Week Six Predictions
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It has been a long time since I remember a slate of games this solid. Ranked matchups are going down across the country, and the best thing about it is that some of the games featuring unranked teams stand out as perhaps the best games of the weekend. Get an extra TV (or two) out onto the deck or into the living room, and load up on drinks and food - this weekend is what college football is all about!
Here are my picks for the games of week six....
#6 Texas A&M (5-0) at #12 Mississippi State (4-0) - 12:00 - ESPN - I saw too much of Kenny Hill in the opening win against South Carolina to pick against this young man. I know this will be a rowdy atmosphere in Starkville for their undefeated Bulldogs, and that MSU is a pretty good team, but I see A&M getting a road win here. Until someone figures out how to slow down the Aggie offense, I have to go with them. Texas A&M, 38-27.
Florida (2-1) at Tennessee (2-2) - 12:00 - SEC Network - It is quite hard to believe that Florida has beaten Tennessee x times in a row, but so it is. And if ever there was a good chance to change that, it is now. The Gators played Alabama well on the road, but when the smoke cleared, we saw that they are still a few notches below the top level. UT is trying to get back to the top as well, but have some strides to make, as evident in their trip to Oklahoma. I see a raucous home crowd pulling Tennessee to a win here to end the streak. Tennessee 28-21.
#20 Ohio State (3-1) at Maryland (4-1) - 12:00 - ABC - Here is my upset pick of the week. Now that Maryland has broken free of the ACC, the Terps should be good and ready to show out in football. All joking aside, Maryland is decent in 2014, and they will have a rowdy crowd behind them. Ohio State has not impressed me the last few times i have sen them, so I am picking the upset and going with the CJ Brown (1,222 total yards, 12 total TDs) and Stefon Diggs (398 yards, 2 TDs) show. Maryland, 30-23.
NC State (4-1) at Clemson (2-2) - 3:30 - ABC regional - The spotlight in this one will be on the two quarterbacks as junior Jacoby Brissett (1,364 yards, 14 TDs) of NC State and freshman DeShaun Watson (914 yards, 11 TDs) of Clemson square off in Death Valley. Both teams have lost to Florida State - NCSU at home with Jameis, Clemson away without. The Tigers played the 'Noles better, but it is tough to gauge things on comparisons like that. I will go with Clemson at home. Always have and always will. Clemson, 40-20.
#7 Baylor (4-0) at Texas (2-2) - 3:30 - ABC regional - Could this be the game to get Charlie Strong off and running? The Horns need a spark. Any spark. And here they get it. I am going with two upsets this weekend, and in this one, at home, in near desperation mode under their first-year head coach, I am picking Texas to step up and do the crazy and defeat in-state rival Baylor. Texas, 34-31..
#4 Oklahoma (4-0) at #25 TCU (3-0) - 3:30 - ABC regional - Still thinking....Pick on the way.
#17 Wisconsin (3-1) at Northwestern (2-2) - 3:30 - ESPN2 - Still thinking....Pick on the way.
#3 Alabama (4-0) at #11 Ole Miss (4-0) - 3:30 - CBS - Are the Rebels ready to make the next step? Are they ready to jump up into the national top 5 or so with a huge win over the always-good Crimson Tide? Saturday afternoon we will find out, and I think the answer is going to be a no. Ole Miss can play, and the crowd for this game will be as crazy as they get. But I hardly ever (if ever) bet against Nick Saban and I am not going to start now. Until I see the upset happen, I am going crimson. Alabama, 35-26.
#15 LSU (4-1) at #5 Auburn (4-0) - 7:00 - ESPN - The Tigers of Auburn have had the spotlight just once this year so far - at Kansas State - and that didn't go exactly as planned. They escaped with a win, but Iknow Gus Malzahn's team wants to show the nation a lot more. LSU will be fighting to get back into the SEC West race after a rare home loss last weekend at the hands of Mississippi State. In this one, I see a tough game as always, but Auburn gets it done at home and the offense starts to get clicking. Auburn, 36-24.
Miami (3-2) at Georgia Tech (4-0) - 7:30 - ESPN2 - As of right now, GT is hanging its hat on a close win over VT in Blacksburg (and three cupcake wins) - and we all know VT has issues. So whether or not the Yellow Jackets are any good is still anyone's guess in my book....Miami, meanwhile, is a train wreck week in and week out. I see this program going nowhere fast and almost for that reason alone I am picking Tech to win this game at home in their "white out" of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech, 27-17.
Arizona State (3-1) at #16 USC (3-1) - 7:30 - FOX - Still thinking....Pick on the way.
South Carolina (3-2) at Kentucky (3-1) - 7:30 - SEC Network - I see Steve Spurrier opening up a serious can here...if he can. Kentucky is Kentucky until they show me they aren't Kentucky. And South Carolina has more than enough weapons to put this away pretty quickly despite seeming to be a notch down from their previous three seasons. Who knows if that will happen or if UK will hang around, but either way I think South Carolina gets the W. South Carolina, 37-20.
#14 Stanford (3-1) at #9 Notre Dame (4-0) - 3:30 - NBC - Still thinking....Pick on the way.
Utah (3-1) at #8 UCLA (4-0) - 10:30 - ESPN - The Bruins need to be on upset alert as the Utes can play and UCLA has had a season full of ups and downs so far, somehow staying unbeaten through it all. You never know if UCLA is going to blow someone out (think Arizona State game) or escape close (think Texas and Virginia games). I am going to stick with my liking of this team and pick them to win and stay unbeaten, but I am telling you right now this game is dangerous. UCLA, 30-23.
#19 Nebraska (5-0) at #10 Michigan State (3-1) - 8:00 - ABC - To all of our loyal Husker fans on Fans25, I want really bad to go ahead and pick the Husker W and get things going for Nebraska with a move up into the Top 15. But I just don't see it yet. MSU hung in there with Oregon, and I think at home they will be revved up to put a stopping to running back Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska who is averaging 7.3 yards a touch. Win or no win, the Huskers and HC Bo Pelini can show me a lot here with a good performance. But for the sake of this contest, I am picking the home team. Michigan State, 24-22.
* All rankings AP, All times EST
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