Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Clemson 31 Syracuse 10
The only thing separating Clemson from a 12-0 regular season last year was a shocking October 13 loss at the Carrier Dome, against a sub .500 Syracuse team. The Orange may not be ranked yet, but at 4-0 their fans are dreaming of a return to glory as they head down to Death Valley for a rematch with Clemson. Dabo Swinney has made the bold move of handing the reins over to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but that is only because he is more adapt at getting the ball down field. Add the Tigers tenacious defense and it is easy to see, Syracuse dreams of a Cinderella season turning into a pumpkin, as Clemson cruises to an easy win.
Previous Week with Spread: 4-2 .667
Total With Spread: 11-13 .458
Previous Week no Spread: 4-2 .667
Total No Spread: 13-11 .542
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Texas Tech 41 West Virginia 38
Fresh off an impressive win over Oklahoma State on the road, Texas Tech comes home looking to establish themselves as a Big XII power against West Virginia. The Mountaineers led by Will Grier have had one of the best offenses in the NCAA, averaging 12 yards per pass. This one has all the making of an old-fashioned shootout. Look for Grier to continue to put up big numbers, but for the Red Raiders to get a big game from Alan Bowman to keep pace. In the end it will come down to who has the ball last and that will be Texas Tech with a thrilling win.
Penn State 30 Ohio State 27
This has become a nice rivalry in the Big Ten as Ohio State and Penn State have staged two classic battles that had a major impact on the College Football Playoffs the last two years. It was the Buckeyes’ loss in Happy Valley that prevented a perfect regular season, while last year Ohio State handed the Nittany Lions their first defeat in Columbus ending their national title hopes. Both teams come into this one 4-0 with Penn State hoping to white out the Buckeyes again. This should be another classic, with Trace McSorley making a case for the Heisman by leading Penn State to a big conference win.
Notre Dame 28 Stanford 17
After two lackluster wins at home against Ball State and Vanderbilt, Notre Dame Coach decide to make the switch at quarterback and benched Brandon Wimbush in favor of Ian Book before playing Wake Forrest. The move worked better than anyone could have hoped as Book woke up the echoes and had the Irish going up and down the field all day. Stanford coming off a miracle comeback against Oregon is facing its second tough road test in the world. Bryce Love has not been healthy all season and will not have much of an impact against the Note Dame defense in South Bend, as the Irish become legitimate playoff contenders with a big win under the lights.
Washington 24 BYU 10
It has been a year of resurgence for BYU, who are 3-1 after a dreadful 4-9 record in 2017. The Cougars have been especially strong on the road, scoring stunning wins over Arizona and Wisconsin. A key behind the Cougars success is their rush defense. The Huskies defense has been even better, allowing just 51 points over the first four games. This one will be one in the trenches and while BYU could stop Myles Haskin from having a big game on the ground, it will have a tough tome containing quarterback Jake Browning at the same time, as Washington’s balance will be the deciding factor.
Cal 34 Oregon 16
Up 24-7 at the half, and needing just to take care of the ball in the final moments to beat Stanford last week at home, the Ducks suffered a gut wrenching loss in overtime. Even for professionals, a loss of this magnitude are hard to overcome, especially when they have another tough game on the road the following week. Cal has been strong so far and climbed into the Top 25 by winning their first three games. Coming off a bye and playing at home should be a further boost to the Bears who uses their strong defense to continue to force Oregon into making costly turnovers to turn the game in their favor.