-point favorite a double Pepto.

PROP 70: Here’s one for the books to consider. Boise State will or won’t score 70 points this week against Texas El Paso. Also, we’ll suggest the first-ever 100-point "over/under." Yes, it’s very risky but San Jose State-UTEP totaled 110 points last Saturday. Show some chutzpah.

ATS WATCH: Rutgers pushed at +7 at UConn to stand 8-0-1. Utah and LSU have each lost just once... Army and Navy are a combined 12-2 during the past two months...BC, 0-4 in the last four games, finishes with Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

ROMP ALERT: Texas A&M. Carrying a 77-0 bushwacking and loads of wounded pride from Oklahoma, the Aggies ride into Missouri, just humbled after a loss at Colorado. It won’t be 77, but look for that 12th man to stay in College Station as the host Tigers roll.

SCOREBOARD: Stellar week for Dirty Dozen, going 9-2-1 in failing to cover. The total picture over the weekend: Dogs 24-18-2, "Unders" 14-7.