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Thursday, August 31, 2006

The first ever Why Not? weekend football picks

Cal @ Tennessee -2 2:30pm
Tennessee have their rabid fanbase, but the last time they played at home, Vandy doomed them to a losing season. Cal does have weaknesses: an inexperienced secondary and a tendency to make special teams blunders. The Vols, however, won't be well-oiled enough to take advantage of them, and the Bears' RBs will eventually break them.
Pick: CAL BY 7

-7.5 Notre Dame @ Georgia Tech 5pm
First game up, we'll find out how iffy Notre Dame's defence is. Georgia Tech's offense is less iffy, and if WR Calvin Johnson goes berzerk, they'll have a chance in a shootout. Otherwise, their excellent pass rush has to be firing: if the Irish aerial game gets time, it'll skewer the Yellow Jacket secondary.

Florida State @ Miami -3.5 5pm Mon
Last year Florida State finally broke the curse, but playing in the Orange Bowl is a different order of tough. Despite the dramatic improvement of the Seminole passing game over the last year, it'll be a defensive battle, and you don't bet against Miami in defensive battles.
Pick: MIAMI BY 7


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