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Kern has a pick on UCLA vs. Cincinnati and a three-team teaser to get your weekend started

Mike Kern

Mike Kern

UCLA at CINCINNATI (-2.5), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Last year the Bearcats won at the Rose Bowl by nine in Chip Kelly’s return to this level. The Bruins went 3-9 last year but should be better with 19 starters back. They have lost 14 of their last 15 on the road, and they are traveling a long way for this one.

Cincy isn’t in a Power Five conference, but they could end up in the AAC title game. The Bearcats, who get Ohio State next, have won 17 straight home openers. I’m sure none of them have been against a team like UCLA.

But I’ll take a shot that they can get it done at their place. But please go light. No reason to get carried away. It’s a long season.

Pick: Cincinnati -2.5

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TEASER OF THE WEEK

If you know me well enough from last year, we try to give out a teaser (or two) every week. Since, well, it’s tempting. But remember they call them teasers for a reason.

Utah is giving 6.5 on the road to BYU. Utah is the defending Pac-12 South champ. The Utes have won eight straight in this series. Yet only one was by more than eight points. So I could move BYU up, by either six points (in a two-teamer) or nine (if you opt to go for a three-way).

Florida State is favored by six, against Boise State, in a game that’s been moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee due to the pending hurricane. I would move FSU down to either a pick or getting a few points. Even though Boise is good. But it might be a tough spot for the Broncs, traveling so far to face a team that’s looking to rebound from last year’s disaster.

And if you need a third, there’s Stanford at home giving Northwestern six. I’ll take a shot that the Card can win at home.

Three-Team, Nine-Point Teaser:

Brigham Young +15.5 (from +6.5)

Florida State +2 (from -7)

Stanford +3 (from -6)

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