College Football Odds: Kentucky-Tennessee Among Best ATS Picks For Week 11

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Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:22 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 5:22 PM UTC

Make a dent on your bookies bank with these picks against the spread on College football week 11. Here are the best selections on the card.

 Ole Miss At No. 8 Texas A&M (-10)

Neither starting quarterback will be available this game or the rest of the season. Ole Miss' Chad Kelly and Texas A&M's Trevor Knight (who could return for a bowl game) were both hurt last week. The Rebels beat Georgia Southern out of conference, while the Aggies were upset at home by Mississippi State. That ended any chance A&M had of making the College Football Playoff as it dropped from No. 4 to No. 8 in this week's rankings. Why I like A&M here is because it's at home but also will have the edge in experience at quarterback. The Aggies turn to Joe Hubenak. The junior has one career start, in last season's Music City Bowl loss to Louisville. He has thrown 38 pass attempts this season, completing 60.5 percent for 350 yards and three touchdowns with one pick. He played pretty well in relief of Knight last week. Ole Miss had to turn to freshman Jason Pellerin last week against Georgia Southern and he struggled, going 1-for-5 for 19 yards and a pick. There is talk that Ole Miss could burn the potential redshirt season of highly-touted freshman Shea Patterson. And he might be a star one day, but it would be rough going in the noise of Kyle Field. A&M also recruited him heavily.

NCAAF Free Pick: Texas A&M -10Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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California At No. 23 Washington State (-14.5)

This is the latest game of significance on Saturday with a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff from Pullman and it should be an absolute passing extravaganza between two Air Raid teams that barely bother to throw the ball. Washington State is looking to go 7-0 in the Pac-12 for the first time in history as Coach Mike Leach has worked wonders up there. The Cougars could find themselves in first place by themselves in the Pac-12 North by the time they take the field as it's possible No. 4 Washington loses earlier in the night at home to No. 20 USC. Wazzu is generally a much better home team, as I suppose everyone is. The Cougars come off a 69-7 destruction of Arizona. One concern is that prior to that, the Cougars had only won their previous three Pac 12 games by six, five and four points. This is really more about Cal and its horrendous defense. The Bears might well put up 40 points in this one but probably allow 60. Cal has the nation's worst defense in giving up 44.4 points per game. It allowed 66 last week at home to Washington. And that's another reason I don't like Cal here: it comes off two really tough games vs. the Huskies and USC (another blowout loss.

NCAAF Free Pick: Washington State -14.5Best Line Offered: Intertops

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Kentucky At Tennessee (-13.5)

I picked against Kentucky getting 2.5 points last week at home against Georgia and the Dawgs won 27-24 to end UK's three-game winning streak. Georgia redshirt freshman Rodrigo Blankenship hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired. The Wildcats, who led 21-13 at one point, were looking to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 with a win. A victory also would have given Kentucky sole possession of first place in the SEC East, and that's really what this game is all about: an SEC East eliminator. UK and Tennessee are a game back in the loss column of first-place Florida in the division. The Gators would win  a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Wildcats but not the Vols. Things haven't been going well for Tennessee of late. It has lost three straight SEC games, saw star tailback Jalen Hurd announce he was transferring and leave the program in the middle of the season, and lost star defensive back and return man Evan Berry suffer a season-ending injury. He joins stellar defenders Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Kahlil McKenzie as out for the year. Two other key players, running back Alvin Kamara and defensive back Cam Sutton, are being called game-time decisions her but it's looking like they will play. I think the fact that Tennessee knows it can still win the SEC East will fuel this team the rest of the way. I actually believe the Vols will do so. They should win out, while Florida could lose Saturday vs. South Carolina, with the Gators missing several starters, and probably will lose next week at LSU.

NCAAF Free Pick: Tennessee -13.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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