The Picks: Fortunately, jinx that hit Gators has not hit Picks

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.

I tried.

I called something called Florida Haitian Voodoo, but nobody answered. I went on a website that offered a curse-breaking liquid for $15, but I couldn't get anybody at The Sun to approve the expense. I talked to a couple of psychics who had better luck telling me where Jimmy Hoffa is buried than explaining what is happening here in Gainesville.

Did somebody bring a billy goat to a game? Is there a chicken curse? Is there an ancient burial ground underneath the athletic complex?

Kind of reminds me of the old “Hee Haw” song.

(itals pls)”If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.

Gloom, despair and agony on me.” (end itals)

Whatever entity that invaded the football team to cause all of the injuries that led to a disaster of a season has now moved over to the basketball team, where the injuries are so plentiful Billy Donovan may pull a Rowdy Reptile out of the stands to play the point.

Fortunately, the jinx hasn't hit The Picks … yet. Last week was a solid 8-2 record for 110-30 on the season. This is a big week and then the annual bowl picks with Sister Hazel's Drew Copeland. Maybe he's the jinx.

Missouri-Auburn: Part of me thinks Aubie is still floating in the clouds after last week's miracle win against Alabama. Part of me thinks Missouri is the best team in the conference. Part of me thinks Auburn is a team of destiny. Part of me thinks Mizzou will be overwhelmed by the atmosphere at the Georgia Dome. All of this means I'm flipping a coin. Auburn, 31-24.

Stanford at Arizona State: The Pac-12 may be the second best conference in the country, but when your championship game is a rematch from early in the season and it's a home game for one team it just doesn't feel like that big a deal. Arizona State, 34-31.

Michigan State-Ohio State: Might the Buckeyes come out a little tight in this one with so much on the line? They might, but I just don't think Sparty can score enough to win this game. Ohio State, 28-17.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: I'm sure when this season began Bobby Stoops didn't think he'd be playing the role of spoiler in this game. Ugh. Okie State, 42-25.

Texas at Baylor: The whole Mack Brown saga could come to an ugly end in Waco. Doesn't everything? Baylor, 45-21.

Bowling Green-Northern Illinois: Jordan Lynch is going to be somewhere on my Heisman Trophy ballot. I'm going to watch this one before deciding where. Northern Illinois, 35-24.

Marshall at Rice: Former UF assistant Doc Holliday was 17-20 in his first three years at Marshall. If he wins today, he'll have 10 wins this season. Good for him. Marshall, 27-23.

FSU-Duke: Jameis Winston has no distractions to deal with anymore and that includes Duke's defense. FSU, 45-17.

Utah State at Fresno State: It depends on whether or not Fresno is wallowing in the misery of last week's loss that knocked the Bulldogs out of BCS-busting status. I'm going to say no. Fresno, 54-26.

UCF at SMU: Who knew when UCF won its appeal vs. the NCAA in April the Knights were appealing for a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl? Oh, Bourbon Street, are you ready for this? Do Mickey ears and beads go together? UCF, 28-19.

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