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Conference play heats up around the nation in week 6. Three match-ups will feature teams ranked in the 11th or higher, including West Virginia at Texas and LSU at Florida.
Week six offers some highly-anticipated match-ups that include three games featuring teams raked 11th or higher. You will want to make sure you have a few extra beers in the fridge and fresh batteries in the remote this week.
Game of the Week
(5)Georgia at (6)South Carolina 7 p.m. ESPN
Both teams have looked impressive all season, with the possible exception of Georgia surrendering 44 points in a shootout victory over Tennessee last week. South Carolina typically trips up around this time of the season, but a stout defense and possibly the best player in the nation in Marcus Lattimore could finally get the Gamecocks over the hump under Steve Spurrier. This should be a very tight contest that comes down to a big play at a pivotal moment.
Prediction: South Carolina- 31 Georgia- 28
(4)LSU at (10)Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS
Florida seemed like a team that was destined to drop out of the Top 25 once they ran into a semi-competent opponent. But after five weeks, the Gators are stil undefeated and have found a variety of ways to win. It appeared as though another season would end with a rematch of LSU and Alabama in the title game, but LSU has dropped each of the last two weeks after close calls with Auburn and Towson.
Prediction: LSU- 30 Florida- 23
(8)West Virginia at (11)Texas 7 p.m. FOX
Doesn't it seem like every time there is a game with two extremely prolific offenses, it somehow ends up being a surprisingly low-scoring game? If it was any other conference, I would take the under. But this is the Big 12, where defense isn't optional, it's actually frowned upon. One team will have its national title hopes dashed late Saturday night. It probably won't be long until the victor faces the same fate.
Prediction: West Virginia- 42 Texas- 41
Miami(FL) at (9)Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC
On paper, this doesn't seem like a great match-up. But anyone over the age of 30 knows that the football gods could intervene just enough to make it interesting.
Prediction: Notre Dame- 24 Miami(FL)- 13
Keep and Eye On
(23)Washington at (2)Oregon 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Washington stunned the nation by upsetting Stanford at home last week. Can they go into Autzen Stadium for an even bigger upset?
Prediction: Oregon- 41 Washington- 28
(13)USC at Utah 9 p.m. ESPN (Thursday)
Utah went into the Coliseum last season and nearly knocked off USC in their first try as a member of the PAC-12. The Utes have struggled so far and may not be up to the task this year, but Thursday nights usually contain some surprises.
Prediction: USC- 27 Utah- 20
Washington State at (14)Oregon State 6 p.m. PAC-12 Network
Oregon State might be the biggest surprise of the season so far. Washington State is making strides, but probably not ready for its first statement game under Mike Leach just yet.
Prediction: Oregon State- 34 Washington State- 17
Editor's Choice: How I will be spending my Saturday
TV1- Northwestern at Penn State
TV2- Mississippi State at Kentucky
TV3- Michigan State at Indiana
TV1-LSU at Florida
TV2- Michigan at Purdue
TV3- Arizona at Stanford
Also watching- Iowa State at TCU
TV1- Nebraska at Ohio State
TV2- Georgia at South Carolina
TV3- West Virginia at Texas
Also watching- Miami at Notre Dame, Florida State at NC State
TV1- Washington at Oregon
TV2- UCLA at Cal