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The picks: Gators will blast Vols

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  September 17, 2009 04:21 PM

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Call this revenge weekend. Or something like it.

Tennessee and Lane Kiffin have to deal with the Florida in Gainesville. That would be the same Lane Kiffin who suggested last spring that Florida coach Urban Meyer might have broken some rules recruiting. (Kiffin later said he was wrong.)

Texas Tech visits Texas, where the Longhorns still remember last year's loss in Lubbock, which cost Texas a spot in the BCS title game.

TONIGHT

Georgia Tech at Miami -- The Miami offense, led by QB Jacory Harris, will be the key. We wonder about the 'Cane defense, which was porous in the opener against Florida State. Still, playing at home should help, which should give the 'Canes' the edge. The pick: Miami 35, Georgia Tech 24.

SATURDAY

Tennessee at Florida -- This could get ugly folks. Meyer has neither forgiven nor forgotten what Kiffin said. Plus, Tennessee is an SEC East rival and Florida needs to tune up against better competition after two "scrimmages.'' Meanwhile, Tennessee has yet to prove it can score against anybody. The pick: Florida 56, Tennessee 13.

Texas Tech at Texas -- The Longhorns looked distracted before they put away Wyoming last week That won't be the problem this week as Colt McCoy and the boys get some revenge against the Red Raiders for ending the Longhorns' BCS title hopes last season. The pick: Texas 38, Texas Tech 14.

USC at Washington -- Normally, USC could expect a letdown after a big road victory at Ohio State, especially as freshman QB Matt Barkley has not practiced for most of the week while he deals with a bruised shoulder. Throw in the fact that new Washington coach Steve Sarkisian came from USC and knows the Trojans as well as anybody. Plus, the Huskies may have the best QB in the Pac-10 in Jake Locker. The pick: USC 23, Washington 17

Michigan State at Notre Dame -- Both teams have to bounce back from bad losses. But more is expected from Notre Dame. The Irish are playing at home -- although that hasn't helped them in the past against the Spartans. Still, Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen and company look ready to pick up the pace and should play with more of a sense of urgency. The pick: Notre Dame 31, Michigan State 10.

Last week: 3-2. Season to date: 6-4.


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