Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Wisconsin 31 BYU 3
It has been one step forward and two steps back for BYU, who coming off a terrible 4-9 season started the year with an impressive road win over Arizona but lost their home opener to California. Now they face a monstrous task against Wisconsin on the road. The Badgers have been as good as advertised so far, easily dispatching Western Kentucky and New Mexico. The Cougars have an improved defense but will have matchup problems against the size of Wisconsin’s line. The Badgers speed and strength on defense will also make things hard on the other side of the ball. The good news for BYU is that they will not be beaten as badly by the Badgers as they were last year when they lost 40-6.
Previous Week with Spread: 1-5 .333
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Auburn 31 LSU 10
LSU coach Ed Orgeron began the season on the hottest seat possible, as fans and alumni were unhappy that the Bayou Bengals have not been able to keep up with power elite in the SEC. However, through two games the Tigers have looked just fine, dominating Miami and Southeastern Louisiana. While Miami was a decent test, but they have yet to meet any of the power teams in their conference until now. Auburn already has aced a big test by beating Washington in the season opener. Now War Eagle fans are dreaming of a National Championship. One of the things that hurt Auburn in their quest was a loss in Baton Rouge, getting LSU at home this season, will see Auburn turn the tables and expose the flaws of the Orgeron’s team that put him in the hot seat, to begin with.
Oklahoma State 38 Boise State 34
A battle of ranked teams sees Boise State leave the comfort of the blue turf to come down to Stillwater for a shootout with the Cowboys. Both teams have easily won their first two games and racked up the points, with the Broncos scoring a combined 118 points against Troy and UConn. While Oklahoma State has scored a combined 113 points against Missouri State and South Alabama. Expect another big game from Brett Rypien to show that Boise State is primed for a New Year’s Six Bowl, out of the Mountain West. However, the depth of Okie State will come through, as Justice Hill will lead the way for the Pokes.
TCU 27 Ohio State 20
Thus far Ohio State has not missed Urban Meyer one bit, as the Buckeyes have easily won their first two games, bullying their way past Oregon State and Rutgers in Columbus. As they prepare their final game without their head coach, the Buckeyes are heading into a major trap against TCU. The Horned Frogs are giant slayers, who have been known to derail teams with hopes of playing in the college football playoff, while nearly having the talent to make a run themselves. The game is technically a neutral site at AT&T Stadium, but TCU should have the support of the Lone Star State well behind them. Look for the crowd noise to unsettle Ohio State, who on the road for the first time and facing a tight game as trouble with the Horned Frog defense as TCU pulls off an upset.
Texas 24 USC 20
The 2005 National Championship at the Rose Bowl will be a game that nobody will ever forget, as USC and Texas battled back and forth, with Vince Young scoring in the final seconds to lead the Longhorns to a National Championship. Both programs have gone through hard times since. USC has had its moments in recent years, while Texas is trying to rise from the ashes. Neither team has been especially impressive in their first two games, going 1-1. Texas has the edge with the game in Austin, while USC likely has the better overall players as Tom Herman has yet to land that big recruiting class. However, the Trojans are in that in between year after the departure of Sam Darnold to the NFL, with true freshman JT Daniels starting at quarterback. This commitment to Daniels will lead to plenty of growing pains including a road loss to Texas.
Washington 40 Utah 17
Despite an easy home win over North Dakota, Washington still has to be kicking themselves over that season-opening loss in Atlanta against Auburn, as they had the chance to seize control but didn’t and left with a loss. Starting, their Pac-12 schedule in Salt Lake, the Huskies need to run the table in their conference to have a serious shot at the FBS Playoff. Utah is a decent team, but not in the same class as Washington, as they nearly were upset last week by Northern Illinois. The Utes are often too careless with the ball and will eventually make a critical mistake that Washington will use to take advantage of the game. Look for a big game by Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin as the Huskies win easily.