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Last week in college games I went 6-1 which leaves me at 37-16.

In pro games I went 3-0 bringing me to 23-12.

Key College games:

#17 Texas A&M @ Texas – A&M had a big upset last week over Nebraska in a 9-6 win. The D did a great job. A&M gets another win to break a long losing streak this week against the Horns.

#21 Arizona @ #1 Oregon – If the game was at Arizona they would be a better challenge for the Ducks. But no duck hunters here, Oregon wins.

#2 Auburn @ #12 Alabama – Despite all the smoke around Tiger QB Newton, the NCAA is silent. They will likely make a ruling early in 2017. Bama wins in a close tough game but Auburn still plays for the national championship.

#4 Boise State @ #19 Nevada – This is a big game for Boise against a good team on national TV. Boise wins only if they can keep Nevada QB Kapernick under control.

Northwestern @ #7 Wisconsin – If the game was away there might be a chance for an upset but the Badger O line will punish the Cats and win the game.

Michigan @ #8 Ohio StateThe Bucks need a big win and at least a close win by Wisconsin to have any chance to climb over the Badgers in the BcS ratings. They get a 10-12 point win but won’t move in the standings.

#13 Oklahoma @ #9 Oklahoma State – The Sooners play much better at home. OkS plays well everywhere except against Nebraska. State wins with the passing game.

#10 Michigan State @ Penn State – Michigan State will win this one and end up in the 3 way tie for the Big 10+1 title.

NFL:

Falcons (8-2) – 2.5 @ Packers (7-3) – The Pack has had a lot of injuries particularly on D. The Falcons are healthy and win in close game.

Jaguars (6-4) @ Giants (6-4)-9.5 – The Giants looked good last week against the Eagles and the Jags gave 6 TOs to the Browns and still won. The G-Men win but won’t cover.

Bucs (7-3) @ Ravens (7-3)-8.5 – The Bucs are a fraud but the Ravens are struggling on D due to problems in the DBackfield. The Ravens win but I wouldn’t touch that number. Both teams are too inconsistent.

Eagles (7-3)-3 @ Chicago (7-3) – I like the way QB Vick is playing and do not like the way that Bear QB Cutler is playing. The Eagles win and cover.

Frankly, there are no other key games this week.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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