Dalvin Cook
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College Football Week 6 Viewing Guide

Week 6 isn’t the best slate of college football games we’ve had so far, but there are several great match-ups nonetheless. This season has been total madness so far. So if there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s that something wild will happen again this weekend. If you are looking to thoroughly enjoy a full 12 hours on the couch glued to the television this Saturday, here’s a nice little College Football viewing guide for this weekend’s best games.

12 ET — 12 Florida (4-1) vs. LSU (3-2) — (LSU -3) — ESPN (GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED)

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USA TODAY NETWORK. A satellite image shows Hurricane Matthew (lower right) spinning in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, October 2, 2016. (Photo: NASA)

There’s a little extra flare added to this game due to Hurricane Matthew.

There had even been some talk about this game being moved to LSU, but that will not be happening. It is possible this game is chopped full of weather delays, though. It could potentially stretch out 7+ hours. On top of that, LSU’s Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron is an interesting case, to say the least. Orgeron went 10-25 as the official head coach at Ole Miss but is 7-2 as an interim coach at USC and now LSU. He’s a professional interim coach. As a betting man, I take LSU to cover this game for that reason alone. Orgeron is going to have his team running through a wall.

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LSU Tigers interim head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates following a win in his first game against the Missouri Tigers at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Missouri 42-7. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports, WWL)

However, Florida is at home, with only one extremely close last second loss this year to Tennessee. The SEC always seems to cannibalize each other. This game is a toss up. A great way to start your Saturday.

(And of course, Hurricane Matthew ruined this potentially run game. Hope everyone out there is safe.)

12 ET — 20 Oklahoma (2-2) vs. Texas (2-2) — (Oklahoma -10.5) — FS1
Just in case we get a delayed Florida vs. LSU game, the Red River Shootout is another solid 12 o’clock option. Texas handed Oklahoma their only loss prior to the playoffs last year. A win that may have saved Texas Coach Charlie Strong’s job in the long run. After a 2-0 start including a big win in Week 1 over Notre Dame, Texas has dropped two games in a row to Cal and Oklahoma State. In turn, Charlie Strong is on the hot seat once again. We’ll see if Strong can pull out another potentially job-saving upset over Oklahoma for the second year in a row.

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Baker Mayfield (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

 

3:30 ET — 8 Texas A&M (5-0) vs 9 Tennessee (5-0) — (Texas A&M -6.5) — CBS
Matchup of the day right here, folks. Tennessee has been riding a golden horseshoe for this entire season. Barely squeaked by Appalachian State in week 1. Had a huge comeback win vs. Florida in Week 4 after being down 17 points at halftime. Won last week on a last second hail mary vs. Georgia. Every game they play seems to be a nail biter. Texas A&M, on the other hand, is quiet 5-0, despite playing against some quality competition. Obviously, Vegas doesn’t think too much of the Volunteers, considering they’re at a 6.5 point underdog. But despite the line, I think this game has all the makings of another wild Tennessee Volunteers finish.

3:30 ET — 17 North Carolina (4-1) vs 25 Virginia Tech (3-1) — (UNC -1.5) — ABC/ESPN2

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On the highly unlikely chance that Tennessee doesn’t play another game that ends with a winning play at the last second, North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech is another solid Top 25 match-up as well. North Carolina has a sneaky chance to make the playoff this year. An early loss to Georgia will definitely not help, but they’ve turned things around since. Exciting wins over Florida State and Pittsburgh the last two weeks. Neither of which are world beaters, but UNC has talent. Furthermore, if they can pull out a win this week, and manage to get by Miami next week, it will be smooth sailing the rest of the way until a face off with either Louisville or Clemson in the ACC Championship (a likely final four play-in game). North Carolina is a nice dark horse to make a playoff run come late November, but they’ll need to get through these next two weeks first.

P.S. Gotta cheer for North Carolina, because we could all use a reason to Raise Up with Petey Pablo.

 

7:00 ET — 16 Arkansas (4-1) vs 1 Alabama (5-0) — (Alabama -13.5) — ESPN

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Jalen Hurts (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama with a semi-tough road test against Arkansas this week. Not according to the spread, but following this game with the Razorbacks, Alabama has Tennessee on the road, followed by a home test vs. Texas A&M. A lot to look forward to for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. On the road against Arkansas looks like it could be a trap game for Alabama. They’re definitely beatable this year. Alabama still has a first-year quarterback in Jalen Hurts, and Arkansas can run the ball well enough to control them tempo. If the Razorbacks can find a way to get up in this game early, they have the ability to keep the clock moving, and we could have a decent game here.

(P.S. LOVE the spread with Arkansas laying 13.5 points at home)

7:30 ET — 5 Washington (5-0) vs Oregon (2-3) — (Washington -9) — FOX

Oregon is not what they used to be. Deep down I’m cheering for the 49ers to go winless for the rest of the season so that Chip Kelly gets fired and Oregon can hire him back. College football is better with Chip Kelly, and Chip Kelly is better in college football. Washington, on the other hand, is ranked 5th overall, and they are having their best season in years. Absolutely smoked Stanford by 38 points last week. However, the Oregon Ducks are still the Oregon Ducks. Maybe I’m looking too far into this, maybe I’m still stuck on the old Chip Kelly days, or maybe I’m just blinded by the by these filthy Webfoots jerseys Oregon is breaking out this week.


Either way, I see this game being close. Washington hasn’t had this type of pressure on them in ages, and Oregon has nothing to lose at this point. The Ducks are looking at a possible change in quarterback, so Oregon could have a different look to them this week and catch Washington by surprise.

8:00 ET — 10 Miami (4-0) vs 23 Florida State (3-2) — (Miami -3) — ABC

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Miami Football Coach Mark Richt (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Miami vs. Florida State is a classic college football rivalry that hasn’t been that meaningful in recent years, but this year is different. Although Florida State has dropped their last 2 games, falling to 0-2 in the ACC, this game has major implications as Miami remains undefeated. This is the first real challenge Miami has faced, while Florida State has gone up against almost exclusively top notch competition (Ole Miss, Louisville, North Carolina). Florida State needs a win in the worst way. Furthermore, first year Miami Coach Mark Richt (formerly coach of Georgia) is throwing shade at FSU’s running back Dalvin Cook – one of the best offensive threats in the nation. If that doesn’t get Florida State ready to play, I don’t know what will.

This game will have the feeling of a true rivalry game, as it should. This is a fantastic night cap to end a great day of college football.

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