The Beavers lost their shot at the Rose Bowl last week, but they still have an opportunity to play in a decent bowl with a strong finish. Enter the Golden Bears, who have been running for the bus. Cal is an inconsistent team, and Mike Riley has dominated this series with the exception of last year. Revenge will be sweet. Plus, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion has an opportunity to make a statement.
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East Carolina-TULANE (Over 61)
In three home games since the return of injured QB Ryan Griffin, Tulane has scored 47, 55 and 27 points, flying over the total all three times. Expect the Green Wave passing game to be back on track in the warm, friendly confines of the Superdome. East Carolina plays up-tempo on offense, racking up 550 yards and 48 points on a whopping 98 offensive plays against Houston in its last outing.
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Green Bay Packers (-3½) over DETROIT LIONS
Here’s all you really need to know about Detroit’s secondary. The Raiders cut starter Pat Lee from their horrendous defensive backfield last week and the Lions jumped at the chance to sign him. Detroit has reverted to traditional form and the season is going nowhere fast. The bye week should help the Packers get a bit healthier, and this game will be a springboard to a big second half of the season.
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Ohio State (+2½) over WISCONSIN
With more than a week to prepare for a game, Urban Meyer is 32-2, and the Buckeyes are off a bye. Meyer’s sole motivation is for bowl-banned Ohio State (10-0) to go undefeated. His quarterback, Braxton Miller, made the big plays in a 35-23 win at Penn State three weeks ago. The Badgers are running a one-dimensional offense with Montee Ball and James White because quarterback Curt Phillips can’t throw.