Week 6 Preview

Welcome to Week 6 everyone! We have plenty more amazing matchups across the country so let’s get into some picks!

Games of Note:

Maryland @ #2 Ohio State

-Scott: The Terps have never beaten the Buckeyes in six tries all-time. Heading into the Shoe against an undefeated Buckeye team won’t make things any easier for Mike Locksley. CJ Stroud has led the OSU offense all the way up to #7 in the country in PPG. Maryland is coming off of a frustrating loss against Iowa last Friday night. Maryland is still showing steps forward as program. But will it be enough to play Ohio State close? I don’t think they’ll be able to slow down Ryan Day’s offense just yet. Ohio State 44, Maryland 19

-Gavin: Maryland have certainly makes strides so far under Mike Locksley. But they are far from ready to compete in the Big 10 yet, as evidenced by a tough loss to Iowa last week. The Terps will be no match for the high flying Buckeyes. Ohio State 52, Maryland 21

#24 LSU @ Kentucky

-Scott: This should be a fascinating matchup between two conference rivals that really should be playing much more often than they do. They played some classics decades ago, but these two haven’t met since 2014. These programs are both in markedly different spots than they were at that time. Both teams are looking to respond off of losses last week and keep division title hopes alive. Kentucky is allowing just over 12 PPG, and LSU has really struggled running the ball as of late. I think Max Johnson makes one more play late to escape Lexington with a victory and give Coach O some much needed leeway in terms of job security. LSU 35, Kentucky 31

-Gavin: LSU has been a bit underwhelming this far this season. Two early losses have served to put some pressure on the Tigers. That’s one reason why this game is so intriguing. Kentucky were downed by Florida last week but have a tough squad. A win against LSU would be the perfect rebound, and I think the Wildcats get it done at home. Kentucky 28, LSU 24

#3 Oklahoma vs. #12 Texas

-Scott: While the Red River Rivalry can be extremely volatile and hard to predict, it’s a bit of a shocker that OU has won three straight contests, despite their dominance. Texas is the lone team in the Big XII that has comparable talent to the Sooners, and UT always gets up for this one. The stakes haven’t been this high at the Texas State Fair in a long time. Both teams are sitting at 5-0, and this weekend is shaping up to be the first of two meetings this year. This is a massive game for playoff implications as well, and I think the offensive stars will show out for both squads. OU is favored, and I think they win, but Texas will put up a heck of a fight. Oklahoma 45, Texas 38

-Gavin: In the Red River Shootout, the games are often just that, a shootout. So far this season, Oklahoma’s offense has certainly been the better of the two, putting up almost 50 points per game. I think Texas will keep it close, but the Sooners offense is too much for them in the end. Oklahoma 42, Texas 31

#6 Georgia @ #21 Auburn

-Scott: Another massive rivalry takes place this weekend: The Deep South’s Oldest. Tigers and Bulldogs face off on the Plains. Auburn is coming off of a very impressive victory at LSU last weekend, and has earned lots of respect nationally following that feat. UGA has won four straight in this series, and are starting to flex their muscles since the season-opening nail-biter loss to Clemson. If UGA has any chance at the playoff, they need to almost certainly run the table. They should be favored the rest of the regular season, but Jordan-Hare is a good of a road test as any. If Bo Nix can just not make mistakes against an elite Georgia D, Auburn has a shot. I think he’s up for the challenge, but Georgia will survive the test and just make more stops than Auburn will. Five straight for the Dawgs. Georgia 24, Auburn 16

-Gavin: Georgia are the favorite, and for good reason. The Bulldog D has been stifling, and I expect them to force Bo Nix into several mistakes throughout. Yes Auburn was impressive in a win against LSU last week, but I am not sold on the Tigers yet. Georgia 31, Auburn 14

#17 Utah @ #18 USC

-Scott: As big of this game is on the national and conference radar, it could have been even more massive had the Trojans not stubbed their toe in Boulder last week. Regardless, this game may very well decide the Pac-12 South, and just how high either of these teams could climb in the potential rankings down the road. I think Utah is a great team, and I do feel like they’ll win the South. But, the fact this game is at the Coliseum really pushes me towards USC here. Despite last week’s loss, SC still has the #10 offense in the country, and I think Kedon Slovis is the difference-maker that can keep scoring consistently throughout. USC 36, Utah 30

-Gavin: The loss for USC last week was in a word, inexplicable. The Trojans had their flaws exposed, and one of those flaws is their defense. So far this season, USC hasn’t held a team to under 20 points. On the other side, Utah has been very impressive defensively so far. But a 19-18 OT win against SDSU raises a few questions about their offense. In other words, this game will likely come down to USC’s high powered offense vs Utah’s solid defense. Despite last week’s stumble, I lean towards Kedon Slovis and the Trojans. USC 31, Utah 24

#22 Michigan @ Nebraska

-Scott: I was a bit low on Michigan headed into last week, and despite the Wolverines losing in Madison, they impressed me. They lost by a point in a tough spot, and I think they have some staying power in the Big Ten East. Nebraska hampered down a previously undefeated Northwestern team in Lincoln last week. I think both of these teams are pretty underrated moving forward, but a Saturday night in Lincoln might prove to be the difference here. I think Adrian Martinez’s ability to make plays in the open field could give Michigan problems on third down. This could be a massive win for Scott Frost and I think he gets it done. Nebraska 30, Michigan 27

-Gavin: In Nebraska’s one game against a ranked team this far, they got slaughtered. Yes, Oklahoma is a whole different beast than this Michigan squad. But the fact remains, Nebraska has had 4 straight losing seasons and 5th place finishes in the B10 West. Say what you want about Harbaugh, but he has his Wolverines playing some good football this season so far. Whether they can keep it up, we shall see. But they should at least get through this one. Michigan 24, Nebraska 17

#11 Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech

-Scott: The Irish are almost certainly out of the playoff conversation following the home loss against Cincinnati, but that shouldn’t stop Brian Kelly from developing certain positions of youth and racking up wins. They have quite a tough test against a 3-1 VA Tech team coming off a bye. Blacksburg always is a dangerous place to play, most definitely at night. UNC almost was tripped up at Lane Stadium in the season-opener, so ND will be wary. Fuente needs this game like a fish needs water. I don’t trust Braxton Burmeister against a pretty solid defense. Notre Dame bounces back in a tough environment. Notre Dame 34, Virginia Tech 17

-Gavin: Last week was devastating for Irish fans everywhere, as ND all but lost its playoff hopes. But there are plenty of games left on the schedule. I think Notre Dame bounces back nicely, even in a tricky road test. Notre Dame 42, Virginia Tech 21

#5 Alabama @ #9 Texas A&M

-Scott: While College Gameday went to the Texas State Fair for OU-UT, there is a 1B to that 1A of a matchup 180 miles southeast of Dallas. College Station plays host to debatably the biggest A&M game in quite a while. They get an Alabama team with a conference loss, coming into a raucous environment in a top 10 matchup. TAMU hasn’t faced anything close to Alabama, but an A&M win here puts them in the driver’s seat to take the division crown for the first time. These are the #2 and #4 teams in the nation in scoring differential this year so far. Something’s gotta give. While I would love this game to prove as an excellent nightcap to a wonderful day of football, I don’t trust Haynes King one bit against a terrific Tide defense. Saban moves to 25-0 against former assistants. Alabama 33, Texas A&M 14

-Gavin: The idea that Alabama could be staring at the prospect of 2 losses this early into the season seems preposterous. But with this huge matchup looming, it is a very real possibility. Then again, Bama has won 8 straight in this series. And most of those have not been that close. That trend seems likely to continue to me. Alabama 35, Texas A&M 21

Upset Picks:

-Scott: Wyoming @ Air Force

Two of the more consistent MW teams face off in Colorado Springs this week, and while Air Force is 5-0, I’m seeing a lot of smoke and mirrors. Their schedule hasn’t been overly difficult, and they have two overtime wins, along with another one by a single point. Wyoming is a good team, with a great defense, and although they have a puzzler of a loss on the resume to Northern Illinois, I think they are able to slow down the AFA option attack just enough. Wyoming 22, Air Force 19

-Gavin: Iowa vs Penn State

It seems like cheating to take Iowa at home as a slight underdog. But this game doesn’t have nearly the luster as in real life in large part due to the unimpressive start to the season the Hawks have had. But Penn State was also very disappointing in a big week one loss to Wisconsin. I like my Hawks to get back on track with a big win in Kinnick. Iowa 28, Penn State 21

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