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9 Picks: Home teams off, but plenty of important matchups

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

LSU, Southern and the Saints are all off this weekend after the Tigers' game against Florida was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

There's still a lot of good football this weekend, so let's pick some winners!

No.1 Alabama (5-0) at No. 16 Arkansas (4-1)
This is a must game for Arkansas after losing to Texas A&M earlier in the year. Two losses in the SEC West will make it tough to win the division. Both teams are averaging around 440 yards of offense, but the difference is on defense. Bama allows 250 yards, while Arkansas is giving up 375. The Tide is also giving up only 69 yards rushing per game, and that will be the difference. A close one until the fourth quarter and then the Tide rolls again.
Alabama 27, Arkansas 17

No. 9 Tennessee (5-0) at No. 8 Texas A&M (5-0)
Texas A&M is 5-0 again this year. Will the Aggies make it to 6-0 or will they once again start a downtrend? Tennessee is this year's 'cardiac kids,' finding a way to come back against Florida and Georgia in very dramatic fashion. Vols do it again in a classic.
Tennessee 33, Texas A&M 30

Head coach Tom Herman Watch:
No. 6 Houston (5-0) at Navy (3-1)
Houston plays a pretty good Navy squad on Saturday, and some LSU fans might just keep an eye on this one. Herman and the Cougars continue their march to the big matchup with Louisville on Nov. 17. 
Houston 41, Navy 31

Head coach Jimbo Fisher Watch:
No. 23 Florida State (3-2) at No. 10 Miami (4-0)
Another head coach LSU fans might want to watch on the Tigers' day off. Florida State travels to Miami to play the Hurricanes, who are led by former Georgia head coach Mark Richt. The Seminoles are giving up a lot of big plays on defense, and the trend will continue on Saturday.  
Miami 34, Florida State 24

No. 20 Oklahoma (2-2) at Texas (2-2)
This matchup has two big time offenses and absolutely no defense on stage. Texas head coach Charlie Strong will feel the seat getting much warmer after another defensive breakdown. 
Oklahoma 49, Texas 34

Auburn (3-2) at Mississippi State (2-2)
Auburn is trying to build on the win against LSU and Mississippi State is looking for its identity. Home team wins a low scoring game in Starkville.
Mississippi State 16, Auburn 13

No. 21 Colorado (4-1) at USC (2-3)
Colorado is winning again but faces a tough road game. The Trojans will be up to the challenge,
USC 24, Colorado 21

Western Kentucky (3-2) at Louisiana Tech (2-3)
This will be a high scoring game with the Bulldogs averaging over 500 yards per game and the Hilltoppers averaging 465 yards. Home team wins in the end after the smoke settles.
Louisiana Tech 38, Western Kentucky 35

McNeese State (3-2) at Southeastern (1-3)
The McNeese Cowboys are averaging 32.6 points and 447.0 yards per game and searching for their third straight victory. The SLU defense is giving up 37.8 points and 421.0 yards per game. So, no looking good for the Lions.
McNeese 32, SLU 17 

LAST WEEK: 6-3, OVERALL RECORD: 29-16

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