Auburn’s Bo Nix could struggle against Florida – AL.com

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Joseph Goodman, the sports columnist for AL.com, and Lee Sterling, a professional college football handicapper, are back for the 11th season of Joe vs. the Pro.What is Joe vs. the Pro? Consider it a service to society.What happens when a sportswriter picks some of the toughest games of the week and goes head-to-head against a sharp? So far, the Pro has beaten Joe every year except two. The Pro features his best picks on his website, ParamountSports.com, but he fearlessly picks the most difficult college games of the week against Joe. There’s an old saying around these parts: fade Joe for dough.WEEK 6 IS UPON USClemson struggled last week against North Carolina, and that got Joe thinking: Is it possible the defending national champions could be left out of the playoffs as an undefeated team? What a ridiculous postseason this sport is selling us, right? With only four spots available, there is, theoretically, an outside chance that an undefeated yet underwhelming Power 5 team could be left out. There are some elite quarterbacks around college football this season who are helping their teams win the popularity contest. Oklahoma has Jalen Hurts, Alabama has Tua Tagovailoa, LSU has Joe Burrow, Ohio State has Justin Fields and Georgia has Jake Fromm. All five of those quarterback and their teams appear to be better than Clemson at this point in the season. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has eight passing touchdowns to five interceptions. This is called the Jarrett Stidham Slide in Auburn. Clemson, a postseason regular to this point in the short history of the CFP, might need to start impressing some people against inferior competition to earn a ticket back to the big show. Is a win still a win still a win — to borrow an old sports cliche — or can a close win now be a net loss? A close win is almost always a net loss for Joe. Check out last week!LAST WEEKJoe: 4-2 straight up, 1-5 against the spreadPro: 5-1 straight up, 2-4 against the spreadNotes: The only person who had a worse weekend than Joe was UAB’s quarterback, who threw four interceptions in a loss to Western Kentucky. The Pro’s faith in Will Muschamp paid off, allowing him to win the week.Getty ImagesWill Muchamp delivered last week against Kentucky, but we’re not sure if that victory points to many good things to come in Columbia, S.C. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)OVERALLJoe: 27-5 straight up, 10-20-2 against the spreadPro: 26-6 straight up, 16-14-2 against the spreadNotes: Joe had his kneecaps broken over the weekend because he couldn’t pay his gambling debts. There is one amazing thing about his season, though. He remains undefeated with Auburn against the spread. Onto the picks!Getty ImagesOregon quarterback Justin Herbert and the Oregon Ducks’ offense have been on fire ever since blowing a double-digit lead to Auburn. Herbert takes aim at a familiar foe this weekend. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Cal (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at No.13 Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12)When: 7 p.m., Sat.Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.TV: FoxSeries: Cal leads 41-39-2.Spread: Oregon by 18.SUPER STAT OF THE WEEK: Oregon has outscored its opponents 84-15 in the first half through the first four games.Joe says: The Ducks are legit, which makes Auburn’s come-from-behind victory over Oregon to begin the season look better and better with each passing week. Oregon hasn’t allowed a touchdown since Bo Nix found Seth Williams late in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Meanwhile, Cal turned into a pumpkin last week with less than 250 yards of total offense in a loss to Arizona State after starting quarterback Chase Garbers went down with a shoulder injury. Linking together first downs under the lights of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium will be a challenge for new starting quarterback Devon Modster, a transfer from UCLA. Oregon will show no mercy.Joe’s p

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