Week Six Predictions
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Last week I lost my spot at the top of the Pick' Em standings. No Biggie. I'll just have to wreck house this week! From dawn to dusk the games will again be aplenty, so folks, without further ado, here are my picks for the sixth weekend of college football play, 2010...
(all times EST, all rankings AP)
#7 Nebraska at Kansas State, 7:30, ESPN - So far, I have been able to keep Nebraska in my top 25 simply on wins and the fact that they hold a seat at the college football round-table. But I am ready to see them put both offense and defense together in the same week. This week K-State will come out fired up, but I expect Nebraska to win this. Nebraska, 30-20.
Tennessee at Georgia, 12:21, ESPN3.com - Even with both programs struggling to gain ground in the win column, this is a very tough game to pick. It seems as if every game these two schools play is a rivalry game, and this one is for sure. Also, both teams are reeling from close road losses. I want so bad to pick the Vols do to the fight I see back in them. But I think UGA finally wins one in the SEC this week. Georgia, 28-23.
UCLA at Cal, 3:30, no TV - Both of these teams - in my opinion - need to step it up. The reason? They sit in one of the hottest recruiting areas in the country and aren't national factors. Anyway, the Bruins started slow but have won three straight. The Cal Bears have gone the other way, winning two then losing two. I'll go with the Bruins who seem to have found a groove. UCLA, 29-25.
#17 Michigan State at #18 Michigan, 3:30, ABC (regional) - I hate to just throw out a gut feel, but my gut feel is that Michigan and Denard Robinson are going to win this game. Rich Rod finally has it going in 2010, and with a healthy Robinson, I believe he is the difference. He is a lightning-bolt. I respect that MSU can play, dont get me wrong. They are solid (I correctly picked them to beat Wisconsin last week). But UM wins this one in the Big House. Michigan, 32-27.
Clemson at North Carolina, 3:30 - ABC (regional) - Oh boy. How in the world am I supposed to pick this game? Although I still think we are a border-line top 25 squad, CU hasn't shown me that they can finish against good opposition. And UNC lost against their only real competition (GT and LSU), once with half the defense not playing (LSU game). Chapel Hill isn't the toughest place in the world to play, but it isn't a home game for the Tigers, either. I hope I miss this pick, but I have to take the Heels. North Carolina, 26-20.
#11 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, 3:30, ABC (regional) - This one is at a neutral site. Arkansas should win this one easily as Texas A&M just continues to disappoint time and time again. Look for Arkansas to win this game and move back into the top 10. Arkansas, 37-24.
#1 Alabama at #19 South Carolina, 3:30 - CBS - I know most folks will think I typed this without giving the Gamecocks a laughing chance. Not true. I think South Carolina matches up well with Alabama. But the fact is that Alabama is just a machine under Nick Saban. Plain and simple. A machine. Yes, it will be crazy early and USC may even lead for a while. But in the end, two fundamentals win this: the run and the D. Both teams are good at it, but Bama is better at both. Alabama, 35-24.
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, 3:30, NBC - I have to go with the Irish in this one. They had a tough opening slate, but even in the losses, showed signs of life. Then they went on the road and beat BC. Pitt was super unimpressive the last time I saw them when they lost at home to Miami. Irish fans will rally around their new leader and get ND a little winning streak going. Notre Dame, 27-17.
#3 Oregon at Washington State, 5:00, no TV - Even though it is a road game, and in the Pac 10 upsets are a dime a dozen, I have to stick with the Ducks. While you need to go out on a limb to win Pick'em contests, this isn't the game to do it. I see Oregon erupting for another 40+ point game, and control of the Pac 10. Oregon, 44-21.
Oregon State at #9 Arizona, 6:00, Versus - The Wildcats have had two weeks to work out issues, and I see them coming out refocused and ready. Oregon State is always a scary team to pick against because of their history of pulling upsets. This game scares me, but I'm sticking with the home team. Arizona, 35-26.
Colorado at #24 Missouri, 7:00, no TV - Each week there are a few games that are kind of a shot in the dark. This game would certainly have to be considered one of those. Colorado is coming off of a big win over Georgia. But is Colroado really any good? Probably not. Missouri just cracked the top 25. I'll take them at home. Missouri, 34-21.
#12 LSU at #14 Florida, 7:30, ESPN - Finally, I think LSU will go down. They got darned lucky it didn't happen last week to Tennessee. The Gators at night in the Swamp are a lethal thing to deal with. Yes, I know, they looked anemic against the Tide, but hey, it was Alabama at night at home. Tough task. In this one I see UF getting back on track, and LSU taking their rightful place around #20 in the polls next week. Florida, 31-23.
#8 Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30, ESPN2 - Auburn is the better team, but after an exhausting first third of the season, will they be napping in this one? Kentucky is not real strong, but they have some decent players and will be at home. To our AU fans on the site, this isn't hoping Auburn will lose or thinking they aren't solid. This just comes across as one of those "trap" games to me, with Arkansas next on the slate for War Eagle. Kentucky, 27-24.
#23 Florida State at #13 Miami, 8:00 - ABC (half the nation) - These games just get tougher and tougher to pick! The 'Noles are surging with three straight wins. Miami is also looking stronger with each game. Sun Life Stadium will be jam packed, but I'm betting that almost half of it will be filled with Seminole fans! This game will be very entertaining to watch, and I am going with Miami close. Miami, 33-28.
USC at #16 Stanford, 8:00, ABC (half the nation) - The Cardinal did not score in the second half against Oregon. One would have to think that USC DC Monte Kiffin - in all of his wisdom - would pick up on whatever it is that Oregon did in that second half, and use it to USC's advantage. Stanford will have their hands full, but I see them winning this game. Stanford, 36-27.
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