MIAMI - JANUARY 08: Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on against the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
This season has been a disaster for me. Fade these immediately.
Oklahoma State (+8.5) at Oklahoma
Once upon a time, the Sooners would have wiped the floor with their Bedlam rivals. Bob Stoops' teams used to salivate, Pavlovian-styles, at the thought of taking revenge on a squad that embarrassed them the year before. But that was then.
OU got a nice comeback win last week on the road at West Virginia, but the Sooners' disturbing lack of a killer instinct – and lack of an competent defensive front – fit right in with the make-up of this team.
OU has surrendered its vaunted home field advantage, going 1-3 against the spread and losing two games outright. Even worse, OSU's balanced spread scheme is of the vintage that has given the Sooners fits this season.
Pick: Put a little something on the 'dog outright.
Rice at UTEP (-1)
Mike Price is calling it a career after this game. His team has nothing to play for but the coach's pride, but I think that will be enough.
Pick: Price rolls out with one last win.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss (-1.5)
The danger here is that the Rebels are feeling blue after a tough loss to LSU a week ago. For the Egg Bowl, though? No way.
Ole Miss is simply the better team.
Pick: Hugh Freeze is a rich man's Dan Mullen.
South Carolina at Clemson (-3.5)
Oddly enough, we have yet to really witness a Clemsoning this year. I hope I didn't just jinx myself.
Pick: Don't make a fool of me, Dabo.
Notre Dame at USC (+6.5)
With how Matt Barkley has been playing, any chance Max Wittek will be an upgrade? Lane Kiffin has been a disaster this season, but shouldn't this line be higher, all things considered?
Pick: Southern Cal nearly knocks off No. 1.