Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Oklahoma 41 Texas 37
It is time again for the Red River Showdown. Texas since losing their season opener to Maryland has been red-hot, winning four in a row. If they want to truly make the nation believe the Longhorns are back, this is the game they must win. Oklahoma comes in unbeaten and ranked #7. They have some questions on defense, but Kyler Murray has been setting the field a blaze at quarterback. Last year Texas had their chances to pull off the upset but fell just short as Baker Mayfield led a late rally. Look for his game to be high scoring with the Sooners emerging victorious again.
Previous Week with Spread: 3-3 .500
Total With Spread: 14-16 .467
Previous Week no Spread: 3-3 .500
Total No Spread: 16-14 .533
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Florida 20 LSU 16
LSU has defied expectations and risen up to the Top 5 thanks to a stout defense that has already seen them earn wins over Miami and Auburn. This week brings another test, as they have to go into the swap for a matchup with the Florida Gators. Florida’s defense has also been mighty impressive, as they earned their way into the rankings with a 13-6 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. That defense will be on full display Saturday and create a multitude of problems for the Tigers to get a solid home win.
Miami 44 Florida State 13
Ever since their season-opening loss to LSU, the Hurricanes have been trying to rebuild their reputation as one of the top teams in the NCAA. Last week against North Carolina, the turnover chain was doing overtime, as the Hurricanes had three defensive touchdowns in a rout over the Tar Heels. Florida State comes in playing better in recent weeks, as their comeback win over Louisville got them over .500. However, the Seminoles still have a host of problems on the offensive line that the Hurricanes will love to take advantage. Look for Miami to embarrass Florida State as they will exploit all of Florida State’s problems and have another big game with the turnover chain.
Iowa 27 Minnesota 17
Floyd of Rosedale is on the line as Iowa and Minnesota both come into the game 3-1, off bad losses and bye weeks. The Hawkeyes loss to Wisconsin was somewhat understandable as the Badgers are a top tier team, but the Gophers loss to Maryland exposed many flaws on offense, as they were unable to move the ball at all against the Terrapins. Iowa’s offense is not the best, but their defense is solid and should be able to exploit much of the same weaknesses as Iowa comes into Bloomington and takes Floyd back to Iowa City.
Colorado 31 Arizona State 20
At 4-0, fans in Boulder are having dreams of major bowls dancing in their head, as the door is certainly open in a weak Pac-12 Conference. Arizona State has had their ups and downs so far under Herm Edwards, beating Michigan State, but losing to San Diego State a week later. The Sun Devils did give Washington a test, but could not make the big play when it mattered to get the upset. That is typical of any program with a first-year coach. The Buffaloes have not exactly played a tough schedule but with the home crowd on their side, this is a game they should win.
Notre Dame 23 Virginia Tech 20
This is the type of game that in the last three decades has always seemed to trip up Notre Dame. You have a big win against a historic rival, then you have a road game against a ranked team, and far too often, the Irish have suffered a letdown in these situations. Virginia Tech is a solid team that bounced back nicely after their embarrassing loss to Old Dominion. One thing going in Notre Dame's favor is their offense, which has look solid since the switch to quarterback Ian Book. Look for this one to go right down to the wire, with the Irish finding a way to get the victory, becoming a legitimate FBS Playoff contender at 6-0.