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College football picks: Tough day looms for TCU against Baylor

TCU running back Derrick Green got past Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks for a first-half touchdown last week.
TCU running back Derrick Green got past Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks for a first-half touchdown last week. Special to the Star-Telegram

Star-Telegram college football writer Jimmy Burch predicts the outcome of notable games on this week’s schedule:

No. 17 Baylor 35, TCU 24: Horned Frogs have picked a poor time to lapse into an offensive tailspin.

Texas Tech 42, Texas 39: Longhorns find a way to fall short in another game played outside of Austin. They enter 0-4 in such contests.

No. 4 Texas A&M 41, Mississippi State 23: Aggies continue to add luster to their “wild card” candidacy as a CFP playoff option.

No. 18 Oklahoma State 31, Kansas State 28: Resurgent Cowboys keep rolling, win a tough road game in Manhattan, Kan.

No. 6 Ohio State 33, No. 10 Nebraska 21: Buckeyes end the Cornhuskers’ realistic playoff hopes, enhance their own CFP candidacy.

No. 1 Alabama 27, No. 13 LSU 17: Crimson Tide remains undefeated, handles the hostile road environment in Baton Rouge, La.

No. 5 Washington 52, California 45: Huskies survive a late-night Saturday showdown against a high-scoring opponent on the road.

No. 2 Clemson 42, Syracuse 24: Tigers move a step closer to another ACC title, playoff opportunity in front of an excited home crowd.

Last week: 5-3

Season: 60-16

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