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The picks:

THURSDAY

No. 8 Stanford (minus 6 1/2) at Washington

Stanford has won last two meetings by combined 86 points. … STANFORD 35-24.

SATURDAY

Mississippi (plus 31) at No. 1 Alabama

Rebels are 1-24 in Tuscaloosa. … ALABAMA 48-14.

No. 2 Oregon (minus 28 1/2) vs. Washington State at Seattle

Losing to Colorado is no way to prepare for Ducks. … OREGON 42-21.

Towson (no line) at No. 3 LSU

Towson’s mascot also is the Tigers. That is only thing these two have in common. … LSU 60-7.

No. 4 Florida State (minus 17) at South Florida

Bulls won 17-7 in Tallahassee in 2009. … FLORIDA STATE 28-13.

Tennessee (plus 13 1/2) at No. 5 Georgia

If Vols can protect Tyler Bray from Jarvis Jones, they have a shot. … GEORGIA 35-24.

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