Week 6 is a prime example of the reason why the College Football regular season is the best of all the team sports. Week 6 featured a variety of explosive outcomes headlined by Alabama taking their first loss but also Oklahoma/Texas & Ole Miss/Arkansas along with a few others made for a crazy weekend. Week 7 contains interesting matchups in SEC, Big-12, and several games flying under the radar that could go either way. Much has been said about the vibe of this year with a feeling of a more wide-open field let’s hope it continues and we have no unbeaten teams. Of course that would only add to the mess of narrowing them down to 4 Semi-Finalists.
#1 Georgia vs. #11 Kentucky: Georgia has earned their number #1 ranking with a dynamite defense and punishing running game to boot. Their experience and depth a quarterback puts them in a good place as well, no great QB more of a step up from serviceable. Kentucky comes into this marquee matchup with a dominant victory over LSU and even more impressive of a victory over at the time a Top-10 Florida club. This podcaster doesn’t care that Las Vegas has the Wildcats as a heavy favorite. Expect a heavy dose of Wildcats RB Chris Rodriguez Jr. which they pair with a smash-mouth defense not all the different than Georgia. Of course, the Bulldogs have the better talent almost top to bottom but that didn’t stop Kentucky from beating the Gators, a team that nearly upset Bama. I’m not calling for a for-sure upset but even with Kentucky missing two important D-line players they should give the Bulldogs a run for the money.
The Pick: Georgia 27 Kentucky 16
#12 Oklahoma State vs. #25 Texas: The Longhorns have to be kicking themselves after being up 21-points only to lose to their bitter-rival Oklahoma. It’s difficult to know what this Texas team’s mind state is and it feels like it will go one of two ways. Either they learn from blowing a lead and come in motivated or that horrible loss lingers resulting in a flat performance. The unbeaten Cowboys have gotten better week by week, showing a knack for winning the close games. Offensively it’s not even close Texas has a major advantage but Oklahoma State’s defense has played very well this year and will need to be a bend but don’t break especially in the red zone. Texas is a well-balanced offense averaging 245 on the ground and 235 thru the air. However, the Longhorns give up basically 200 rushing yards per game compared to just 91 from OKST.
The Pick: Texas 33 Oklahoma State 30
Under The Radar
#19 BYU vs. Baylor: After starting 5-0 BYU loss to a down Boise State squad, a team the Cougars stomped last year 51-17. Baylor was also unbeaten until they fell to OKST. And even with 3 turnovers, the Cowboys ran the ball down the Bears throat. BYU seems to be playing at the level of their opposition, able to beat a still ranked ASU team but then struggling against Utah State and South Florida. QB injuries must be mentioned but BYU signal-caller Jaren Hall is back fully and should be ready to play up to his potential. Speaking of quarterbacks Baylor has Gerry Bohanon who’s thrown for 11 TD’s and no picks. This game may come down to which team runs the ball and who can stop the run. Baylor averaging 229-yards per game in the running game so in order to keep a high-scoring offense off the field BYU will need to try and contain Baylor. Turnovers and red-zone defense will be a difference-maker for BYU to win on the road.
The Pick: Baylor 27 BYU 23
#18 Arizona State at Utah: This PAC-12 matchup is flying under the radar because we don’t really know how good Utah is. Losing at BYU and San Diego State in triple-overtime is not really all that bad. The Sun Devils also dropped a game to BYU but managed to bounce back with quality wins over UCLA and Stanford. As far as the PAC-12 South side of the conference goes ASU is 3-0 and Utah is 2-0 so whoever gets the job done here has a clearer path to the league title game. Las Vegas literally has this one listed as an even meaning it’s a 50-50 tilt baby.
The Pick: Arizona State 28 Utah 27
Saturday Upset Special
Virginia Tech will upset Pittsburgh as a 5-point dog at home.
UCLA will score a minor upset over Washington as a 1-5 point road dog.
#17 Arkansas vs. Auburn: The Hogs have dropped back-to-back games but KJ Jefferson and Co. shouldn’t hold their heads down after losing 52-21 to Ole Miss. If Auburn wants to have a 9-win season the schedule doesn’t get easier giving them a chance to sneak up and bite Arkansas in an upset.
Minnesota vs. Nebraska: The Cornhuskers may not have a winning record but 3 of those losses came against still unbeaten teams in Oklahoma, Michigan, & Sparty. The Gophers have been helter-skelter from week to week but could gain an advantage in the West division of the Big Ten coming off a buy-week with a victory.
Against The Spread
Boston College can upset N.C. State outright so it might be worth it to take out a flyer on the Eagles as a 3-point home underdog.
(Honorable Mention: BYU will go all the way down to the wire as a 6-point road dog against Baylor & Georgia will defeat the Wildcats but not by 21.5-points)
Take it to the window
Oregon will cover as a 13.5-point favorite at home versus Cal.
Quick Hits Recap
-Texas A&M put a sudden halt to Alabama’s 100-game winning streak versus unranked foes with a last-second FG to beat Bama 41-38.
-Oklahoma trailed Texas by 21-points and stormed back to win 54-48. Prior to that FBS teams up by 21-points were 208-2.
-Iowa found itself trailing by 11-points after the 1st quarter in a home game for the first time since 2012 versus Penn State. The Hawkeyes would come back to beat the Nittany Lions 23-20 on Saturday.
-The Oklahoma/Texas shootout was the highest combined points in the series and it didn’t need overtime.
-Michigan State’s trio put on a show featuring: RB Kenneth Walker III rushing for 233-yards, QB Payton Thorne throwing for 339, and to close it out with WR Jalen Nailor racking up 221 receiving yards to go along with 3TD’s in a 31-13 victory over Rutgers.
-Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud became the first Buckeye player in school history to throw for 5 TD’s, 400+yards with no interceptions in a blowout victory over Rutgers.
-UTSA QB Frank Harris put up 349 passing yards, threw for 6 TD’s, and caught at TD in a 52-46 win over Western Kentucy.
-The last time BYU lost 3 fumbles in game came in a loss to Boise State back in 2018 that same Broncos program upset the Cougars last week.
Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio and TheGruelingTruth.Com
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