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After Colorado, the Ducks get into the teeth of their conference schedule with Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State all coming up, plus a possible Pac-12 title game (and maybe a rematch against USC). Win all those and the computers will spit out some different numbers on the Ducks.

Will it be enough to catch Kansas State if the Wildcats keep winning? Or fend off Notre Dame? Stay tuned.

The picks:

THURSDAY

No. 14 Clemson (minus 12) at Wake Forest

Tigers can’t afford another ACC slip … CLEMSON 31-17.

FRIDAY

Cincinnati (plus 3 1/2) at No. 16 Louisville

Battle for the Keg of Nails will have Big East title implications … LOUISVILLE 28-24.

SATURDAY

No. 13 Mississippi State (plus 24) at No. 1 Alabama

As line shows, Bulldogs have plenty of doubters … ALABAMA 38-17.

Colorado (plus 45 1/2) at No. 2 Oregon

Ducks have outscored opponents 199-49 in first half … OREGON 50-14.

No. 3 Florida (plus 6 1/2) vs. No. 12 Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla.

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