5 Games to Watch - NCAAF Week 6
Maryland (3-1) @ #10 Ohio State (4-1)
Saturday 10/7, 4 PM ET
In the last three meetings (and the only three meetings) between these two teams, Ohio State has averaged 54 points per game against the Terps. This year’s version of the mighty turtle seems different, though. They beat Texas in Texas and Minnesota in Minnesota. Ohio State lost to Oklahoma and people started to question them. This is the first real game where they can show everyone that they are back on track after stomping on Army, Rutgers, and UNLV. Don’t be surprised if this game is close for the first half but expect Ohio State to pull away in the second half.
Prediction- Ohio State 38, Maryland 21
Michigan State (3-1) @ #7 Michigan (4-0)
Saturday 10/7, 7:30 PM ET
Does anyone remember the craziness that took place the last two times these team’s met in this building? If you don’t, here’s a reminder.
This game has the makings of a good one. It’s a big in-state rivalry for control of Michigan. Michigan has only allowed 6 touchdowns this season and two of those came on pick 6’s against Florida. They are rested after a bye week and lead the nation in sacks per game, which doesn’t bode well for Sparty. Michigan State’s defense is really good too. They are the fifth-ranked pass efficiency defense and have allowed just one touchdown through the air this season.
Prediction- Michigan 24, Michigan State 21
#1 Alabama (5-0) @ Texas A&M (4-1)
Saturday 10/7, 7:15 PM ET
Alabama is a wrecking ball of talent that has obliterated its competition this year. They beat Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined 125-3! The defense has been stellar allowing just one 3rd-down conversion over that two-game span. This might be the most dominant run for the Crimson Tide during the Nick Saban era. We have seen Texas A&M have some crazy wins against Alabama in the last few years. Johnny Football anybody? A freshman QB against the Alabama defense just doesn’t sound like a recipe for success this year.
Prediction- Alabama 42, Texas A&M 17
#11 Washington State (5-0) @ Oregon (4-1)
Saturday 10/7, 8 PM ET
The Apple Cup is looking more and more exciting with each passing week. Washington State upset USC last week and is playing really, really good football on both sides of the ball. They have created 12 turnovers on defense to help a super-powered offense. QB Luke Falk has 16 TDs and only 2 INTs on the season while completing 74.5% of his passes. Oregon will be looking for the upset with its backup QB and possibly without star RB Royce Freeman, out due to injury.
Prediction- Washington State 42, Oregon 28
#23 West Virginia (3-1) @ #8 Texas Christian (4-0)
Saturday 20/7, 3:30 PM ET
Amon G. Carter Stadium
TCU is finally starting to get the respect they deserve with College GameDay coming to Fort Worth for this matchup. This game will have some fireworks. QB Will Grier and the Mountaineers have the 2nd ranked offense in the nation. They haven’t played anyone tough yet and will run into a defense that stymied Oklahoma State for most of the game. QB Kenny Hill and the TCU offense have been explosive in their own right and will have another great game this week.