College Football Week 6 Predictions

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5 LSU vs 22 Florida- Chris Shutrump

 

LSU travels to Gainesville to take on the surging Florida Gators. This battle between SEC heavyweights will feature two ferocious defenses. Florida ranks 19th in total defense, while LSU checks in number 32 in total defense. Joe Burrow has helped get LSU over the hump this season as they have cracked the top 5 for the first time since 2015. Burrow has had a spectacular start to his season, throwing for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns along with two rushing touchdowns. The Tigers rumbled over a decent Ole Miss team 45-16 while the Gators upset Mississippi State 13-6 on the road. The Tigers hope to add another playoff caliber win to their collection this Saturday. This conference clash will absolutely be a defensive game to keep your eyes on.

 

Prediction: LSU gets down early, but the Tigers rumble back thanks to late-game heroics from Joe Burrow. 20-17 LSU improves to 6-0.

 

19 Texas vs 7 Oklahoma- Preston Oliver

 

Texas and Oklahoma square off in a big-time rivalry game, the Red River Shootout. This year’s installment will have some of the highest implications its had in the past decade, as both teams have a chance to compete for the Big 12 championship and potentially more. Texas enters the game with a 4-1 record, and they have bounced back nicely after an early season loss to Maryland. They have defeated TCU and USC en route to their current record. They have ridden their dominant defense, which has ranked in the top 30 nationally. They will need to play on a completely different level, as they play Oklahoma’s 12th ranked offensive attack led by junior quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray has easily solidified himself early as an elite quarterback in college football. Last week he tied former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman winner Baker Mayfield for the most touchdown passes in a game with six against Baylor. This game means more to these teams than just a lead in the Big 12 standings. These teams do not like each other at all and it is one of the most heated rivalries in college football history. Texas currently holds a 60-44-5 record against the Sooners, and hope to add one more with a win this Saturday.

 

Prediction: The rivalry will live up to the hype in a back and forth battle. Murray will have another big day. 35-31 Oklahoma.

 

6 Notre Dame vs 24 Virginia Tech- Chris Shutrump

 

All eyes Saturday night will be on Virginia Tech and Notre Dame facing off in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech is still recovering from an upset at Old Dominion 49-35. But a more vital loss that night was the injury to star quarterback Josh Jackson. Although the Hokies had no problem handling Duke last week, Notre Dame will be no small task. Starting Ian Book has rejuvenated a previously cold Notre Dame offense. Book has thrown for 616 yards and seven touchdowns over the last two games. Ryan Willis will fill in for the injured Jackson this week. Willis threw for 131 yards and a touchdown, while also running the ball four times for 30 yards against Old Dominion. Both teams have much to play for come primetime on Saturday night. Notre Dame already boasts two playoff caliber wins after taking down Michigan and Stanford. A win this Saturday will near complete the picture for the Irish.

 

Prediction: Notre Dame takes an early lead and doesn’t look back. Ryan Willis struggles against the Irish defense in primetime. All Irish 38-17

 

Indiana vs 3 Ohio State- Preston Oliver

 

Indiana will play Ohio State as Big Ten conference play continues. The Buckeyes are coming off of an emotional road victory versus Penn State and will need to stay focused this weekend against the Hoosiers. Star quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks to build off a strong start as his team heads back to Columbus. He has thrown for 1464 yards with 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Indiana’s defense has found success so far this season, but they haven’t played teams with an offense like  Ohio States. Their only matchup against a top 25 team came against Michigan State, and they were dominated 35-21. The Buckeyes have played TCU and Penn State in hostile territories and came away with the victory in both games. They will be well prepared to play Indiana.

 

Prediction: Haskins and the running game have a big day as Ohio State dominates early. 52-14 Ohio State.

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