Week Six Predictions
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Another exciting weekend of college football is among us. The slate includes a big-time PAC-12 game between the #5 Utes and the #25 Bears out in Utah, as well as a Sunshine State rivalry contest as FSU hosts hated Miami. The "Game of the Year" type of game eludes us this week, but there are countless other games that could have a major impact on the Playoff scenario....Here are my picks for the games of week 6....
Georgia Tech (2-3) at #6 Clemson (4-0) - This is a rivalry more fierce than people nationwide realize. The Tigers and Jackets are just 2 hours apart by motor vehicle, and though the schools are very similar in a few ways, they are very different in others. Both engineering schools, Tech from Atlanta sees Clemson as a farm school in the South Carolina hills. Meanwhile, Clemson laughs at GT as they have trouble filling a 45,000 seat stadium with wishy-washy fans. On the field, its just as bitter. The Jackets won a year ago, but Clemson won 3 out of 4 before that. Over the last 22 games, the series is tied 11-11....This year, although Tech will be angry and out for blood with a 3-game losing streak, Clemson has too much firepower. Clemson, 33-21.
#11 Florida (5-0) at Missouri (4-1) - This is a trap game for the Gators. They are fresh off of a huge win against Ole Miss, and now travel to face a team that is difficult enough. The Tigers are tough at home, and would love a big win to bump themselves back into the Top 25 and SEC East race. While I like what is going on in Gainesville, I think they hit a bump in the road here. Missouri, 28-17.
Miami (3-1) at #12 FSU (4-0) - Yaaaaaawwwwn. Florida State is going to take the Canes out behind the woodshed in this one. Miami needs a new coach - like yesterday. Al Golden is a clown and his program is no better now than when he took over in 2011 (31-23 overall, 16-16 in the ACC). FSU might not be the loaded team they were in 2013, but they are still solid enough to knock out their rival. Look for this one to get ugly given the chance. FSU, 37-23.
#7 LSU (4-0) at South Carolina (2-3) (at LSU) - This South Carolina home game will be played nearly 1,500 miles from Columbia as horrible rains have the Palmetto State in recovery mode. A class move by both schools to switch the location, LSU will play the USC fight song and wear visitors' uniforms to show support for their conference rival...Once kickoff starts, though, I feel the Tigers will win this one pretty easily behind a strong running game and solid defense. USC is just hurting too bad for offensive weapons. LSU, 35-17.
#19 Georgia (4-1) at Tennessee (2-3) - A game of misery. Which team is less depressed right now?? UGA got boot-stomped by Alabama - in Athens - a week ago. Tennessee, meanwhile, is off to a terrible start, including a defeat by Arkansas last weekend. Georgia's problem isn't Tennessee - it's winning the big one. They are actually damned good. UT is just average all the way around. I see the Dawgs roll here, ready to finish out yet another close-but-no-cigar year under Mark Richt. Georgia, 40-20.
#23 Cal (5-0) at #5 Utah (4-0) - I am not at all surprised to see Utah in the Top 25 as they have been steadily getting better for many years now and are a legit Top 25 program (hell, maybe a legit Top 5). But Cal?? The Bears have been mediocre for as long as I can remember. To see them in a truly meaningful game is odd - but here it is. An important Pac-12 contest will feature Cal....But if you think I am picking them...no, no, no. This one will see Utah take another step towards the Playoff. Utah, 35-24.
#3 Baylor (4-0) at Kansas (0-4) - This will be a bloodbath.The Jayhawks are terrible. Baylor, 50-10.
#2 TCU (5-0) at K-State (3-1) - Could K-State be the team that knocks TCU from Playoff contention? I get an odd feeling about this one, but too scared to follow through with it. TCU, 35-31.
#10 Oklahoma (4-0) at Texas (1-4) - Speaking of bad teams, is Texas the worst team in the country? As crazy as that sounds to ask, I actually meant that. The Longhorns could very possibly be the worst football team in America. OU is no world beater, but they are solid and a true Top 25 program. They should win this one with their eyes closed. If not, then they suck, too. Oklahoma 34-10.
#21 Oklahoma State (5-0) at West Virginia (3-1) - The Mountaineers knock OSU from the Top 25 and jump in themselves. West Virginia, 37-31.
Wisconsin (3-2) at Nebraska (2-3) - The Mike Riley era is not off to the greatest start ever. With three gut-wrenching losses (BYU, Miami and Illinois by a combined 9 points), the Huskers are mentally drained. This weekend, Wisconsin will look to further that pain. Nebraska could realistically be 5-0, but lets be honest, Miami and Illinois are terrible, so even close losses are bad losses there. I'd be more upset about the BYU loss - the Cougars are actually pretty good and still had Taysom Hill in a good bit of that one. Wisconsin, 28-20.
Illinois (4-1) at #22 Iowa (5-0) - The Hawkeyes are off to a good start, and at least for now, it will stay that way. Illinois has a good record, but after decades of losing, I am not quite ready to give the Fighting Illiiniilliniilliii credit yet. In this one, I take the home team, for sure. And how cool is the Iowa home crowd? They show up big time no matter the record. Iowa, 30-17.
Duke (4-1) at Army (1-4) - Duke. Big. Duke, 40-17.
Northwestern (5-0) at #18 Michigan (4-1) - The maize and blue have a chance to turn Jim Harbaugh's first season as coach into a special one. But this game here will be one of the stiffer tests. Northwestern is solid. They will give UM all they want and perhaps then some. I am going Wolverines, but it won't be easy. Michigan 28-27.
#4 Michigan State (5-0) at Rutgers (2-2) - MSU may take a few minutes to get going here, but they will get it going. MSU, 45-17.
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