College Football Week Six Game Predictions

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Week six of the College Football season is here! We have seen some incredible games, upsets, and surprises. What is in store for this weekend? Only time will tell but we can predict some of the games. Here are the predictions for some of the biggest games of the weekend.

#17 TCU @ #19 Kansas

Matt: Can Kansas keep this up? The entire country is rooting for the Jayhawks, well maybe except the TCU fans. They have been the story of the season so far and for good reason. This is a well-coached and talented football team. Kansas isn’t just a good story, and they are coming for you if you think otherwise. TCU shouldn’t overlook this team at all. The Horned Frogs are coming off a beatdown of Oklahoma and will have their hands full against the Jayhawks. Kansas has found ways to win games and I think that trend continues here. I like the Jayhawks to continue their success and get another win onto their resume.

Kansas 28 TCU 21

Marissa: The unbeaten TCU Horned Frogs are heading to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks. This is the premier Big 12 matchup of the weekend. Both of these offenses have been on fire, for the Jayhawks it has been led by Jalon Daniels. Through five games so far, Daniels has a 68.2% completion percentage and has thrown for 983 yards and 11 touchdowns while also posing as a threat on the ground with 335 rushing yards. TCU’s offense has also been led efficiently this season by Max Duggan who has 997 yards and 11 touchdowns as well. Both of these offenses rank in the top 20 of points per game, so it should be expected that this one will be an offensive display. TCU and Kansas both have momentum coming into this matchup, but Kansas has found ways to win and at home in a sold-out stadium that should push Kansas to squeak out a win.

Kansas 34 TCU 31

 

#8 Tennessee @ #25 LSU

Matt: An early morning kickoff for this matchup allows for this to be an exciting game right out of the gate. LSU is back in the top 25 after suffering an opening week loss to Florida State. They have since righted the ship somewhat and find themselves on the verge of really doing some damage if they can upset the Volunteers. For Tennessee, they have bigger goals than just taking down LSU but playing in Death Valley is no joke. The LSU fans will be ready to go and rowdy from the start. The key for Tennessee is maintaining composure on offense and forcing LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels to stay in the pocket. LSU is close to really breaking through under new coach Brian Kelly but in this matchup, I like the Volunteers to continue their strong start to the season. Give me Tennessee by a field goal.

Tennessee 35 LSU 32

Marissa: After losing their first game to Florida State, LSU is on the rise, winning four straight games. Much like it was when Tennessee faced Florida, this matchup series has favored LSU in recent years as LSU has won the previous five. But that was a different Tennessee team, this year’s Tennessee team has the potential to keep changing the narrative that once surrounded the team. Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker currently has the offense as one of the best in the nation, scoring 48.5 points per game, which is tied for second. The offense is also putting up 559.3 yards per game, which is first in the nation. LSU has dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, who currently leads the Tigers in rushing yards with 315, but the weakness of the Volunteers is their pass defense. Against two SEC teams, Daniels has only thrown for a combined 290 yards. LSU is trending up to make this game competitive, but Tennessee has too much offensive firepower for the Tigers to slow down.

Tennessee 35 LSU 21

 

Texas vs Oklahoma

Matt: Despite both teams being unranked and having underwhelming seasons thus far, the Red River Rivalry is always a good time. It’s a passionate rivalry and one of the best in college football. Bragging rights are on the line here and both teams know it. Texas is trying to avenge the heartbreaking loss from last season with Oklahoma looking to try to right the ship after being blown out last week by TCU. It will be tough for the Sooners as their starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel may miss this matchup. It could be a long day for Oklahoma as this isn’t the same team that many are used to seeing. I have Texas coming out on top in this matchup and giving their rivals a taste of their own medicine.

Texas 35 Oklahoma 25

Marissa: For the first time ever, the Red River Shootout will feature neither team ranked. That still doesn’t take away from the fact that it will be a highly competitive matchup. Texas could get Quinn Ewers back for this game, which would be huge for the Longhorns going against Oklahoma. Last week against TCU, Oklahoma’s defense gave up 668 yards and 10.5 yards per attempt on the ground to Kendre Miller. Ewers will find success through the air, and Bijan Robinson will make light work of the Sooners defense if they can’t turn things around quickly. While Texas may be getting their quarterback back, the Sooners will be without Dillon Gabriel as he is in concussion protocol. The quarterback play takes a hit, and it will have to be Eric Gray on the ground that takes over to help out the backup quarterback. For the start of the game, Oklahoma will keep this close, but expect Texas to find their rhythm in the second half and pull away with the win. 

Texas 41 Oklahoma 21

 

#11 Utah @ #18 UCLA

Matt: The Bruins are a team that not many are talking about. They are primed to be problems in the PAC-12 and if they can win this game, can be dangerous. UCLA has a real test with the Utes coming to town. After a disappointing start to the year, Utah has turned things around and looks like the team that many thought they would be. They are deep throughout the roster and should give this UCLA team some issues, especially defensively. If they can keep the Bruins defense on the field often, it may be a long night for the home team. I think this game will be close but give me the Bruins to  pick up a massive victory at home.

UCLA 31 Utah 28

Marissa: If you are looking for a matchup that could end up being one of the highest scoring ones this weekend, it’s Utah versus UCLA. Yes, you read that correctly. Utah’s defense hasn’t been tested since week one against Florida, but UCLA can be the team to challenge them. The Utes have a young defensive secondary and Dorian Thompson-Robinson has a similar skill set to that of Anthony Richardson, who tested the Utes. Thompson-Robinson has put up 1,211 yards through the air while also having 223 on the ground. Watch for UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet to also break off long runs. For the Utes, they also have a top quarterback in Cameron Rising to test a Bruins defense that has struggled to get off the field and has allowed eight passing touchdowns. These are two offenses that are full of playmakers, but expect the Utes to not make a crucial mistake at the end like they did against Florida and secure the win. 

Utah 38 UCLA 35

 

Washington State @ #6 USC

Matt: So far this season, USC has lived up to expectations. With all the moves they made in the transfer portal, it was expected. But they still have work to do and Washington State is just another domino for them to knock down. The Cougars have been good this season and have surprised some people so far. If they can go into the Coliseum and beat the Trojans, people will take them seriously. However, the USC offense has been lethal against defenses so far, especially in the second half of games. USC defense has been better in recent weeks but still isn’t exactly up to par. If this game was in Pullman, I may lean towards a potential upset but with it being in Southern California, I have to go with the Trojans to hold serve.

USC 41 Washington State 30

Marissa: The battle of the transfer quarterbacks in the midst of turning their respective teams around. For USC, everyone expected Caleb Williams to come in and perform at a high level, and he has done just that. For Washington State and Cameron Ward, on the other hand, that was not as expected. Ward has been great, and is coming off a game against California where he completed 27 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Both defenses have been susceptible to allowing big plays through the air and struggling to adjust to stop them as the game goes on. If Ward can match the pace of Williams and this USC offense, things could get interesting, but USC should be expected to pull off the win.

USC 44 Washington State 38

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