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Paul’s Picks: Tennessee Covers the Spread

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I came out strong last week with a 2-1-1 record.  What an exciting slate of games on board this week, with a major matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Alabama Crimson Tide headlining a college football bonanza.

All odds courtesy of DraftKings, as of 10/12.

#2 Alabama Crimson Tide at #6 Tennessee Volunteers (+7.5) (o/u 66)

Kickoff: 3:30 pm EST on CBS

Tennessee at home against Alabama for our top 10 headliner. Get the beer cold and the popcorn popping for this game. This is a very good Vols team with an exceptional QB, Hendon Hooker, who has thrown for 1432 yds, 10 TDs, and 0 INTs this season.
The Vols have prevailed in big markee games this year and this will be the biggest so far for them.  The story is Bryce Young (he’s thrown for 1203 yds, 14 TDs,  and 3 INTs) may play but has not been healthy.
Nothing would be better than to see the Crimson Tide lose on the road here. This should go down to the wire. Take the points at home. Pick: Vols +7.5

Iowa State Cyclones at #23 Texas Longhorns (-16.5) (o/u 49.5)

Kickoff: 12:00 pm EST on ABC

Texas is at home against Iowa State for ab afternoon showdown. Yes, we all know the Longhorns are a very good team. They beat the Sooners badly last week, but we cannot forget that this is a conference game and the Cyclones are a solid team.
They last week to a very good Kansas State team, 10-9. I cannot see a blowout like last week in the Red River Rivalry. Both teams’ emotions will be down and the longhorns will get humbled in this one. Take the points on the road.  Pick: Cyclones +16.5

#8 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #13 TCU Horned Frogs (-3.5) (o/u 68.5)

Kickoff: 3:30 om EST on ABC

TCU is at home against Oklahoma State in a BIG 12 showdown.
There’s not much to say here, but I think the Cowboys are the best team in the Big 12. They are just an all around quality top tier team with a solid offense, defense, special teams, QB, coaching, etc. A win here on the road should show everyone they belong in the playoff hunt. Take the points for the easy W. Pick: Cowboys +3.5

USF Bulls at Tulane Green Wave (-12) (o/u 54.5)

Kickoff: 4:00 pm EST on ESPN

South Florida is at home against the trendy Tulane Green Wave. The Bulls are a talented team with a few bad breaks. I like them at home here in a conference game to begin to turn the tide on a disappointing season so far.
This is the Bulls’ chance against a surging Green Wave team that is erroneously favored. Pick: Bulls + 12

#7 USC Trojans at #20 Utah Utes (-3.5) (o/u 65)

Kickoff: 8:00 pm EST on FOX

This should be a high-scoring PAC-12 game. These teams are very evenly matched. I like USC a little more, but clearly not my best pick. Is USC for real? If so, then they should pull out a win here. Pick: USC +3.5 

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