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But as the recent scores show, the Cardinal have yet to figure out a way slow Oregon’s spread, which is operating better than ever behind another redshirt freshman quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Ducks are the highest scoring team in the nation at 55 points per game, with at least 42 in every game.

Of course, Alabama hadn’t allowed more than 17 point in a game before A&M came to town and put 29 on the Tide.

The picks:

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No. 14 Stanford (plus 20 1/2) at No. 1 Oregon

Ducks clinch Pac-12 north with victory … OREGON 45-28.

No. 2 Kansas State (minus 11 1/2) at Baylor

Bears No. 2 in country on total offense, last in total defense … KANSAS STATE 55-31.

Wake Forest (plus 23 1/2) at No. 3 Notre Dame

Irish finishing up ACC portion of the schedule … NOTRE DAME 38-14.

Western Carolina (no line) at No. 4 Alabama

Biggest mismatch in this week’s FCS-SEC challenge … It could be ALABAMA 100-0 if Tide wanted it to be.

Georgia Southern (no line) at No. 5 Georgia

Eagles option often gives big boys headaches … GEORGIA 48-24.

No. 6 Ohio State (plus 3) at Wisconsin

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