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Looks like my picks got squeezed out of the print edition this week.Sorry for posting so late, but here they are. . . Purdue at Penn StateTime: 11 a.m., BTNThe  records: Purdue 3-2, 1-0 Big Ten; Penn State 5-1, 2-0The story line: Boilermakers, 1-5 at Penn State since Nittany Lions joined Big Ten, face rough road vs. offense-challenged Penn State, which is grinding out wins.The line: Penn State by 12Gould’s pick: Penn State, 24-7Indiana at No. 4 WisconsinTime: 11 a.m., ESPN2The records: Indiana 1-5, 0-2 Big Ten; Wisconsin 5-0, 1-0The story line: Indiana, an 83-20 loser at Camp Randall last year, should cut the margin this year. But the rested Badgers will send the league’s best offense against a struggling defense.The line: Wisconsin by 40Gould’s pick: Wisconsin, 56-10No. 11 Michigan at No. 23 Michigan StateTime: 11 a.m., ESPNThe records: Michigan 6-0, 2-0 Big Ten; Michigan State 4-1, 1-0The story line: If Brady Hoke can take back the state, it’ll be another big step. But this also is a big chance for Spartans, who have a lot of pieces in place.The line: Michigan State by 2-1/2Gould’s pick: Michigan State, 35-30Florida at No. 24 AuburnTime: 6 p.m., ESPNThe records: Florida 4-2, 2-2 SEC; Auburn 4-2, 2-1The story line: After being stomped by arguably the nation’s two best teams, Alabama and LSU, it doesn’t lighten up all that much for Florida. And retooling Auburn is better than expected.The line: Florida by 2Gould’s pick: Auburn, 27-23No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 22 TexasTime: 2:30 p.m., ESPN???The records: Oklahoma State 5-0, 2-0 Big 12; Texas 4-1, 1-1 The story line: Thorny Cowboys try to hand Longhorns, who were whipped 55-17 by Oklahoma, their second straight loss. Remember, no Big 12 title game means leagues games like this mean a lot.The line: Oklahoma State by 7-1/2Gould’s pick: Oklahoma State, 38-24No. 20 Baylor at No. 21 Texas A&MTime: 11 a.m., FX??The records: Baylor 4-1, 1-1 Big 12; Texas A&M 3-2, 1-1The story line: After a tumultuous few weeks, Aggies need to hunker down vs. Baylor–or risk getting burned by explosive Bears QB Robert Griffin III.The line: Texas A&M by 9Gould’s pick: Texas A&M, 38-34No. 18 Arizona State at No. 9 OregonTime: 9:15 p.m., ESPNThe records: ASU 5-1, 3-0 Pac-12; Oregon 4-1, 2-0The story line: An upset here would be huge for Arizona State, which doesn’t play Stanford in the regular season. Ducks, a little under the radar after LSU loss, again might be the class of the Pac-12.The line: Oregon by 16Gould’s pick: Oregon, 48-24No. 7 Stanford at Washington StateTime: 6:30 p.m., Versus??The records: Stanford 5-0, 3-0 Pac-12; Washington State 3-2, 1-1The story line: No reason to expect a surprise, but it is a chance to see Heisman candidate Andrew Luck in action–at a decent hour.The line: Stanford by 20Gould’s pick: Stanford, 42-17_________________________Ohio State at No. 16 IllinoisTime: 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7The records: Ohio State 3-3, 0-2 Big Ten; Illinois 6-0, 2-0 The story line: The line: Illinois by 4Herb Gould’s pick: Illinois, 38-35LAST WEEK ATS: 7-2SEASON ATS: 13-6

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