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Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will try to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive when they meet in the Bedlam game. The Sooners, who are coming off a 50-49 victory over West Virginia as Landry Jones threw for a school-record 554 yards and tied his own school record with six touchdown passes, will be hard-pressed to stop the Cowboys' potent offense. Oklahoma State has put up 114 points over its last two games, both victories. But the Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last four road contests.
IRON BOWL Auburn at (2) Alabama (-32.5, 46.5) huge spread and it's getting higher
This is by far the largest spread in Iron Bowl history. The second-largest was last year, when Alabama covered as a 21-point favorite. Alabama needs to win Saturday to secure its spot in the SEC Championship Game versus Georgia. The Tide rank first nationally in points allowed (10.1) and boast a plus-12 turnover margin. Auburn is last in rush defense (191.3), which spells trouble against a potent Alabama rushing attack. The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
This rivalry deserves more attention than it is getting
(4) Florida at (10) FSU (-7, 44.5)
Florida has not looked very impressive over its last four games, starting with the loss to Georgia and continuing through fourth-quarter home wins over Missouri and Louisiana Lafayette. But things got a little easier in last week’s 23-0 triumph over Jacksonville State, and now the Gators get back starting QB Jeff Driskel from a sprained ankle. FSU QB E.J. Manuel will have to find throwing lanes against a Gators defense that has picked off 16 passes. The schools have played under the total in seven of their last eight meetings.
Despite the fact that they won’t be playing in the SEC championship game next week, the Gators can guarantee themselves a BCS bowl bid with a victory over FSU. Florida is fourth in the BCS rankings this week and teams in the top four receive automatic BCS bowl invitations.
A loss sends UF to the Capital One, Outback, Chick-fil-A or Gator Bowl.
Florida also can still play for the national championship by beating FSU, combined with a Southern California upset over No. 1 Notre Dame Saturday night. That would raise the possibility, depending on what the BCS human voters and computers have to say, for the Gators to play the winner of the SEC championship game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.
The Seminoles’ post-season won’t be affected by a victory or loss against the Gators. FSU will be in the ACC championship game next week against Georgia Tech and in the Orange Bowl with a victory. At 10th in the BCS, it’s impossible for the Seminoles to get into the national championship game, even by beating Florida and Georgia Tech.
However, the ’Noles could earn state bragging rights on an unprecedented scale by beating the Gators. It not only would be the longest steak against UF since 1998-2000, but for the first time in history, FSU would hold simultaneous three-game winning streaks against the Gators and Miami and for the first time win the mythical state championship three years in a row.
Analysis: Missouri is looking to get bowl eligible while Texas A&M is jockeying for an invite into one of the four major postseason matchups. In addition, the Aggies would like nothing more than to showcase quarterback Johnny Manziel in an effort to improve the redshirt freshman’s chances of winning the Heisman Trophy. The Tigers had an excellent opportunity to clinch a bowl bid with a home win over Syracuse last week, but fell 31-27 as a six-point favorite. We see them getting run out of College Station on Saturday night.
Take note: Missouri is 5-1 ATS over their last six games at Texas A&M.