On paper, few weeks in the three-season history of Joe vs. the Pro appear as difficult to gauge as Week 9 of the college football season.
Undefeated Alabama and Mississippi State square off in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the 96th installment of the 90-Mile Drive rivalry. In Jacksonville, the undefeated Gators can clinch the SEC East earlier than any other team in the division’s history with a victory against rival Georgia. In Norman, Okla., the Sooners are a 10-point favorite against undefeated Notre Dame.
If recent trends hold true, the Pro will have no problems maneuvering through the potential pitfalls this week. Lee Sterling of ParamountSports.com opened up a substantial lead against Joe last week with a sizzling hot effort of 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread. In the past two weeks, the Pro is a stunning 11-5 against the spread.
Joe held is own last week, going 6-2 straight up and 4-4 against the spread. For the season, Joe is 47-17 straight up and 28-31 against the spread. Overall, the Pro is 47-17 straight up and 33-26 against the spread.
This week’s picks:
Duke at Florida State (FSU by 27.5)
Mississippi State at Alabama (Alabama by 24)
Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville (UF by 7)
Syracuse at South Florida (USF by 3)
Central Florida at Marshall (UCF by 2.5)
Notre Dame at Oklahoma (Oklahoma by 10)
Western Kentucky at FIU (WKU by 7)
Troy at Florida Atlantic (Troy by 7)