MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Head Coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes leads the team onto the field for his first home game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 17, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Buckeyes 24-6. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
All lines according to the Wynn casino as of 9:30 p.m., on 9/21
Kansas St. Wildcats at Miami Hurricanes (-13)
Over the last three years the Wildcats have struggled and lost in all three non-conference road games and this one won't be any different. The Hurricanes got the running game going in a big way with 240 yards against the Buckeyes and Jacory Harris will be starting his second game since being suspended for the opener. This one has jumped up a point and a half since opening at 11.5 and I wouldn't be surprised if it made it to 14 before kickoff.
The pick - Miami -13
UCF Golden Knights (+3) at BYU Cougars (Friday night)
BYU is extremely lucky that they aren't 0-3 after scraping by against Ole Miss, falling apart against Texas as soon as Garrett Gilbert was removed from the game and turning the ball over seven times in a 54-10 home blowout to the Utes. The Golden Knights would have been favored here had it not been for the home loss against a Florida International team that is still not being given enough credit. The 30-3 win over Boston College doesn't look quite as good now that the Eagles have fallen to 0-3, but BYU is on the verge of a breakdown. It's not a bad move to go with UCF money line.
The pick - UCF +3
Rice Owls at Baylor Bears (-20)
Rice is still getting a little bit of credit here for the win over a terrible Purdue team and the Bears have been out of sight, out of mind after the big win over TCU. Robert Griffin is going to be able to name his score against Rice at home. If the Bears defense can show even a little bit of fight, this is a cover.
The pick - Baylor -20
Missouri Tigers at Oklahoma Sooners (-21)
"Dear Jon, please do not push your homer picks upon us".
2010 - Oklahoma 45, Texas Tech 7
2010 - Oklahoma 47, Florida St. 17
2009 - Oklahoma 27, Oklahoma St. 0
2009 - Oklahoma 65, Texas A&M 10
2008 - Oklahoma 65, Texas Tech 21
2008 - Oklahoma 62, Nebraska 21
These are the scores of the big games in Norman over the last three years. Every single one covered the spread. Every. Single. One. Say what you will about the Sooners on the road, but this team is a different animal at home. Add in the fact that the game is at night, Missouri won last year to take away the Sooners #1 spot, and they haven't been shy about providing bulletin board material and you have yourself one hell of a pick (take at your own risk). I don't expect a let down after Florida St., Stoops has an excellent record after the Texas game during his tenure.
The pick - Oklahoma -21