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College football Week 11: Joe vs. the Pro

Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) warms up before a game against Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.
Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) warms up before a game against Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. AP

Time is running out on Joseph Goodman in this little feature we like to call Joe vs. the Pro. That only means one thing: Time to start taking unnecessary risks!

We learned long ago that the worst thing to do for a picker of football games is to try and make back losses all in one weekend. Well, to hell with sound logic and good sense. Joe is going for broke. Joe went 3-5 against the spread and 6-2 straight up last week and he is now 34-45 against the spread and 54-25 straight up.

Lee Sterling, the Pro of this little corner of the newspaper gold, never goes for broke, and that’s why he never is! He went 5-3 against the spread and straight up last week to improve to 46-33 against the spread overall and 59-20 straight up. Onto the picks!

Florida at Vanderbilt, Florida by 14.5

Joe

The Gators think they’re still in the hunt for the SEC East crown. They’re not, of course, but false hope goes a long way against Vandy. Florida 35, Vanderbilt 10

Pro

Commodores have turned to freshman QB Johnny McCrary and his 8 TD passes the past two games have given them some hope for the future. Gators don’t have much of a passing game to extend leads versus lesser opponents. Florida 27, Vanderbilt 16

FIU at Old Dominion, ODU by 5

Joe

I just learned Old Dominion was in Conference USA … and now I’m picking the to win, baby! Old Dominion 29, FIU 21

Pro

Golden Panthers #33 rated defense with 21 takeaways has more talent, speed and depth to pull the mild upset. FIU 32, Old Dominion 28

Alabama at LSU, Alabama by 6.5

Joe

Nick Saban better wear a rain jacket, because if he gets too close to the fans he’ll be doused with more than just bourbon. Alabama 36, LSU 21

Pro

’Bama loves home cooking, scoring 41 or more points in every home game, but this battle in Death Valley and in three conference away games Tide has been held under 17 points two of three times. Alabama 20, LSU 17

Virginia at Florida State, FSU by 19

Joe

Another week, another scandal, another victory. FSU 52, Virginia 20

Pro

’Noles have holes in their secondary but I doubt Cavs can exploit it with their pop-gun attack that has scored only 6 points in the second half of their last four games. FSU 38, Virginia 14

Florida Atlantic at North Texas, FAU by 3.5

Joe

North Texas played worse than the score suggested last week against Rice. Meanwhile, FAU is still playing with purpose. FAU 35, North Texas 28

Pro

Owls need to run the table to get to six wins and this game should be a blowout with North Texas head coach Dan McCarney deciding to audition his fourth QB of the season. FAU 34, North Texas 10

Ohio State at Michigan State, MSU by 3.5

Joe

Urban Meyer says Michigan State isn’t a rival. No one really pays attention to Ohio State football anymore, so he’s kind of got a point. Michigan State 28, Ohio State 24

Pro

Can’t put my money on a team that hasn’t played a top 25 team this year and has a QB, JT Barrett, who hasn’t fared well against the only respectable defense (Penn State) he faced. Michigan State 38, Ohio State 28

Notre Dame at Arizona State, Arizona State by 2.5

Joe

Both teams struggled last week against lesser opponents, but this is my pick for game of the week. Sun Devils’ defense will be ready for Everett Golson. Arizona State 24, Notre Dame 21

Pro

Tale of two QBs. Fighting Irish signal-caller Everett Golson is possibly the best dual-threat QB in the country while Sun Devil counterpart Taylor Kelly hasn’t been the same since his return from injury two weeks ago. Notre Dame 34, Arizona State 30

Oregon at Utah, Oregon by 8.5

Joe

Ducks’ depth and speed will be too much in the second half. Oregon 48, Utah 20

Pro

The Ducks will face a hard-charging defense that leads the nation in sacks with 39 and a head coach, Kyle Whittingham, who is 7-3 ATS as a home underdog. To the wire! Oregon 30, Utah 26

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