10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread Week 6

10 best predictions and picks against the spread and point totals for the Week 6 college football games.

10 best predictions for the big Saturday of college football. What games appear to be the best bets and best picks for the Week 6 games?

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Results So Far: 36-24-1

We got the bad week out of the way.

It was bound to happen, and hopefully those of you who know how this rolls timed the fade right.

Everything went weird going 3-7, but now comes the bounceback.

No messing around with anything funky. No point totals – although under on the Duke-Georgia Tech 55 might be a meatball right down the middle of the plate. No gimmicks. Ten picks against the spread, ten winn…

Here’s the problem starting last week and going forward. It’s easier to find the disparities with 88 games and all the massive spreads fueled by too much guessing in the market.

Now the games are more even in an Any Given Saturday sort of way with conference play going, there are only 55 to choose from, and …

Whinin’ ain’t winnin’. Let’s do this.

Here we go with the 10 best college football predictions against the spread starring with …

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10. Texas A&M at Alabama

LINE Alabama -24.5

I will never, ever, ever fault you for taking Alabama at home giving away points no matter how many they are.

I know this is a revenge game after losing last year, and I know the tiff between the coaches will matter, and I’m aware that it’s quite possible the Bama defense goes off and pitches a perfect game.

Is Bryce Young ready to go, and if so, what kind of shape is his shoulder in? I’m actually fine with the number even if he does play and is fine.

Alabama destroyed Utah State, ULM, and Vanderbilt. Texas? Way too close. Arkansas? The fourth quarter was devastating, but it got dicey 45 minutes in.

Alabama still has to prove it can be amazing for four quarters against someone good. Of course it can, but I’ll take the chance that A&M will bring something to this, too.

This is the most talented defense Alabama has faced so far. A&M might have lost to Mississippi State 42-24 last week, but it gave up a pick six and a kick six along the way. That D should be able to keep the Tide from going off.

Again, though, not fighting you if you see something completely different, and that also goes for this …

9. Auburn at Georgia

LINE Georgia -29.5
ATS PICK Georgia

I know, I steered you terribly wrong last week believing Georgia would be Georgia again against a mediocre Missouri. That didn’t work out so well.

Georgia is back at home, somehow this is Auburn’s first road game of the season, and then there’s the scoring.

Auburn doesn’t really do that.

If you have a hard time getting to 17 points a home against Missouri, and you only score 24 against San Jose State, what are you going to do against a jacked up Georgia team at 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon on CBS?

Why did Georgia struggle over the last two weeks? No turnovers over the first three games, five in the last two. Auburn isn’t going to get the takeaways needed.

8. Oregon State at Stanford

LINE Oregon State -7
ATS PICK Stanford

Warning, this the last stop before the train hits all favorites the rest of the way.

After a crazy start to the season and a wild Week 5, I’m buying into the idea that the favorites are about to settle in. I’ll bite on the Cardinal, though.

Oregon State gets a whole lot of love for pushing USC to the brink, but it’s been forgotten that it had to work a bit to get by Boise State and somehow got out alive against Fresno State. And then last week it all fell apart in the loss to Utah.

Another theme for this week that’s starting to show a pattern: turnovers. Oregon State has given away eight in the last two games with no takeaways.

Stanford is back at home for the first time in a few weeks, but it’s a touchdown underdog after going 1-3 with the lone win coming against Colgate. Yeah, and those other three games?

USC, at Washington, at Oregon.

Turnovers have been a problem, but the passing game has been solid, and this week even with the loss of leading rusher EJ Smith, the ground attack will be fine.

Think about Stanford winning outright, by the way.

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7. Washington at Arizona State

LINE Washington -13.5
ATS PICK Washington

At this point in the season I like to have a few more variables to go off of. Washington has only played one road game, and it wasn’t quite itself against UCLA.

Granted, the Bruins were brilliant in the 40-32 win, but the Huskies started to kick it all in in the second half. It was too late, but it was a moment that showed they really might be that good and got caught in tough road game against a solid unbeaten team.

Arizona State covered against USC, and the defense has been relatively okay despite giving up close to 34 points per game over the last four losses. However, Oklahoma State, Utah, and USC all beat the Sun Devils by more than 14 points.

The Huskies should throw and throw some more on the way to an easy win.

6. Virginia Tech at Pitt

LINE Pitt -14.5

The Pitt loss to Georgia Tech was strange.

The Panthers threw the ball well, but the defense had a rough day against the run, it didn’t come up with any takeaways, and Georgia Tech forced three turnovers in the 26-21 win.

Virginia Tech should be the cure to that.

The Hokies can’t score – you and a few friends could score more than ten against North Carolina – they can’t run the ball, and the defense doesn’t come up with anything big with just two takeaways in the last four games.

Pitt should rebound from last week without a problem.

NEXT: College Football Pick Against the Spread No. 5: Nevada at Colorado State

ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 6

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 6 games, highlighted by Florida State at NC State, North Carolina at Miami, and Clemson at Boston College

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 6 games, highlighted by Florida State at NC State, North Carolina at Miami, and Clemson at Boston College

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Results So Far
Straight Up 42-12, ATS 27-25-2, o/u 38-15-1

Saturday, October 9

Louisville vs Virginia

11:00, ACC Network
Line: Louisville -3, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Virginia Tech at Pitt

3:30, ACC Network
Line: Pitt -14.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Duke at Georgia Tech

4:00, ESPN3
Line: Duke -3.5, o/u: 55
Final Score: COMING

North Carolina at Miami

4:00, ESPN3
Line: Miami -3.5, o/u: 65.5
Final Score: COMING

Clemson at Boston College

7:30, ABC
Line: Clemson -20.5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: COMING

Army at Wake Forest

7:30, ESPN3
Line: Wake Forest -17, o/u: 66.5
Final Score: COMING

Florida State at NC State

8:00, ACC Network
Line: NC State -3.5, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

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OPINION: What are the realistic expectations for the rest of the Gators’ season?

Now that we know who the Gators are, what are realistic expectations for the rest of the season?

Florida’s victory over the Utah Utes was an incredible way to start the Billy Napier era. The Gators were going into a rebuilding year, and Utah, as the defending Pac-12 champions, were seen as a legitimate playoff contender, building off their successful 2021 campaign.

The 29-26 home win gave fans a flashback to the 2018 season. Florida wasn’t expected to do much that year, yet they went 10-3 and won the Peach Bowl in [autotag]Dan Mullen[/autotag]’s first season in charge. The energy was palpable throughout the fan base, with calls for [autotag]Anthony Richardson[/autotag] to win the Heisman.

While there are similarities between the 2018 and 2022 seasons, including home losses to Kentucky, I think Florida fans would be better off setting realistic expectations for what this season will ultimately look like, now that we’ve seen this Florida team in action.

Go back and think of what we thought this season would look like before the win against Utah. I would venture to say that an 8-4 season would have been fantastic in the eyes of Florida fans. But with Billy Napier in his first season, the entire program being overhauled from the top to the bottom and the lack of depth on the current roster are not overnight fixes. They take time and require years of work to create a new standard.

Despite the grim talk of what needs to be fixed, there is still optimism for this current Gators team. I wouldn’t call the win against Utah a fluke, I would say it was this team playing at its absolute best. The thing is, we can’t reasonably expect this team to play at their absolute best for every single game this season.

I argued in my column before the season started that, no matter what happened this year, the season was a success. I still believe that to be true. What I’m saying in this piece is that our expectations need to come down to reality.

Is this team as good as they were against Utah? No. Well, not consistently at least. Is this team as bad as they were in their loss against Kentucky and in their close win against USF in the weeks after? No, and their performances in their loss against Tennessee and tune-up victory over Eastern Washington proved as much.

LSU at home next week, Georgia in Jacksonville after the bye week, on the road at Texas A&M the week after, and a Black Friday matchup in Tallahassee against Florida State are up ahead for the Gators.

Those four games will ultimately “decide” the season, and set the narrative for if the Gators’ season was a success or a failure. Assuming that the Gators get victories over Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt (all teams that this Gators team should beat), they will be bowl-eligible. If they can win two of the four games mentioned before, they’ll finish 8-4 before the postseason.

I think that’s a reasonable expectation for a first-year head coach dealing with a roster made up of young players he brought in, and players from the previous regime. This is still the University of Florida. Napier understands that the standard is to contend for championships. Pairing an 8-4 record with a stellar recruiting class would be a reasonable expectation for Napier in his first season in charge.

Next season, however, next season is a different story.

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Texas vs. Oklahoma: Behind Enemy Lines with Sooners Wire

We went “Behind Enemy Lines” with our friends at Sooners Wire to preview the Red River Rivalry.

Texas and Oklahoma meet in Dallas for the annual Red River Showdown on Saturday. Continue reading “Texas vs. Oklahoma: Behind Enemy Lines with Sooners Wire”

Notre Dame bowl projections following Week 5

Where do you want the Irish to end up this bowl season?

A month into 2022 and Notre Dame is at a fork in the road for the season.  After the unexpected loss to Marshall the Irish have bounced back to be 2-2 headed to the Shamrock Series game on Saturday against BYU.

Win this one over the ranked Cougars and all of a sudden 2022 seems like it could end up being a good amount of fun despite that awful start.  Lose this one though and all of a sudden you’re looking at what probably at best ends up being a 7-5 season.

So where would any of those possible results leave Notre Dame at season’s end?

Here are what the expert outlets nationally see in terms of Notre Dame’s postseason destination as we make our way into Week 6 of the college football season.

CBS Sports makes its pick for Florida homecoming game vs Missouri

CBS Sports has released their SEC picks for Week 6 of the college football season, with Barrett Sallee giving his thoughts on UF vs Missouri

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee has released his SEC picks for Week 6 of the college football season. For Saturday’s Florida vs Missouri game, he projects a close game with the Gators ultimately coming out victorious in their Homecoming game.

Missouri is coming off a close loss to Georgia, leading through much of the game and giving the Bulldogs their toughest test of the season so far. The Tigers’ defensive front looked good against the defending national champions, stifling the Georgia rushing attack through most of the game.

The Gators are coming off a dominant 52-17 victory over Eastern Washington. Before that, they lost a close game to Tennessee that saw the Gators’ offense breakthrough for 594 yards of total offense. [autotag]Anthony Richarson[/autotag] bounced back from two lackluster performances against Kentucky and USF with 453 passing yards, a career-high.

Here is what Sallee had to say about Saturday’s matchup.

Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson has thrown for over 200 yards in each of his last two games, including a 240-yard performance on just 8-of-10 passing in the 52-17 win over Eastern Washington on Sunday. He suffered a slight leg injury and limped off in that game but should be good to go this week vs. the Tigers. He will have to deal with a Tigers defensive front that is playing with confidence after notching 21 tackles for loss over the last two weeks, including nine last week against reigning national champion Georgia. That pressure will force Richardson into enough mistakes to make it a single-digit game, but not enough for Missouri to spring the upset.

If the Gators are going to beat Missouri, their offensive line needs to win the line of scrimmage against the Missouri defensive front. It’s important that Florida focus on the task at hand, and not on the looming games against LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M, the next three opponents on the Gators’ schedule.

Florida’s game against Missouri will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Kickoff is scheduled for noon EDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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Red River Roundtable: Six-pack of questions ahead of Texas vs. Oklahoma

From favorite memories to who ultimately is winning this heated rivalry game.

On Saturday, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will meet for the 118th time overall. For the first time in a decade, it is the Burnt Orange that is considered the favorite according to betting odds.

The Red River Rivalry or Red River Shootout, whichever you prefer to call it, is one of the best rivalry games in all of college football. It has a unique view at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The fans split right down the 50-yard line. On one side you have the Burnt Orange and on the other, you have the Crimson.

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In anticipation of kickoff on the Texas state fairgrounds, Longhorns Wire answered a six-pack of questions ahead of kickoff. From favorite memories to who ultimately is winning this heated rivalry game.

Another 5-star 2024 WR plans visit to Florida for LSU game

Florida will host the top two receivers in the class of 2024 on Oct. 15 when the LSU Tigers come to town, per reports.

For those who aren’t caught up to speed on the class of 2024 yet, two of the top receivers in the group hail from Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School in Hollywood, Florida. Their names are [autotag]Joshisa Trader[/autotag] and [autotag]Jeremiah Smith[/autotag]. Each has received a five-star designation on the On3 consensus and is ranked within the top five regardless of position.

As one might expect, the Florida Gators are looking to keep the in-state talents in-state, and the next step is an unofficial visit from the dynamic duo on Oct. 15, according to Gators Online.

LSU comes into town that day, and the list of blue-chip visitors is growing by the hour. Extending Trader an invitation is smart for a few reasons. First, getting him and Smith on campus at the same time could help amplify the impact of the visit. Wide receivers coach [autotag]Keary Colbert[/autotag] has put together a strong class of pass catchers for 2023, but he’s looking to land the best of the best in 2024.

The second and perhaps more important reason is that Trader has been vocal recently about Florida’s lack of effort when it comes to recruiting him. He flat-out said Florida could do more, and this is an appropriate response if Colbert is serious about landing five-star recruits. Chaminade-Madonna has arguably the top receiving core in the country, and a little more effort could help bring that group to Gainesville.

UF still has Ohio State, Miami and Texas A&M to beat out for Trader’s services, and the Buckeyes are heavy favorites as the top wide receiver destination in the country right now, but the door is certainly open with well over a year until the class of 2024 puts pen to paper.

It’ll be interesting to see what Trader and Smith think about UF after experiencing a game day in the Swamp, especially an LSU game day.

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Discussing Notre Dame running back’s ‘controversial’ comments

Did you have anything wrong with what he said?

A lot of eye brows were raised and attention was put on sophomore Notre Dame running back [autotag]Audric Estime[/autotag] on Wednesday as he met the media and provided the next Fighting Irish opponent with some surefire bulletin board material.

Estime was asked about what he sees in BYU, who sits at 4-1 and ranked 16th in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.  Despite the solid start to the year and nationally ranking to go along with it, Estime isn’t fearful of what BYU brings to the table.

But was what Estime said worth the pushback some seem to want to give it?

You first have to listen to the actual audio before making a grand conclusion, so let’s go ahead and do that.

If you ask me (and you should if we’re being honest) it’s a 19-year old answering a question honestly and a pleasant change of pace for Notre Dame fans.