Crystal Ball: OU beats FSU on the road

September, 16, 2011
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The best game of the week involves Oklahoma, picked by most to win the Big 12 and compete for a national title. They'll head to FSU to face a Seminoles team that is hungry to show it's working its way back to a power program. So let's take a look at this week's picks, starting with OU-FSU:

SATURDAY

Oklahoma at FSU, 7 p.m., ABC: FSU wasn't very competitive last year in Norman, but they are a better team this season. So I don't expect any 30-point blowouts. At the same time, I don't think the 'Noles are a top-10 team yet. They could prove me wrong on Saturday, but I'm going with the Sooners. They've got plenty at the skill positions and this is really their only test before conference play. Look for Landry Jones and Dominique Whaley, the surprise at RB, to lead this team to a win. Oklahoma 30, FSU 21

Louisiana-Monroe at TCU, 1 p.m.: The Horned Frogs bounced back last week against an opponent that couldn't throw vertically on them like Baylor did. Still, TCU's defense was much more solid and it's clear with each week that Casey Pachall has plenty of talent at the QB position. The Frogs will play amid the construction at Amon G. Carter Stadium and won't have any issues. TCU 45, Louisiana Monroe 10

Texas at UCLA, 2:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN3: It's tempting for some to take UCLA at home against a Texas team that we still don't know a whole lot about. But after pulling out a win against a gritty BYU team, this is a good time for Texas to get a road test. They'll pass that test. Texas 27, UCLA 24

Texas Tech at New Mexico, 2:30 p.m., Versus: For those of you with Versus, you can see Tommy Tuberville's team on display on Saturday. What I'm interesting in is the defense and how much they've improved from last year. Tech is favored by 24 on the road. I think they'll cover. Texas Tech 45, New Mexico 14

Idaho at Texas A&M, 6 p.m.: This is no problem for the Aggies coming off an impressive effort against SMU and before they face Oklahoma State. They'll need to avoid the temptation to look ahead. Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill was 21-of-26 for 246 yards and 2 TDs against the Mustangs last week. Those numbers should get even better this week. Texas A&M 52, Idaho 13

Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 6 p.m.: The Bears are ranked 19th in the AP poll and get a breather at home. They face Rice next weekend before getting into conference play. This is the team's first game since beating TCU in Waco to start the season. It's just another chance for Robert Griffin III to build on his Heisman resume. Baylor 48, SFA 20

North Texas at Alabama, 6:30 p.m.: Things don't get any easier for the Mean Green, who face an Alabama team some consider the best in the nation. UNT hung around for a while against Houston last week as they opened their new stadium. It's tough to believe they will hang around for a while in this one. Alabama 54, UNT 16

Oklahoma State at Tulsa, 9 p.m.: The Cowboys can't afford to overlook this one before facing the Aggies next week. Tulsa can still score points and scare people, despite what OU did to them last week. Still, the fact that this game is on the road helps OSU stay focused, in my opinion. OSU 42, Tulsa 24

Your turn. Who do you like in these games?
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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