Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Picks

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  There’s simply too much for the Panthers to overcome to right the ship this season. Cam Newton is struggling, DeAngelo Williams can’t find holes, Jonathan Stewart is banged up, and injuries on defense, namely Jon Beason, are starting to add up. And most importantly, the Carolina Panthers don’t have enough talent on the defensive side of the ball.

  I still think they will surprise a few teams, but its almost impossible to build momentum with so much working against you. look for the Cats to finish the season with 6 or 7 wins, which would mark their fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs. And once again the Panthers will head into the offseason with question marks all over the football field.

Picks: 11-3 last week, 50-27 for the season
Pit at Tenn
Mia over StL
Balt over Dallas
Philly over Det
Atl over Oak
Cle over Cincy
Indy over the Jets
Bucs over Chiefs
Cards over Bills
Pats at Seattle
Niners over Giants
Skins over Vikes
Texans over GB
Denver at SD

  This is the first time since 1994 that all three Triangle based teams have had winning records this late in a season, and its the first time EVER that all five FBS programs in the state are at 500 or better in October. Then, if you include the Palmetto state it ets even bette, as South Carolina is ranked 3rd in the country, while Clemson is 16th.

  I think the Gamecocks have an excellent chance of getting to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, but I’m stopping short of calling them a national title contender. Clemson looks like they could be headed to another 10 win season, and could some consideration for a BCS game. North Carolina might be the best team in the ACC’s Coastal division, but can’t qualify for the title game due to probation. NC State’s shocker of FSU might have saved Tom O’Brien’s job but I still think the Pack will end up with their typical 7 or 8 wins. And then there’s the Duke Blue Devils. David Cutcliffe has his squad at 5-1, and on the brink of a bowl game for the first time in 19 seasons. I predict that they’ll get at least 2 more wins and accept a bid to Charlotte’s Belk Bowl. And due to that success, Cutcliffe might have other coaching opportunities once the season is over. 

Picks (5-6 ATS last week, 27-29 for the season)
VT -10 over Duke
UNC -6 at Miami|
UVA -3 vs Maryland
ECU -18.5 vs Memphis
FSU -28.5 vs BC
LSU -3 vs South Carolina
Oklahoma -3 vs Texas
Notre Dame -9 vs Stanford
USC -12.5 at Washington
Tenn +3 at Miss St


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