College Football Gameday Thread: Week 6


As we inch closer to all the bowl games week to week, there is still quite a bit up in the air. It is looking more and more like we are looking at a National Championship featuring (#1) Alabama vs. (#2) Ohio State. Even though that is the way things appear on the surface right now, anything can happen. There is a lot of football left to play.

Last night ESPN featured an excellent game between Rutgers and Connecticut with the Scarlet Knights barely knocking off the Huskies. It took a while for Jordan Todman to get going but eventually when he did the Huskies got rolling. Freshman quarterback Chas Dodd showed flashes of brilliance and had several throws that were right on the money as he passed for 322 yards. He's definitely a prospect worth keeping an eye on for the next couple years. At the end, Rutgers closed it out with a 34-yard field goal kicked by San San Te as the Scarlet Knights came out on top 27-24.

Here is a look at some of the other games that have happened throughout the week:

Tuesday, October 5th: Troy 42, Middle Tennessee 13.

Wednesday, Ocober 6th: UCF 42, UAB 7.

Thursday, October 7th: Nebraska 48, Kansas State 13.

Friday, October 8th: Oklahoma State 54, Louisiana-Lafayette 28.


After the jump, I'll highlight some of the games of the week.

#1 Alabama @ #19 South Carolina

South Carolina may be the last team on Alabama's schedule that has a shot at shaking things up by upsetting the Crimson Tide. It's expected that Alabama will try and control the tempo of the game on the ground with their two star-studded running backs, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. However, South Carolina has a high octane offense and 'Bama's young defense will have their hands full in trying to contain Stephen Garcia and the rest of the Gamecocks offense.

Pre-game prediction: I think this will be a close, hard fought game but 'Bama should pull ahead toward the end of the 3rd Quarter and eventually make it a multiple score game to clip the Gamecocks wings. Score: Alabama 33, South Carolina 27.

 

#11 Arkansas @ Texas A & M

Although Arkansas is heavily favored in this one, it should be quite an exciting game. This one will feature two very highly regarded quarterbacks in Ryan Mallett who struggled a bit last week and Jerrod Johnson who as also had his fair share of struggles as of late. The game will be played at a nuetral location so the Aggies won't have the luxury of the crowd noise to go against the Razorbacks.

Pre-game prediction: This game will come down to which quarterback has the better game. Whoever is able to minimize the mistakes should come out with the W. I believe that Ryan Mallett will meet the expectations held high by everyone and prevail in this game. Score: Arkansas 28, Texas A & M 17.

 

#17 Michigan State @ #18 Michigan

Denard Robinson, on the surface, may seem like too much for most defenses to handle. However, Michigan State has a special linebacker by the name of Greg Jones that may be the kryptanite to slow the speedster quarterback for the Wolverines. The Spartans have a very talented quarterback as well in Kirk Cousins. This has always been a great matchup since the two teams first met and played one and other. This could very well be the game of the week. These two teams matchup very well on paper and it should be quite the barn burner.

Pre-game prediction: It's imperative for the Spartans to contain Robinson. It may seem like mission impossible for Michigan State, especially considering that they are on the road but I certainly won't put anything past them. However, my instinct tells me that Michigan (at home) will be too much. Score: Michigan 34, Michigan State 31.

 

Oregon State @ #9 Arizona

Oregon State recently fell out of the top 25 recently but don't let that fool you. They played very well last week and will look to feed off that momentum. Nick Foles and the rest of the Wildcat Offense should match point for point. The Wildcats are a very well-coached team. It will be up to the Arizona Defense to win this one by shutting down Katz and the Rodgers brothers (Jaquizz and James).

Pre-game prediction: This will be a very close game but in the end, I have to go with the better coached team. Score: Arizona 24, Oregon State 20.

 

#12 LSU @ #14 Florida

As much as I'd like to think this game will be close, I just can't convince myself that it will be. Florida will be without quarterback John Brantley and Running Back Jeff Demps. LSU has a great ground game led by Stevan Ridley. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson will have to play a much smarter game this week if he wants to overcome a very athletic Florida defense.

Pre-game prediction: With all of the injuries, I think it will just be too much for the Gators to overcome. The Tigers simply over-match the Gators in this one. I don't think that the Gators will be springing any sort of upset in this one. Score: LSU 30, Florida 17.

 

#23 Florida State @ #13 Miami

It's been a while since Jacory Harris has had a breakout game... and I think it will be a little bit longer until he does because Florida State has a very talented and solid defense. Florida State's running game is the best it's been in a long while and this may be the game that Florida State's Quarterback, Christian Ponder shows his true colors. This will be a very closed watched game as there ar a ton of prospects. Which quarterback will assert themselves more?

Pre-game prediction: This will be a close one but I am going to go with Miami on this one. The defense has been getting stronger and there is no shortage of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Score: Miami 35, Florida State 27.

Here is the rest of the schedule:

Saturday, October 9
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12:00 PM ET Indiana at No. 2 Ohio State
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12:00 PM ET Minnesota at No. 20 Wisconsin Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Syracuse at South Florida ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET Boston College at North Carolina State ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET Illinois at Penn State
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12:00 PM ET Central Michigan at Virginia Tech Tickets
12:00 PM ET Western Michigan at Ball State ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET Temple at Northern Illinois ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET Baylor vs. Texas Tech* Tickets
12:21 PM ET Tennessee at Georgia ESPN3.com Tickets
2:00 PM ET Colorado State at No. 25 Air Force Tickets
2:00 PM ET Memphis at Louisville ESPN3.com Tickets
2:00 PM ET Bowling Green at Ohio Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET Wyoming at No. 5 TCU Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 11 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M* ESPN Mobile TV Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 17 Michigan State at No. 18 Michigan
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3:30 PM ET UCLA at California Tickets
3:30 PM ET Virginia at Georgia Tech Tickets
3:30 PM ET Pittsburgh at Notre Dame NBC Tickets
3:30 PM ET Clemson at North Carolina
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3:30 PM ET UNLV at West Virginia ESPN3.com Tickets
3:30 PM ET Western Kentucky at Florida International ESPN3.com Tickets
3:30 PM ET Akron at Kent State ESPN3.com Tickets
3:30 PM ET Army at Tulane Tickets
4:00 PM ET Utah State at Louisiana Tech ESPN3.com Tickets
5:00 PM ET No. 3 Oregon at Washington State Tickets
6:00 PM ET Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona Versus Tickets
6:00 PM ET San Diego State at Brigham Young Tickets
6:30 PM ET Navy at Wake Forest ESPN3.com Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 10 Utah at Iowa State Tickets
7:00 PM ET Colorado at No. 24 Missouri Tickets
7:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan at Vanderbilt Tickets
7:00 PM ET Arkansas State at North Texas Tickets
7:00 PM ET Miami (OH) at Cincinnati ESPN3.com Tickets
7:00 PM ET Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Monroe Tickets
7:30 PM ET No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky
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7:30 PM ET No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida
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7:30 PM ET Purdue at Northwestern Big Ten Network Tickets
7:30 PM ET East Carolina at Southern Miss Tickets
8:00 PM ET Toledo at No. 4 Boise State ESPN3.com Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami (FL) Tickets
8:00 PM ET USC at No. 16 Stanford Tickets
8:00 PM ET New Mexico at New Mexico State ESPN3.com Tickets
8:00 PM ET Mississippi State at Houston Tickets
8:00 PM ET Tulsa at Southern Methodist Tickets
9:05 PM ET Rice at UTEP Tickets
10:00 PM ET Arizona State at Washington Tickets
10:00 PM ET Hawaii at Fresno State ESPN3.com Tickets
10:30 PM ET San Jose State at No. 21 Nevada Tickets
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