|Oklahoma is favored against Florida State tonight. (AP photo)|
Last Week: 5-1-1 (spread); 7-0 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 3-4 (spread)
This Season: 6-7-1 (spread); 12-2 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Season: 8-5-1 (spread)
No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida State, 8 p.m., ABC
The Skinny: Last year Oklahoma destroyed Florida State at home by 30. This year, there doesn’t appear to be a repeat in the forecast as both teams are better than they were a season ago. Florida State has made the biggest jump, coming into the game as the fifth-ranked team in the nation, about as high as the Seminoles have been in recent memory. The Seminoles are talking a big game too, saying they want revenge. Oklahoma, meanwhile, is just going about its business, knowing a win could springboard it to the title game. The Pick: Oklahoma (-3) wins it 28-24.
No. 17 Ohio State at Miami, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The Skinny: This is the second week in a row where a night game on ESPN had me believing the other team would be favored. I thought Michigan should have been the favorite against Notre Dame, but wasn’t. Here I could have sworn the Buckeyes would be favored against Miami, but the Hurricanes hold that distinction. But it’s not so crazy. Miami returns many key players lost to suspension, including QB Jacory Harris. Ohio State, which struggled to beat Toledo last week, is still without a bunch of key players due to suspension. So ... The Pick: Miami (-2.5) wins it 27-23.
No. 15 Michigan State at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m., NBC
The Skinny: Can things get any worse for Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly? First, the Irish were embarrassed at home by South Florida in the opener. Then, Notre Dame couldn’t stop Michigan from going 80 yards in the final 30 seconds to pull out a miracle win. Now, Michigan State comes into South Bend looking to continue the Irish’s misery. All of that makes this game as tough to predict as any game this season. But I’m going with Notre Dame. The Pick: Notre Dame (-4.5) wins it 33-27.
Tennessee at No. 16 Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: Tennessee has lost its last six games against SEC rival Florida. On top of that, the Vols have lost their last 10 games against ranked opponents on the road. This game is in the Swamp, which doesn’t bode well for a Tennessee team that has been impressive on offense this season. QB Tyler Bray has been stellar, but he hasn’t done it in this type of pressure-cooker. Florida should have enough fire power to down the Vols. The Pick: Florida (-9.5) wins it 38-27.
No. 6 Stanford at Arizona 10:45 p.m. ESPN
The Skinny: Even though it’s going to be broadcast late on the East Coast, this is the first opportunity for a national audience to watch QB Andrew Luck play this season. He should be ready for the exposure. Arizona, however, will have a rabid fan base ready to give Luck all he can handle in terms of crowd noise. But the Wildcats struggle against the pass and Luck will take advantage. The Pick: Stanford (-10) wins it 42-28.
Washington at No. 11 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., ABC
The Skinny: For two teams in different conferences, Washington and Nebraska have played each other a lot over the years, including twice last year. The last meeting, in the Holiday Bowl, resulted in a 19-7 Washington victory. Granted, the Huskers weren’t much into the game, as they had already beaten the Huskies in the regular season, but it was an embarrassing loss. Nebraska gets revenge, but Washington keeps it close enough. The Pick: Nebraska (-17) wins it 34-21.
No. 21 Auburn at Clemson, 12 p.m., ABC
The Skinny: Clemson will put an end to Auburn’s late-game magic. The Pick: Clemson (-3) wins it 49-42. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, Stanford, Washington, Auburn.