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College football Week 13: Joe vs. the Pro

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, right, hands off to running back Duke Johnson (8) against Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, right, hands off to running back Duke Johnson (8) against Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla. AP

Unlike Auburn, the Pro knows how to bounce back from a devastating week and deliver an inspired effort. After one of his worst weeks on record, the Pro, Lee Sterling of ParamountSports.com, responded last week going 7-1 against the spread and 6-2 straight up. He’s now 54-41 against the spread on the season and 69-26 straight up. Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald was 3-5 against the spread last week and 5-3 straight up. Joe is 41-54 against the spread overall and 65-30 straight up. On to the picks!

Miami at Virginia, Miami by 6

Joe

All the talk this week has been about how Canes football is on the verge of being back. Hope the players haven’t bought into the hype. Virginia 28, Miami 25

Pro

The Cavs are coming off a bye and have been competitive in all but one game this season with their hard charging #17 defense. To the wire. Miami 26, Virginia 24

Missouri at Tennessee, Tennessee by the 3.5

Joe

How deep can the SEC actually be if Missouri is going to win the East its first two seasons in the conference? Missouri 32, Tennessee 21

Pro

Tigers are road warriors covering their last nine road games. Heart and soul of Tennessee defense LB A.J. Johnson is suspended for this tilt and his loss will be tough to replace. Missouri 28, Tennessee 24

Boston College at Florida State, FSU by 19

Joe

Even with one loss it seems the Noles will be in the College Football Playoff. This team is on cruise control. FSU 35, Boston College 21

Pro

Why should this game be much different from the last two for the Seminoles? They start slow and QB Jameis Winston has already thrown 12 interceptions. Florida State 37, Boston College 24

Oklahoma State at Baylor, Baylor by 28

Joe

Baylor is playing for style points at this point. Fully expect the Bears to pour it on in the fourth quarter. Baylor 56, Oklahoma State 14

Pro

Bears offense is averaging 50.1 PPG on offense and unlike other years sports the #14 defense. Cowboys average just 10 PPG the last 4 games. Blowout City! Baylor 56, Oklahoma State 17

Florida International at North Texas, North Texas by 2.5

Joe

The season finale for the Golden Panthers ends with something positive to carry over into next season. FIU 28, North Texas 14

Pro

With the announcement that Mean Green DC John Skladany is retiring at the end of the season expect a spirited effort in his last home game. North Texas 24, Florida International 17

South Florida at Memphis, Memphis by 19

Joe

The Tigers are rolling through their best season in years. Memphis 38, South Florida 12

Pro

Tiger QB Paxton Lynch is the real deal and should be able to dial up some big plays on a Bulls defense that has only 4 interceptions on the season. Memphis 35, South Florida 10

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee State, MTSU by 7

Joe

A two difficult weeks, the Blue Raiders’ running game finds its form against the Owls. MTSU 28, FAU 14

Pro

Big game for Blue Raiders who need this win this game to become bowl eligible. Owls fading down the stretch. Middle Tennessee State 31, Florida Atlantic 20

SMU at UCF, UCF by 28.5

Joe

Time to put Mustangs out to pasture. This season can’t end soon enough. UCF 48, SMU 14

Pro

Can't justify laying four plus TD's with a Knights offense that hasn't scored above 31 points vs Division I opponents this season. Central Florida 38, SMU 14

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