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The Buckeyes are loaded with talent, and this is acting coach Ryan Day's biggest test. Washington has won the last two meetings by 10 points, and that included a escape last season. It was not straightforward, and it wasn't easy to pick, but at least it wasn't boring. It's an interesting slate of games. The Bills are so bad, one of their players quit ... at halftime

NFL Expert Picks - Week 2

5. No. 22 USC at Texas

So, sit back, copy my picks, and imagine what you are going to buy with your winnings. It's a stone-cold lock: It's time for our last week of NFL office pool picks for This is the toughest week of the year for office pool players because of the number of teams that have nothing to play for, the teams that are resting up for next week, and the players that are only focused on their offseason.

Unfortunately, it's also a very important week for a lot of office pool players as pools can be decided by this final week of action. Here's how the week of action sets up: It was an interesting week in the NFL last week.

Not a lot of results came as particular surprises in terms of the who, but the how was frequently shocking. Jacksonville's total massacre of Seattle. New England's crazy comeback win against Pittsburgh.

Kansas City crushing the Chargers at home. Jacksonville winning by 38 over the Texans. Philadelphia only narrowly getting by the Giants in a serious shootout. And now we are due for another very interesting week with massive playoff implications in many games.

Here is a look at how the week sets up for Office Pool players in terms of straight up picks: Well, that was just a weird week. The Patriots had a gimme of a game against the Dolphins on Monday night and blew it. The Vikings lost as NFC leader. Philadelphia won but lost their QB and likely their Super Bowl chances. The Niners keep rolling under their new QB.

The Bears looked like the '86 Bears for a day. The Bills and Colts played a snow game for the ages. And on and on it went. It was not straightforward, and it wasn't easy to pick, but at least it wasn't boring.

Last week was a very interesting week of the NFL season. Aside perhaps from Seattle dominating Philadelphia like they did, there wasn't a result on the schedule that was truly surprising.

There were games that you could have gone either way with, but for the first time in a long time none that you looked at and thought that there was no way you could have gotten that right.

That's a good feeling, and hopefully one that repeats itself. This week we are going heavily on the road teams, so here's hoping that the hotels are comfortable and the flights are smooth: The NFL can't get their act together off the field long enough for us to only talk about the game on the field. The latest farce, as we will discuss in detail down the page, is the truly shameful treatment of a star veteran who has tried to captain a terminally sinking ship this season. Looking at the schedule this week, there aren't a whole lot of games on the schedule that are going to distract us from other issues.

This is not set to be a classic week of football action. But office pools don't require excellent football. Here's my straight up office pool picks for Week 13 of the NFL season. We are back at the point when things really get serious. Bye weeks are over, and the races that aren't already decided really get serious now. Every game matters for those contenders, and you can cut the intensity with a knife.

And for the teams that are out of it and hopeless, this is when the pain and misery really adds up. The good and the bad are what makes this stretch of the season so exciting - and fun for office pools players. Here's how this week sets up for pool players: Solid enough week last week for our office pool picks - not spectacular, but solid.

The important thing is that there were four games decided by more than three touchdowns, and we were on the right side of all of them. As long as you are hitting on the blowouts you are doing okay. This week we head into the last week of byes and look to score some points before we get back to a full slate of 16 games. There are a lot of what feel like fairly straightforward games this week: Two teams scored 51 points last week.

Georgia Tech -4 at Pittsburgh: Prior to a second half avalanche, Pitt was able to run the ball on Penn State and should be able to do the same against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are dealing with quite a few injuries, including top running back KirVonte Benson, who is out for the season.

I like Pitt to bounce back at home. BYU at Wisconsin BYU is definitely improved, but it feels like it is getting a little too much credit for beating Arizona, a complete mess, in the opener.

The Cougars lost to Cal at home in Week 2, and mainly kept it close because Cal kept turning the ball over. Tanner Mangum threw two bad INTs last week, too.

Expect the Wisconsin defense to feast and Jonathan Taylor to run wild. North Texas at Arkansas Arkansas blew a lead last week in a loss to Colorado State, a team that was blown out by Hawaii and Colorado earlier this year.

CSU torched the Arkansas secondary for yards. The Rush The Bills are so bad, one of their players quit Yahoo Sports September 14, Arizona State -6 Duke at Baylor Wisconsin North Texas at Arkansas What to Read Next. Total Med Solutions Sponsored. Bud Foster's defense is allowing just Week 3 bowl projections.

UC-Davis did pull an upset against San Jose State in Week 1, but they're up against a Stanford defense that has allowed just 13 points in two games. It's also an opportunity for Bryce Love, who has averaged 4. Stanford uses this as a tune-up for road games at Oregon and Notre Dame to close the month.

Stanford wins with no spread. The Irish had an emotional letdown game against Ball State where Brandon Wimbush threw three interceptions in a win. Through two games, Vandy's Kyle Shurmur hasn't thrown an interception and has taken just one sack.

Notre Dame should be on upset alert here, but we think they get through it. The last two meetings have been decided by a combined nine points, and that includes LSU's victory last season.

Another one-score game seems about right, but Auburn is just different at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Badgers haven't covered big spreads the last two weeks, but this one is more manageable against an improved BYU team. Alex Hornibrook was 18 of 19 for yards and four touchdowns against the Cougars on the road last year in a blowout.

The Badgers keep it close to that score this year, too. Sporting News' Week 3 Power Rankings. Brett Rypien and Taylor Cornelius each average more than yards per passing, and Rypien hasn't thrown an interception. The Broncos pose a challenge here, but the instinct is to go with the home team.