Every week, Maxwell Award winner, Heisman Trophy finalist, former NFL starting quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Brady Quinn will be here offering his picks on some of the closest, most-competitive college football games.
We have already seen some surprises, but you can set your mind at ease this weekend with these straight-up winners.
Last week: 3-0 | Season: 4-5
LSU at Auburn: LSU has new life with Danny Etling behind center. Etling proved to be a threat through the air, forcing Mississippi State to pick its poison last week -- either stack the box to stop Leonard Fournette in the running game or leave itself vulnerable outside. Les Miles' Tigers have new life after their Week 1 loss to Wisconsin and are building towards their matchup against rival in Alabama on Nov. 5. On the other side of the field is a coach on the hot seat and a team that has once again failed to meet expectations. As most rivalry games go, you can expect this one to be close. Pick: LSU
SportsLine ATS projection: Auburn + 3.5 -- Analysis
Stanford vs. UCLA: At one point, the Bruins were the favorite to win the Pac-12 South, but now they find themselves swimming with quarterback Josh Rosen struggling to produce in a new system. David Shaw is the architect behind a Cardinals offensive attack that features creative ways of getting one of the best running backs in the country in Christian McCaffrey. UCLA's defense struggled to stop McCaffrey last year (he racked up 369 all purpose yards) is struggling this year by giving up 134 rushing yards per game (55th in FBS). Shaw will once again prove his superiority in the Pac-12, and McCaffrey will be leaving the game smelling like Roses. Pick: Stanford
SportsLine ATS projection: Stanford -3 -- Analysis
Cal at Arizona State: The Golden Bears are riding high off their victory over Texas from a week ago. Davis Webb has proven to be one of the top passers in the country after transferring from Texas Tech. This game will look eerily similar to last year's matchup when the Bears had QB Jared Goff. The only difference will be the result. Arizona State has a much more balanced attack, making it harder for the Cal defense to get off the field. The Bears, on the other hand, have an extreme mismatch; they are going up against the 128th-ranked passing defense in the country. Despite their struggles in the back end, the Sun Devils remain undefeated and will stay that way following this one. The hits will pile up on Webb, and the Bears defense will be introduced to bruising RB Kalen Ballage. Pick: Arizona State
SportsLine ATS projection: Cal +4 -- Analysis