College football: Joe vs. Pro, Week 10
11/01/2013 12:01 AM
09/08/2014 6:56 PM
The SEC East has done a number on Joe and the Pro the past few weeks, and this week’s lineup in the craziest division in college football offers another set of hard-to-call matchups. Joseph Goodman, the Miami Herald’s college football columnist, went 3-4-1 against the spread last week and 6-2 straight up. The Pro, Lee Sterling of ParamountSports.com, went 2-5-1 against the spread last week and 5-3 straight up. The Pro is 43-26-3 against the spread this season and 50-22 straight up. Joe is 36-33-3 against the spread and 52-20 straight up. On to the picks!
Tennessee at Missouri, Missouri by 10 1/2
Joe’s pick: Tennessee’s pride took a major hit last week against Alabama. The Tigers, meanwhile, still have plenty to play for this season. Missouri 30, Tennessee 25
Pro’s pick: Two backup quarterbacks go head to head. Tigers’ plus-12 turnover ratio tilts the scales and sets up offense for some easy scores. Missouri 31, Tennessee 17
Florida vs. Georgia at Jacksonville, Georgia by 2 1/2
Joe’s pick: Gators fans are already starting to grumble about Will Muschamp. He might need this win more than Mark Richt, which is hard to believe. Georgia 18, Florida 15
Pro’s pick: Bulldogs are getting back injured players on offense and defense. Gators offense is pathetic! UF couldn’t muster 130 rushing or passing yards in either of its past two games. Georgia 26, Florida 20
Miami at Florida State, Florida State by 22
Joe’s pick: I have no shame in admitting I can no longer gage the Canes. Injuries and all, more than three touchdowns seems a little reactionary. Florida State 35, Miami 21
Pro’s pick: Seminoles are averaging a mind-blowing 8.2 yards per play, but in a rivalry game where the underdog is 12-2 against the spread, I expect Miami to hang around for at least three quarters. Florida State 42, Miami 28
Wisconsin at Iowa, Wisconsin by 9 1/2
Joe’s pick: Iowa running back Mark Weisman could use a few more carries to balance out the offense. Hawkeyes figure it out at home, but just not in time. Wisconsin 28, Iowa 21
Pro’s pick: Hawkeyes defense appears to be wearing down, allowing 273 and 225 rushing yards in the past two games. Wisky coming off a bye is bigger, stronger and has more playmakers. Wisconsin 30, Iowa 14
Michigan at Michigan State, Michigan State by 5 1/2
Joe’s pick: Feeling a carryover effect from Devin Gardner’s performance against Indiana. Michigan 42, Michigan State 40
Pro’s pick: The Spartans offense is finally starting to click as quarterback Connor Cook was 15 of 16 last week. Counterpart Devin Gardner is probably going to throw multiple interceptions against the ball-hawking, No. 1 defense in the country. Michigan State 24, Michigan 14
Tulane at FAU, FAU by 4
Joe’s pick: It’s a testament to how terrible football is in Conference USA that FAU is still favored after this week. Tulane 24, FAU 21
Pro’s pick: Losing your coach and defensive coordinator because of admitted drug use is a major distraction for a young team. Green Wave at 6-2 continues push for better bowl berth and possible CUSA title. Tulane 24, FAU 20
East Carolina at FIU, East Carolina by 23 1/2
Joe’s pick: Will FAU announce Mario Cristobal as its new coach before this game or after? I kid, I kid. East Carolina 52, FIU 21
Pro’s pick: Ron Turner’s desperate move to start his backup quarterback isn’t going to work because it’s the surrounding cast that’s the problem. Panthers football fans, all four of them, should each get their own suite for the season finale if they stay until this game ends. East Carolina 42, FIU 6
Mississippi State at South Carolina, South Carolina by 11 1/2
Joe’s pick: The Bulldogs got their first win in the SEC last week. Unfortunately for Dan Mullen, it probably will be his last. South Carolina 35, Mississippi State 21
Pro’s pick: Gamecocks are still in the running to play in the SEC championship game whereas the Bulldogs are now playing second fiddle in the state to Ole Miss and struggled the past two weeks to hold off bottom feeders Bowling Green and Kentucky. South Carolina 31, Mississippi State 16
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