The Everyday Man’s College Football Prediction- Week 6
Another exciting weekend of college football is upon us. Some teams have some stiff challenges in front of them. Some teams have to prove they’re for real. Others have to try to right the ship. Without further adieu, here are my picks for the top games in college football this weekend.
Maryland vs (13) Georgia Tech
Maryland heads to Atlanta to take on the red-hot Yellow Jackets. QB Danny O’Brien and crew must get it going offensively this game. If they put together consistent drives and take time off the clock, they may make Georgia Tech come out of their game plan. Georgia Tech has to be licking their chops. They are leading college football in rushing yards per game and they will be facing the ACC’s worst defense. Maryland just hasn’t looked good the last few games and I don’t think they will look great this game going against an option-style offense.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 41, Maryland 20
(3) Oklahoma vs (11) Texas
The Red River Shootout pits the veteran Sooners against the young Longhorns. Expect Oklahoma to keep the tempo at a high pace. Continuing to do this will tire out the Longhorn defense. If Oklahoma doesn’t do that, then expect Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz to crank up the pressure from all angles. For Texas, its all about making sure to stay on schedule offensively. If the Longhorns start getting into 3rd-and-long situations, it could be a long game. I suspect that Texas’ youth will work against them.
Prediction: Oklahoma 34, Texas 23
Miami vs (21) Virginia Tech
Jacory Harris leads this Hurricane squad into Blacksburg to take on a Virginia Tech squad that’s still smarting from last week. For Miami, they must lean on the running game, strong LB play and timely passing if they are to win. If Harris is forced to have to pass to win the game, then we could see the Virginia Tech defense start to come to life. As far as Virginia Tech, they must also lean on the running game and hope that their young QB learns from the last game against Clemson. My thinking is that Virginia Tech just isn’t ready for primetime offensively this year.
Prediction: Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10
Vanderbilt vs (2) Alabama
The Commodores enter their October to remember by taking on the Crimson Tide. Now, an upset is highly unlikely, but if Vandy is to upset Alabama, they must get better play from QB Larry Smith and more production out of the running game. If neither of these two happen, look for Alabama to take control and leave no doubts early. Trent Richardson will be a handful for Vandy. Vandy’s defense has been good, but the difference between this game and last is that Steven Garcia will not be at QB throwing interceptions this week.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Vanderbilt 13
Ohio State vs (14) Nebraska
The Buckeyes make their first conference trip to Nebraska to take on a Husker team that is still searching for some answers. Well, the best thing for Nebraska is they play the Buckeyes. Ohio State has been pretty bad offensively and they will still be missing a few key players from last season( Posey, Herron). Expect the Huskers to get healthy this game. The challenge for the Huskers will be finding out if Taylor Martinez is truly the QB for them to succeed. With Martinez, the Huskers are handicapped in the passing game. It should be interesting to watch the Buckeyes try to stop the Huskers. Look for this game to be close.
Prediction: Nebraska 24, Ohio State 16
Georgia vs Tennessee
The Bulldogs travel to Rocky Top to take on a Vols team that got back on the winning track last week against the University of Buffalo. Georgia has played against the Magnolia State(Mississippi, Mississippi State) the last few weeks and seems to be hitting their stride. For them to continue building momentum, Isaiah Crowell must continue to provide balance to what QB Aaron Murray can do in the passing game. Tennessee must put pressure on Georgia and make them one-dimensional by taking away Crowell. For Tennessee, they must get the ground game going. If they do, expect more things to open up for super-soph Tyler Bray and crew in the passing game. I expect the Vols to have their rough spots without another super-soph, WR Justin Hunter, but they will work through it and pull this game out at home.
Prediction: Tennessee 27, Georgia 21
California vs (9) Oregon
Cal heads to Oregon to take on a team slowly creeping their way back to the top. Cal was famous for players getting “injured” and slowing the Duck’s pace on offense last year. Well, I would expect them to possibly try the same thing this game. The only thing is they would be just delaying the inevitable. I know that WR Keenan Allen is playing well for California, but he just isn’t enough, especially on the road.
Prediction: Oregon 47, California 20
(23) Florida State vs Wake Forest
Will EJ Manuel be back this week? That’s the big question. If he is back, it should be interesting to see if he is his usual self or if he is protective of his shoulder. The Deacons hope that he doesn’t play because they know where QB Clint Trickett will be all game: in the pocket. Manuel would cause them serious issues. Expect Florida State to sling the ball around the yard regardless of who plays QB. For Wake Forest, they are equally adapt to passing the ball as well. In fact, if the Wake Forest passing game doesn’t get going, then expect plenty of trouble for them against a speedy Seminole defense.
Prediction: Florida State 34, Wake Forest 17
Missouri vs (20)Kansas State
Missouri heads to the Little Apple this week to take on a tough Kansas State team. For Missouri, they must get balance offensively. If they have to throw every play to win, they could be in trouble against this athletic defense. For Missouri, the gameplan is simple: make the Wilcats have to throw. The Wildcats are going to try and run the ball over and over and over again. In passing situations, their offense looks pretty inept. I think Missouri goes into Manhattan, Kansas and shows us all that the Wildcats aren’t for real.
Prediction: Missouri 30, Kansas State 24
(15)Auburn vs (10) Arkansas
The Tigers head to Fayetteville to take on a fired up Razorback team. RB Michael Dyer was outstanding last week in his matchup against the Gamecock defense and I expect him to pick up where he left off. He will be key for this Tiger team because if he runs well, they will be able to control the pace and limit the possessions that Arkansas has. For Arkanas, its all about getting the ball in its playmakers’ hands. If QB Tyler Wilson can distribute the ball around, look for the Tigers to have a long day defensively. This game will more than likely be a barnburner.
Prediction: Arkansas 38, Auburn 34
(17) Florida vs (1) LSU
John Driskel, I hope you’re ready! Florida QB John Brantley is out for the game, so expect LSU to crank up the pressure on the young freshman QB. For Driskel to be effective, he needs help out of his running game and he also needs to be put in positions that play to his strengths, like bootlegs or designed roll-out passes. But even with that, the athleticism of the Tigers could negate that still. For LSU, Jarrett Lee has to get back focused. If the running game of the Tigers is going good, Lee will have plenty of chances to take advantage of the young CBs of the Gators. Expect the Gators to fight hard, but in the end, they fall short.
Prediction: LSU 31, Florida 17
These are my predictions for the week! Let the games begin!