Week 6 is upon us and makes it hard to believe we're almost half way through the season. This week offers an exciting start to an October to remember, with five games featuring Top 25 matchups.
Thursday, October 4th
#13 USC @ Utah 9pm ET ESPN
This game sets to look up like a trap game to USC. Only for the fact that it's a night game at home for the Utes who are 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road this season. On paper this game is over matched and USC should win easily. USC's potent offense going up against a defense ranked outside the top 100 overall. Look for Matt Barkley to put his name back in the heisman mix with this game being on a Thursday night, everyone will be watching.
Prediction: USC 45 Utah 17
Saturday, October 6th
#24 Northwestern @ Penn State 12pm ET ESPN
Northwestern is off to a great start at 5-0, as they look to keep rolling past Penn State. This game figures to be a defensive struggle as neither teams seams to have an explosive offense. Matt McGloin has the capability to put numbers up against the Wildcats, as they come in with the 106th ranked passing defense and average giving up at least 200 yards per game. With Northwestern's primary offense coming from Kain Colter, who has six rushing TD's so far, going up against an over sized Penn State defense that ranks 42nd nationally against the run. Look for Penn State to give the Wildcats all they can handle.
Prediction: Northwestern 16 Penn State 20
#4 LSU @ #10 Florida 3:30 pm ET CBS
As LSU continues to slide in the AP Poll, look for Florida to take advantage of the Tigers at home. Zach Mettenberger has led the Tigers well so far, but look for Gators QB Jeff Driskel to have a good game against a tough LSU defense. Florida with home field advantage, pulls of the "Upset" as LSU loses for the first time this season.
Prediction: LSU 13 Florida 24
#5 Georgia @ #6 South Carolina 7pm ET ESPN
One of the best SEC games of the year takes place this week, and could certainly leave the winner in the driver seat of the East division. South Carolina looked unsure of themselves last week against Kentucky, as well as Georgia sneaking by Tennessee. Aarron Murray can put himself right back in the heisman hunt with a big game on national television. Georgia just has too much offense for the Gamecocks and will get the better of them as the game goes on.
Prediction: Georgia 45 South Carolina 31
#8 West Virginia @ #11 Texas 7pm ET FOX
Geno Smith went crazy on the Baylor defense last week, but did we expect anything less? Baylor isn't exactly known for having great defense and low scoring games. Look for another high scoring one here as the longhorns come in with the 65th ranked Defense. David Ash put himself into the heisman race with his performance against Oklahoma State. West Virginia has too much offense for Texas to keep up with, though it should be close early.
Prediction: West Virginia 52 Texas 34
#21 Nebraska @ #14 Ohio State 8pm ET ABC
The Huskers are coming off the second biggest comeback in school history and the Buckeyes are ridding a five game winning streak. Though Ohio State is 5-0 they have yet to show they are deserving of the #14 ranking. Taylor Martinez and company look to shine for the second consecutive week on prime time television.
Prediction: Nebraska 31 Ohio State 27
#23 Washington @ #2 Oregon 10:30pm ET ESPN
Washington makes an appearance in the AP Top 25 this week, hopefully they don't get to comfortable as they have to make a trip to Eugene, OR. A night game to top it off. The Huskies come into this matchup with 23rd ranked Defense which will be the toughest the Ducks offense has faced. Washington averages giving up 36 points per game, with De'Anthony Tomas, the Ducks look to be unstoppable. Oregon wins big at home with their high powered offense.
Prediction: Washington 24 Oregon 52