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Georgia, Miami have chance to salvage sagging seasons

October 26, 2006

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Georgia and Miami have a chance to right their shaky seasons and jump back into the Top 25.

Georgia faces rival Florida on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla..

The Bulldogs are two-touchdown underdogs in the World's Largest Outdoor (please don't call it a cocktail) Party.

Miami travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech.

A victory for the beleaguered Hurricanes would vault them into first place in the ACC's Coastal division.

The picks:

Today

No. 10 Clemson (minus 41â2) at Virginia Tech

Tigers TBs James Davis and CJ Spiller have combined for 23 rushing TDs ... CLEMSON 35-17.

Saturday

Minnesota (plus 27) at No. 1 Ohio State

Buckeyes have 15-game win streak ... OHIO STATE 42-13.

Northwestern (plus 34) at No. 2 Michigan

Wildcats are Wolverines' homecoming opponent for sixth time ... MICHIGAN 38-10.

No. 3 Southern California (minus 12) at Oregon State

USC's last game of season outside California ... USC 28-17.

No. 5 Texas (minus 111â2) at Texas Tech

Longhorns ranked 84th in the country against the pass ... TEXAS 44-24.

No. 7 Auburn (minus 181â2) at Mississippi

Tigers have won last six games at Oxford ... AUBURN 30-14.

No. 8 Tennessee (minus 5) at South Carolina

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier has won 10 of 14 against Vols ... TENNESSEE 28-24.

No. 9 Florida (minus 14) vs. Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla.

Last four meetings have been decided by seven points or less. ... FLORIDA 23-14.

No. 11 Notre Dame (minus 14) vs. Navy at Baltimore

The Fighting Irish have won 41 straight against Navy ... NOTRE DAME 44-21.

Louisiana-Monroe (plus 37) vs. No. 13 Arkansas at Little Rock, Ark.

Razorbacks are sixth in nation in rushing ... ARKANSAS 52-13.

Illinois (plus 21) at No. 17 Wisconsin

Badgers are seventh in nation in total defense ... WISCONSIN 36-10.

Buffalo (plus 36) at No. 18 Boston College

Banged-up BC QB Matt Ryan expected to play ... BOSTON COLLEGE 48-10.

No. 19 Oklahoma (plus 21â2) at No. 23 Missouri

First time since 1998 Tigers are favored over Sooners ... OKLAHOMA 27-24.

No. 20 Nebraska (minus 51â2) at Oklahoma State

Top two offenses in Big 12 ... NEBRASKA 38-24.

Miami (plus 6) at No. 21 Georgia Tech

Yellow Jackets beat 'Canes in Orange Bowl last season ... GEORGIA TECH 24-20.

No. 22 Texas A&M (minus 41â2) at Baylor

Aggies' last five wins have been by six points or fewer ... TEXAS A&M 28-23.

No. 24 Wake Forest (minus 81â2) at North Carolina

Deacons go for first sweep of North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke since '87 ... WAKE FOREST 35-10.

Portland State (no line) at No. 25 Oregon

In three home games, Oregon is averaging 481 yards and 37 points ... OREGON 45-20.

Sunday

Connecticut (plus 19) at No. 16 Rutgers

Scarlet Knights second in nation in total defense ... RUTGERS 35-14.

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