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College Football Week 6 Predictions
Well, last week was a banner one for Mr. Bronicel (that’s me). I went four for four with my Week 5 predictions.
So now let’s see if I can keep rollin’ with four more winners in Week 6.
Here we go, with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. But don’t forget about all the other great gambling options available in your state including BetMGM, FanDuel and more.
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My picks are in CAPS with the plus or minus points beside the team I’m taking and the betting price.
Utah at UCLA (+4.5, -115)
This spread scares the bejesus out of me, especially after what the Bruins did to Washington last weekend.
Utah’s next two games against the California powerhouses – at UCLA and then home against USC, who remain the last two unbeaten teams in the Pac-12 – will obviously make or break the Utes’ season.
Utah must contain UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson who was sensational (three passing touchdowns and one rushing) against the Huskies. He looked like a future NFL star and was named the conference’s Player of the Week for his performance. The Utes must keep him under control or it’s gonna be a long and unpleasant afternoon in Pasadena.
Sure, Utah has impressively moved on after its heartbreaking season-opening loss to Florida, but this will be another mighty tough test on the road. UCLA averages 41.4 points per game, but the Utes are the top-ranked defense in the Pac-12 (14.4 ppg.).
I think the Utes just get by with a winning margin of between one and four points. That’s right. I believe that hook (half point) could loom large in the fourth quarter and be the difference.
Texas A&M at ALABAMA (-24, -110)
Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher both say everything is fine following their spat this past summer.
Saban claimed that Texas A&M “bought every player” from its top-ranked recruiting class this year, saying that name, image and likeness (NIL) deals had been made.
Fisher, who spent four years as a Saban assistant during their time together at LSU, had a fiery response, calling Saban’s comments “despicable.”
I’m not buying that Saban has let this go and I believe he’ll do whatever he can to show just how big of a gap there is between his Crimson Tide and Fisher’s Aggies. Read: If there’s a chance to run up the score, better believe that’s happening.
Still, that’s a ton of points, although ‘Bama covered against a good Arkansas team last week in a shootout.
The biggest question is the health of Tide QB Bryce Young, who’s nursing his throwing shoulder that he injured in the win over the Razorbacks. Saban lists the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as day to day, but most expect him to play. Even if he’s not 100 percent, Alabama backup Jalen Milroe proved explosive last weekend filling in for Young, throwing for 65 yards and a touchdown while adding 91 yards and another score rushing.
Bottom line is, the Crimson Tide are just far more talented than A&M – at least this year, so expect them to put the hurt on the Aggies, just as Mississippi State did last Saturday.
TCU at KANSAS (+7, -110)
These are exciting times to be a Jayhawks football fan … and when in the hell did you ever think you’d read, hear or say that?
Kansas finished 2-10 last year but under the guidance of second-year coach Lance Leipold and emerging star quarterback Jalon Daniels, the Jayhawks are 5-0 (a first since 2009) after last week’s thrilling win over Iowa State.
Now, here comes ESPN’s “College GameDay” for the first time in school history. Kansas hosts a tough and unbeaten (4-0) TCU which will be a stern test.
There’s a reason the Horned Frogs are favored by a touchdown over the Jayhawks and it starts with their own gifted quarterback, Max Duggan, who has 11 TD passes with zero interceptions and has the third-hight quarterback rating in the country.
No. 1? Daniels.
The crowd at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence figures to be lit up — literally and figuratively. Expect a rough and rowdy afternoon, with Kansas coming away with a close victory.
TENNESSEE (-3, -110) at LSU
I’d be more inclined to take the Tigers at home if this was a night game when that voodoo fog can materialize and cast a spell on an opposing team. Playing in Baton Rouge on an October evening can be spooky, but it’s a day game and unbeaten (4–0) Tennessee has a calm well-oiled offense machine that's humming.
Led by Heisman candidate Hendon Hooker, who ranks fifth in the nation in quarterback ratings, the Volunteers average 48.5 points per game, third best in the country.
Hooker has 8 TDs and no interceptions this far. Plus, he simply doesn’t make mistakes.
LSU’s defense averages 2.5 turnovers a game which means Hooker will face a stiff test Saturday.
But the biggest reasons to take the Vols are: A) They beat a good Florida Gators team two weeks ago and had last Saturday off for their bye, while LSU struggled to beat Auburn.
A rested, explosive Tennessee team is trouble and will be too much for the Tigers. Lay the points.