Picks: Alabama wins; Tubs upsets Texas

The AP’s Ralph D. Russo picks this week’s games. Alabama should roll, and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville may upset Texas.

AP: The Tide expects to have Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram back for its trip to Duke. The Blue Devils (1-1) have been competitive under second-year coach David Cutcliffe and quarterback Sean Renfree has thrown for 708 yards in two games this season.

“This is a very dangerous team because of their ability to throw the ball and score points,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “They scored 48 points last week on a team that has been ranked in the top 20 most of the last five years in Wake Forest.”

True, but Wallace Wade Stadium is not exactly Cameron Indoor. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if about a third of the 34,000 or so fans in the sellout crowd are rooting for the Tide. Anything less than a lopsided victory by ‘Bama will be a surprise. …

Saturday
No. 1 Alabama (minus 24 1/2) at Duke
Coach K has been on a roll lately. Maybe he can come up with something? … ALABAMA 41-14. …

No. 6 Texas (minus 3) at Texas Tech
Red Raiders QB Taylor Potts tests Longhorns’ stellar secondary … TEXAS TECH 28-21. (read all the picks below)