Week 6 College Football Picks: Air Force vs Notre Dame and Five Shocking Upsets

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 7, 2011

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, CO - NOVEMBER 11:  James Aldridge #34 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish carries the ball against Joe Keller #42 of the Air Force Falcons on November 11, 2006 at Falcon Stadium on the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Everyone’s favorite team to love to hate, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, is a hot team entering Week 6 of the college football season. Winning three games in a row against good teams on the road and at home, the Irish are now knocking on the door of both the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls.  

However, this week, the Air Force Falcons pose a huge threat to an Irish team that has a knack for turning the ball over, especially in the red-zone.  

Yet this Notre Dame-Air Force game isn’t the only game this week where a team is coming into a game with a lot of confidence—or lack thereof—with a huge point spread in their favor.  

This Saturday, there will be teams that have their hearts broken by a school that no one expected to even have a chance in their game. If the trend from previous weeks repeats itself, it will be an amazing week of games.  

Take a look at five games that will surprise fans in happiness or sorrow; as here are five upsets that will happen tomorrow afternoon and night. 


Air Force over Notre Dame 

Air Force comes into this game ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game. Notre Dame has a knack for turning the ball over in every game this year. This combination does not add up well for the Irish this week against Air Force.  

If Notre Dame continues to make mistakes, they can expect to suffer an upset at home like in Week 1 against South Florida.


Texas over Oklahoma 

It’s the annual Texas and Oklahoma game from the Texas State Fair at the Cotton Bowl.  

Texas has found a real offense for the first time since their BCS Bowl years of the past. Oklahoma was tested on the road this year when they went to Tallahassee, playing Florida State in a game they won.  

However, Texas’ offense has two quarterbacks that can handle the OU pressure unlike Florida State. Once FSU lost their starting quarterback in that game, their team was unable to match Oklahoma’s eventual game-winning touchdown drive.  

Expect to see a lot of Texas freshman running back Malcolm Brown in this game, as Texas upsets Oklahoma. 


Ohio State over Nebraska 

Nebraska has their first home game as a member of the Big Ten this weekend. Ohio State is still a team that is trying to figure out an offense after the NCAA Sanctions destroyed what could have been a championship season.  

Ohio State has to eliminate Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez to have a shot in this game. Once they take away his ability to get outside of the pocket, it makes him rely on his weakness—his passing game.


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