Week 6 already? How? I hate how the offseason goes by so slow then the season is gone in a blink of an eye. This is going to be a great weekend of college football. There are 6 games that feature two top 25 teams and 3 of them are in the SEC West. This week has major implications all around the country. Most schools are getting into their conference play, so the games are really starting to mean something. Games start on Thursday night and lead up to the biggest Saturday of the year so far. Are you ready for some college football?
3Alabama at 11Ole Miss Turnovers will probably be a major factor in this game. The Crimson Tide have had trouble holding on to the football (5 fumbles lost) and Bo Wallace has thrown 6INTs. This game has the potential to go a lot like the Alabama Florida game. Ole Miss will make this an interesting game, but last week’s ugly win over Memphis make me skeptical of the Rebel’s chances of winning this game. I think Alabama will take advantage of an Ole Miss turnover and that will be the difference in this game. I am picking Alabama by a TD.
15LSU at 5Auburn First of all, I am 100% confident the Tigers will win this game. I have not been impressed by LSU this season. Their offense hasn’t been very good until late in games. Auburn’s last two games haven’t been that great, but after seeing how LSU played against Mississippi State, I don’t think it will matter. In LSU’s loss to Miss State, they allowed 302 rushing yards while only rushing for 89 yards. Auburn can run the ball and was able to stop the Arkansas rushing attack. I think Auburn is going to be too much for LSU. Don’t be surprised by a 4th quarter push by LSU, though. I don’t think it will be enough. I am picking Auburn by about 10 points.
6Texas A&M at 11Mississippi State Mississippi State has shown they are a very good team. They have also shown they can win on the road in the SEC West. This week they don’t have to travel. Texas A&M was roughed up last week against an extremely physical Arkansas team. The Bulldogs and QB Dak Prescott like to run the ball, and they aren’t too bad at passing either. A&M has an amazing offense and they will score, but I think that they will still be worn out from last week’s battle. I think Mississippi State has another upset up their sleeves. I am picking Mississippi State by a TD or less.
14Stanford at 9Notre Dame I am not sold on Notre Dame. They really haven’t played the schedule to be ranked 9th best in the country. The worry I have for Stanford is their inability to score on quality competition. The upside to that is their defense can probably stop almost everyone in the country. I don’t think this Notre Dame team has shown they are good enough to overcome this defense. After having only one turnover in their first 3 games, Notre Dame committed 5 against Syracuse. They can’t do that and beat Stanford. Points will come at a premium in this game. It should be a close one in South Bend. I am picking Stanford by less than a TD.
19Nebraska at 10Michigan State This is a huge game in the Big 10. Michigan State has that loss to Oregon earlier this season, meaning if they want the chance to get to the playoff they need to run the tables and win the Big 10. And besides a couple games, that should be no problem. This game will be the first real conference test. Nebraska is a good team, but I don’t think they are good enough to play with Sparty for 60 minutes. Of course, they key player for the Huskers is RB Ameer Abdullah. He is one of the most explosive backs in the country. Look for him to make a couple huge plays if Nebraska is going to get out of East Lansing with a win. This has the potential to be a relatively high scoring game. MSU QB Connor Cook has plenty of weapons and has a lot of experience. I think Michigan State is going is just going to be too much for Nebraska on the road. I am picking Michigan State by between 10 and 14 points.
Florida at Tennessee This game has the possibility to be the best game that doesn’t feature a ranked team. While Florida seemed to be in the game with Alabama for the first half, they were stopped and looked bad in the second. And remember, Kentucky went into the Swamp and took the Gators to triple OT and almost (probably should have) won. Tennessee went to Athens and took Georgia down to the wire last week. I have seen more good things out of this Volunteer team than I have for this Florida team. Florida might have the better defense in this one, but I don’t think it is going to be enough to go into Knoxville and come out with an SEC East victory. I also think Justin Worley has better playmakers around him than Jeff Driskel. Hopefully both of them can stay healthy through the whole game. I am picking Tennessee by between 3 and 7 points.
Wake Forest at 1Florida State
Arizona at 2Oregon (Thurs)
4Oklahoma at 25TCU
7Baylor at Texas
Utah at 8UCLA
Vanderbilt at 13Georgia
Arizona State at 16USC
17Wisconsin at Northwestern
Utah State at 18BYU (Fri)
20Ohio State at Maryland
Iowa State at 21Oklahoma State
SMU at 22East Carolina
Texas Tech at 23Kansas State
San Diego State at Fresno State (Fri)
UNLV at San Jose State
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
North Carolina State at Clemson
ULM at Arkansas State
Michigan at Rutgers
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech
South Carolina at Kentucky
Boise State at Nevada
California at Washington State