Week 6 NCAA Top 25 Football Picks
Last week was a rather disappointing moment of psychic ability for yours truly. I missed my upset picks, and the rest of the games bit me squarely on the left cheek, teeth and all, proving that you should not take these predictions to your local bookie.
However, I promise a rebound of epic proportions this week. It's time for this prognosticator to put on his pigskin genius cap and get to work, the right way.
Iowa State vs. (25) Baylor
The Baylor Bears are coming off a disappointing loss to the overachieving Wildcats of Kansas State in Manhattan. This is a bad omen for an overmatched Iowa State team that was just humbled by Texas.
Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. RG3, will come with guns blazing, and Kendall Wright will be able to shred a paper-thin Cyclone secondary.
Iowa State was a good story to open the season; however, reality is ready to enter the fray.
Baylor 45, Iowa State 21
(24) Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech
Mike Sherman and company have perfected the art of blowing a lead—see Okie State and Arkansas—and are looking to right the ship before their Big 12 swan song becomes one of disappointment and despair.
They will be traveling the lonesome road to Lubbock—the town that Billy Gillispie is currently destroying. Buckle up, Aggie fans—drunk drivers are a dangerous thing.
The Red Raiders are still putting up points as if Mike Leach were the catalyst and Mike Crabtree were still catching the football. Seth Doege has become quite the weapon at quarterback for Tommy Tuberville, and the Red Raiders are suddenly a dangerous team.
Will they be able to defeat an angry and embarrassed Aggie team? Not this week.
Texas A&M 41, Texas Tech 38
(23) Florida State vs. Wake Forest
Florida State and Jimbo Fisher may be a disappointing 2-2, but losses to Clemson and Oklahoma are not program-killers. Jimbo still has plenty of talent roaming the field and Wake Forest will be outmanned at nearly every position on the field.
The Seminoles will use the Demon Deacons to get things right this weekend—not a wonderful thought for the Deacs.
Florida State 38, Wake Forest 10
(22) Arizona State vs. Utah
Dennis Erickson is trying to put forth a special season in Tempe, and his Sun Devils appear ready to comply.
Following a disappointing loss to Illinois, Brock Osweiler and company have stretched their record to 4-1 and are the class of the Pac-12 South. They are dangerous on offense and their defense is improving every week they step onto the field.
The Utah Utes are coming off a trouncing by Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies from Seattle, and appear short on talent and competitive fire in their introductory season in the Pac-12. Hey, at least they destroyed the Stormin' Mormons from Provo, but they will struggle to compete this weekend.
Arizona State 38, Utah 14
Miami (Fl) vs. (21) Virginia Tech
Them dagburn Gobblers from Blacksburg did it to us again. They had us believin'!
A cupcake schedule and a strong defense were commanding the attention of the BCS crowd, yet once again, they came up shorter than an Earl Boykins dribble. Their disappointing effort versus Clemson will leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Hokie faithful for the rest of the season, but can they rebound and defeat Al Golden and them chumps from the U?
The Hurricanes have suffered through a tumultuous offseason and are continuing their roller coaster ride through the regular season. Their win versus Ohio State looks less impressive with each passing week, and Jacory Harris worries all mothers around the country with his erratic behavior on the football field.
Jayron Hosley is about to make matters much worse for Al Golden's quarterback.
Virginia Tech 21, Miami (FL) 7
Missouri vs. (20) Kansas State
The Wildcats from Manhattan have been one of the country's surprise teams, led by Billy Snyder and a dangerous bunch of JUCO transfers on the defensive side of the ball.
Their upset of the Baylor Bears last weekend catapulted them into the polls and into the national spotlight. Can they continue the trend that has developed early in the season? Or will the Missouri Tigers rain on their parade?
Missouri has lost to Oklahoma and Arizona State, but are a solid offensive team that will provide a stern test for the Wildcat defense. Manhattan and the crowd may be the saving grace for Coach Snyder, as Kansas State stays undefeated.
Kansas State 31, Missouri 30
(19) Illinois vs. Indiana
Ron Zook is in the middle of trying to save his job, and a 6-0 start has installed an air conditioner underneath his office chair.
The Fighting Illini have been impressive and shown grit and determination on both sides of the ball. Nathan Scheelhaase is one of the most underappreciated talents the Big 10 has to offer—he's a pleasure to watch from the quarterback position.
Kevin Wilson and the Hoosier program he inherited are turning in one of the worst seasons for their program in recent memory—a prediction I made nearly three months ago that saw me virtually beheaded by an overly-confident Bloomington fan base.
It will be another long week for the struggling Hoosiers.
Illinois 38, Indiana 17
Kentucky vs. (18) South Carolina
Ah, my beloved Wildcats. How you have regressed from mediocrity to atrocity in the blink of an eye. It pains me to even discuss the train wreck that is Joker Phillips, Randy Sanders and Morgan Newton—quite the delectable offensive trio.
The Wildcats could not throw the ball against the most talented pee-wee teams and would struggle to stop the rushing attack of Peggy's Powder Puffs on the local gridiron—how will Marcus Lattimore fare?
I predict that Spurrier removes the quarterback position, and plays against the Wildcats using ten players, allowing Lattimore to take every single snap from center.
Lattimore rushes for 738 yards on 69 attempts and scores seven touchdowns. Oh yeah, he'll have three receptions that he throws to himself when Winston Guy overruns the play, resulting in three more touchdowns.
Lattimore 70, Kentucky (-)7
UConn vs. (16) West Virginia
Dana Holgorsen has managed to tick off one of the country's most rabid fan bases by questioning their intense loyalty. Why, you say? Because WVU is yearning for an SEC bid and only placed 46,000 in the seats for Bowling Green this past weekend.
Don't get pissed, WVU. Do better. You want to be an SEC school, you have to act like an SEC school.
Man up, 'Eers. You're better than that.
As far as the game this week, UConn is horrid. WVU scores on everyone. Ugliness ensues.
West Virginia 49, UConn 17
Ohio State vs. (14) Nebraska
Ohio State is still feeling the wrath of the NCAA, Boom Herron and Posey are sitting out another week, and Luke "Fecal" Fickell is feeling the heat from the folks surrounding the Horseshoe.
My question...How the heck do Gordon Gee and Gene Smith still have jobs? Karma will continue to haunt this program until they make the proper decisions and dismiss the cancers that exist at the top of the ladder.
As a present, they get to face a Nebraska program that was just taken to the woodshed and whipped with the switch in Madison.
Taylor Martinez will not be throwing the ball 19 times this week and Nebraska will outscore the punch-less Buckeyes.
Nebraska 24, Ohio State 7
Maryland vs. (13) Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson has all the horses working in unison for the Yellow Jackets, and their offense is the epitome of a well-oiled machine. They are scoring and scoring at will on every opponent that is placed in front of them. Maryland will not be any different.
Edsall's first season is beginning to crumble under his shoes, and the chants of Friedgen are growing louder among the faithful.
College Park is now at DEFCON 4. Another disappointing loss this weekend and the administration will be turning the nuclear key.
Georgia Tech 42, Maryland 10
(12) Michigan vs. Northwestern
Behind the talents of Shoelace, Brady Hoke has resurrected the Michigan program in a short amount of time. Who would have thought this team would be sitting in the top 15 heading into their showdown in Chicago?
The offense is great, the defense is improving and the Wolverines are suddenly a contender for an upper tier bowl.
Northwestern, on the other hand, has struggled out of the gate, and the disheartening loss to in-state foe Illinois put another damper on the season. However, Dan Persa will continue to get healthier as the season progresses, which means good things for the Wildcats offense, but will not be enough this week.
Denard Robinson has a chance to do ridiculous things to your stat sheet—take a note fantasy players—against the porous defense of the prestigious academic institution. You may need a degree from Northwestern to calculate his total yardage.
Michigan 45, Northwestern 31
(15) Auburn vs. (10) Arkansas
Auburn continued to show they have the mentality of a winner, defeating Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks in Columbia.
Will Auburn carry enough momentum into Fayettenam to take down Tyler Wilson and the dangerous Razorback offense?
Auburn must put Michael Dyer through the proverbial ringer, once again, to pull of the upset. Ball control will be the name of the game for War Eagle.
Otherwise, Tyler Wilson will shred Auburn's defense like a wet paper bag.
Arkansas 31, Auburn 21
Boston College vs. (8) Clemson
Everyone around these parts understands my disdain for the program that resides in Boston.
I do not like the Eagles.
Actually, I cannot stand the Eagles. The notion that they deserve to be arrogant in regards to their athletic programs places a ball of disgust in the pit of my stomach. However, Clemson needs to be on upset watch this weekend.
The Tigers have struggled to deal with success over the last decade and their jump into the top 10 could cause a lackadaisical performance to occur in Death Valley. Thankfully, for the readers of Tigernet, Clemson can afford to play a C-minus game against Boston College and earn a sleepy victory.
Clemson 27, Boston College 14
Colorado vs. (7) Stanford
Welcome to the Pac-12, Colorado.
You're still an also-ran program that is about to experience the talents of the next Peyton Manning.
Andrew Luck, who has now shown the ability to play tight end at the FBS level, is a man among boys, and his supporting cast is solid as well.
A beat down shall ensue.
Stanford 42, Colorado 7
Kansas vs. (6) Oklahoma State
Kansas possesses one of the worst defenses in the entire country and Turner Gil has to be trembling at the prospect of defending the dangerous Okie State offense. Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon are one of the most dynamic duos in the entire country and will put up insane numbers against the Jayhawks.
Kansas—the rebuilding continues.
Oklahoma State 52, Kansas 21
(3) Oklahoma vs. (11) Texas
The game of the weekend will be taking place down at the old Cotton Bowl. The Red River Shootout has been one of the most respected and enjoyable games over the last century, and this season will be no different.
Mack Brown has finally solved his quarterback troubles with the duo of Ash and McCoy, and the Longhorns are putting together an impressive season to go along with theirLonghorn Network. However, this will be their first legitimate test of the season.
Landry Jones and the high-powered Sooner offense will give the Texas defensive backfield trouble all day long, and will absorb the early punch to pull away for an easy victory.
Oklahoma 38, Texas 24
Vanderbilt vs. (2) Alabama
The Crimson Tide proved their worth last week, thoroughly demolishing Florida in the process. They are one of the top two teams in the country, and that should not change against the Commodores.
Coach Franklin is doing a great job of changing the culture in Nashville, but remember folks, this is still Vanderbilt.
Alabama 42, Vanderbilt 7
(17) Florida vs. (1) LSU
LSU sleep-walked through an easy victory against Kentucky this past week, and they have another day game on the agenda this weekend.
Florida put forth a valiant effort in the first half versus Alabama, but they lost their starting quarterback in the process. Brantley's injury is a tough pill to swallow for a Florida offense that was maturing at every turn.
Now, Jeff Driskel, an untested freshman, must face Tyrann Mathieu and the ridiculously talented LSU defense.
LSU will come out with guns blazin' versus the hated Gators and their young quarterback, placing more pressure on Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.
The Gators are trending in the right direction, but just as the previous week, are not ready to win this kind of game.
LSU 31, Florida 17