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Our fearless weekend predictions!

BATON ROUGE, La. -- I'm sure everyone has read or seen the report by Channel 6 Orlando citing unnamed sources that UF quarterback Tim Tebow will "definitely" play on Saturday.

Who are these mystery sources? You guessed it, Gator Clause! Pretty sure this TV guy is a loyal reader. The Miami Herald does not report news citing anonymous sources in the paper, but on this blog we've told our loyal readers all week that Tebow is going to play based on reliable intel. Wink-Wink!

Here's my official prediction for tomorrow's game (pulled from my picks column, which runs in Saturday's paper). Call me crazy, but I'm predicting plenty of upsets on Saturday. (Just none in Baton Rouge, La.)
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No.1 Florida 17, No.4 LSU 14: Even Gainesville’s mayor has an opinion on whether or not Tim Tebow should play. “Real Gators want to be sure Tim Tebow is ready before they put him back in,” wrote mayor Pegeen Hanrahan on her Twitter account. “This is a great opportunity for [John] Brantley to show his skills!” Our prediction: Tebow plays. (Favorite: Florida by 7 ½.)
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Florida State 28, No.22 Georgia Tech 17: With all the nonsense that went on this week in Tallahassee, did the Noles make time to prepare for Tech’s triple-option offense? Yes. Florida State rallies behind its embattled coach and wins big. (Favorite: Florida State by 3.)
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Florida International 25, Western Kentucky 16: The Golden Panthers are searching for answers after starting the season winless. FIU might still be searching after this week but at least Coach Mario will find a win Kentucky. (Favorite: FIU by 5.)
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No.11 Miami 40, Florida A&M 10: Finally, the Canes’ Gauntlet of Doom is behind them. The Rattlers are a good team, but there’s no chance of a Miami let down this week. SpongeBob will make sure of that. In SpongeBob we trust! (Favorite: No line.)
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No.20 Ole Miss 21, No. 3 Alabama 20: Pretty much everyone wrote off Ole Miss as a fraud after the Rebels lost to South Carolina. That’s the way Rebels coach Houston Nutt likes it. The Grove might be burned to the ground after this upset. (Favorite: Alabama by 5.)
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Michigan 24, No. 12 Iowa 21: Iowa is an eight-point favorite to beat Michigan? Something’s fishy here. If we’ve learned anything about the Hawkeyes, it’s that they play to the level of their competition. Another unbeaten goes down in shocking fashion! (Favorite: Iowa by 8.)
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No.5 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 20: Miami coach Randy Shannon will have his fingers crossed while watching this game (noon kickoff). Sorry, coach, not happening this week. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor is gaining more and more confidence every week. (Favorite: Va. Tech by 13 ½.)
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Wisconsin 17, No.9 Ohio State 13: Apparently no one realizes Wisconsin is still undefeated and features the Big Ten’s top rusher (John Clay, 116.4 yards per game). Plenty of people will be taking notice after this upset. (Ohio State by 16).
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Overall: 25-15 straight up. Went a pathetic 4-4 last week. For some reason, I continue to make the mistake of giving FIU and FSU too much credit.
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Against the spread: 17-18. Even money last week (4-4). Might be in the hole big time after this week’s string of crazy picks.

-jo-

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