Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Notre Dame 23 Wake Forest 13
Thus far, Notre Dame has played down to their level of completion, sleeping walking through wins over Ball State and Vanderbilt after opening the season with a win over Michigan. This will be the first road game for the Irish and could be dangerous as they have a real test at home next week against Stanford. If they focus too much on the Cardinal they will be victims of the upset bug as their offense, especial Brandon Wimbush has been far from championship level. The Notre Dame defense, on the other hand, has been stout. Wake Forest has had trouble hanging on to the ball all season; look for Notre Dame’s defense to make several big plays on the way to 4-0.
Previous Week with Spread: 4-2 .667
Total With Spread: 7-11 .389
Previous Week no Spread: 3-3 .500
Total No Spread: 9-9 .500
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Alabama 41 Texas A&M 10
Victory is how you define it. For Alabama who has won their first three games by a combined score of 170-28, only a win equals victory as they have their eyes set on a second straight National Championship. However, for Texas A&M going into Tuscaloosa, a moral victory could be had even with a loss. The Aggies already have a moral victory this year, playing #2 Clemson to the bitter end, with a 28 26 loss having shown more to the nation than their two wins against Northwestern State and ULM. There is no question that the Crimson Tide will win this game, they are an unstoppable force, but can Texas A&M keep it close to save face and boost their rating for the remainder of the season.
TCU 38 Texas 27
Since opening the season with a loss against Maryland, the Longhorns have played increasingly better, first beating Tulsa by seven before trouncing USC last week in Austin. TCU meanwhile, comes off a frustrating loss against Ohio State, in which they had a great chance to pull off the upset. Texas may have looked good against the Trojans, but this appears to be a down year for USC, so the win is not as impressive as it may seem. The Horned Frogs have better offensive weapons led by Shawn Robinson who threw for over 300 yards against the Buckeyes and will rip apart the Texas secondary, which has thus far been their weakness even allowing 322 passing yards in their win over USC.
Oklahoma State 47 Texas Tech 34
Last week Oklahoma State dissected a solid Boise State team, scoring 44 points to show that their offense is indeed one of the best in the country. Texas Tech meanwhile won a shootout against Houston, with quarterback Alan Bowman passing for 605 yards with five touchdowns. It is hard to see Bowman repeating that performance in Stillwater, which is the only chance the Red Raiders have of winning the game. The Cowboys have a more balanced attack and can hit you in the air and on the ground, as Justice Hill is coming off a big game last week. Look for this to be another track meet, with Okie State have that extra gunner to get high scoring win.
Stanford 27 Oregon 13
Oregon faces its first test under new coach Mario Cristobal, as they host #7 Stanford in a game that could go a long way in deciding who goes to the Pac-12 Championship Game out of the North Division. The Cardinal the veteran team, but have already had some injury issues with Bryce Love sitting out last week’s win against UC-Davis. Love should be ready to go as Stanford faces two straight hard battles on the road with Oregon and Notre Dame. Sitting Love has helped the Cardinal work on their passing game as K.J. Costello has put up big numbers throwing to JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Look for Stanford’s air and ground attack to be too much for the young Ducks to handle.
Wisconsin 17 Iowa 13
This was going to be the year that Wisconsin made a push to make the CFB Playoffs. However, a loss at home to BYU has most pulling the plug on the Badgers championship dreams. While that loss hurt, Wisconsin can get back on track if they run the table in the Big Ten. This week they begin conference play on the road against Iowa, perhaps their closest rival in the Western Division. Iowa comes in 3-0 looking to prove its mettle. The Hawkeyes have the type of defense that like BYU can give Wisconsin problems. This game has defensive battle written all over it, with Wisconsin coming into Kinnick Stadium and winning a tough physical battle in the trenches.