Week 6 Preview

Week 6 is absolutely packed with great games, ranked matchups, and huge stakes on the line. It’s hard to pick just a few games of note, but here are our top eight of this week (plus the usual upset picks of course.)

Games of Note:

Texas vs. #5 Oklahoma

Scott- There is no doubt that OU has been the class of the Big XII for some time now. However, despite this dominance, Texas always seems to give the Sooners problems. Even though the Horns have had some down years, such is expected in a bitter rivalry like this one. The last seven meetings have been one-score games. Texas has had a rough start to the season, but I expect a close game regardless. I do think the Sooners squeak this one out in Dallas. Oklahoma 41, Texas 37

Gavin- Texas’ season has been an embarrassment so far to the Longhorn fans who came in with such high hopes. What better way to rejuvenate a fan base than to go out and beat your bitter rivals? Oklahoma have real playoff hopes though, and will certainly be up for the challenge. I like this game to be close, but I think Oklahoma wins their 3rd straight Red River showdown. Oklahoma 35, Texas 31

#17 Iowa @ #1 Ohio State

Scott– We all know what happened the last time these two teams met. However, this is a different Buckeye team and the Horseshoe is going to be a lot harder place for the Hawkeyes to find some magic. Iowa can’t afford to lose many more if they plan on winning the West, but this game is as challenging as it gets. OSU has outscored opponents by an average of 54-3 thus far. This will be the closest game OSU plays so far. That still will not be saying much. Buckeyes roll to move to 5-0. Ohio State 43, Iowa 18

Gavin- My heart wants to say this game will be a repeat of that magical day from 2017. However, I think this Ohio State squad is just too good to let something like that happen here, especially at home. I think it’ll be respectable, but the Buckeyes roll. Ohio State 38, Iowa 21

#4 LSU @ #7 Florida

Scott- College Gameday heads to Gainesville in what should be a fierce rivalry game between legit SEC and Playoff contenders. The loser is not eliminated by any stretch, but this is a great measuring stick game for both programs. These teams do not like each other one iota, and don’t be surprised to see some horseplay before this one. The #2 and #3 defenses in the country provide yet another great storyline in this one. I think this is a tossup. Give me the home team in a higher scoring game than expected. Florida 33, LSU 30

Gavin- This game has all the makings of a classic. Two fierce rivals battling in a matchup with extremely high stakes should lead to one of the best games of the season. With each team facing their first real challenge, I’ll give the edge to the reigning champs. LSU 28, Florida 24

#18 Iowa State @ #15 Oklahoma State

Scott- If Oklahoma is the favorite in the Big XII, this game may go a long way in determining who could potentially get that second berth in the conference title game. ISU is off to a solid start at 2-0, with the Cowboys winning their conference opener last week against a ranked TCU squad. These teams are very evenly matched. I am really buying the Cyclone defense this season, but OK State’s lethal offense seems ready for a breakout. Cowboys win a tight battle in Stillwater. Oklahoma State 37, Iowa State 28

Gavin- Two teams who control their destiny in the Big 12 face off with everything to play for. History tells us that this will be a close one. But history also favors the Cowboys, who have won 7 of the last 8 against the Cyclones. Look for Oklahoma State to continue that run in a second straight conference nailbiter for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State 35, Iowa State 31

#3 Clemson @ Florida State

Scott- We all know the torch has been passed in the ACC as Clemson has surpassed FSU as the king of the conference. With Tallahassee in turmoil the last few years, this has only fueled Clemson’s dominance. But now, the Seminoles are 4-0 to start off the Mike Norvell. After being embarrassed the last two seasons, can the Noles at least keep it respectable with a primetime home game against one of the nation’s best. Not this year. FSU hasn’t seen anything close to this. Clemson 49, Florida State 13

Gavin- Florida State have managed to scrape out 4 straight wins to start the season for their best start since 2015. But they are by no means returned to the force they once were. Clemson are kings of the ACC now, and for the 6th straight year, they top the Seminoles. Clemson 42, Florida State 17

#8 Auburn @ #13 Georgia

Scott– Despite UGA’s recent inability to win the big game, they have done quite well in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, winning 8 of the last 10 against Auburn. Georgia already has a loss in conference to Alabama, and they need to win to keep pace with Florida. The Georgia defense will need to step up against Bo Nix and co. The Tiger offense has looked lethal this year, putting up over 43 points a game. This game has massive implications between the hedges. Georgia can’t afford to lose, and they show some much-needed desperation. Georgia 24, Auburn 13

Gavin- Another brilliant SEC matchup with so much on the line. As Scott points out, both history and desperation are on the Bulldog’s side here. It will be a good game, but Auburn doesn’t quite have enough to keep up. Georgia 31, Auburn 24

#9 Minnesota @ #10 Wisconsin

Scott- In one of the oldest rivalries in college football, the Badgers lead the all time series by one single game. After the Gophers snapped a nine-game losing streak in 2018, the Badgers went to the Twin Cities last year with the division on the line to reclaim Paul Bunyan’s axe. This year may have even higher stakes. This is the first game between these two programs when they are ranked in the top 10 since 1962! The Gophers have the nation’s 7th ranked offense so far, and have looked very impressive. Wisconsin has a one-point loss in Ann Arbor, but bounced back very impressively last week against a good ND team. I am taking Wisco in Camp Randall, in what should be an intense game throughout. Also, I am ridiculously upset this game is not on Thanksgiving weekend. Get it together Big Ten. Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 31

Gavin- I sound like a broken record at this point, but that doesn’t make me wrong. This game has major implications on both a B10 and national level. The Gophers could cement themselves as West division favorites with a win, while the Badgers need this one to keep their playoff hopes alive. Both teams will be up for it in an intense rivalry matchup, but I think Wisconsin finds a way to slow down the impressive Gopher offense enough to pull this one out at home. Wisconsin 31 Minnesota 24

#23 California @ #25 USC

Scott- The Pac-12 South is a mess, with USC clearly not wanting this division yet again. After dropping a Friday night contest to Utah, they will try to rebound in the Coliseum against a Golden Bear squad who defeated the Utes two weeks prior. Clay Helton’s seat gets warmer and warmer with every loss. USC has had Cal’s number over the years. But Justin Wilcox and the Bears look primed for a very solid season. Cal is ranked once again and is looking to possibly contend for the division. I think the Trojans rebound though, as the talent deficit paves the way here for SC’s third conference win. USC 44, California 27

Gavin- This is a tough one to call. Cal does own an impressive victory over the Utah team that took down USC last week, but was that just a flash in the pan? I tend to think so, and I think that the Trojan’s superior talent leads to a bounce back win here. USC 38, Cal 24

Upset Picks:

Scott- Miami @ Wake Forest

ESPN’s FPI gives Wake a 52.3% chance to win this game, but I’m struggling to find out why. Miami had a horrible loss to open the season in the Manny Diaz revenge game vs. Temple, but they have rattled off 4 in a row and look to be hitting their stride and contend for the Coastal. Wake Forest could very well win this game, as they have been competitive in every game they play, and Winston-Salem on a Friday night could be tricky. But with the Demon Deacons’ struggling offense, I expect the Turnover Chain to be out and about. Miami 27, Wake Forest 14

Gavin- Southern Mississippi vs Florida Atlantic

Besides their understandable loss at Auburn, Southern Miss has crushed every team they’ve faced. FAU meanwhile has looked thoroughly unimpressive outside of a narrow win over USF. At home, I think the Golden Eagles take down 53.1% favorites FAU in convincing fashion. Southern Miss 49, FAU 21

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