A look back at Week 5, Week 6 Rankings and Marquee Matchups/Upset Specials

By Tom Hanken AND Andrew Reichmeier

Heisman Favorites

1.     QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 20-35, 332 yards, 5 TD; 7-52 yards rushing

2.     RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 26-233 yards, 3 TD

3.     RB Nick Chubb (Georgia): 20-146 1 Td

4.     QB Cody Keesler (USC): 19-33, 37 yards, 5 TD 1 INT

5.     RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 23-74, 3 TD

Outside Looking in

·       QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma): 14-25, 320 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

·       RB Derek Henry (Alabama): 26-148, 1 TD

Playoff Predictions

1.     Ohio State

2.     TCU

3.     LSU

4.     Utah

Only a win (or loss) away

·       Baylor

·       Michigan State

·       Clemson/Florida St. winner

·       Alabama

Ramblings

  • The last two times Alabama has been an underdog has not gone well for that opponent.   The SEC might want to petition Vegas and let them know that they no longer want to see a Saban-led Alabama team be an underdog again. Alabama was in this same position last season and won out to still make the playoff.   Have faith in Saban and company.
  • Michigan has been extremely impressive their last two games (BYU and at Maryland).   The Wolverine defense has allowed 210 yards and 0 points in their last two games. On the season Michigan is outscoring opponents 139-38 through five games.
  • The last two times Alabama has been an underdog has not gone well for that opponent.   The SEC might want to petition Vegas and let them know that they no longer want to see a Saban-led Alabama team be an underdog again. Alabama was in this same position last season and won out to still make the playoff.   Have faith in Saban and company.
  • Michigan has been extremely impressive their last two games (BYU and at Maryland).   The Wolverine defense has allowed 210 yards and 0 points in their last two games. On the season Michigan is outscoring opponents 139-38 through five games.
  • The first half of Baylor-Texas Tech saw 88 plays and 832 yards in 2 hours; Baylor led 49-21.
  • Baylor’s offense in the first half this season: Week 1: 274 yards, Week 2: 395, Week 4: 444, Saturday: 499. That is a scary stat for future Baylor opponents.
  • Coming into Saturday Bill Snyder had won 49 straight when leading at the half, they look to start a new streak next week…
  • Ezekiel Elliot carried Ohio State to a victory over Indiana; that is what elite players do.   Ohio State has several elite players.
  • TCU and Gary Patterson have a chip on their shoulder and are very driven and focused because of getting left out of the playoffs last season.
  • Myles Jack made an interesting decision. He had a season-ending injury and decided to withdraw from school and prepare for the draft. It will be interesting to see how this works out for him, a very talented player that played both sides of the ball, it will be interesting to see how NFL teams value him. Other college players are also going to be watching closely. Stay tuned.
  • Leonard Fournette is a special and talented player, who should stay in college. Could he play in the NFL right now?   Probably. Should the rule change for the handful of guys that are ready for the NFL? No. There are a couple of guys every decade that are capable of pushing the eligibility rules, the rules are in place for the other 99% that are not ready to play on that level. Stay in school, Mr. Fournette and continue to dazzle us.

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We were spoiled last week with a great slate of games; not as many marquee ones this week, but college football never disappoints. Let’s check out a few of Saturday’s best match-ups.

#12 Northwestern (5-0) at #23 Michigan (4-1) – Saturday, 2:30, Big Ten Network

Here’s a chance for the Big Ten to show its depth and have a playoff contender not named the Buckeyes or Spartans emerge. This game features two of the best defenses in the country, with both teams allowing just 7 points per game. Northwestern’s best wins have been against Stanford (16-6 week one) and Minnesota (27-0 last week). Michigan’s only loss was at Utah on opening Thursday last month, which isn’t looking as bad, as the undefeated Utes continue to climb in the polls.

Most spreads I’ve seen have Michigan favored by about a touchdown, but I’m not sold on Jim Harbaugh’s bunch yet. Led by workhorse running back, Justin Jackson, Northwestern manufactures just enough offense to escape the Big House with a win.

Prediction: 20-16 Northwestern

Navy (4-0) at #15 Notre Dame (4-1) – Saturday, 2:30, NBC

Perhaps more of an upset alert than a marquee match-up here, but in a bit of a down week, we’ll work with what we’ve got. This rivalry has seen some wild games in recent years. I’m curious to see how Notre Dame responds after its first loss of the season (24-22 at Clemson last week). They bottled up Georgia Tech’s triple option attack a few weeks ago, but Navy’s Keenan Reynolds provides another challenge in that unique offense.

Navy hangs in and gives the Irish a scare, but DeShone Kizer and company prevail in a close one.

Prediction: 30-24 Notre Dame

#21 California (5-0) at #7 Utah (4-0) – Saturday, 9:00, ESPN

The Pac-12 is so much fun.

The only two remaining unbeatens in the Pac 12 square off in this one. This will be Cal’s biggest test to date. They’ve had close wins over Texas, Washington and Washington State the past few weeks. Utah has beaten Michigan and an underperforming Oregon team en route to the top 5. I’m excited to get a better look at both of these teams on a big stage (ESPN’s College Gameday will be in Salt Lake City).

The Utes prove they belong in the playoff conversation with a convincing win here.

Prediction: 38-24 Utah

Upset Alerts

#16 Georgia (4-1) at Tennessee (2-3) – Saturday, 2:30, CBS

If Georgia comes out just as sluggish as they did against Alabama last week, they could get knocked off by a desperate Tennessee team.

Georgia Tech (2-3) at #6 Clemson (4-0) – Saturday, 2:30, ESPN2

The Ramblin’ Wreck looks to right the ship against a Clemson team that could come out hungover after its big win over Notre Dame last week.

#2 TCU (5-0) at Kansas State (3-1) – Saturday, 6:30, Fox

The Horned Frogs played a near perfect game last week (50-7 win over Texas), so college sports logic says they’ll come out sloppy this week. And Bill Snyder practices wizardry.

#3 Baylor (4-0) at Kansas (0-4) – Saturday, 11:00, Fox Sports 1

Just kidding. Baylor by 50, or more. Could the game go over without (78) without Kansas even scoring? Have a good weekend, sports fans.

Other Games to watch:

  • 18 Oklahoma State at West Virginia – Is the Big 12 going to be a gauntlet? This game will show us which team can play spoiler.
  • Texas vs 11 Oklahoma, from the Texas State Fair Grounds-Texas staring at a 1-5 start…
  • Miami (FL) at 9 Florida State – FSU-Miami and OU-Texas playing on the same weekend, too bad nobody will notice.
  • 5 LSU at South Carolina – Live from Baton Rouge. But hey, the LSU will play the South Carolina fight song…
  • Washington at 14 USC (Thursday) – The Shark Bowl

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