College Football can be as unpredictable as a Will Muschamp sideline rant. That’s one of the reasons we love the game so much. Any given Friday, or Saturday, or like this week, Thursday, anything can happen. Despite this, each week of the season we have been engaging in Pick 6, our College Football predictions game.
If you’re new to Pick 6, you’ve presumably been recently released from a tortuous kidnapping of some kind.
The premise is simple. Each week our College Chaps select 6 games from the College Football schedule and choose the winners. Each week they’re joined by a guest picker, who contributes not only to a Pick 6 guest total for the season but battles it out to be crowned the Pick 6 guest champion.
Predictions Table After Week 5:
- Alex Chinery – 23
- Guest – 22
- Oliver Hodgkinson – 22
- George Somerville – 20
Guest Leaderboard After Week 5:
- Dane Brugler – 5
- Nat Coombs – 5
- Brian Baldinger – 4
- NFL Draft Diamonds – 4
- Trevor Sikemma – 4
This week’s guest star is Ross Dellenger. Ross is a College Football writer for Sports Illustrated. You can find his work right here, including his most recent article, on Penn State’s K.J. Hamler.
Now, to this week’s Pick 6 games!
Iowa @ Michigan – Saturday 5th October 17:00
Alex Chinery: Iowa
Iowa are a disciplined if unspectacular outfit, who should be in contention for the Big 10 West this season. Whereas Michigan are both ill-disciplined and unspectacular. The temperature of Harbaugh’s seat is creeping up, as Iowa’s discipline is the difference in this game.
George Somerville: Iowa
It has been such a strange season for the Wolverines, and Iowa coming in to Ann Arbor isn’t helpful for Harbaugh. A Hawkeyes win wouldn’t be an upset, but it would make Jim’s Khaki’s a little warmer!
Oliver Hodgkinson: Iowa
Both teams have put a beat down on Rutgers this season, and Michigan sympathisers point to last week’s result as a turning point in a disappointing early season. Despite this, Iowa will be too strong defensively for Shea Patterson, in what could be a low scoring affair.
Ross Dellenger: Michigan
The Wolverines got back on track with a trouncing of Rutgers last week, but the Hawkeyes pose a much tougher test. Still, we’ll take UM in a tight one.
TCU @ Iowa State – Saturday 5th October 17:00
Alex Chinery: TCU
Neither of these teams have lived up to the pre-season hype. Iowa State has problems in close games, and TCU struggles against good opponents. This is a pick-em, and with pick-em’s I always favour superior athletes. Advantage TCU.
George Somerville: Iowa State
Interesting match up. I went against TCU last time around and they have never let me forget. Vegas has the Cyclones as favourites and I’m sticking with Vegas!
Oliver Hodgkinson: TCU
TCU to win this one in a tight game. Other than blowing out ULM, every game that Iowa State has been involved in has been a tight affair. Despite Brock Purdy have over 1300 yards through the air, I expect this one to be decided on the ground. With Darius Anderson, the Horned Frogs have the advantage there.
Ross Dellenger: TCU
The Cyclones were down 20-0 at Baylor last week before storming back and losing on a late field goal. The Horned Frogs aren’t at their best, but they should be good enough for the road victory.
Auburn @ Florida – Saturday 5th October 20:30
Alex Chinery: Auburn
Auburn has maybe been the biggest surprise in College Football this season. Their dominant defense is spearheaded by a line that contains multiple high draft picks, and their offense has been relatively dynamic. They have enough to win against a Florida team led by a back-up quarterback.
George Somerville: Auburn
I am a little torn on this one, having bigged up the Gators pre-season. While I think Florida are a different team in Gainesville, it’s hard to see Auburn losing their undefeated tag in what will be the clash of the weekend. Tigers win. #wardamneagle
Oliver Hodgkinson: Auburn
Kyle Trask has helped Florida to better performances the last two weeks, putting up 30+ on Tennessee and Towson. On the other hand, Auburn have been my surprise package this year, and they’ll be too good defensively for the Gators.
Ross Dellenger: Auburn
It would not surprise me if this goes either way, but the Tigers have too good of a running game and defense, making up for a true freshman at quarterback.
Air Force @ Navy – Saturday 5th October 20:30
Alex Chinery: Navy
Another pick-em, I’m going with the program that has a higher level of prestige here. Both of these service academies have fallen behind Army in recent seasons, but Navy is the better one so far.
George Somerville: Air Force
Another great tradition in College sports, with both teams playing for the Commander In Chief’s Trophy. Air Force are slight favourites for this and who am I to go against Vegas. Falcons win!
Oliver Hodgkinson: Air Force
Navy are averaging more points for and less points against per game than Air Force. However, you could argue that Air Force have had the tougher games including a win over Colorado and a loss to Boise State. I’m going with Donald Hammond III and the Air Force will sink the Navy.
Ross Dellenger: Navy
By air or by sea? I much prefer the water. But in all seriousness, the Midshipmen looked impressive enough in a loss at Memphis to convince us that they can eek out a win over their military brothers.
Michigan State @ Ohio State – Sunday 6th October 00:30
Alex Chinery: Ohio State
Ohio State are lighting up the country with their electrifying offense and mean defense. They have better stars all over the field, and are better than Michigan State on both sides of the ball. Every remaining game for Ohio State screams trap game, I don’t think this is the week they fall foul of an inferior opponent.
George Somerville: Ohio State
As much as I admire State’s defense, the Buckeyes steamroller continues through East Lansing. Buckeyes win. By a lot.
Oliver Hodgkinson: Ohio State
Michigan State has one of the best defensive units in College Football, led by Kenny Willekes. However, they allowed Indiana to put up 31 points last week, and Ohio State are one of the hottest tickets in town right now.
Ross Dellenger: Ohio State
Right now, the Buckeyes look to be invincible, and Michigan State, despite it’s 4-1 record, has significant offensive problems.
Washington @ Stanford – Sunday 6th October 03:30
Alex Chinery: Washington
The huskies have been up and down this season. However, against a rudderless Stanford program I think they win big. Jacob Eason is coming in to his own and making some impressive throws. Leading his team to a big win here should be regulation.
George Somerville: Washington
Both teams are having an up and down season. Jacob Eason drives the Huskies to victory, even in Palo Alto.
Oliver Hodgkinson: Washington
It’s hard to put my faith in Jacob Eason after his meagre 9 points helped sink our College Football Fantasy team last week. However, I have more faith in him than in a poor Stanford team that gave up 40+ to USC and UCF.
Ross Dellenger: Washington
The Cardinals could be having it’s first losing season in David Shaw’s nine years as coach. The Huskies aren’t perfect (they lost to Cal at home), but QB Jacob Eason & Co. should be able to handle business on the Farm.
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