Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Minnesota 24 Northwestern 20
It has been a special year in Evanston, as Northwestern has already assured themselves of playing in the Big Ten Championship Game. Outside of the Big Ten, the Wildcats have not played well, losing all three games. Northwestern has a 6-1 conference record; they have beaten Wisconsin and Iowa, and played Michigan tough. The remaining teams in the West Division have all had mediocre seasons, opening the door for the unexpected run by the Wildcats. Minnesota has played well outside the Big Ten, but struggled in the conference. The Gophers who are at home need the win to become bowl eligible and this extra motivation will be key, as they get the win.
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Notre Dame 30 Syracuse 27
At 10-0, this game could be the biggest hurdle left for Notre Dame to get into the College Football Playoff. The game originally scheduled to be a home game for the Irish was moved to Yankee Stadium as part of the Shamrock Series, and they will be wearing uniforms that make them look more like the Yankees than Notre Dame. It also had been a great year for Syracuse, who at #12 are at their highest ranking in 20 years. The Orange offense led by Eric Dungey has been especially strong as of late. Notre Dame should have Ian Book get the start and has the better defense, which in the end will be what decides this one.
Tennessee 17 Missouri 13
Tennessee got their biggest win in recent years when they knocked off Kentucky last Saturday. That win put them in position to get bowl eligibility with one more win in their last two games. The secret the Volunteers sudden renaissance is a strong defense that allowed just seven points last week. Missouri is who they are almost every season since joining the SEC, as they sit at 6-4. The Tigers best win of the season was against Florida in the Swamp two weeks ago. This one will be tight throughout, but I like the Vols recent momentum to continue as they get their sixth win of the year.
UCF 41 Cincinnati 30
Central Florida has got to feel somewhat like College Football’s Rodney Dangerfield. The only team to finish last season undefeated and no consideration in the CFB picture, and unbeaten again and cannot crack the Top 10. Last year’s slight did not stop them from gathering enough cereal boxes to make their own championship rings, though as long as they are not in a power five conference it will remain the same. However, the American should be given more of a look especially with a strong team like Cincinnati at 9-1. This will be a test and it will be another one the Knights will pass to get to 11-0.
Texas 38 Iowa State 34
With five straight wins, including games against Oklahoma State and West Virginia, it has been a special season in Ames as Iowa State is among the top teams in the Big XII conference. With a win over Texas, the Cyclones can sneak into the conference championship picture. Texas also can play a role thanks to their win over Oklahoma. The Longhorns appear to have gotten back on track with a strong with over Texas Tech. This one has all the makings of a close battle, which will favor Texas playing under the lights; it is a tough road call for even those in the elite status.
Oregon 27 Arizona State 24
There have been plenty of ups and downs for Arizona State in Herm Edwards first year in Tempe. They have managed to get to six wins and are bowl eligible and could have a bright future. Oregon is also 6-4 but has to feel disappointed, as they have had several major letdowns this season. The Ducks have the best player on the future in Justin Herbert. Both teams have played in close games seemingly every week. This one could go either way but I see Oregon winning it by a field goal with the home field edge in Eugene.