For some teams week six means its do or die. Whilst others are already in next season mode. Our College Football Preview Week Six edition will get you up to speed with what you need to know heading into some huge games for both FBS and FCS Schools. There are some blockbuster matchups this week!
With only five games in the ACC this week the slate is pretty slim. There are two games of note rather than one game of the week in week 6. The first is Virginia @ Louisville in a game which has a monster predicted points total of 69.5. Louisville are looking hot on offence right now and Virginia are leaky at best. Malik Cunningham can exploit those holes when presented with them. On the flip side of that Brennan Armstrong is also ballin out right now and Louisville can be scored on. This will be a high powered, firework filled explosion in Kentucky
The second game of the week is Notre Dame at Virginia Tech. The Irish will want to recapture the ACC form of last season as they travel to a stingy Virginia. The whole game tilts on what ND does at the Quarterback position. Jack Coan was benched last week in the loss to Cincinnati and Drew Pyne stepped in. VT is a tough game at the best of times and traveling to Blacksburg is no easy feat. Coan is listed as the starter but with the points set at 47.5 this one will be low scoring regardless of who starts for Notre Dame. The Irish should get the win in a game that their Defence should dominate but with VT being able to perhaps cause Coan some issues it could get cagey.
Georgia Tech travels to Duke in a game in which Duke is a slim three point dawgs. Both teams are coming off big 31 point losses and Georgia Tech will want to get back to winning easy after struggling after their big win over NC. Duke needs to get Durrant running and the same can be said for GT and Sims. NC welcomes a now 1-4 Florida State in what should be a walk over for Howell and Co. -17.5 favourites is a massive number after FSU got their first win but I think NC wins regardless of points. Lastly an undefeated Wake Forest travels to Syracuse and are just 6 point favourites. Wake are playing so well and I think they win by 10 plus.
Written by Stocks @5yardcollege
There are only six BIG XII teams in action this weekend and with the Red River Shootout obviously the ‘Game of the Week’ there’s just two games to mention. West Virginia travel to Baylor in the hopes of handing the Bears a second loss. TCU make the trip across state to Lubbock to face Texas Tech.
Game of the Week – Texas @ Oklahoma
Texas and Oklahoma meet in Austin for the Red River Shootout in what should be the closest game in years.
Sark’s Longhorns have had no trouble putting up points behind the best running back in college football, Bijan Robinson. Casey Thompson has brought stability at the quarterback position, helping lead the offence to 160 points in the past three games. Texas’ struggles have come on defence. Whilst they pitched a shutout against Rice, they conceded 40 points to Arkansas, and 35 to Texas Tech. Rattler hasn’t performed like Jalen, Kyler or Baker, but we know he has the potential to catch fire. The Longhorns defence will need to turn up in a big way.
Sooner Rather Than Later
Oklahoma has dealt with inconsistency on the offence, and the defence so far this season. Grinch’s defence pitched a shutout against Western Carolina then held Nebraska and West Virginia to 16 and 13 points, respectively. However, the Sooners gave up 35 points to Tulane and 35 points to Kansas State last weekend. On the other side of the ball Lincoln Riley’s offence has produced mixed results also. They scored less than 23 points against Arkansas, Nebraska and West Virginia but scored 37 to beat the Wildcats. The Texas defence is unlikely to give up anything easy, so Rattler will need to be on form.
One position group needs to take control on either side of the ball for either team. There’s a very real possibility this game could be low scoring, but you can’t rule out a shootout either. Performance-wise this season, they’ve been the closest in a long time. It’s going to be fascinating to watch.
Prediction Texas 31-28 Oklahoma
Written by Jake @dyanstybrit
It’s a quiet week in the Big Ten with only 5 games due to in-conference matchups and bye weeks, but it is headlined by an absolute blockbuster! The game of the week is very clearly #4 Penn State at #3 Iowa but there are 4 other fixtures to preview first.
Maryland were torn apart by Iowa last Friday night and face another college football powerhouse in Ohio State, in The Shoe. The Terps would have hoped for a slightly easier bounce-back game but will be relieved that the Buckeye defense isn’t in the same league as the Hawkeyes this year! Nevertheless, Maryland will need to make significant adjustments and improvements to challenge Ohio State, who are looking resurgent after a slow and unconvincing start to the season. CJ Stroud looked much more confident and decisive last week as he led the Buckeyes to an easy win over Rutgers. If we see more of the same against the Terrapins then the battle for the Big Ten will really heat up as they play Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State before the end of November.
Mel Tucker is ready Rutgers
Michigan State are riding high in 11th spot in the AP Poll. They travel to New Jersey with confidence high and an unbeaten record that I can’t see them losing to Rutgers. Kenneth Walker III must be looking back at his decision to transfer with a great big smile on his face – the fresh start with the Spartans has breathed life into his game and the whole Michigan State team. The running back has nearly 700 yards and 8 touchdowns already and will look to fill his boots against the Scarlet Knight defense. Payton Thorne is growing into the season too, set free by the dominant rushing game to find open receivers down the field. Noah Vedral and the Rutgers offense will want to put last week behind them and get back to winning ways in what has been a successful season so far. They may be able to take advantage of a weak Spartans pass defense who are leaking big plays and points, so we could have another high-scorer at SHI Stadium.
Wisconsin and Illinois face off in a battle to recover some pride in what has been a disappointing season. The break out from Chase Brown last week was spectacular but he will struggle to repeat his 257 yards and 2 touchdowns against a tough Badgers run defense. For Wisconsin, Graham Mertz needs to show rapid signs of improvement if he wants to continue leading this team. He has looked dreadful so far in 2021 – can he re-light the fire against the Fighting Illini?
The late game sees Michigan go to Memorial Stadium to take on Nebraska. The Wolverines are rolling and would love to bolster their resume with a statement victory here. They have lofty ambitions and to underline that with a big win over the Cornhuskers would set them up well. Their running game is excelling and McNamara looks solid, but we are yet to see the air attack truly take off – could this be the week?
Game Of The Week – Penn State @ Iowa
Iowa and Penn State have swept aside all challengers so far; Iowa State, Indiana, Auburn, & Wisconsin have fallen at the hands of these two. This has set up a fascinating, top 4 clash on Saturday evening that will have college fans everywhere tuning in.
Iowa’s defense are the bedrock of the Hawkeye’s success. They have forced turnover after turnover and capitalised on any mistakes opposing sides have made. Tyler Linderbaum leads this defense and is a surefire 1st round pick in the NFL draft. He will look to cause absolute havoc in the Penn State backfield; fighting for sacks, tackles for loss and trying to force errant throws that his secondary can pounce on.
Errors not an Issue for Penn
Penn State don’t make many mistakes though. They have only turned the ball over 3 times and have 9 takeaways of their own. It will be fascinating to see how clean the Nittany Lions can be and whether they can neutralise Iowa’s game-wrecking defense. I don’t envisage Jahan Dotson and the Nittany Lion receivers lighting this game up, but they do have the quality to make the difference if they can evade the Hawkeye coverage for just long enough to be found by QB Sean Clifford.
Penn State have a strong defense of their own. Only Auburn have managed to score 20 points on them and they completely shut out Indiana in week 5. The Iowa offense will face their sternest test so far and will need to find better efficiency if they want to move the ball and score points. They have in all honesty struggled, but when the defense is scoring points for you and setting up short fields you don’t need to do all that much on offense! Penn State will test Spencer Petras, Tyler Goodson and co to the max.
This will not be a touchdown-heavy barnstormer. Rather, settle yourselves in for a gritty, hard-hitting, intense night time game where every yard will matter. Time of possession, turnover differential and ability to run the ball will be key deciders in this mammoth matchup.
Written by Jack@JackCDCTT
A small slate of games in week 6 of the PAC-12 features 4 in conference games. The first game on Saturday will see Oregon State travel to Washington State. The Beavers are sitting at the top of the PAC-12 North with a 4-1 record, with 4 straight wins after the week1 loss to Purdue. The Cougars will want to halt them in their tracks with a win and bring them back to a .500 record. After a up and down start to the season, USC still sit only 1 win behind top PAC-12 South team Arizona State. A win at home to Utah will keep on the pressure. Utah needs the win too, with a loss being catastrophic for their title bid. The final PAC-12 game comes early Sunday morning (BST) as UCLA travel to winless Arizona. The Bruins need to bounce back after their home defeat to Arizona State. They couldn’t have asked for an easier in conference game. Arizona are now 16 games without a win and id be surprised if the streak ends this weekend.
Game of the Week – Stanford @ Arizona State
The PAC-12 game of the week comes Friday morning at 3:30 am (BST) between Stanford and #22 Arizona State. Stanford are coming of their impressive win over Oregon, who were ranked #3 at the time. Stanford Tanner McKee is not getting talked about enough. Since HC David Shaw brought him in half way through the first game, he has been excellent. McKee has slowly gone about his business, throwing 11 touchdowns, rushing for 2 and not throwing an interception. He will be without one of his top receivers in Brycen Tremayne, who had a nasty looking injury in the Oregon game that should see him out for the season.
The Cardinal still have Elijah Higgins and John Humphreys to call upon. Arizona State are coming off a fantastic win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl. After going back and forth in the first half, the Sun Devils had a little too much for UCLA in the second half. Jayden Daniels had his best game of the season so far, with legs and his arm, which has been questioned this season. This week the rushing game may be key to the victory, with Daniels, Rachaad White and Daniyel Ngata. All 3 have had good seasons so far, with White looking to add to his 8 rushing touchdowns so far this season. Everything points to a Sun Devils win, but Stanford already have two wins over top 25 PAC-12 opponents this season. Can they make it 3?
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87
Week 6 features 6 in conference match ups, 1 out of conference and just Mississippi State on a bye week. Two of the three 5pm (GMT) kick-offs are in conference games, where the home teams are very short priced favourites. Vanderbilt are at Florida, while South Carolina travels to Tennessee. Georgia look to protect their unbeaten start on the road against Auburn. Missouri are the only team with an out of conference game. They should get the W against North Texas. After Kentucky’s impressive win at home to Florida last week, they welcome a wounded LSU team to Kroger Field. 2021 champions Alabama seem to be getting better and better each week. They travel to Texas, to play a struggling Aggies team.
Game of the Week – Arkansas @ Ole Miss
This week’s SEC game of the week is between number #13 ranked Arkansas and #17 ranked Ole Miss. Both teams lost their unbeaten starts last week to the best two teams in college at the moment. Arkansas lost to Georgia and Ole Miss to Alabama, with neither team doing much wrong, just coming up against better teams. They will want to set the record straight and show everybody they are still a top 10 ranked team. Ole Miss have home field advantage and quarterback Matt Corrall, who is having a great season. A lot of people were saying that Corrall had to ‘prove’ he had turned a corner this season.
Under the circumstances of how well Albama’s defence played last week, I think Corrall still had a decent game. Look for Corral to link up with receiver Donatrio Drummond more this weekend, after a quieter day against Bama. Jadon Jackson will see more snaps again this week with Jonathan Mingo still out injured. Arkansas will look to get that dominant rushing game going after last weekend’s shut out. The Razorbacks have 1,119 rushing yards on the season so far, only 75 came in the Georgia loss. Quarterback K.J Jefferson is 2nd on the team in rushing yards behind running back Trelon Smith. These two will need to run the ball well if Arkansas wants to come away with a win. This is a massive game, where a win will propel you back up the AP rankings.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87