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College football picks for Nov. 5 games

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My picks for today's games. . . 

Minnesota at No. 17 Michigan State
Time: 11 a.m., BTN
The records: Minnesota 2-6, 1-3 Big Ten; Michigan State 6-2, 3-1
The story line: Spartans should return home feisty after 24-3 loss at Nebraska ended four-game winning streak. Gophers' 22-21 surprise of Iowa seems more a comment on Hawkeyes' woes.
The line: MSU by 28
Gould's pick: MSU, 35-10

Indiana at Ohio State
Time: 11 a.m., BTN
The records: Indiana 1-8, 0-5 Big Ten; Ohio State 5-3, 2-2
The story line: Buckeyes still not getting top-25 respect, but they're revived with Boom Herron back. IU's better at home, but remains a project for new coach Kevin Wilson.
The line: Ohio State by 27-1/2
Gould's pick: Ohio State, 38-13 

No. 13 Michigan at Iowa
Time: 11 a.m., ESPN
The records: Michigan 7-1, 3-1 Big Ten; Iowa 5-3, 2-2
The story line: Hawkeyes are a messy 0-3 on road, but remain a tough out in raucous Kinnick Stadium. Michigan needs a win to stay in division hunt.
The line: Michigan by 4
Gould's pick: Michigan, 27-20

Purdue at No. 19 Wisconsin
Time: 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7
The records: Purdue 4-4, 2-2 Big Ten; Wisconsin 6-2, 2-2
The story line: With backs to division wall after two heartbreakers on road, Badgers should be eager to get back in the win column against Purdue, which is 0-3 on the road.
The line: Wisconsin by 25-1/2
Gould's pick: Wisconsin, 41-13

No. 17 Kansas State at No. 3 Oklahoma State 
Time: 7 p.m., ESPN2
The records: Kansas State 7-1, 4-1 Big 12; Oklahoma State 8-0, 5-0
The story line: Their unbeaten bubble burst, the Wildcats wrangle with the Cowboys, who are positioned for the Big 12 title, if not a surprising national-championship game appearance.
The line: Oklahoma State by 21
Gould's pick: Oklahoma State, 45-20

No. 10 South Carolina at No. 8 Arkansas
Time: 6:15 p.m., ESPN
The records: South Carolina 7-1, 5-1 SEC: Arkansas 7-1, 3-1
The story line: In a measure of the SEC's strength, this top-10 matchup plays second fiddle to LSU-Alabama. Arkansas' potent offense is a big test for Gamecocks' defense, which has been critical due to loss of star running back Marcus Lattimore (knee) and upheaval at quarterback.
The line: Arkansas by 5-1/2
Gould's pick: Arkansas, 31-17

Texas A&M at No. 7 Oklahoma
Time: 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
The records: Texas A&M 5-3, 3-2 Big 12: Oklahoma 7-1, 4-1
The story line: Aggies who have folded late in all three of their losses, face ornery Sooners, who bounced back big at K-State after being outplayed by Texas Tech. Sooners can still grab Big 12 title if they don't stumble again.
The line: Oklahoma by 13-1/2
Gould's pick: Oklahoma, 38-21

No. 6 Oregon at Washington
Time: 9:30 p.m., CSN
The records: Oregon 7-1, 5-0 Pac-12; Washington 6-2, 4-1
The story line: Under the radar since their opening loss to LSU, the Ducks, who play at USC next week, have a tough November ahead. But they're looking tough enough. Solid Huskies could be a good test.
The line: Oregon by 16-1/2
Gould's pick: Oregon, 38-28


No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama
Time: 7 p.m., Ch. 2
The records: LSU 8-0, 5-0 SEC: Alabama 8-0, 5-0
The story line: 
The line: Alabama by 4-1/2
Gould's pick: Alabama, 28-20

SEASON ATS: 25-18-1

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