28 September 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 5

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It is already Week 5 and this week, we have got ourselves some matchups that may just be critical for the College Football Playoff. That includes top ten matchups in Seattle on Friday night, Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon and in Clemson on Saturday. And not only that, there are a bunch of other quality matchups that dot the schedule so let's get to my picks for this week.

Thursday, September 29th
UConn vs. 6 Houston - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: Houston

Kansas vs. Texas Tech - FS1, 8:30
Pick: Texas Tech

Friday, September 30th
7 Stanford vs. 10 Washington - ESPN, 9:00
Here's a fun one for you on a Friday night as this should decide the Pac-12 North. Going on the road to Husky Stadium is tough enough as is but the Cardinal will be without both of their starting cornerbacks. Without a bill of full health, I think it will be tough for Stanford to pull this one out.
Pick: Washington

Toledo vs. BYU - ESPN2, 10:15
The Cougars desperately need a win here and they will get it but they better not sleep on the Rockets.
Pick: BYU

Saturday, October 1st
23 Florida vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Florida

Alcorn State vs. 20 Arkansas - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Arkansas

14 Miami vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Miami

22 Texas vs. Oklahoma State - ABC, 12:00
The final score was a little deceptive in the Baylor-Oklahoma State contest because the Cowboys could very well have won that game. I think they will win this week considering Texas could not stop anybody at this point.
Pick: Oklahoma State

13 Baylor vs. Iowa State - FS1, 12:00
Pick: Baylor

Rutgers vs. 2 Ohio State - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Ohio State

UCF vs. East Carolina - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: East Carolina

Northwestern vs. Iowa - ESPNU, 12:00
Iowa just struggled with Rutgers so there's that.
Pick: Iowa

Notre Dame vs. Syracuse - East Rutherford, NJ - ESPN, 12:00
The Fighting Irish are a complete mess and their defense couldn't stop my ex-wife at this point. They should be able to defeat the Orange in the Meadowlands but after losing to Duke, I can't rule anything out.
Pick: Notre Dame

SMU vs. Temple - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Temple

Georgia State vs. Appalachian State - American Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Appalachian State

Virginia vs. Duke - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: Duke

Buffalo vs. Boston College - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Boston College

Ohio vs. Miami (OH) - BCSN2, 2:30
Pick: Miami (OH)

Oregon State vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Networks, 2:30
The Buffs got a huge road win against Oregon on Saturday night and they are looking pretty good at the moment. They'll take care of business against the Beavers.
Pick: Colorado

Eastern Michigan vs. Bowling Green - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan

Kansas State vs. West Virginia - ESPNU, 3:30
I'm a little surprised that West Virginia is not ranked at this point but they better be ready for the Wildcats that have looked very good defensively. That said, the K-State offense isn't that strong and they haven't played anybody yet. Give me the Mountaineers.
Pick: West Virginia

8 Wisconsin vs. 4 Michigan - ABC, 3:30
The Badgers looked really good in taking out Michigan State in East Lansing but even then. they weren't as impressive as Michigan was in demolishing Penn State. In the Big House, give me the Wolverines.
Pick: Michigan

Illinois vs. 15 Nebraska - ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Nebraska

11 Tennessee vs. 25 Georgia - CBS, 3:30
Just when I was beginning to lose faith in the Vols, they roar back against Florida and win going away. Given that Georgia has now struggled against Nicholls and Missouri and gotten flattened by Ole Miss, I'm not that confident for them at home.
Pick: Tennessee

Wake Forest vs. NC State - ACC Network (FSN), 3:30
Pick: NC State

North Carolina vs. 12 Florida State - ESPN, 3:30
Getting crushed in Louisville may have been a fluke for Florida State but the offense of the Tar Heels will keep them in any game (as we saw last week against Pitt). But Dalvin Cook will filet their defense and that'll power FSU this Saturday afternoon.
Pick: Florida State

Minnesota vs. Penn State - BTN, 3:30
Through four games, Penn State has looked underwhelming losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan and a tight win over Temple. I don't see that changing against Minnesota.
Pick: Minnesota

Purdue vs. Maryland - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Maryland

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Auburn - SEC Network, 3:30
Pick: Auburn

Navy vs. Air Force - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
The race for the Commander-in-Chiefs trophy looks to be very competitive this year so this game is even more important. The Midshipmen have not looked as strong this year thus far and I think at home, the Falcons will cranke it out.
Pick: Air Force

Akron vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Akron

Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Ball State

Tulane vs. UMass - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Tulane

San Jose State vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 4:00
Pick: New Mexico

9 Texas A&M vs. South Carolina - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Texas A&M

Troy vs. Idaho - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Troy

Oklahoma vs. 21 TCU - Fox, 5:00
Oklahoma is favored here on the road but they have been greatly disappointing thus far. I just don't see them with their Swiss cheese defense going to Fort Worth and taking out the Horned Frogs.
Pick: TCU

Old Dominion vs. Charlotte - 6:00
Pick: Old Dominion

18 Utah vs. California - Pac-12 Networks, 6:00
When it comes to scoring defense, Cal is ranked 123rd in the country. 123rd! Meanwhile, the Utes have looked pretty strong defensively and I think strong enough to get a big road victory.
Pick: Utah

Memphis vs. 16 Ole Miss - ESPN2, 7:00
After smashing Georgia, I think it is safe to say that Ole Miss rebounded well after the Alabama collapse. I like them here against a sneaky Memphis squad.
Pick: Ole Miss

Kentucky vs. 1 Alabama - ESPN, 7:00
Haha, nice try.
Pick: Alabama

South Florida vs. Cincinnati - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: South Florida

Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
The directionals are looking pretty good this year so this should be a key MAC contest. I do think that the Broncos are the superior club, however.
Pick: Western Michigan

Florida Atlantic vs. FIU - beIN Sports, 7:00
Pick: Florida Atlantic

UTEP vs. Louisiana Tech - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Middle Tennessee vs. North Texas - Campus Insiders, 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Houston Baptist vs. Western Kentucky - 7:00
Pick: Western Kentucky

Marshall vs. Pittsburgh - ACC Network (FSN), 7:30
Pick: Pittsburgh

Missouri vs. LSU - SEC Network, 7:30
With Ed Orgeron leading the show after the canning of Les Miles, look for the (LSU) Tigers to roll here.
Pick: LSU

Incarnate Word vs. Texas State - KEYE/KMYS/ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Texas State

3 Louisville vs. 5 Clemson - ABC, 8:00
Once Louisville throttled Florida State on September 17th, they immediately jumped up the rankings and into the heart of Playoff talk. But to get there, they're going to have to put up a strong showing in Death Valley. Clemson has been good thus far but not as good as one year ago and I think they could be vulnerable to the football stylings of Lamar Jackson.
Pick: Louisville

17 Michigan State vs. Indiana - BTN, 8:00
After getting spanked by the Badgers, look for the Spartans to bounce back in Bloomington.
Pick: Michigan State

19 San Diego State vs. South Alabama - ESPNEWS, 8:00
Pick: San Diego State

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. New Mexico State - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

Arizona State vs. USC - Fox, 8:30
When you are already talking about firing the coach four games into his first season, things are not looking good and they aren't for the Trojans right now.
Pick: Arizona State

Oregon vs. Washington State - Pac-12 Networks, 9:30
Now that they've dropped two in a row, clearly this Ducks team is not at the level of past Ducks teams. The Cougars have not been as good as I thought (losing to Eastern Washington has that effect) but you never know what Mike Leach will put out of his bag of tricks. We will see plenty of offense here and I think that gives the slight advantage to the Ducks.
Pick: Oregon

Utah State vs. 24 Boise State - ESPN2, 10:!5
Pick: Boise State

Wyoming vs. Colorado State - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Colorado State

Fresno State vs. UNLV - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: UNLV

Arizona vs. UCLA - ESPN, 10:30
Pick: UCLA

Nevada vs. Hawaii - Oceanic Sports, 11:59
Pick: Nevada

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