College Football Rankings 2012: Ranked Teams That Will Fall in Week 6

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 6, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers watches game action against the Towson Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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There are a whopping five matchups between ranked teams in Week 6 of the 2012-2013 college football season, including two games between Top 10 teams.

The biggest games of the week figure to be LSU at Florida and Georgia at South Carolina. 

That doesn't mean there isn't plenty more to feast your eyes on, though. College football fans are practically drooling looking at these matchups.

Here's a look at the ranked teams I see falling in Week 6. I'll start you off with what would be a huge upset.


No. 4 LSU (at No. 10 Florida)

That's right, I'm picking Florida for the upset at "The Swamp" on Saturday.

LSU has struggled against Auburn and FCS opponent Towson the last two weeks. The Tigers barely edged Auburn, 12-10, while committing nine penalties and coughing the ball up twice. Then they showed a lack of focus against Towson, racking up 10 penalties while losing three fumbles.

Florida, on the other hand, defeated then-No. 23 Tennessee in Week 3, 37-20, while blowing out Kentucky in Week 4, 38-0.

Based on LSU's rushing attack and Florida's run defense (allowing 3.8 yards per carry, 51st in the nation), it would be easy to take the Tigers here, but the Gators have been solid lately and they're playing at home.


No. 11 Texas (vs. No. 8 West Virginia)

For all the talk about Texas' pass rush featuring Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor, the Longhorns are still allowing 21.0 points per game this season, 41st in the nation.

That's because they tend to get out of position in the secondary and allow big plays, as we saw last week against Oklahoma State.

Texas has allowed nine plays between 40 and 50 yards, tied for fifth in the nation, via The Longhorns not only allowed Cowboys freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh to go 18-of-27 for 301 yards while tossing two touchdowns against one interception last week, they gave up 275 yards (6.9 yards per carry) on the ground.

West Virginia may have a porous defense, but Geno Smith and Co. are much more explosive offensively than Texas. This is a team that put up 70 points against Baylor last week, courtesy of Smith and outstanding wideouts Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

I like West Virginia, at Texas or not.


No. 6 South Carolina (vs. No. 5 Georgia)

If South Carolina has any chance in this game, its defense has to play the game of its life.

Georgia is averaging 48.2 points per game this season (eighth in the nation) and just dropped 51 points on Tennessee.

In that game, Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray went 19-of-25 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while the running game led by freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley produced 282 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

South Carolina has allowed 11.2 points per game this season (sixth in the nation), but has yet to face an offense in the same stratosphere as Georgia's.

The best plan on offense is to pound the rock with Marcus Lattimore against a Georgia defense that has allowed 3.7 yards per carry this season, 46th in the nation.

Still, Georgia's offense is so explosive that it's hard to see anyone beyond Alabama stopping the Bulldogs' attack at this point.


No. 21 Nebraska (at No. 12 Ohio State)

Nebraska has a good run defense (3.6 yards per carry allowed, three rushing touchdowns), but that didn't stop UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley from averaging 4.4 yards per carry while Bruins running back James Franklin went off for 217 yards against the Cornhuskers in Week 2.

Ohio State dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller rushed for 136 yards against then-No. 20 Michigan State last week, a formidable defense. 

The Nebraska rushing attack could pose problems for the Buckeyes, but then again, Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell was held to a mere 45 yards on 17 carries last week.

I like the Ohio State offense complete with Miller, combined with the Buckeyes defense, to pull this one out in what should be a close affair.


No. 23 Washington (at No. 2 Oregon)

As much as I appreciate Washington quarterback Keith Price and the Huskies rushing attack, I don't see any way how they are going to be able to keep up with the electric Oregon offense on Saturday in Eugene.

LSU dropped 41 points on Washington in Week 2 and Oregon has a better offense than the Tigers.

The Ducks are averaging 52.4 points per game this season (fourth in the nation) and destroyed then-No. 22 Arizona 49-0 two weeks ago.

This Oregon rushing attack, led by De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner, is out of this world (5.8 yards per carry, 21 rushing touchdowns) and Washington is allowing 4.1 yards per carry this season. That mark just so happens to be tied for 64th in the nation with...Arizona.


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