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Stanford could struggle against Sun Devils

By From page B2 | September 20, 2013

This week’s picks are as follows:

STANFORD over ARIZONA STATE … the first big test for the Cardinal and it won’t be easy.

USC over UTAH STATE … the Trojans are favored by less than a touchdown at home against what used to be a perennial doormat. My have college football fortunes changed.

BRIGHAM YOUNG over UTAH … the battle for the Beehive State between two offensive powerhouses. Stay up late to watch this one. You won’t be wasting your time.

WASHINGTON STATE over IDAHO … the Battle of the Palouse won’t be much of a battle this year. Two teams headed in opposite directions. The Vandals should head back to the Big Sky where they belong.

NOTRE DAME over MICHIGAN STATE … my oh my are the Irish ever average this year.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE over DELAWARE STATE … yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Believe it or not, ESPN’s prestigious and must-sought-after “Game Day” program is coming to Fargo to reward the two-time defending FCS champion Bison. I am not making this up.

UPSET OF THE WEEK: Boise State over Fresno State … hard to believe the Broncos are an underdog in this one, given their track record over the last decade. (Upset record: 1-2).

ROUT OF THE WEEK: UCLA over New Mexico State … my goodness gracious, who on earth scheduled this game? The only thing that can prevent a Bruin victory is if New Mexico State votes to drop football before the coin flip. (Rout record: 3-0).

DON’T BET ON IT, BUT: Oregon State over San Diego State … betting on the Beavers against an inferior opponent is clearly a risky business this year. (Don’t bet record: 2-1).

FIVE EASY PICKS: Line up at the “Pay” window with these sure winners. This week’s locks are Alabama (over Colorado State), Miami, Fla. (over Savannah State), Florida State (over Bethune-Cookman), Ohio State (over Florida A&M) and Washington (over Idaho State). (FEP record: 15-0).

AGGIES over PORTLAND STATE … nothing will come easily for the Aggies this year, and Saturday night is no exception. The Vikings are loaded on offense and the Aggies are loaded on defense. A classic Big Sky battle in yet another unexplainable “nonconference” game. Take the Ags by 1, but don’t bet all the rent money.

OTHER GAMES: Louisville over Florida International, Georgia over North Texas, Vanderbilt over Massachusetts, Virginia Tech over Marshall, Iowa over Western Michigan, Pittsburgh over Duke, Syracuse over Tulane, Ohio over Austin Peay, Northwestern over Maine, Florida over Tennessee, Wisconsin over Purdue, Nebraska over South Dakota State, Arkansas over Rutgers, Penn State over Kent State, Virginia over VMI, Baylor over Louisiana-Monroe, Cincinnati over Miami (Ohio), Texas A&M over SMU, Bowling Green over Murray State, UAB over Northwestern State, Western Kentucky over Morgan State, Texas Tech over Texas State, Northern Illinois over Eastern Illinois, Mississippi State over Troy, LSU over Auburn, Michigan over Connecticut, Missouri over Indiana, Montana over Oklahoma Panhandle State, Northern Iowa over Northern Colorado, Montana State over Stephen F. Austin, and Wyoming over Air Force.

Last week: 39-5, season: 128-22, percentage: .853.

— Listen to Bob Dunning talk college football with Gus Lloyd on the nationally syndicated “Seize the Day” every Friday at 6:45 a.m. on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 129.

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