Take favorites UTEP, Ball State, Tulane

Updated: November 12, 2004, 3:04 PM ET
By Rich Podolsky | Special to ESPN Insider
While Georgia vs. Auburn is the marquee, must-watch game, we're looking elsewhere for this week's best opportunities. We found four, including Oklahoma, which may not let up on poor Nebraska until reaching triple digits. Our other three best bets – UTEP, Ball State and Tulane – all have one thing in common: A talent for overachieving at home.


Memphis -6 over S. Mississippi: That was some great offensive performance we saw the Memphis Tigers put out against Louisville and some awful showing Southern Miss had against Cincinnati. Odds are Memphis won't look that good this week and Southern Miss won't look that bad. But they won't, necessarily, meet in the middle. Even the Tigers on an off week seem to be good enough to handle this so-so Golden Eagles squad. The latter has no answer for the two-pronged attack of QB Danny Wimprine and RB DeAngelo Williams.

And Southern Miss' feeble offense has no chance once it gets behind by a few TDs on the road. Last week, the Eagles fell behind 31-10 and couldn't cope. They also are very banged up, losing both starting corner backs and are working on a short week.
The pick: Memphis.

Rich Podolsky

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