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College football: Joe vs. Pro, Week 14

 
 
Jameis Winston (5) of the Florida State Seminoles launches a long ball during the first half against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium on Nov. 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Jameis Winston (5) of the Florida State Seminoles launches a long ball during the first half against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium on Nov. 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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FIU at FAU, FAU by 28

Joe’s pickDitching Carl Pelini has paid off in more ways than one. FAU 45, FIU 20
Pro’s pickThe straight up winner in this series is 8-0 against the spread. FIU coach Ron Turner must not have that offensive magic like his brother Norv as they are averaging just 10 points per game. FAU 45, FIU 13

UCF at South Florida, UCF by 27

Joe’s pickRemember when USF was too scared to play UCF back in the day? Here’s why. UCF 52, South Florida 21
Pro’s pickBulls have just two rushing TDs this season and new quarterback Mike White just one TD and six interceptions since being installed as a starter. UCF 42, South Florida 10

Miami at Pittsburgh, Miami by 3

Joe’s pickCanes will not respond well to cold weather. Pittsburgh 28, Miami 21
Pro’s pickThe way to stop Panthers quarterback Tom Savage is with either a fierce pass rush or a ball-hawking secondary. The Canes have neither. Pittsburgh 34, Miami 28

Ohio State at Michigan, Ohio State by 141/2

Joe’s pickBuckeyes will make a statement, which no one will care about. Ohio State 42, Michigan 21
Pro’s pickWolverines offense has the weapons at the skill positions to score points against a Buckeyes defense that might not be in the same class as Alabama and Florida State. Buckeyes survive a big-time scare. Ohio State 31, Michigan 24

Texas A&M at Missouri, Missouri by 4

Joe’s pickJohnny Football exposes Missouri for the fraud that it is. Texas A&M 42, Missouri 28
Pro’s pickAggies in no-man's land with eight wins, ranked between Nos. 19 and 21 in the polls. Facing a quick-as-a-cat defense just like LSU last week, Johnny Football starts becoming Johnny Ordinary. Missouri 45, Texas A&M 24

Alabama at Auburn, Alabama by 11

Joe’s pickSpeaking of frauds, Auburn. Alabama 38, Auburn 18
Pro’s pickTigers coach and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is going to give Nick Saban all he can handle with a rushing attack that has averaged 350 yards the past five games. Alabama 31, Auburn 28

Florida State at Florida, Florida State by 27

Joe’s pickThere will be boos. Florida State 62, Florida 10
Pro’s pickNoles have too many weapons on offense for the undermanned Gators defense. It’s woodshed time! Florida State 48, Florida 6

Clemson at South Carolina, South Carolina by 5

Joe’s pickA victory could put Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Clemson 35, South Carolina 31
Pro’s pickClemson quarterback Tajh Boyd won’t be as bad as last year (11-24, two INTs). S.C. is 4-0 straight up and against the spread in the series but this is the best Clemson team in five years. Clemson 37, South Carolina 34

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