Updated on 09/15/2011 2:10PM

Oklahoma O.K. getting 3 vs. Texas


Two weeks ago, I went 3-0 with my bankroll plays when just about everything bounced my way. Things have a way of evening out and, unfortunately, they evened out last week when I went 0-3.

N.C. State proved to be a bad pick. The Wolfpack was outplayed from the start by North Carolina, but it looked as if Oklahoma and Northwestern would be winners. However, Oklahoma, laying 4 1/2 points to Kansas State, let its 21-point lead dwindle down to a one-point victory, and Northwestern should have covered - if it had not allowed Michigan State to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

The silver lining, in addition to going 2-1 with "leans," was that I felt I had the right sides, so there's no reason to change the focus of my handicapping. So we'll give it the old college try again this weekend.

Oklahoma (+3) at Texas

As much as Oklahoma let me down last week, the Sooners showed they know how to win. I like the fact they're getting a field goal in this game that will also come down to the wire. Texas hasn't been similarly tested this year and executing in pressure situations will be the key here. Texas QB Chris Simms will get his yards, but he'll be easier for the Oklahoma defense to contain since he's a pocket passer.

Play: Oklahoma for 11 units.

Colorado (+10) at Kansas St.

Colorado's only loss this season was to Fresno State, and that certainly doesn't look as bad now as it did at the time. K-State is coming off an emotional loss, and is due for a letdown. K-State also has benefited from picking off five passes so far this year, but Colorado's Craig Ochs is more accurate (63.2 percent) than most quarterbacks K-State has faced. The feeling here is that even if Ochs can't get the lead for Colorado, there's a strong possibility of a backdoor cover if Ochs gets to operate against a prevent defense. Hopefully that won't be necessary, but it's nice to have an ace in the hole.

Play: Colorado for 11 units.

Oregon (-5 1/2) at Arizona

As I wrote in my pick of Washington St. over Arizona, the Wildcats have been exposed as pretenders for the Pac-10 crown. Joey Harrington & Co. will drive home that point Saturday night. Oregon RB Maurice Morris ran for 114 yards vs. Arizona last year, and a similar feat will make Harrington's job easier at picking apart Arizona's secondary. Arizona doesn't have the firepower to keep up with the Ducks.

Play: Oregon for 11 units.

Leans: I "lean" toward Southern Miss (-7) over Memphis and Virginia (+7 1/2) versus Maryland in games I like but not enough to include in the bankroll. Southern Miss has a strong defense and a passing game that should come alive vs. Memphis. Virginia knows what it takes to win and should be able to stay within a touchdown in this ACC battle.

Starting bankroll: 1,000 units.

Bankroll entering last week: 995 units.

Last week: 0-3 for loss of 33 units.

Current bankroll: 962 units.