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October 4, 2012

Weekend Forecast: Week Six

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This week promises to have several big games throughout the nation and the polls will certainly look a lot different after this weekend is in the books. The SEC and Pac 12 both have a pair of huge games while the Big Ten schedule is starting to get interesting.

As in weeks past, we will hold our picks of the Ohio State/Nebraska game until Friday afternoon.

Game Noon
(32-18)
Ben
(37-13)
Givler
(34-16)
Birm
(32-18)
Tom
(37-13)
Andy
(37-13)
Doug
(36-14)
Washington vs Oregon Ore. Ore. Ore. Ore. Ore. Ore. Wash.
Marc's Pick: After an ugly early season loss to LSU, Washington has turned things around and is playing outstanding football of late. The Huskies notched a huge home win over Stanford last week and come into this game with plenty of confidence. On the other side, Oregon has been steamrolling through its schedule so far and is firing on all cylinders both offensively and defensively. It is always tough for a team to win two big games in a row like the Huskies will be attempting to do on Saturday. The home field and the speed on both sides of the ball for Oregon should be enough in this one. Oregon 31 Washington 20
LSU vs Florida LSU UF LSU LSU LSU UF LSU
Ben's pick: Despite the bare cupboard that some would lead you to believe that Urban Meyer left at Florida, the Gators have actually put together a nice little team this year, that happens to be undefeated and currently ranked No. 10 in the country. They'll face perhaps their toughest challenge of the season this week in No. 3 LSU, but with the game being played within in the confines of The Swamp, and a Tigers team that has been largely untested to this point, I expect the Gators to pull this one off, and for a week's worth of "Florida is back!" headlines to follow. Florida 24 LSU 13
UGA vs S. Carolina USCe UGA UGA USCe USCe UGA UGA
Jeremy's pick: One of the marquee matchups of not only the week, but the first half of the season, features these two SEC East rivals, each of whom sit 5-0 (3-0 SEC) on the year. South Carolina will host this key matchup looking for their school-record tenth straight win against a Bulldogs team that has been up and down defensively - and coming off a back-and-forth battle that saw them give up 44 points to Tennessee despite three interceptions. Georgia leads the all-time series 46-16-2, but this is a different Steve Spurrier team led by sensational tailback Marcus Lattimore and a smothering defense that features Jadeveon Clowney, who might be the best athlete on the field this weekend. Steve Spurrier will be looking for his 250th career head coaching win, and he will get it. South Carolina 28 Georgia 17
WVU vs Texas WVU Texas WVU Texas Texas WVU Texas
Noon's pick: Okay, call me a Geno Smith believer. And okay, I just don't feel that the Longhorns are as good as the voters in the polls do. People want to be critical of Ohio State's non-conference schedules but stallwarts like Wyoming, UNM and Ole Miss aren't really going to get it done, Brandon Weeden is not walking through that door for Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers pretty much skewed the national rankings by putting up 70 points but believe that they are a very potent team. Even with the game taking place at DKR, the Mountaineers are just a match-up nightmare for the Horns. WVU 42 Texas 20
Miami (FL) vs ND ND ND ND Miami ND Miami ND
Andy's pick: This is a game where the Irish need to be careful. They come in undefeated, with wins over four of their biggest rivals. Expectations are starting to build and for a pretty young team, they are vulnerable to a letdown performance. Stephen Morris will be the most complete quarterback they face to date and the Hurricane offense will test the highly rated Irish defense. Convicts prevail over the Catholics. Miami 30 Notre Dame 21
Arizona vs Stanford Ariz. Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford
Tom's pick: The Stanford Cardinal visits "our old friend" Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats Saturday and it looks to be a close game of two good offenses. Stanford is looking to "right the ship" after an embarrassing loss to Washington last week where they failed to score an offensive touchdown. Arizona is coming off of consecutive losses to Oregon and Oregon State and gave up average of 43.5 points. While the Arizona QB will keep things interesting mixing it up with his talented receivers it will not be enough as the huge Stanford Offensive line will lead the way for a great games by RB Stephan Taylor and QB Josh Nunes. I see it close for three quarters, but Stanford wears them down for the victory. Stanford 38 Arizona 27
N'western vs Penn St. N'west N'west PSU N'west N'west PSU PSU
Doug's pick: Northwestern is rolling along at 5-0 with a potent offense that rolled up a school-record 704 yards, led by quarterback Kain Colter's 161 yards rushing and four touchdowns, last Saturday against Indiana. Penn State, meanwhile, went on the road last week and embarrassed Illinois 35-7 for its third straight win after dropping its first two games. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this would be an interesting matchup in the Big Ten? Northwestern ranks ninth in the nation in rushing yards per game (255.8) and Penn State stands 14th in scoring defense (13.6 points per game). The teams appear relatively equal, but the Nittany Lions are a slight favorite at home. Penn State 28 Northwestern 24
Mich. State vs Indiana MSU MSU MSU MSU MSU MSU MSU
Illinois vs Wisconsin Wisc. Wisc. Wisc. Wisc. Wisc. Wisc. Wisc.
Michigan vs Purdue UM UM UM UM UM UM UM



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