November 29, 2013

College football: Joe vs. Pro, Week 14

It’s rivalry week every week for Joseph Goodman and Lee Sterling, but this really is Rivalry Week, which means it is, unfortunately, the final week for this little social experiment we like to call Joe vs. the Pro. Joe began the season so well, but has fallen flat on his face down the stretch. He went 3-5 against the spread last week and 6-2 straight up and is now 51-50-3 against the spread and 74-30 straight up. Sterling, the Pro and resident genius at, has had an incredible season and improved his records last week going 5-3 against the spread and 6-2 straight up. The Pro is 59-42-3 against the spread overall and 75-29 straight up. Joe could play it safe this week and attempt to finish above .500 against the spread, but where’s the fun in that? Time to go for broke!

FIU at FAU, FAU by 28

Joe’s pick Ditching Carl Pelini has paid off in more ways than one. FAU 45, FIU 20
Pro’s pick The 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 pick Remember when USF was too scared to play UCF back in the day? Here’s why. UCF 52, South Florida 21
Pro’s pick Bulls 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 pick Canes will not respond well to cold weather. Pittsburgh 28, Miami 21
Pro’s pick The 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 pick Buckeyes will make a statement, which no one will care about. Ohio State 42, Michigan 21
Pro’s pick Wolverines 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 pick Johnny Football exposes Missouri for the fraud that it is. Texas A&M 42, Missouri 28
Pro’s pick Aggies 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 pick Speaking of frauds, Auburn. Alabama 38, Auburn 18
Pro’s pick Tigers 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 pick There will be boos. Florida State 62, Florida 10
Pro’s pick Noles 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 pick A victory could put Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Clemson 35, South Carolina 31
Pro’s pick Clemson 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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