Originally written November 23, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
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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.
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