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Free Picks for Saturday: LSU at West Virginia & Virginia Tech at Marshal


Free Football Pick for LSU (-5-) at West Virginia 5:00 PM EST ABC: 
Mountaineers new spread attack has made great progress in the last 6 quarters under new HC Holgorson and QB Smith.  Since trailing Norfolk State at home 12-10 at the half, they have erupted for 87 points in the 2nd half of that game and at Maryland last week.  That throwing game will need to make continued improvement because they are only averaging 79/2.6 overland.  Unfortunately for the Mounties, a 1 dimensional offense will not succeed against this LSU defense.  This is a stop unit that has already diffused high scoring spread attacks Oregon and Mississippi State holding the Ducks to just 335 yards and Miss. State to just 193 yards.  As an extra bonus, veteran QB Lee has stepped into the signal callers spot operating the improved, more-balanced offense with great aplomb.  Must respect the fact that WVU nearly won at LSU LY coming up just short in a 20-14 defeat under then HC Stewart.  But the reality is that LSU has won 19 consecutive September games and is undefeated in regular season non-con play since 2002.  SEC top rated defense easily the #1 unit on the field.

College Football Picks for Virginia Tech (-20-) at Marshall 3:30 PM EST: We used Ohio U. as your Cat of the Week against Marshall last week in a 44-7 pummeling of the Herd.  Though Marshall contributed to their destruction with 6 TOs, OU held dominant edges of 559-331 TY, 30-14 with the chains, and 36-24 clock.  Most impressive was the balance of their offense gaining 271 RY and 288 PY.  The Herd appears to committed to freshman QB Cato who was clearly not prepared.  If he thinks that challenge of the Bobcats defense was overwhelming, wait until he goes up against the Hokies.  Though he may be a bit more comfortable on his home field with a game under his belt expect him to make plenty of mistakes against the stop unit of DC Foster.  The Hokies are dominating foes at the point of attack, 211/4.7 to 55/2.0.  Yet, their win margins against ECU and Ark State, a pair of vastly improved teams, and failure to cover by a combined 20 points, has kept this line under 3 TDs.  The combination of offensive threats QB Thomas and RB Wilson have not erupted since 256 RY and 262 PY in a 66-13 opening game victory vs. App State, a team who is similar in quality to this Marshall contingent.  With veteran HC Beamer on a recent run of 25-8 ATS away and 11-4 ATS in all games recently, this has the potential to be another beatdown of the Herd.

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What college football bettors need to know about Vanderbilt at South Carolina (Saturday, September 24, 2011) from Pregame.com - Including predictions from Bryan Leonard and analysis from host Vegas Runner.