College Football Game Picks: Week 6
Week five of the college football season separated two teams from the pack but showed that there is a multitude of teams with a chance to make a run at the College Football Playoff.
Week six gives us another beautiful slate of games, so let’s take a look at who is playing and who is going to come away victorious.
No. 21 Texas vs No. 6 Oklahoma
These teams have had very different seasons, but they both come into the Red River Shootout with a lot to play for. Oklahoma still sits with an unblemished 5-0 record, but they have not looked like the dominant Sooners offense that we have become accustomed to.
Texas on the other hand lost to Arkansas in week two, and it felt like they were bound for another disappointing season. Since that loss, the Longhorns have gone 3-0 averaging 53.3 points per game.
Steve Sarkisian made the tough midseason decision to switch to junior quarterback Casey Thompson, and it has certainly paid off. In his three starts, Thompson has gone 45-63 for 609 yards and eight touchdowns.
The signal-caller on the other side of the ball was the preseason Heisman favorite, but Spencer Rattler’s lackluster play has deterred some of that hype.
Texas will utilize their star running back, Bijan Robinson, and he and Thompson will give the Longhorns enough offense to outduel the Sooners in Dallas.
Prediction: Texas 32, Oklahoma 30
No. 3 Iowa vs No. 4 Penn State
A top-five matchup in the Big Ten. Where are the Buckeyes? That’s right – the Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes are the two highest-ranked Big Ten teams, and they are set to clash in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Both defenses come into this one as two of the best in scoring defense in the country. Iowa is only giving up 11.6 points per game, and Penn State just 12.0.
The quarterback play will be key on both sides. Sean Clifford has been spectacular this season for the Nittany Lions, throwing for 1,336 yards, 11 touchdowns, and just three interceptions.
Spencer Petras has not put up as quality of numbers as Clifford, but he has taken care of the ball and that has been enough to propel his Hawkeyes to No. 3 in the AP poll.
Both teams will need to take care of the ball and manage field position well on Saturday afternoon to come away with the win. The Nittany Lions will do just that, and they will overtake the No. 3 spot.
Prediction: Penn State 21, Notre Dame 17
No. 17 Ole Miss vs No. 13 Arkansas
Both teams are coming off embarrassing losses to the two best teams in the country. Oftentimes offenses struggle the week following a huge matchup. Sam Pittman’s defense will turnover Ole Miss a few times and put the Razorbacks in position to win this one.
Prediction: Arkansas 28, Ole Miss 24
No. 18 Auburn vs No. 2 Georgia
Bo Nix is coming off his best performance of his career at Auburn when he led the Tigers to a comeback victory over LSU last weekend. It seems as if Bryan Harsin has his team finally ready for takeoff. The problem is, this week the runway leads them right towards the best defense in all of college football.
Georgia is only giving up 4.6 points per game through five games and hasn’t given up a point in their last two outings. The Bulldogs defense will continue its dominance.
Prediction: Georgia 28, Auburn 10
Trevor Grady is a fourth-year majoring in supply chain management. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.