Welcome to the 6th week of the college football season and things are starting to heat up. Last week was an incredible weekend of action and hopefully this one can repeat that performance. Last weekend we experienced an instant classic between Louisville and Clemson, which is still being talked about. If that game wasn’t enough, we saw Florida State and Georgia lose on the final plays of the game at home. My record last week was 3-2, making my overall record drop to 19-11 and my winning percentage dip from 64% to 63.3%. For this week I’ll be predicting 6 games with the hopes of improving my winning percentage. Let’s get this thing started!!
This is the top game of the week as the 9th ranked Tennessee Volunteers visit the 8th ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The Volunteers are coming off a very improbable win in Athens last week with a Hail Mary on the final play. Tennessee will definitely have to play a full game to go into College Station and win. Can Joshua Hobbs lead this Volunteers team to another huge win a week before the Alabama game? It seems like the Aggies come into this game as the least talked about top-10 team in the nation. Texas A&M hold huge wins over UCLA and Arkansas in College Station, can they continue this trend? I’m going with the Aggies to narrowly edge out the Volunteers.
Texas A&M Win 31-30
We stay in the SEC for this match-up as the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide visit the 16th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. This is the beginning of a tough four game stretch for the top ranked team in the country. Alabama will try to continue their dominance in the SEC West and still advance to the championship game in December. Can the Tide continue their winning ways in Arkansas? Arkansas comes into this game hoping to make some noise in the SEC West and what better way than to upset the Tide. The Razorbacks lost their opening SEC games to the Aggies, can they upset the Tide? I’m going with Alabama to win this going the way in the end.
Alabama Win 38-28
If you’re looking for a game that will feature tons of hits, this is the one for you. The 23rd ranked Florida State Seminoles head south to face the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes in an intense rivalry game. The Seminoles come into this game after a tough loss at home on a last second field goal to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Florida State has lost 2 of their last 3 games and the defense look horrible. On the other hand, the talk has been is Miami back? With Mark Richt as their coach, he has them ranked in the top-10 and this game could really propel this program. Miami hasn’t played anyone, but with them being at home and with the lack of defense from the Seminoles, I’m going with the Canes to win.
Miami Win 45-34
We head to the ACC for this top-25 match-up with these teams representing the Coastal division. The 25th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies visit the 17th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in a critical game. The Hokies are still looking for a signature win because the only good team they faced was Tennessee and they were blown out. The winner of this game is still undefeated in conference play and has a chance at being in the title game. The Tar Heels have won 4 games in a row after losing in the opener against Georgia. North Carolina has won their last two games by a total of 3 points and I think they win again in a close one.
North Carolina Win 31-30
We head back to the SEC for this game as the LSU Tigers visits the 18th ranked Florida Gators. The LSU Tigers will be without star RB Leonard Fournette, plus this is their first major game since firing Les Miles after the Auburn game. Last week, the Tiger offense looked great in their win against Missouri, but can they repeat that performance against the Gators defense? The Gators still have hopes of making the SEC championship game, with a little help, of course. This is the first game of a long stretch of tough opponents for them as the face Missouri, Georgia and Arkansas in the next month. This one is a toss-up for me, but I think I’ll go with the Gators at home in a close one.
Florida Win 23-21
Last and definitely not least, we have the Red River Showdown between a pair of teams that’s having disappointing seasons. The Texas Longhorns play the 20th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. Texas started the year with so much promise after beating Notre Dame, but now has lost their last two games. The Longhorns have given up a total of 99 points in the past two games. On the other hand, the Sooners had high hopes coming into this season with championship aspirations. Now that they’re 2-2, those title hopes are gone and the Heisman candidacy of Baker Mayfield has vanished, they still can have a great season. Oklahoma is still undefeated in conference play and will remain the same after beating Texas.
Oklahoma Win 44-28
What do you think about my predictions? What’s your top game of the week? What game do you see being an upset? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback.