College Gameday 2013: Week 6 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

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College Gameday 2013: Week 6 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
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ESPN presents College Gameday will be live from Evanston, Ill. during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season. Big Ten rivals will clash, as the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to play the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats.

It's safe to say Northwestern is ready for College Gameday to take Evanston by storm:

That's dedication.

Whenever ESPN presents College Gameday hits the road, a memorable game seems to follow. Just last week, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the LSU Tigers 44-41 in a matchup that's already being praised as the game of the year.

Kirk Herbstreit is preparing for another battle that could rival the thrilling SEC clash.

Here's what to watch for.

Week 6 College Football Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 3
Time (ET) Matchup TV/Live Stream
7:30 p.m. Texas at Iowa State ESPN/Watch ESPN
7:30 p.m. Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe ESPNU/Watch ESPN
10:00 p.m. No. 12 UCLA at Utah Fox Sports 1
Friday, Oct. 4
Time (ET) Matchup TV/Live Stream
8:00 p.m. Brigham Young at Utah State CBS Sports Network
9:00 p.m. Nevada at San Diego State ESPN/Watch ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 5
Time (ET) Matchup TV/Live Stream
11:30 a.m. Air Force at Navy CBS
12:00 p.m. No. 7 Louisville at Temple ESPN3
12:00 p.m. No. 25 Maryland at No. 8 Florida State ESPN/Watch ESPN
12:00 p.m. No. 20 Texas Tech at Kansas Fox Sports 1
12:00 p.m. Penn State at Indiana Big Ten Network
12:00 p.m. Illinois at Nebraska ESPNU/Watch ESPN
12:00 p.m. Ball State at Virginia ESPN3
12:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Buffalo ESPN3
12:00 p.m. Michigan State at Iowa ESPN2/Watch ESPN
12:00 p.m. Rutgers at Southern Methodist ESPNews/Watch ESPN
12:21 p.m. Georgia State at No. 1 Alabama ESPN3
12:30 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia Tech ESPN3
1:00 p.m. Army at Boston College ESPN3
1:00 p.m. Central Michigan at Miami (OH) ESPN3
1:00 p.m. South Alabama at Troy ESPN3
2:00 p.m. UTSA at Marshall N/A
2:00 p.m. Ohio at Akron ESPN3
3:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic at UAB N/A
3:00 p.m. Western Michigan at Toledo ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 3 Clemson at Syracuse ABC/ESPN2/Watch ESPN
3:30 p.m. No. 6 Georgia at Tennessee CBS
3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 14 Miami (FL) ESPNU/Watch ESPN
3:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan ABC/ESPN2/Watch ESPN
3:30 p.m. Kansas State at No. 21 Oklahoma State ABC/ESPN3
3:30 p.m. North Carolina State at Wake Forest ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Massachusetts at Bowling Green ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Rice at Tulsa CBS Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at Kent State ESPN3
3:30 p.m. East Carolina at Middle Tennessee N/A
3:30 p.m. North Texas at Tulane N/A
4:00 p.m. Washington State at California Fox Sports 1
4:00 p.m. Florida International at Southern Miss N/A
4:30 p.m. UCF at Memphis ESPN3
5:00 p.m. No. 23 Fresno State at Idaho N/A
6:00 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at Colorado Pac-12 Network
6:00 p.m. Liberty at Old Dominion N/A
7:00 p.m. No. 10 LSU at Mississippi State ESPN/Watch ESPN
7:00 p.m. TCU at No. 11 Oklahoma FOX
7:00 p.m. Arkansas at No. 18 Florida ESPN2/Watch ESPN
7:00 p.m. No. 24 Ole Miss at Auburn ESPNU/Watch ESPN
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati at South Florida ESPN3
7:00 p.m. New Mexico State at New Mexico N/A
7:00 p.m. Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Kentucky at No. 13 South Carolina ESPN3
7:30 p.m. No. 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame* NBC
7:30 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at UTEP CBS Sports Network
8:00 p.m. No. 4 Ohio State at No. 16 Northwestern ABC
8:00 p.m. West Virginia at No. 17 Baylor Fox Sports 1
10:30 p.m. No. 15 Washington at No. 5 Stanford ESPN/Watch ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 6
Time (ET) Matchup TV/Live Stream
12:00 a.m. San Jose State at Hawaii N/A

* - game played at neutral location.




National Title Outlook

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Washington upset Stanford in 2012. Can it strike again in 2013?

A number of undefeated, ranked teams remain entering Week 6, and a majority of those squads will be in action. From No. 1 to No. 25, each of the squads participating in this week's festivities will have the opportunity to either build upon or shatter its respective title dreams.

Some of those squads are even playing one another.

Outside of Ohio State versus Northwestern, the most notable matchups are the No. 15 Washington Huskies against No. 5 Stanford Cardinal and No. 25 Maryland Terrapins against No. 8 Florida State Seminoles. All four teams are undefeated and each could shake up the Top 25 with a win.

One way or another, contenders will emerge and pretenders will be exposed.

Led by running back Bishop Sankey, Washington is currently 4-0 with signature wins over the Arizona Wildcats, Boise State Broncos and Illinois Fighting Illini. Stanford will counter Sankey with running back Tyler Gaffney, who has helped lead the Cardinal to a 4-0 start of their own.

When it's all said and done, the Pac-12 North will be reshaped.

In the ACC, Maryland looks to build upon its 4-0 start after shutting out West Virginia 37-0 in its most recent game. Florida State and freshman phenom Jameis Winston will look to move to 5-0 with a win against its toughest test yet.

In the end, the ACC Atlantic Division will be given clarity on which teams will be contending.

Other Top 25 games to keep an eye on include No. 6 Georgia at Tennessee, Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan, Georgia Tech at the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes and No. 22 Arizona State versus Notre Dame. Each one of those games features either an undefeated team, an established title contender or a squad looking to continue winning big games.

The ranked teams may be favored, but each one of them faces a potential upset threat.


Prediction

In the game of the week, No. 4 Ohio State will meet No. 16 Northwestern in Evanston. This game will go a long way towards shaping both the Big Ten and national championship pictures, as both squads look to continue their undefeated seasons.

Unfortunately, only one can remain unbeaten. The numbers certainly favor Ohio State.

During Week 6, expect the Buckeyes to continue that trend.

Northwestern is a fine football team and should be nothing short of competitive when the Buckeyes come to town. Behind a balanced rushing attack that will return Venric Mark, who ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, Northwestern has the opportunity to do the unthinkable.

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Just remember that Northwestern isn't the only team that has struggled to beat Ohio State.

Dating back to 2012 the Buckeyes have won 17 consecutive games, going undefeated in 2012 and 5-0 in 2013. In his first game back from a three-week injury absence, quarterback Braxton Miller threw four touchdown passes to lead Ohio State to a gritty Week 5 win over the Wisconsin Badgers.

This game established Ohio State as a legitimate contender, as it defeated one of the better teams in all of college football. Northwestern has quality wins as well, but Ohio State is the first true test of the season for the rising squad.

With a battle-tested quarterback, an athletic defense and a head coach that has built a legacy out of winning big games, the Buckeyes will emerge victorious in a sure-to-be entertaining battle.

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