Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2001

Nebraska, Oklahoma favored in Big 12 tilts

November 8, 2001


A Nebraska-Oklahoma rematch in the Big 12 title game seems to be signed, sealed and delivered, right?

Anyone thinking Texas vs. Colorado?

The possibility could be a real one if No. 2 Nebraska (10-0, 6-0) and No. 3 Oklahoma (8-1, 4-1) get knocked off Saturday. The Huskers are home to Kansas State, the Sooners to Texas A&M.;

Both are favored by at least two touchdowns, but K-State has won two of the last three against Nebraska, and the Aggies nearly beat the Sooners last season.

Kansas State (4-4) gave OU all it could handle before losing 38-37 on Sept. 29. The Wildcats, who ended a four-game slide two weeks ago, are coming off a 42-3 win at Iowa State.

"This is a game where we get the opportunity to show America that we're not the same team that lost four games," K-State wide receiver Aaron Lockett said.

Texas A&M; is 7-2 despite being shut out by Texas Tech last week. Last year, OU's Torrance Marshall returned a fourth-quarter interception 41 yards for the winning touchdown in a 35-31 win over the Aggies.

"Our huge goal is to win the Big 12 South, which will put us in the Big 12 championship game," Sooners quarterback Nate Hybl said. "You can't look past this weekend."

Should stunners occur in Lincoln, Neb., and Norman, Okla., Colorado (7-2, 5-1) and Texas (8-1, 5-1) would seize control of their respective divisions with wins of their own. The Buffaloes are at Iowa State; Kansas visits the Longhorns.

Colorado trails Nebraska by a game in the Big 12 North, and can still steal the division with a win over the Huskers on Nov. 23. Since Texas' loss was to Oklahoma, the Longhorns can only win the division if OU loses again.

No. 1 Miami (7-0) may have an easier time at Boston College after the suspension of BC's William Green, the nation's leading rusher.

The Hurricanes last three visits to Chestnut Hill ended in three close wins 31-28 in '99 after trailing 28-0; 45-44 in double OT in '97; and 17-14 in '95.

In this week's BCS standings, which determine who plays in a national title game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3, Nebraska is first, Miami second and Oklahoma third.

The picks:

No. 1 Miami (minus 20)

at Boston College

BC's last win vs. Canes was 'Hail Flutie' in '84 ... MIAMI, 44-17.

Kansas State (plus 1312)

at No. 2 Nebraska

K-State second in nation vs. the run (67.1 ypg) ... NEBRASKA, 34-27.

Texas A&M; (plus 1712)

at No. 3 Oklahoma

Aggies put huge scare in Sooners last year ... OKLAHOMA, 37-17.

No. 4 Florida (minus 12)

at No. 14 South Carolina

We believe, Lou! We believe! ... SOUTH CAROLINA, 28-27.

Kansas (plus 3412) at No. 5 Texas

Not a great game for a KU coaching debut ... TEXAS, 52-7.

Memphis (plus 24)

at No. 6 Tennessee

Vols 9-0 vs. Tigers in Knoxville; plus it's homecoming ... TENNESSEE, 41-10.

No. 7 Oregon (plus 3) at No. 17 UCLA

Bruins turn to ruin Ducks season ... UCLA, 34-28.

No. 8 Washington (minus 312)

at Oregon State

Huskies have won 12 in a row in Corvallis ... WASHINGTON, 34-24.

No. 9 BYU (minus 22) at Wyoming

Cougars might crash BCS bowl party after all .... BYU, 55-21.

North Carolina State (plus 18)

at No. 10 Florida State

'Noles QB Rix improving each week ... FLORIDA STATE, 45-21.

No. 11 Washington State (minus 112) at Arizona State

Cougars move into Pac-10 title position ... WASHINGTON STATE, 41-28.

Minnesota (plus 1512)

at No. 12 Michigan

Whining Wolverines bounce back from last week's loss ... MICHIGAN, 34-14.

Clemson (plus 7) at No. 13 Maryland

Tigers have won last eight meetings by combined 214-56 ... MARYLAND, 34-30.

Penn State (plus 10) at No. 15 Illinois

Lions QB Mills tries to knock Illini out of Big Ten race ... ILLINOIS, 31-28.

No. 16 Stanford (minus 912)

at Arizona

Cardinal get break after 2-2 run vs. Cougs, Ducks, Bruins, Huskies ... STANFORD, 34-21.

West Virginia (plus 1412)

at No. 18 Syracuse

IF WVU scores 80 again, make Mountaineers No. 1 ... SYRACUSE, 38-21.

No. 24 Auburn (plus 812)

at No. 19 Georgia

In 104 games, 'Dawgs lead Tigers by 2 points, 1,545-1,543 ... AUBURN, 41-39.

No. 20 Georgia Tech (minus 14)

at Virginia

Yellow Jackets poised for strong finish ... GEORGIA TECH, 34-27.

No. 21 Colorado (minus 4)

at Iowa State

Buffs hang in Big 12 race ... COLORADO, 33-24.

Indiana (plus 712)

at No. 22 Michigan State

Last meeting, in '98, was OT win for Spartans ... MICHIGAN STATE, 34-24.

No. 23 Virginia Tech (minus 2312) at Temple

Easy way for Hokies to end rare two-game slide .... VIRGINIA TECH, 49-14.

Houston (plus 32)

at No. 25 Louisville

Cards happy to deal winless Cougars loss No. 9 ... LOUISVILLE, 44-3.

Last week: 16-3 (straight); 11-6 (vs. points)

Season: 130-41 (straight); 85-78 (vs. points)

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