College Football Predictions

College Football Predictions Week 6: Ranked Squads Not Worth Watching Saturday

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 22:  The Kansas State Wildcats take the field before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on September 22, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Kansas State beat Oklahoma 24-19. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

Everyone has their rooting interests when it comes to college football; rooting interests that were developed for a myriad of reasons.

Maybe you are currently attending the school, or perhaps you are an esteemed alumnus. Maybe a relative or friend goes there, or perhaps it's where your parents went to school. Maybe you just like the uniforms.

It doesn't matter why, it just matters that we cheer for these teams week after week.

This article isn't for you.

This is for the casual college football fan, the one who enjoys the game but has no rooting interest one way or the other.

You just want to see a good football game.

If you fit that description, then do yourself a favor and avoid these games on Saturday, because they won't be competitive. They might actually be over by the time halftime rolls around.

I give you the Top 25 squads who are going to blow their competition out of the water.

 

Kansas (1-3) at No. 7 Kansas State (4-0), 12:00 p.m. ET, FX

Under the tutelage of former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, the Kansas Jayhawks have limped to a 1-3 record to start the 2012 season, and they head into their annual affair with the Kansas State Wildcats for the Governor's Cup.

Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein has the K-State offense firing on all cylinders, averaging nearly 40 points per game while former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist has struggled to get anything going for Kansas, ranking 118th in passer rating and 120th in completion percentage.

Kansas can forget about running the ball as well, since the Wildcats' stout defense ranks 14th nationally against the run.

 

No. 20 Mississippi State (4-0) at Kentucky (1-4), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network/ESPN 3

With starting QB Maxwell Smith out with an injury, Kentucky plans on rotating both Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles under center against a Bulldogs defense that ranks 46th nationally against the pass.

Kentucky won't find much luck on the ground either, with the Bulldogs ranked 48th against the run.

The Bulldogs, who rank 38th nationally in scoring offense with 38 points per game, get back their fourth-leading receiver from last season, TE Malcolm Johnson, who has been sidelined all season with a pectoral injury.

The last thing he Wildcats needed was one more Bulldogs weapon that they had to worry about.

It's going to be a long day in Lexington.

 

No. 3 Florida State (5-0) at North Carolina State (3-2), 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN 2

Remember when Florida State was a national championship contender on a yearly basis?

We have returned to that time.

It doesn't matter what side of the ball we are talking about because the Seminoles are dominating every aspect of the game.

Offensively, they rank sixth in scoring offense with 51 points per game and ninth in total offense, racking up 544 yards per game. 

Defensively, they allow only 11 points per game—the seventh-best mark in the country—and limit the opposition to 201 total yards per game—third in the nation.

NC State has watched QB Mike Glennon make mistakes on a weekly basis, mistakes that the Seminoles will exploit and convert to points. The return of All-American corner David Amerson hasn't gone according to plan either, as he is continually beat on long touchdown passes down the field.

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