Commentary

Picks: Defenses should be out in force at UT, LSU

Updated: September 6, 2007, 12:42 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine
I'm coming off a good first week going 10-5 against the line. The good was picking Oregon State to handle Utah, the bad was picking Ole Miss to cruise past Memphis and the ugly was counting on USC to hammer Idaho. This week's guesses:

Thursday, Sept. 6
Oregon State 30, Cincinnati 23: Yvenson Bernard is the most underrated running back in America. He is tough and runs with great balance, and now the Beavers have some other speedy game-breakers around him to compliment him. OSU's D is also tougher than a lot of people think.

Friday, Sept. 7
Rutgers 34, Navy 13: The Scarlet Knights' improved passing game is poised for the Friday night stage. Expect the usual workmanlike effort from RB Ray Rice to set it up. The aggressive Rutgers defense will get some problems early, since Navy forces teams to be so disciplined, but ultimately the fast Rutgers D-line takes over.

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