IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE that we could have another weekend of amazing games like last weekend, but there are several compelling battles looming on Saturday! The SEC features three games involving two Top 25 teams facing off. The Pac-12 has two must see games on its schedule, and the Big 12 features a battle between the Horned Frogs and the Bears that may decide the conference champion.
No.2 AUBURN (5-0) AT No. 3 MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-0) ESPN’s College GameDay makes it’s second-ever trip to Mississippi and it’s first trip ever to Starkville. (Last weekend, GameDay appeared in Mississippi for the first time, 96 miles away, in Oxford for the Alabama vs. Ole Miss game). The Bulldogs have never been ranked this highly in the polls and are trying to earn a win over a Top 10 opponent for the third consecutive week. For Auburn, this game is the first of four road games against teams ranked in the Top 15. I believe both teams will move the ball, as the battle between Nick Marshall and Dak Prescott takes center stage. The visiting team in this series has lost three straight, but that all comes to an end Saturday as the Tigers will somehow find a way to get the victory. WAR EAGLE FLIES HOME WITH 41-37 WIN.
No.13 GEORGIA (4-1) AT No.23 MISSOURI (4-1) The winner of this game will be in charge of the SEC East Division. The Bulldogs are one of the better rushing teams in the FBS averaging 288 yards per game, but Todd Gurley has been suspended. For the Tigers, Maty Mauk has thrown 14 TDs and only four interceptions. The road team has won both games in this series since the Tigers joined the SEC, and after Saturday, it’ll be three in-a-row. BULLDOGS GROUND AND POUND TIGERS 28-20.
No.3 MISSISSIPPI (5-0) AT No.14 TEXAS A&M (5-1) The story of this game is the A&M offense versus the Ole Miss defense. The Aggies offense is ranked third in the FBS averaging 48 points per game! They’ll face a Rebel defense that ranks second in the nation allowing only 10 points per contest. The Aggies are led by Quarterback Kenny Hill who has tossed 21 touchdown passes in just six games. For Ole Miss, Quarterback Bo Wallace was outstanding last week, leading his team over Alabama. Can he do it again for a second straight week? For the Rebels who are coming off their biggest win in decades, emotion will be the key to victory this week. Meanwhile, head coach Kevin Sumlin should have his troops fired up after an embarrassing performance in last week’s loss at Mississippi State. WITH A REBEL YELL, AGGIES SCORE MORE, MORE, MORE, A&M 36-24.
No.12 OREGON (4-1) AT No.18 UCLA (4-1) Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last week. , and both have struggled mightily to protect the quarterback. UCLA’s Brett Hundley was sacked 10 times last week in the loss to Utah, and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has been sacked 12 times in his past two outings. The Bruins have lost five straight games in this series! Some things never go out of style, I see NO reason to buck that trend. DUCKS 30, BRUINS 27.
No.9 TCU (4-0) AT No.5 BAYLOR (5-0) Believe it or not, this is the first time in 109 years that these two schools face each other with both ranked in the AP Poll. The Horned Frogs enter this contest off a huge home win over Oklahoma. Quarterback Trevone Boykin has been phenomenal all season, and had a career high 395 total-yards-of-offense against the Sooners. Bryce Petty had perhaps is poorest outing of his career last week, as the Texas defense wreaked havoc with his reads. The Bears then turned to a punishing ground game led by Shock Linwood to dispose of the Longhorns. This game could be for the BIG 12 Championship. I love this TCU team and called for an outright win last week over Oklahoma. But I think Baylor has the better offense and I look for Petty to get back on-track in this game. BEARS MOVE TO 6-0 WITH 38-28 VICTORY.
WASHINGTON (4-1) AT CALIFORNIA (4-1) The Huskies enter this game off a home loss to Stanford and had a bye week to prepare for the “Air Raid” they are about to see. The Golden Bears have surpassed everyone’s expectations to this point. The offense is ranked second in the nation, scoring an amazing 50 points per game. Quarterback Jared Goff has tossed 22 touchdown passes versus three interceptions! Washington has a good front seven that should put plenty of pressure on Goff. Two more wins and the Bears will become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, but Washington Head Coach Chris Peterson has always been good coming back from a loss! The Husky offense will put-up their fair share of points this one, and the Huskies have won five-straight in this series. AFTER SATURDAY, IT’LL BE SIX, HUSKIES 49-42.
QUICK PICK-SIX SPECIALS, SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS
- ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS – WOO PIG SOOIE, TIDE ROLLS BY, BAMA 27-24
- USC AT ARIZONA – TROJANS STORM DESERT, LEAVE WITH WIN, SOUTHERN CAL 41-31
- DUKE AT GEORGIA TECH – BLUE DEVILS STUNG BY YELLOW JACKETS, TECH 33-20
- COLORADO STATE AT NEVADA – WOLFPACK, RAMS IN MOUNTAIN WEST BATTLE, NEVADA 41-38
- TEXAS VS. OKLAHOMA – RED RIVER SHOWDOWN GOOD FOR CRIMSON, SOONERS 30-17
- MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT MARSHALL – THUNDERING HERD CRACK TOP-25 AFTER SATURDAY, MARSHALL 52-43
Season records (Picking the winner)
- WHAT I’M WATCHING 19-6
- PICK SIX PACK 9-5
- UPSET EXPRESS 5-1