Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Auburn 27 Mississippi State 17
After exciting their fans with a 37-7 home win over LSU, Mississippi State hit the road and suffered a serious letdown against Georgia, losing 31-3. So, are Bulldogs the team that chomped all over LSU or the one that rolled over against UGA? They are likely a little bit of both. However, the key could be home and road. Their win against LSU was in Starkville, their ugly loss in Athens. Now heading into Auburn, Mississippi must respond with a better showing, a win would bring back the excitement, a close loss is what they can hope for, while a blowout will be a disaster. So, where will it end up likely somewhere in between as Auburn wins by ten.
Previous Week with Spread: 2-4 .333
Total No Spread: 10-14 .417
Previous Week no Spread: 4-2 .667
Total With Spread: 16-8 .667
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Ohio State 58 Rutgers 10
Greg Schiano returns to Piscataway for the first time since leaving Rutgers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2011 season. In a decade at Rutgers, Schiano brought the Scarlet Knights unprecedented success as they become a yearly bowl contender. Since his departure Rutgers has struggled and have been in over their head in the Big Ten. Greg Schiano now Defensive Coordinator at Ohio State, replacing Chris Ash who is now head coach at Rutgers. Last year the Buckeyes humiliated the Knights 58-0 in Columbus. Ohio State hits 58 again but this time Rutgers scores ten little points.
Oklahoma State 40 Texas Tech 27
Oklahoma State had National Championship hopes until a major home letdown last week against TCU. The Cowboys can't afford another letdown facing a solid Texas Tech team on the road. The Horned Frogs went into Stillwater looking to make a statement that they should be considered one of the best teams in the Big XII Conference. If Oklahoma State wants to prove they are the same they have to make the same type of statement against the Red Raiders, who though a solid team are not on the same level as the conference powerhouses.
Clemson 17 Virginia Tech 13
Defending National Champion Clemson faces another early test as they go on the road against a solid Virginia Tech team. So far, the Tigers have passed their tests with flying colors shutting down Auburn at home and crushing Louisville on the road. In their last game however, Clemson struggled against Boston College as they were tied 7-7 at the end of three quarters. True they may have been caught looking ahead and will come out stronger against the Hokies, but their offensive struggles have to be at least a little bit concerning. Clemson should win the game with their superior defense, but it will be a struggle and tight throughout.
Alabama 37 Ole Miss 6
Why is the NCAA like a Tsunami? Because there at high Tide there is a giant wave about to roll over everyone. Alabama may have lost the National Championship on the final second last season, but the Crimson Tide are once again showing they are the top team in the country. Last week, Alabama went to Nashville and had one of the most dominant games against Vanderbilt, winning 59-0 while allowing just 78 yards total offense. Back home, I expect to see another big win for the Tide as they roll again to a big win over Mississippi.
Oregon 37 California 20
Both teams are coming off their first loss of the season. California but forth a spirited effort but lost at home to a top ranked USC team. Oregon meanwhile got off to a slow start on the road and were upset by Arizona State. The Ducks are expected to be the better overall team and have the homefield edge. Quarterback Justin Herbert appears to be finding his groove for Oregon as he nearly led them all the way back against the Sun Devils. The Ducks have dominated the Bears in recent years, despite an improved Cal team this season showing they could keep it close at home against the Trojans it's hard to see them not getting crushed by Oregon who will be looking to make a statement after their letdown in Tempe.