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Don't Bet On It!: National Games of Interest

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This would at least provide a little warmth.Despite the loss of our legendary voice earlier this week, the Bulldog nation has a lot to be thankful for this year. After an 0-2, the Red and Black have reeled off nine straight wins. We beat Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee in the same season for the first time since 1982. Mark Richt has secured the fourth Eastern division title of his career. Hopefully, you're also thankful for heeding our advice not to wager on any of my college football predictions. I once again went 2-3 in my national picks last week, bringing my ledger for the season to 4-6. Are my picks this week going to improve that mark? Don't Bet On It!

Texas Longhorns at Texas A&M Aggies (-8.5) - Note: This game will be played at 8:00 p.m. (EST) tonight. This will be the last game for the foreseeable future in a rivalry dating back to 1894, which Texas leads by more than a 2-1 margin. It's perversely impressive that the Worldwide Leader managed to stop a tradition that even World War II couldn't break. The Aggies will end the series on a high note, and the Longhorns will have to console themselves with their millions upon millions of dollars in TV revenue.

Virginia Tech Hokies (-4) at Virginia Cavaliers - This year's Commonwealth Cup will also determine the Atlantic or Coastal division representative in the ACC championship game. Since I'm pretty sure that ACC by-laws mandate that Virginia Tech always plays in the championship game, the Hokies will beat the Cavaliers by at least a touchdown this Saturday.

(The) Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines (-7.5) - The Buckeyes have won the last six iterations of The Game. When Michigan breaks the streak with a big win on Saturday, they'll help convince Urban Meyer to take his dream job. Sorry, Florida fans.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Wisconsin Badgers (-14.5) - The horrible scandal uncovered at Penn State has (rightly) overshadowed the fact that they currently lead the Leaders or Legends division of the Big Integer. Wisconsin is going to win the game and the division, but the Nittany Lions' defense will keep it close. Penn State covers.

Go Dawgs! Happy Thanksgiving!