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Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Picks

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Unfortunately I have reached this conclusion: Ron Rivera is not a head coach. He’s 1-10 in games decided by 7 points or less, he has no idea how to manage end of half scenarios (see the Atlanta game or the Bears game), he signs off on a play to lose defensive schemes, and most importantly, his record is 7-16.

It truly is unfortunate because he is a wonderful person. He lives his life with nothing to hide, and has tremndous integrity and class. But there’s nothing about him that proves he’s a head coach.

NFL Picks (80-38 for the season, 11-3 last week)
SD over KC
Miami at Indy
Den at Cincy
Balt at Cleve
Hou over Buff
Wash over Caro
GB over Ariz
Det at Jax
Chi at Tenn
Oak over TB
Sea over Minn
NYG over Pitt
Dall at Atl
Nola over Philly

I didn’t think it was possible for Kenan Stadium to get any louder than it did for the improbable win over Miami in 2004. But UNC’s win last Saturday’s over NC State might have topped it. One of the program’s most talented players ever, Gio Bernard, took a punt back 76 yards for a game winning TD with only seconds remaining. The victory ended a 5 year losing streak to the Wolfpack and eased the burn of being a program on probation. Furthermore, it supplanted Bernard in Tar Heel history. 50 years from now he will still get a standing ovation whenever he is introduced in that town. What an amazing moment.

Picks (43-43 ATS, 6-4 last week)
The U +2.5 vs VT
Ga Tech -7 at Maryland
NC State -11 vs U.Va
Wake -4 vs BC
Clem -14 at Duke
Houston -3 vs ECU
Oregon -7.5 vs USC
Bama -10 vs LSU
Miss St +7 vs A&M

Top 25
Bama, Ducks, K State, Irish, and LSU.
Buckeyes, Dawgs, Gators, Noles, and Clemson.
L’ville, Beavers, Miss St, Cocks, and Boise.
Stanford, USC, Sooners, T Tech, and A&M.
La Tech, Huskers, Ok St, Kent St, and West Va.


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