Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Picks

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  Sunday’s win ove the Washington Redskins does not get the Carolina Panthers any closer to playoff consideration, or even 8-8 for that matter. But it does stop the constant criticism of Cam Newton, Ron Rivera, and the team’s overall play for a few days. It allows the city to take a breath and actually celebrate a win. But at the same time, I’m not sure how the Panthers can beat the Denver Broncos this week. Denver has a better QB, RB, offensive line, and defense. Unless Cam Newton plays the game of his life, and Peyton Manning turns it over, all of the criticism will return on Sunday afternoon.

NFL Picks (10-4 last week. 90-42 overall)
Indy at Jax
NYG at Cincy
Det at Minn
Saints vs Atl
Den at Panthers
Miami over Tenn
Balt over Oak
Pats over Bills
Bucs over SD
Sea over NYJ
Dallas at Philly
Niners over Rams
Texans at Bears
Pit over KC

  Tom O’Brien was 41-30 after 71 games at Boston College. He’s 38-33 at NC State. I’m not really sure there’s more to say. How can he argue that his program is any better in Raleigh than it was in Chestnut Hill? If I’m Athletic Director Debbie Yow I would replace him as NC State’s head coach, and I would hire Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

College picks (48-47 ATS, 5-4 last week)
FSU -13.5 at VT
Cocks -14 vs Hogs
UVA over Miami straight up
UNC -9 vs Ga Tech
NC State -9.5 vs Wake
Clem -31 vs Terps
BC +18.5 vs ND (Irish win)
Neb -7 vs Penn St
Ore St +5 at Stanford
Bama -13.5 vs A&M

Top 25
Bama, Ore, KSU, ND, Ohio St.
UGA, Fla, LSU, FSU, Clem.
L’ville, Ore St, S Caro, A&M, Stan.
Okla, Neb, La Tech, UCLA, Texas.
Rutg, N’western, Miss St, NIU, Mich.


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