Syracuse at Miami Preview and Prediction

When I looked at the schedule, initially, I did not look much at this weekends game. Syracuse was just another game on the schedule and there were plenty of others to look at before the Orange. Then last weekend happened. Syracuse upset Clemson, which left me stunned. Syracuse knocked Clemson quarterback, Kelly Bryant, out of the game and left Clemson scrambling for offense. Dino Babers and company found a way to win at home against a team that beat them 54-0 in 2016. It was a massive win for the program and it also gives Syracuse a reason to walk into Miami with a chip on their shoulder. This team knows they can come into Miami and pull off back-to-back top ten upsets. Their offense has catalyzed that confidence due to the playmaking ability of a couple of solid upperclassmen.

Eric Dungey is the leader of the Syracuse offense. Not only is he the quarterback of the team, but he leads the team in rushing. Dungey will call his own number often, especially in red zone situations — it is almost a guarantee that Dungey is going to try and run it in himself from inside the 20 yard line. Dungey has eight rushing scores so far in 2017 which is why I believe limiting Dungey’s ground game will be a focal point of Manny Diaz’s scheme going into Saturday. Dontae Strickland is their primary back, but does not get the most touches. Strickland is averaging just 3.1 yards a rush and his longest run of the year is just 15 yards. Moe Neal is a guy that Syracuse could use in the passing game from the backfield.

Apart from the ground game, Eric Dungey has been an exceptional passer in 2017. He is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 2080 yards for the 4-3 Syracuse Orange. One trend I noticed with the Syracuse offense is that they absolutely will take deep shots in the passing game. Senior wide receiver, Steve Ishmael, is third nationally in receiving yards with 802 and leads the nation in receptions with 62. It is a sure bet that Eric Dungey is going to be looking for Ishmael, who happens to be from Miami. Ishmael graduated from North Miami Beach High School in 2014 and has turned into one of the premier players in the country. I would imagine that a big homecoming for Ishmael is something he is greatly looking forward to.

On the other hand, wide receiver Ervin Phillips is third in the nation is receptions (56) and tied for 24th in receiving yards with 569 yards. Syracuse is going to pass the ball a lot. Against a very talented NC State team, Phillips had 17 receptions for 188 yards. Ishmael is not a one man show. This offense is very talented and they are going to test the Miami defensive backfield. They will not be scared to throw up and bet one of there guys will come down with it. Both of these senior receivers have seen and done just about everything in their four years of college football. Miami is going to have their hands full with these two. Ravian Pierce and Devin Butler are also guys that Miami is going to need to account for in the passing game.

Defensively, Syracuse looked good against Clemson. They are averaging 14 less points per game as a defense from a year ago, which is a massive step forward. They are 38th in rushing defense and are allowing opponents to rush for an average of 128.9 yards. They are allowing 223 yards per game passing, good for 67th nationally. This defense is improved, but it will not be the anywhere near the top defenses that the Hurricanes have played so far. Their pass rush is very suspect. That is not good news for Syracuse because Miami’s offensive line has been playing at a high level. The Orange have just ten sacks on the year. Syracuse is going to have to create pressure if they want to beat Miami. If the offensive line can toy with the Syracuse front, it is going to be a long day for the Orange. Miami has too many athletes of offense for them to make mistakes. Another factor to consider is the weather. In Syracuse, they play in a giant air- conditioned dome. In Miami, it is going to be hot and humid in a way they cannot possibly replicate of prepare for, unless they practice in a sauna.

For Miami, they need to find a way to start games faster. Miami keeps waiting until the second half of games to start playing real football offensively. The defense is solid, you guys keep doing what you are doing. I do not know if it is the plays that Mark Richt is calling, or just a lack of execution. Regardless, it needs to get figured out soon. Malik Rosier has been as good as we could have hoped for as Canes fans. He is completing 59.1% of his passes and has done a great job of not turning the ball over. Syracuse is susceptible to big plays, so this could be a big day for Ahmonn Richards. He tears up defensive backs who cannot match his athleticism and I believe we are going to see him catch a big one tomorrow afternoon.

It is clear that Miami has the intention of running the ball. On the year, Miami has passed the ball 175 times and ran it 160. Travis Homer is stepping up in a big way after the injury to Mark Walton allowed him to step into this new role. Homer has the burst and speed we were not seeing from Walton because of his ankle injury. In his first start last week against a solid Georgia Tech defense, Homer erupted for 170 yards on 20 attempts. He is averaging 8.5 yards per carry and Syracuse has not given me any reason to think that they will slow down Homer. I believe we are going to see Miami hit their stride as an offense in the first half of this game.

This game is going to be decided by our defense. That gives me a great sense of peace because this unit has been awesome. Maybe not as great as we would hope at times, but in the second half of games they have been incredible. Eric Dungey has been sacked 20 times this year. Our defensive line is going to be able to create penetration without having to blitz a lot of people and that will force Dungey to have to make decisions. If he wants to throw it up to Ishmael, I trust Malek Young to make a play. I know our defense is capable of handling this offense. The Hurricanes are ranked ninth nationally in passing defense, which is the strength of this Syracuse team. Miami knows they need to come out and make a statement on Saturday. I think Miami does that in a big way.

Prediction

Miami finds their groove early and creates a comfortable lead for our defense. I believe Miami will score at least three times in the first half, making way for the team to erupt and break the game open in the second half. Miami is best when the nation second guesses them. If it were up to ESPN, Miami would be 1-4 this year. The disrespect is being felt among the program and there is no better opportunity for the Hurricanes to make a statement than right now by beating a team who just beat Clemson. Travis Homer runs for 140 yards with two touchdowns. Malik Rosier throws for 275 and two touchdowns, one being a big play by Ahmonn Richards. I am going to hold off on the freshman scoring this week, which in turn would lead to the freshman actually scoring this week. The battle of Miami’s turnover chain vs the Syracuse golden gloves will be won by us. Miami will pick off Dungey twice in the game, even though he will play well. I really like Eric Dungey but Miami is going to be hot and humid and the athletes we have on the team tower the athletes at Syracuse. It is not as ideal of a matchup for Syracuse as people might think. But go ahead, ESPN, and everyone else. Pick Syracuse to win. Do it again next week so that you can continue to fuel the Cardiac Canes. Miami makes a statement.

Miami: 38 Syracuse: 23

College GameDay Standings –Week 7

It was a big weekend for in the College GameDay standings. I took first place back from Kirk Herbstreit by putting up a 9-1 performance. My only loss on the day was Auburn being upset by LSU. Auburn held a 20-0 lead at one point of the game, but could not finish. The Auburn mascot even trolled the LSU fans by dressing up as the Troy mascot, then they lost. Karma is a…

 

Anyways, next to our names I am going to place the record for this past weekend in parenthesis. I hope everyone is starting to truly understand that I belong on the GameDay committee. I fully expect #GetGabyToGameDay to be trending on twitter in about two hours. Miami is having a good year and we have some big games coming up, so lets reach for the stars people. I have earned it by my standards that I created.

 

Week 7 Standings

1)  Gaby: 45-16 (9-1)  .738 

 2) Kirk: 41-15 (7-3) .732

 2)  Des: 42-19 (9-1) .689

 4) Corso: 39-22 (3-7) .639

Sold Out Crowd Top 25 — Week 8

1) Alabama (7-0) – With a Clemson loss, Alabama is now the clear number one team in the nation.

2) Georgia (7-0) – The Bulldogs can do it on offense and defense. Freshman Jake Fromm has solidified himself as the quarterback of this team. The Bulldogs have a bye before they meet up with the rival Florida Gators.

3) Penn State (6-0) – James Franklin must have been grateful to not play during a week where we saw four top ten teams fall.

4) TCU (6-0) – Holding Kansas State to six points in Manhattan is a big accomplishment. Gary Patterson and his team have the playoffs in sight. Kansas and Iowa State are next up for the Horned Frogs.

5) Wisconsin (6-0) – Freshman running back, Jonathan Taylor, is opening the eyes of everybody around the nation. The Badgers keeping finding ways to get it done. Their favorable schedule could give them an opportunity to play in the B1G Championship Game.

6) Clemson (6-1) – Kelly Bryant went down and that caused their offense to slow down a bit. The biggest blunder was their defense, which was unusually terrible. They left parts of the field open consistently. Friday the 13th was not good to the Tigers.

7) Miami (5-0) – It came down to the wire again for the Hurricanes. Georgia Tech lead the entire game, but Miami found a way to get it done. That is what good teams do. They did so without five starters and without a starting linebacker for the second half of the game.

8) Ohio State (6-1) – JT Barrett is quietly completing 66.7% of his passes and has a 21/1 touchdown to interception ratio. In two weeks, they face real completion again when number three Penn State comes to the Horseshoe for a battle for the Big Ten East.

9) Oklahoma (5-1) – After a bitter defeat last weekend at home, Oklahoma bounced back in a big way. The Red River Rivalry is one of the nations best and Oklahoma found a way to win a close one.

10) Oklahoma State (5-1) – The Cowboys only loss came to number four TCU, which seemed like a bigger deal then than it is now. The Cowboys are still looking like the team that they were hyped up to be in the pre-season.

11) USC (6-1) – The Trojans put themselves in position to lose again last night. Utah was a two-point conversion away from winning the game, but they did not. Winning close games counts for something, and USC did it against a good Utah team.

12) Virginia Tech (5-1) – The Hokies jumped two spots in the Sold Out Crowd polls by simply watching from their couches. Good work guys. VT hosts North Carolina on Saturday.

13) Notre Dame (6-1) – The Irish are one point away from being a potentially top five team in 2017. A 20-19 loss to #2 Georgia is their only blunder on the season. On Saturday, the Irish host Sam Darnold and the 11th ranked Trojans in South Bend.

14)  Washington (6-1) – Losing to Arizona State is not a good look for the Huskies. They managed just seven points against a defense ranked 105th in total defense.

15) Washington State (6-1) – Not only losing, but getting absolutely embarrassed by a Cal team that was 3-3 going into the game is a bad look for the Cougars. It was not a good weekend for Washington college football teams.

16) South Florida (6-0) – The Bulls are currently riding the nations longest winning streak, 11 games. Their schedule is not tough, but they are beating who they are supposed to beat and they are doing it convincingly.

17) NC State (6-1) – NC State is now leading in the ACC Atlantic with Clemsons loss to Syracuse. The Wolfpack’s only loss on the year came in the first game of the season to South Carolina.

18) UCF (5-0) – How about Scott Frost and the Knights! What he has done to that program has been unbelievable. He is making his last year in Orlando count, as bigger programs are sure to be rolling out the red carpet for his services this coming off-season.

19) Michigan State (5-1) – The Spartans only loss on the year came against a very talented Notre Dame team. They are finding ways to win and they have already beat Michigan. They host Indiana next weekend, a team that just took Michigan to overtime this past weekend.

20) Michigan (5-1) – I am the first to say, “A win is a win” but Michigan just looks bad. Their offense is stagnant if not for Karan Higdon, who has erupted as the teams leading rusher. Higdon won them the game on Saturday by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

21) Stanford (5-2) – Stanford is the best two-loss team in the nation, by far. The Bryce Love Heisman campaign started Saturday. The running back needed less than five minutes to reach the 100 yard mark on the ground. Love ran for 8.6 yards a carry, which is, shockingly, below his yearly average.

22) West Virginia (4-2) – In a vintage Big 12 shootout, the Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech in a 46-35 game. Will Grier has proven to be an elite passer and he fits perfectly in that West Virginia offense.

23) LSU (5-2) – After the Tigers massive home loss to Troy, they have gone on to beat two ranked teams in back-to-back weeks. They defeated Auburn at home after being down 20-0 in the second quarter. That shows the fight this team has to win.

24) Auburn (5-2) – Just when everybody thought the Tigers were getting somewhere, they drop a brutal game to LSU. They had control of the game, but a special teams blunder allowed LSU to come back. Auburn travels to Arkansas next week to take on the Razorbacks, who were the latest victims of an Alabama spanking.

25) Memphis (5-1) – I did not do this intentionally, but I just realized this is the third straight team with the mascot of a Tiger. The Tigers only loss came to 18th ranked UCF. Quarterback Riley Ferguson has been one the best in the nation this year. Memphis does not play USF this year, so they could potentially run the table for the rest of the year and come out of the AAC West.

Georgia Tech at Miami Preview and Prediction

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After losing to Florida State for the past seven years, Miami has generally gone on a downward slide. That will not be the case in 2017 after Miami finally got the job done in an instant classic up in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes saw Malik Rosier take a major step forward in his career by putting together one of the most impressive game-winning drives in Miami Hurricanes history that ended with a fade route to Darrell Langham, who made an incredible play on the ball to catch it over Tarvarus McFadden. So, for the first time since my freshman year of high school, we are going to see how Miami plays after beating Florida State.

It has not always been the fact that Florida State beats us, but rather how they physically impact our team. Duke Johnson broke his ankle during the FSU game in 2013, a season that Miami was undefeated in up until that game, which lead to a three game losing streak. In this years matchup, Miami is going into a game against Georgia Tech without two defensive starters and, potentially, three offensive starters. Sheldrick Redwine, one of Miami’s starting defensive backs, is out with an upper extremity, while Navaughn Donaldson and Dee Delaney are out with lower extremities. Ahmonn Richards is still questionable, but he did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. That leads me to believe that he likely will not play on Saturday.

Despite the injuries, Miami still has to go out and play a 3-1 Georgia Tech team that is coming into Miami with two weeks of rest. Georgia Tech already has wins over two ACC schools, Pitt and North Carolina, that have a combined record of 2-7. Yes, the Yellow Jackets dominated those games, but they have yet to play any quality competition. Georgia Tech’s only other win came against Jacksonville State. They gave up 42 points in an overtime loss to Tennessee, but few would consider Tennessee to be a good team.

TaQuon Marshall, the quarterback for the Yellow Jackets, does a good job of running an offense that is older than Jesus. He has only completed 19 passes on the year, but he is the teams leading rusher with 523 yards and nine touchdowns. If he does throw it, more than half of the time it is going to senior wide receiver Ricky Jeune. Jeune has caught 10 of those 19 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Brad Stewart has the second most receptions with three. I anticipate that Marshall will have to pass more in this game with Miami simply because the defense is not going to let them run all over us. They have played against inferior front sevens that the Yellow Jackets have been able to consistently attack. Miami is a different monster. The Hurricanes rank fourth nationally in both tackles for loss and sacks. Georgia Tech understands that this game is going to be very different than any of the games they have played this season.

KirVonte Benson has been the feature back for Georgia Tech this season. The sophomore back has ran for 476 yards on 84 carries, good for 5.7 yards a carry. Benson is built like a fullback at 5-9 211 pounds. He is not going to burn you with his speed, but he has been able to bounce off tacklers and run for big gains. He had a 63 yard touchdown run two weeks ago against North Carolina. Overall, Georgia Tech has eight guys that are averaging over five yards per carry, including freshman Jerry Howard who they are high on. They also have five people with runs of over 35 yards, although that is not something that should come as a surprise. All Georgia Tech does is run the ball. Their offensive lineman go straight at the defenders knees to back them up and try to chop up the field by creating excruciatingly long drives to eat up the clock. They have done that well this year. In the first half of their last game at North Carolina, the Yellow Jackets had two separate drives, that combined, took up more than a full quarter of play. One drive in the first quarter lasted eight minutes and 54 seconds that ended with a touchdown, and the other was seven minutes and 37 seconds that ended with a field goal.  Miami needs to limit those long drives by creating tackles for loss on early downs and force TaQuon Marshall to make a throw.

The Georgia Tech defense is allowing just 19 points per game, which is good for fifth in the ACC. Georgia Tech’s defense will likely be the third best the Hurricanes have faced this season. Duke was leading the nation in third down defense when Miami pulled up to Durham and Florida State always has an elite defense, so that leaves Georgia Tech in the middle of the pack. The biggest question for Miami is going to be the running game. How is Travis Homer going to handle being the guy now for Miami? If you ask me, based on what I have seen from him, I would say that he is going to do great. Walton looked great all year, but it was obvious he was not completely healthy. Against Duke, Walton was not able to put together many big runs. Travis Homer came in and broke out a touchdown run for 40 yards. On that last drive against Florida State, Homer had a couple of huge runs after Mark Walton went down. Most importantly, Travis Homer is healthy. That alone is going to help boost our running game. Walton was having trouble making certain cuts and breaks because of his lingering ankle problem. Homer is going to burst through the holes and make all of those cuts at full speed. Not to mention the kid flat out flies. I believe Homer is going to have a great game against this defense. Behind him the rotation gets a little tricky. Trayone Gray has not been able to put it all together, on the field at least, and Robert Burns is likely going to be redshirted. I would love to see Deejay Dallas get some touches in the backfield. That kid will do anything to get on the field and this could be the perfect opportunity for him to do so.

Georgia Tech does not seem to have a very good pass rush and that could greatly benefit Miami. Malik Rosier does not like the pressure in his face too much, but if you give him a clean pocket he can drop some dimes or take off and run it. Miami’s biggest target, Ahmonn Richards, is questionable going into this game. Hopefully he can go, but if not Miami has plenty of weapons ready to make plays. Every week we are seeing freshman wide receiver Jeff Thomas become more involved in the game plan. If Richards is not going to play, it creates opportunities for Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley, who started the first two games in Richards absence, to play more snaps. I want to see these kids pop off and this could be the week it happens. Braxton Berrios has been playing outside of his mind this year and I could not be happier for the kid. He is intelligent on and off the field and he has worked hard for every opportunity he has been given. He is the true epitome of what it means to be a Miami Hurricane. I know this offense is going to give Georgia Tech a hard time, even without Navaughn Donaldson. Corey Gaynor has that dog in him. He is going to step up for this chance to play on Saturday.

Defensively, Miami knows what they have to do. Against Georgia Tech everybody has to know their assignment and trust the guy next to him to know theirs. You cannot try to be a hero against this team. There is so much misdirection and so much movement going on behind the line of scrimmage that you have to trust your coaching and stick to the assignment given to you. Any slip on the mental side of a play and they can pop off a huge run. What gives me comfort is knowing that everybody on the front seven has seen this offense before. They have a new quarterback running the show, but it is all the same things. If the defensive front can beat the chop blocks and get behind the line of scrimmage quickly, then Miami will do what they have to do in order to win this game.

In their last two games, Georgia Tech last fumbled the ball eight times and lost six of them. Joe Jackson and Shaq Quarterman both created forced fumbles in last years game and Manny Diaz hopes to see some of the same in this years matchup.  The defense needs to take possessions away from the Georgia Tech offense because they will run down the clock if you let them hang on to the ball. The turnover chain needs to be brought out Saturday afternoon more than once.

Prediction: 

Mark Richt is very familiar with Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech triple-option. Richt poses a demanding 22-2 record against the Yellow Jackets in his career and Miami is 7-1 in their last eight games against Georgia Tech.

Despite having two weeks to get ready for the Hurricanes, the Yellow Jackets will struggle to move the ball against a superior defensive unit. I say that Miami forces three fumbles on Saturday. It will be a big day for the Hurricanes defense that will be hungry to prove that there will be no set back from an emotional win over Florida State. They are going to run the ball 50 times against us and will get theres from time to time, but overall this defensive unit is going to hold Georgia Tech to their lowest amount of points of the season.

Offensively, Malik Rosier is going to have a great game. I have him going for around 275 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Travis Homer is going to pop off for over 100 yards in his first game as a starter and a freshman, either Jeff Thomas or Mike Harley, will catch their first touchdown pass of the season. I am going to lean toward Jeff Thomas. There will be no set back for the Hurricanes in this clash of ACC Coastal teams and Miami goes on to be undefeated for another week.

Miami: 34

Georgia Tech: 20

College GameDay Standings — Week 6

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I took a couple of chances this past week that backfired a bit. Kansas State was a team I liked a lot coming into the year and I thought they could get it done in Texas as underdogs.

LSU was coming off a tough home loss against Troy and instead of assuming they would bounce back, like they did, I leaned toward the side of them losing their confidence in Coach Orgeron. They are playing a load of young talent and I did not think they were there yet. I had picked against Florida almost every weekend to open the year and they were finding ways to win. I thought they could get it done at home. Shockingly enough, the Gators let me down. It was a big win for Tigers in Gainesville.

The whole GameDay staff got Michigan wrong. I, along with my fellow colleagues, figured the Wolverines defense was going to be too much for a Spartans team that has yet to score more than 18 points in a game. It turns out the Michigan offense was the unit that struggled against a hard-nosed defense in a torrential downpour in Ann Arbor. That came as no surprise because their offense has been suspect all year.

I got bumped down to second place and Kirk has not stopped blowing up my phone to let me know about it. His cockiness has fueled the fire even more. I am coming for you, Herby. There are some great games coming up this weekend and I am excited to share my picks with you guys. Below you will find the standings from Weeks 2-6.

Week 6 Standings

1) Kirk: 34-12  .739

 2) Gaby: 36-15  .706

 2) Corso: 36-15  .706

 4) Des: 33-18  .647

Sold Out Crowd Top 25 — Week 7

1) Alabama (6-0) – Nick Saban is the only coach in the nation complaining about positive media coverage. He called it “rat poison” for his undefeated team. That is the world I want to live in.

2) Clemson (6-0) – Clemson is just rolling through their schedule. They did not dominate, but a very solid two touchdown win nonetheless.

3) Penn State (6-0) – Saquon Barkley did not have his best game, but still finished with two touchdowns in a big win over Northwestern.

4) Georgia (6-0) – The Bulldogs are the clear favorite in the SEC East. They ran for 423 yards and continue to steam roll through the conference.

5) Washington (6-0) – The Huskies keep dominating bad teams. They have, by far, the easiest schedule in the top five. They travel to Arizona State next week to play another late night west coast game that nobody is going to watch on this side.

6) TCU (5-0) – Hard fought victories go a long way with the Sold Out Crowd committee. TCU had to fight every second with West Virginia and found a way to win, as all good teams do.

7) Wisconsin (5-0) – As long as they keep winning, Wisconsin will be favorited to come out of the B1G West. Again, no Ohio State or Penn State on the schedule and Michigan is obviously very beatable. If they beat who they are supposed to beat, the Badgers will be in the B1G Championship game.

8) Washington State (6-0) – Their defense continues to prove that they are competitive. No more 55-48 wins for the Cougars. They won in impressive fashion in a tough road environment. Kudos to Mike Leach.

9) Miami (4-0) – What a win to snap the seven game losing streak against Florida State. This game displayed the epitome of the rivalry. Miami has now shown enough to be cemented in the top 10 and is currently on a nine-game winning streak dating back to last year.

10) Ohio State (5-1) – The Buckeyes are still demolishing bad teams. I cannot wait to watch them play Penn State in a couple of weeks. It will be a chance for Ohio State to bounce back into the playoff picture.

11) Auburn (5-1) – Since the loss to Clemson, Auburn has proved to be the team everybody was talking about in the off-season. A trip to Baton Rouge next week will be big against an LSU team that is playing with nothing to lose.

12) Oklahoma (4-1) – I am genuinely disappointed in this team. I believed Oklahoma was going to run the table in the Big 12 and be in the Playoff. A loss to Iowa State, who was a 30.5 point underdog, after being up 24-10 is inexplicable. Awful loss for the Sooners who have to play Texas next week in the Red River Rivarly.

13) USC (5-1) – USC dominated a bad Oregon State team. Nothing to write home about, but it is good to see USC bounce back after a tough loss a week ago. Sam Darnold needs to stop throwing interceptions.

14) Virginia Tech (5-1) – Virginia Tech picked up their first ACC win against Boston College in a game the defense dominated. They travel to Miami in November in a game that could decide the ACC Coastal.

15) Oklahoma State (4-1) – The Cowboys had their bye week, but their win over Texas Tech gains a little more weight as the Red Raiders put up 65 points in a win over Kansas.

16) Notre Dame (5-1) I know this is high, but hear me out. Their only loss the season came in a one point game against Georgia. They beat Michigan State by 20 on the road. They play USC this weekend at home with a chance to prove that last year is officially behind them and they are legit once again.

17) Michigan (4-1) – Jim Harabaugh is now 1-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State and 0-3 at home in those games. It is odd that Michigan cannot find a quarterback and they desperately need one. Holding a team to 14 points should get you a victory, but turning the ball over five times will earn you a loss.

18) South Florida (5-0) – Charlie Strong and his team were able to sit back and watch this amazing weekend of college football. They travel to Cincinnati next weekend to take on a Bearcats team that was just demolished by UCF.

19) NC State (5-1) – After the Wolfpack’s opening week loss to South Carolina, they have gone on to win five straight games. A big Thursday night victory over Louisville has the Pack riding high. Ryan Finley has yet to throw an interception this season and has thrown for 1770 yards.

20) San Diego State (6-0) – Rashaad Penny is beating down the door to get into the Heisman discussion. He is second in the nation with 993 yards and nine touchdowns through six games.

21) UCF (4-0) – What a job Scott Frost has done in Orlando this year. It was just two years ago that this program went 0-12 and now here they are. The Knights are ranked second nationally, tied with Penn State and Alabama, in turnover margin through six weeks of the season and are lighting up their opponents.

22) Michigan State (4-1) – In their four wins this season, the Spartans have yet to give up more than 14 points. They gave up just ten last night in a big win at Michigan. The next three weeks favor them with Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern on the schedule.

23) Stanford (4-2) Stanford is easily the best two loss team in the nation. A big road win at Utah brings them back into the Sold Out Crowd top 25. Bryce Love is in my top three in the Heisman trophy standings and is leading the nation in rushing by 247 yards on 25 less attempts than Rashaad Penny. Their two losses came on the road against two ranked teams in back-to-back weeks.

24) Texas Tech (4-1) – The Red Raiders only loss came in a close game against Oklahoma State, who could still win the Big 12. This offense is averaging 46.8 points per game and can shoot with the best of them. They travel to West Virginia next week to take on the Mountaineers fresh off a devastating loss to TCU.

25) West Virginia (3-2) – West Virginia went toe-to-toe with TCU the entire game. TCU scored the game-winner with just over two minutes left on the clock. The Mountaineers two losses on the season have come in the form of 31-24 games against Virginia Tech and TCU. It was tough for me to leave them in this spot, but if they can bounce back against Texas Tech next week at home, the Mountaineers will be back in everybody’s top 25.

Week Six College GameDay Picks

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Miami at Florida State

Des – Miami

Tim – Miami

Corso – Miami

Kirk – Florida State

Gaby – Miami

Kansas State at Texas

Des – Texas

Tim – Texas

Corso – Texas

Kirk – Texas

Gaby – Kansas State

Michigan State at Michigan (Kirk commentating**)

Des – Michigan

Tim – Michigan

Corso – Michigan

Gaby – Michigan

Air Force at Navy

Des – Air Force

Tim – Navy

Corso – Navy

Kirk – Navy

Gaby – Navy

Stanford at Utah 

Des – Stanford

Tim – Stanford

Corso – Stanford

Kirk – Stanford

Gaby – Stanford

Washington State at Oregon

Des – Washington State

Tim – Washington State

Corso – Washington State

Kirk – Washington State

Gaby – Washington State

Wisconsin at Nebraska 

Des – Wisconsin

Tim – Wisconsin

Corso – Wisconsin

Kirk – Wisconsin

Gaby – Wisconsin

LSU at Florida 

Des – LSU

Tim – LSU

Corso – Florida

Kirk – LSU

Gaby – Florida

Georgia at Vanderbilt

Des – Georgia

Tim – Georgia

Corso – Georgia

Kirk – Georgia

Gaby – Georgia

West Virginia at TCU

Des – TCU

Tim – TCU

Corso – TCU

Kirk – TCU

Gaby – TCU