College Football Pigskin Pick’Em: Week 6
12 PM – #3 Oklahoma (-10.5) over #11 Texas (in Dallas)
It’s time for the Texas State Fair. That means plenty of fried food to be had on the fairgrounds and 50% burnt orange and 50% crimson in the stands of the Cotton Bowl for the Red River Shootout (screw the PC police and the renaming of this event a few years back). The two offenses have the weapons in place for a shootout this year. Although I don’t expect this one to play out quite like the all-time classic in 2008, there will be plenty of points. At the end of the day, however, the Sooners will have enough defense to send their fans home happy.
Final Score: Oklahoma Sooners 42, Texas Longhorns 30
3:30 PM – #1 LSU (-13.5) over #17 Florida
Gators freshman QB (and big-time recruit) Jeff Driskel will likely make his first collegiate start in the most inhospitable place in all of college football: Death Valley. If there is a silver lining, at least it isn’t a night game in Baton Rouge. Last week, Alabama gave the blueprint for how to shutdown a speedy Florida offense. The Bayou Bengals have the personnel to replicate the Tide’s masterpiece. LSU still has major issues with its passing game, but their triple threat of sophomore RBs should provide enough punch to get the job done.
Final Score: LSU Tigers 28, Florida Gators 13
3:30 PM – #20 KANSAS STATE (+4) over Missouri
The Wildcats are riding high after knocking off Baylor last week. The visiting Tigers should enter this one with some confidence after hanging tough with Oklahoma on Saturday. In this battle of felines, there will be plenty of yards gained on the ground. In what will be a back and forth battle, the Mizzou passing game will be the difference maker in this barnburner.
Final Score: Missouri Tigers 35, Kansas State Wildcats 34
3:30 PM – #21 VIRGINIA TECH (-7.5) over Miami
Last Saturday, the Hokies were embarrassed in Lane Stadium by Clemson. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes were thoroughly unimpressive in their glorified scrimmage (queue the “we didn’t want to show our opponents anything” excuse). The Miami defense should get a spark from the return of suspended safety Ray-Ray Armstrong. In the end, however, Virginia Tech will atone for their shortcomings, and QB Logan Thomas will provide an effective passing attack to complement RB David Wilson.
Final Score: Virginia Tech Hokies 31, Miami Hurricanes 21
3:30 PM – #22 Arizona State (-3.5) over UTAH
Both of these defenses can force turnovers. Similarly, both offenses are a bit turnover-prone. Neither team has displayed the week-to-week consistency needed to compete for a conference title, even though the visiting Sun Devils are currently in the driver’s seat in the weak Pac-12 South. At the end of the day, the Utes have been the more inconsistent squad and will be without starting QB Jordan Wynn. This game could break any of a number of ways, but take Arizona State to cover in this one.
Final Score: Arizona State Sun Devils 34, Utah Utes 21
7 PM – #15 Auburn (+10) over #10 ARKANSAS
The Tigers come into this one on the heels of a big road win over South Carolina, while the host Razorbacks are riding high after a come-from-behind thriller over Texas A&M. It will be a contrast in styles between Auburn’s strong run game and Arkansas’ potent passing attack. And with two suspect defenses, you can also expect to see plenty of points on the board. In the end, the Hogs should have just enough to eke this one out in a game where it is likely to be that the last team to score wins.
Final Score: Arkansas Razorbacks 41, Auburn Tigers 38
7 PM – NORTHWESTERN (+7.5) over #12 Michigan
Wildcats’ QB Dan Persa proved he was a difference-maker in his season debut against Illinois last week. His team will need him to make it the full four quarters this week to try to pull off the upset. Michigan enters this game 5-0 after throttling Minnesota to retain the Little Brown Jug. Although QB Denard Robinson will get his, Northwestern will figure out a way to contain the Wolverines’ star before the final gun. When it’s over, though, Michigan will come out of this one with a road victory that will be tougher than most expect.
Final Score: Michigan Wolverines 34, Northwestern Wildcats 28
7 PM – TEXAS TECH (+9.5) over #24 Texas A&M
This is a rivalry likely to blow away in the West Texas dust once A&M moves to the SEC next year. Yes, Aggies, this is a rivalry; College Station has much more in common with Lubbock than with Austin. Sentiment aside, the Aggies come into this one after losing consecutive nail biters and with their dreams of a grand exit from the Big 12 dashed. The Red Raiders, though undefeated, enter this game after winning two games that were much than they should have been. This game will come down to the final possession, but in a reversal of fortune, the visiting Aggies will claw their way to a hard-fought victory.
Final Score: Texas A&M Aggies 37, Texas Tech Red Raiders 35
7 PM – Georgia (-2) over TENNESSEE
The Bulldogs have bounced back from an 0-2 start of the season to reel off three straight wins. The Volunteers, meanwhile, are off to a 3-1 start behind the strong arm of Cali QB Tyler Bray. This is another game that could go in any of a number of directions. The UGA pass defense has toughened up significantly since week 1, and Georgia’s balanced offense should prove the difference in another tight matchup this week. Here’s another prediction: if UGA wins this one, they will take the SEC East.
Final Score: Georgia Bulldogs 35, Tennessee Volunteers 31
8 PM – #14 NEBRASKA (-11) over Ohio State
It’s hard to say which team looked worse last week. The key to this game is this: how will these teams react to getting embarrassed? With the fiery Bo Pelini at the helm, the Cornhuskers will be motivated. With the announcement of the continued suspensions of RB Dan “Boom” Herron and WR DeVier Posey, the rudderless Buckeyes will be deflated. The Sea of Red will be out in full force to support the home team, and Nebraska will do their part in gaining a sense of redemption on this Saturday night.
Final Score: Nebraska Cornhuskers 31, Ohio State Buckeyes 9
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12 Mississippi State (-19) over UAB: Mississippi State 37, UAB 13
12:20 Kentucky (+21) over SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina 27, Kentucky 17
12:30 Florida State (-10) over WAKE FOREST: Florida State 38, Wake Forest 20
2:30 Illinois (-14) over INDIANA: Illinois 41, Indiana 21
3:30 Ohio (-8.5) over BUFFALO: Ohio 34, Buffalo 14
3:30 Southern Miss (+1) over NAVY: Southern Miss 31, Navy 24
3:30 Arizona (-2) over OREGON STATE: Arizona 35, Oregon State 24
7 HOUSTON (-11.5) over East Carolina: Houston 48, East Carolina 28
8 Syracuse (-10) over TULANE: Syracuse 34, Tulane 13
10:15 BYU (-13.5) over San Jose State: BYU 52, San Jose State 27