College teams try to avoid letdowns

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2003

Maybe this weekend should be called Letdown Saturday.

After the biggest weekend of the season led to upset losses and season-defining wins, this week's slate lacks that drama.

There are no storied rivalries such as Oklahoma-Texas or Miami-Florida State on the schedule just those run-of-the-mill games that can derail championship seasons.

The picks:

No. 24 Missouri (plus 26 1/2) at No. 1 Oklahoma

Tigers should have short stay in poll ... OKLAHOMA 41-17.

Temple (plus 31) at No. 2 Miami

Hurricanes get breather against Owls ... MIAMI 42-7.

No. 4 Georgia (minus 24) at Vanderbilt

Bulldogs have won eight straight vs. Vandy ... GEORGIA 31-3.

No. 5 Southern California (minus 8) at Notre Dame

Julius Jones won't crack 200 yards vs. Trojans ... USC 27-13.

No. 6 Washington State (minus 10) at Stanford

Cougars moving up the rankings ... WASHINGTON STATE 28-20.

No. 7 Florida State (minus 8) at Virginia

Seminoles hope for dry weather ... FLORIDA STATE 24-21.

No. 9 Iowa (plus 3 1/2) at No. 8 Ohio State

Buckeyes try to rebound from first loss ... OHIO STATE 23-21.

No. 10 LSU (minus 4 1/2) at South Carolina

Tigers 9-3 following a loss under Nick Saban ... LSU 27-20.

Florida (plus 5 1/2) at No. 11 Arkansas

Razorbacks need to get ground game going ... FLORIDA 21-17.

Western Michigan (plus 14) at No. 12 Northern Illinois

Huskies seek to impress BCS computers ... NORTHERN ILLINOIS 27-20.

No. 13 Purdue (no line) at No. 14 Wisconsin

Winner in good shape for Rose Bowl berth ... PURDUE 24-21.

No. 15 Michigan State (plus 8) at No. 25 Minnesota

Spartans start stretch of four straight ranked opponents ... MICHIGAN STATE 27-24.

UAB (plus 11) at No. 16 TCU

Horned Frogs looking to go 7-0 for second time since '38 ... TCU 31-14.

Illinois (plus 26) at No. 17 Michigan

Illini 2-2-1 last five trips to Ann Arbor ... MICHIGAN 34-13.

Texas A&M (plus 10 1/2) at No. 18 Nebraska

Cornhuskers looking for 35th straight homecoming win ... NEBRASKA 24-10.

Mississippi State (plus 21) at No. 19 Auburn

Tigers have won four straight since 0-2 start ... AUBURN 31-3.

No. 20 Texas (minus 16 1/2) at Iowa State

Mack Brown's squad happy not to face Oklahoma ... TEXAS 31-13.

Washington (plus 9 1/2) at No. 22 Oregon State

Beavers 7-17 vs. Huskies at home ... OREGON STATE 31-13.

Texas Tech (plus 4) at No. 23 Oklahoma State

Red Raiders outscored Cowboys 156-54 last three years ... OKLAHOMA STATE 34-28.

Last week: 12-5 (straight); 12-5 (vs. points)

Season: 102-31 (straight); 63-61 (vs. points)



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