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Friday Locks: Disagreement On Baylor And TCU

With the college football season underway so is the second annual Crimson And Cream Machine Pick'em contest sponsored by Sooner Legends Inn And Suites. One of the weekly features we're adding this season is our locks. Let it be noted that these are for entertainment purposes only and if you decide to wager based off of our picks (especially in today's economy) all of the smarts have left your body. 

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Mizzou -         (-20.5) vs Miami Ohio      I think Pinkel and Dave Yost keep things simple for their new QB (James Franklin) in the opener, a lot of short passes and designed QB runs.  Franklinperforms well, but where I see this being a "lock" is on the opposite of the ball for the Tigers.  Mizzou's defense this year is legit and I think they easily keep Miami (OH) under wraps and make this an easy cover for Mizzou.     Indiana - (-6) vs. Ball State     A little love for K-Dub and IU.  I think both teams put up some points and throw the ball all over the place.  I expect Wilson to have his team jacked up for a game on an NFL field and quite frankly I just don't have much belief in future OU sacrifical lamb Ball State.  At less than a TD to cover, give me the Hoosiers and a Kevin Wilson spread offense    
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Maryland (-3.0) vs Miami FL     Maryland looks to have a much improved QB in Danny O'Brien who will enter into his second year of commanding the offense. While losing 3 WR is usually detrimental, Maryland has a solid group to replace them in Edsall's system. Miami has had a ton of off-the-field problems that resulted in some late suspensions changing the outcome of this game drastically. Maryland should be able to cover the spread no problem, not to mention it is a home game for them.     TCU (-4.5) vs Baylor      I'm picking against the spread this time around. While TCU is coming in ranked they are losing 12 starters (6 from both sides of the ball). However, the biggest loss was Andy Dalton. The Horned Frogs will not have the same punishing defense they had last season and will not be able to compete with Baylor offensively. Robert Griffin III is the difference maker this year. Baylor will not have the defense to get a stop almost every time but they only need one stop in this game. The offense should be able to score at will allowing a Baylor victory.    
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TCU (-4.5) vs Baylor There's a lot of focus on what TCU has lost going into this game but, in my opinion, not enough focus on what Baylor has lost. The Bears return Robert Griffin and a defense that has a tradition of being bad. RG3 and the offense has been able to carry the team but with the departure of Jay Finley and Josh Gordon I'm not convinced Griffin has much, if anything, to work with. TCU wins by at least a TD.  Texas     ( -24) vs Rice I'm not convinced that the Longhorns can score 24 total points much less beat an opponent by that much. I'll take Rice and the points until proven otherwise. 

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