Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Oklahoma State 45 TCU 24
While all the rave in Norman is for Baker Mayfield, down in Stillwater they are hyped up over Mason Rudolph who went into Pittsburgh last week and destroyed the Panthers. The Cowboys play their first Big XII Conference game of the season against TCU who themselves have a strong team with Kenny Hill leading the way. The Horned Frogs can make some noise in the conference and could put up some points. Though it's hard to be impressed with the TCU defense after they were torched last week against SMU. Look for Mason Rudolph to rock Stillwater and ride Oklahoma State to victory.
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North Carolina 30 Duke 24
It might not have the same feel of their rivalry on the hardwood, but make no mistake there is no love lost on the gridiron when North Carolina takes on Duke. Last year the Blue Devils won just one game in the ACC last season, that win was for the Victory Bell, ruining the Tar Heels chances at playing in the Conference Championship Game. Duke comes into this game 3-0, while the Tar Heels have lost their first two home games are looking to turn things around. The Blue Devils defense could steal this game on this road, but Carolina has too much pride as Chazz Surratt makes the big plays at quarterback.
Georgia 23 Mississippi State 20
Can Mississippi State real thrust itself into the elite of the SEC? Last week the Bulldogs put a beat down on LSU at home. If Nick Fitzgerald is able to deliver a repeat performance on the road against Georgia, he will suddenly find himself in the Heisman Trophy race. However, the Georgia defense is their strength, and Sanford Stadium in Athens is one of the hardest places for a road team to win. In their first three games, the Dawgs defense has 22 tackles for a loss. Georgia should get enough pressure on Fitzgerald to keep Mississippi State offense in check, as Jake Fromm does just enough for the win.
Penn State 27 Iowa 17
Penn State has developed into the Big Ten's big bully under coach James Franklin. Last week against Georgia State they iced the kicker late, to preserve a 56-0 shutout win at home. Earlier they beat Akron 52-0, as they try to make their case for the FBS playoffs. This game will be their first true test as they play their first conference game on the road. Iowa could be one of the better teams in the Big Ten West Division. The Hawkeyes are good at slowing the game down and could keep the game close for a while, but in the end the Nittany Lions will get the win with Trace McSorley leading the way.
Notre Dame 31 Michigan State 20
Ground and pound are in style in South Bend, as the Irish have an offensive line that can push around the average college defender, with a run game that can burn up the field. With Quarterback Brandon Wimbush and Running Back Josh Adams leading the way Notre Dame's new look offense has shown the ability to be explosive with big wins over Temple and Boston College. Traditionally a trip to East Lansing was tough for Notre Dame, but for the second straight season it appears to be a rebuilding year for the Spartans. Look for the Irish to run over for 400 yards again and earn a solid road win to improve to 3-1.
Washington 20 Colorado 16
When last these two met, the Pac-12 Championship was on the line in Santa Clara last December. It was a revival for both programs, as Colorado after a decade long won the South Division, while Washington earned a trip to the BCS Playoffs with a win. The Buffaloes were able to keep the game close for a while, but Jake Browning helped the Huskies pull away down the stretch, in a pattern that has continued for U-Dub this season. With this game in Boulder, expect the same pattern, only this time Washington will need a late score just to survive a possible upset.