Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Predictions

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I firmly believe the Carolina Panthers win over the Saints was one the team had to have. Many of you disagreed on air but my feelings were backed up in that locker room. Jordan Gross called it “a must win” because you cannot start 0-2 overall or 0-2 in your division and make the playoffs in 2012.

I was really impressed with how the offensive line seemed to take their embarrassing performance against the Bucs personally. They pushed the Saints around for four quarters, and rookie LG Aminu Silatolu looked every bit like a starting lineman.

So now that they’re 1-1 does that mean that there’s nothing riding on the NY Giants game Thursday night? Nope. I think it’s another must win. With a trip to Atlanta waiting on them next the Panthers could be staring 1-3 in the face. And again, it’s highly unlikely they, or any team, will recover from that record to make the playoffs. Which is why this Giants game is on the Panthers must win.

Last week 11-5 (22-10 on season)
Panthers over NYG
Cle over Buf
Indy over Jax
Miami over NYJ
NOLA over KC
Wash over Cincy
Chi over StL
Dallas over TB
Det at Tenn
SF at Minn
Philly at Arz
SD over Atl
Den over Hou
Pit at Oak
Balt over BE
GB over Sea

Again, I’ve got to have a winning week before I can start waxing poetic about college football. I’m off to the worst start I’ve ever had in the nine years I’ve been picking games.

Bama, FSU, LSU, Ore, S Caro
Okla, UGA, WVU, Clem, Ohio St
Tex, KSU, TCU, ND, Stan
Fla, UCLA, Ariz, USC, Lville
Miss St, Ohio, Boise, Mich, Cincy.

5-6 last week ATS (10-16 on season)
WVU -28 vs Md
TCU -17.5 vs U.Va
VT -19.5 vs BG
Wake -7 vs Army
GT -13.5 vs Miami
UNC -14.5 vs ECU
SCaro -10 vs Mizzu
Memphis +21.5 at Duke, Duke wins
FSU -14 vs Clemson
NC State will beat The Citadel.


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