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“I’ve said that over and over, fairly or unfairly leagues are judged primarily by how their best teams fare in the national championship picture and whether you have teams deep into the season that are involved in the national champ picture,” Swofford said. “Perceptually so far this season has been very good for the ACC and how our entire league is received.”

Though the Seminoles’ 51-14 victory at Clemson is big part of the reason why oddsmakers aren’t giving Miami much of a chance.

According to RJ Bell Bell of in Las Vegas, the 21 1/2-point line makes Florida State the largest favorite ever in a game between top-10 teams this late in the season.

The picks:


No. 7 Miami (plus 21 1/2) at No. 3 Florida State

FYI, most lopsided score in the rivalry is 47-0. FSU won by that score in 1997; Miami in 1976 … FLORIDA STATE 42-17.


No. 18 Oklahoma State (plus 2 1/2) at No. 15 Texas Tech

Cowboys have won four straight in series, last two by combined 125-27 … TEXAS TECH 31-23.


No. 23 Michigan (plus 5 1/2) at No. 24 Michigan State

Spartans defense ranks first in nation in yards per game, yards per play and rushing … MICHIGAN 17-16.


Tennessee (plus 11 1/2) at No. 10 Missouri

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