By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page
Record by week 7-7-1 overall 33-34-7
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K-State slight lean -2 over UCLA
K-State has a great coach in Bill Snyder. UCLA has an interim head coach. UCLA has a horrible defense ranked 117th overall. UCLA is very bad vs the run. K-State eighth straight bowl game.
S.Miss +16 ½ over Florida State
Motivation a big question for FSU. New coach coming in for FSU. S. Miss had higher expectations this year. S. Miss has a great running back they will feature in this game. S. Miss had QB issues this year but went with Griggs the last few games and he has delivered three straight wins.
NE -11 ½ over Bills
The Bills just won Northcoast 5 star game of the year last week with their win over Miami. BUT……NE held the Bills to only 268 yards of offense the last time them met a few weeks ago. New England back home will help after their emotional win over Pittsburgh.
Rams -7 over Tennessee
This is a rematch of their great Super Bowl many years ago. Rams off a 35-point blowout win over Seattle. Rams have a huge edge in talent. Titans only 4-12-2 as a home underdog.
Our Man in Stripes
Missouri -2.5 over Texas
Tiger have won six in a row. They started out 1-5 and most people gave up on them. This team has averaged over 50 points a game in their seven wins. The offense is running really well now. Too much fire-power for a Texas team limping into this game.
Minnesota -8.5 over Green Bay
Vikes still with a lot to play for, they’re playing for home field in the playoffs. The Packers now have nothing to play for and Aaron Rodgers will sit along with most likely star WR Devante Adams. Vikes one of the biggest surprise teams for me this year and Case Keenum has played very well.
Jets +7 over Chargers
Chargers off an emotional loss to Kansas City last week. Jets have a solid defense and they tend to play tough at home. Jets hung with the Saints last week on the road in New Orleans. I believe the Jets could win this game straight up.
South Florida -2.5 over Texas Tech
Texas Tech comes in with a good offense ranked 17th in the country but their defense is ranked 100th. USF has a solid offense ranked 9th in the country and led by Quinton Flowers. USF has a nice running game to go along with Flowers’ ability to pass. S. Florida has sold a ton of tickets for this game. USF motivated to beat a Big 12 team. So is former Big 12 coach Charlie Strong. Game played in historic Legion Field, take the team with the much better defense.
Minnesota -8.5 over Green Bay Double Down with Mono’s pick
Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games. Love the way Mike Zimmer’s defense has played all year. Vikes have held opponents in 9 of their last 11 contests under 300 yards of offense. Can’t see Brett Hundley breaking that trend.