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David Briggs

Can UT pull off the upset? Picking the college football weekend

Michigan's game at Purdue is no layup


Forecasters are calling for sunny skies, temperatures in the 80s, and a full day of pigskin Saturday.

Which leads to the big question: Fresh air or football?

We’re here to help prioritize. Here’s our guide to — and picks for— the most compelling area college games:

1. Toledo (3-0) at No. 14 Miami (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FSO Plus, Line: Miami by 13: The Rockets spend three quarters swapping scores with Miami before the Hurricanes flex their full muscle. Pick: Miami 34, Toledo 27.

2. No. 8 Michigan (3-0) at Purdue (2-1), 4 p.m., Saturday, 36, Line: Michigan by 10: This isn’t the gimme most anticipated. First-year Purdue boss Jeff Brohm might be the early candidate for national coach of the year, having transformed a doormat program that won nine games the past four years into — at least — a nice entryway rug. The Boilermakers tossed a big scare into Louisville in the opener, then smashed Missouri 35-3 in Columbia last weekend. This potential upset special goes down to the end, with Michigan’s defense ultimately bailing out the Wolverines. Pick: Michigan: 21, Purdue 17.

3. Bowling Green (0-3) at Middle Tennessee (1-2), 6 p.m., Saturday, ESPN3, Line: Middle Tennessee by 7: New quarterback or not, the Falcons’ sad song of 2017 adds another blue note outside the Music City. Pick: Middle Tennessee 30, Bowling Green 17.

4. UNLV (1-1) at No. 10 Ohio State (2-1), Noon, Saturday, Big Ten Network, Line: Ohio State by 40: We wouldn’t trust UNLV against a good high school team — which, incidentally, is where the Rebels found third-year coach Tony Sanchez — but we do trust Las Vegas. Give us the Buckeyes to cover. Pick: Ohio State 52, UNLV 10.

Contact David Briggs at dbriggs@theblade.com419-724-6084, or on Twitter @DBriggsBlade.

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