Thursday, October 06, 2005

CFB, Week 6: Can Mack Brown Finally Lead Texas Past OU?

Thursday, Oct. 6 –

#24 Georgia Tech 23, NCST 14 – Tech WR Calvin Johnson should win his matchups vs. the Wolfpack secondary although they only give up 155 passing yards per game.

Friday, Oct. 7 –

UConn 31, Syracuse 21 – Orange are having problems putting points on the board and may have to outscore UConn to win.

Saturday, Oct. 8-

SEC-

#13 Florida 27, Mississippi State 10 – No hang over for Gators from 31-3 loss to Alabama as this game comes at the right time.

South Carolina 24, Kentucky 21 – Steve Spurrier says this is an even matchup; if SC QB Blake Mitchell isn’t able to play, Cats could sneak out of town with a win.


Ole Miss 31, Citadel 12 – An impressive victory, even over a I-AA team, is what Ed Orgeron’s struggling offense needs.


#8 Tennessee 23, #5 Georgia 17 – Whoever controls the ground game will win this epic battle.

#11 LSU 30, Vandy 17 – Commodores were upset by Middle Tennessee last week and will see a tremendous talent differential between the Tigers and their first five opponents.

Arkansas 51, UL Monroe 10 – Razorbacks need a break from league play and should flatten the outmanned Indians with their running attack.

ACC –

#3 Virginia Tech 49, Marshall 10 – This could be a TKO in the first as Marcus Vick has 9 TDs vs. 1 int. and averages 202 total yards per game.

#4 Florida State 35, Wake Forest 13 – Seminoles allow only 73 yards rushing per game which could stymie Wake backs Micah Andrews and Chris Barclay.

#18 BC 28, Virginia 14 – Stopping the run will be BC’s objective as they are number one in the league, allowing only 53 yards on the ground while UVa rushes at a 176 yards rushing per game clip.

Maryland 45, Temple 7 – Terps found offense in last week’s win over Virginia and that success should carry over.

#9 Miami 41, Duke 10 – Good opportunity for the ‘Canes to pad their stats.

Big East –

Pitt 31, Cincinnati 7 – Even the underachieving Panthers should be able to finally ring up a big win against league’s worst offense and defense.

West Va. 28, Rutgers 21 – Mountaineers’ QBs should be able to mature against a Rutgers pass defense that gives up 397 yards per game.

#24 Louisville 33, North Carolina 21 – Cardinals allow only 2.4 yards per carry which should help them stop Barrington Edwards and UNC’s offense.

Big 12 –

#2 Texas 24, Oklahoma 7 – If the Sooners are to have a shot, they need to clean up their (-2) turnover ratio and win this with defense.

Kansas 27, Kansas State 21 – Slowing down KSU RB Thomas Clayton is a must for the Jayhawks.

Iowa State 26, Baylor 12 – Both teams are coming off close losses, but ISU has more options than the Bears.

Missouri 31, Oklahoma State 10 – Pokes have trouble scoring and stopping the run, which is good news for Mizzou QB Brad Smith.

Nebraska 27, Texas Tech 24 – The Cornhuskers remember last year’s 70-10 drubbing in Lubbock and they seem to have the defense to pressure the Red Raiders’ offensive repertoire.

Colorado 30, Texas A&M 20 – Colorado leads the Big 12 in time of possession and should be able to dominate up front with physical RB Hugh Charles.

Big 10 –

Wisconsin 37, Northwestern 20 – Badgers RB Brian Calhoun should see many holes as the Wildcats give up 204 yards rushing per game.

Indiana 21, Illinois 20 – In Bloomington, the Hoosiers should eek out win number four.

Michigan 31, Minnesota 24 – Will the Gophers’ ground attack or the Wolverines’ passing attack rule the afternoon?

Purdue 34, Iowa 27 – Brandon Kirsch should be able to lead Purdue as the Boilermakers’ defense looks for an identity after giving up 49 points at home to Notre Dame last week.

#16 Penn State 19, #6 Ohio State 14 – Nittany Lions’ QB Michael Robinson is a huge challenge for the Buckeyes D as he averages 253 total yards per outing.

PAC 10 –


#1 USC 38, Arizona 6 – The Trojans, who pulled the Houdini Act in wins over Oregon and Arizona State, will need no such theatrics this Saturday.

Washington State 34, Stanford 13 – Wazzu has too much offensive firepower as Cougars RB Jerome Harrison leads the league at 130 yards rushing per game while WR Jason Hill is second in receiving yards at 130.2 per night.

#20 UCLA 28, #10 Cal 24 – One of the week’s top matchups as Cal’s running game has an advantage over UCLA’s run-stop; however, the Bruins are at home and will be focused with the opportunity to knock off a league opponent with a higher ranking.

#17 Arizona State 45, #25 Oregon 31 – Sun Devils QB Sam Keller averages 358 passing yards per game and the Ducks have already given up 11 TDs through the air.

CUSA -

East Carolina 24, Rice 16 - Pirates have improved under Skip Holtz as last week's 33-7 loss is the only contest in which they have been dominated.

Memphis 31, Central Fla. 14 - The Tigers' win over UTEP last week put them back in title conversations.

Houston 33, Tulane 30 - Kevin Kolb and Lester Richard should be fun to watch as the winner gets an early share of first in the CUSA South.

UAB 44, SMU 14 - Blazers should be able to flex muscle with QB Darrell Hackney throwing to receivers Reggie Lindsay and Norris Drinkard.

USM 31, Tulsa 21 - The Golden Eagles' Dustin Almond could be a tough matchup for the Golden Hurricanes.

MWC -

New Mexico 27, BYU 24 - Lobos' RB DonTrell Moore will be the key against improving BYU.

Colorado State 30, Utah 24 - Rams have rebounded nicely from early losses to Colorado and Minnesota.

San Diego State 28, UNLV 17 - Aztecs QB Kevin O'Connel is 44 of 60 with 4 TD passes in the last two SDSU games, both wins.

Wyoming 35, TCU 31 - Winner of this game is in the MWC driver's seat.

Key Matchups from the WAC, MAC, and SBC -

Air Force 34, Navy 20 - Falcons will regroup and take a much needed win in an academy matchup.

Nevada 45, Idaho 14 - Wolf Pack has too many offensive weapons for rebuilding Vandals.

Utah State 31, San Jose State 20 - Spartans hit the road and must gameplan against Aggies dual QB threat Leon Jackson.

Hawaii 34, La. Tech 27 - This is a risky pick with the Warriors traveling so far into the mainland, but the Bulldogs have no running game to establish against UH whiuch should allow the Warriors lots of blitz oppotunities.

Toledo 34, Eastern Mich 21 - Both teams are undefeated in MAC play as the Rockets were wiped out at Fresno State and now must gameplan for another dual threat QB in the Eagles' Matt Bohnet.

Bowling Green 41, Ohio U. 24 - Another pair of undefeated MAC competitors as BGSU should ride Omar Jacobs' arm to an easy win as he already has 17 TD passes in four games.

Fresno State 55, New Mexico State 21 - Aggies will not always be the heavy underdog in this league, but for now FSU has too much speed and too many
weapons.

Last week - 37-8


Overall 151-50



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