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Week 5 College Football Picks: Alabama At Florida, Nebraska At Wisconsin, Clemson At Virginia Tech

Wisconsin should handle Nebraska tonight. (AP photo)
Brad Carroll takes a look at the top college football games of the day
Last Week: 4-3 (spread); 7-0 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 3-4 (spread)
This Season: 17-10-1 (spread); 26-2 (overall); 2-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Season: 15-12-1 (spread)

No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida, 8 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: CBS takes its turn at primetime with a huge SEC game that features two strong running teams. Wait a minute ... Florida? A running team? Say what? Yep, the Gators, best known for passing the ball, have been one of the best running teams in the nation under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Alabama, on the other hand, has always prided itself on running and defense and could do it better than anyone this season. It’s also student vs. teacher in this game as Nick Saban and Will Muschamp go head-to-head. The Pick: Alabama (-3.5) wins it 34-28.

No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., ABC
The Skinny: There’s no better way for Nebraska to kick off its membership in the Big Ten with a big time matchup at Camp Randall Saturday under the lights. And while this could be just the first meeting between the two this season, as the Huskers and Badgers are the favorites to play in the Big Ten title game, don’t expect either team take that for granted. Wisconsin, with QB Russell Wilson, has been stellar on offense and just as good defensively this season. Nebraska has struggled to an undefeated start. The Pick: Wisconsin (-9) wins it 38-28.

No. 13 Clemson at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 6 p.m., ESPN2
The Skinny: This game has 2006 written all over it. That year, Clemson came into Blacksburgh as one of the hottest teams in the nation, with a 6-game win streak and a No. 10 ranking. Virginia Tech, however, ended all that momentum, winning 24-7. This year, Clemson is rolling again, beating Auburn and FSU, ranked 13th and playing at Virginia Tech. (Sound familiar?) This, however, is a different year and a different time. The Pick: Clemson (+6.5) wins it 28-27.

No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 18 Arkansas, 12 p.m., ESPN
The Skinny: Both are coming off bad losses, with A&M falling to Oklahoma State and Arkansas getting smoked by Alabama, so this matchup at Cowboys Stadium is a BCS elimination game. It’s also a preview of what’s to become a weekly occurrence for the Aggies, as they are SEC bound. Arkansas has won the last two meetings between the schools, 24-17 last season. There should be a lot more offense today, and an upset. The Pick: Arkansas (+3) wins it 28-24.

Auburn at No. 10 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: Steve Spurrier has South Carolina at 4-0, the best start for the school in a decade, but he’s not happy with how his offense has performed. He may finally get a smile on his face Saturday as the Gamecocks play a terrible Auburn defense. How bad is Auburn on that side of the ball? The Tigers allowed Florida Atlantic, a team averaging 92.5 yards per game, to rack up 307. South Carolina finally gets on track. The Pick: South Carolina (-9.5) wins it 37-24.

Michigan State at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
The Skinny: Ohio State coach Luke Fickell is an embarrassment to his craft. If you read College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com, you know what I’m talking about. Fickell has no idea how to be a head coach during game time and he shouldn’t last the season with the Buckeyes. With that written, the Buckeyes team on the field is better than Michigan State and will get the win. The Pick: Ohio State (-3) wins it 24-17.

Air Force at Navy, 12 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: There’s always something special when two service academies play on the football field. This should be no different. Plus, it's just awesome watching Navy run its offense. The Pick: Navy (-3) wins it 31-24.
Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Alabama, Wisconsin, Clemson, Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan State, Navy.

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