Carges College Primer: Week 6

October 06, 2017 - 12:19 pm
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Pete Carges
@Carges550




It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong, and fortunately for all of my loyal followers that big man is me. There’s no other way to put it, last week was a complete whiff. Hand up, my bad. I’m not a guy that makes excuses but kickers missing 19 and 22-yard field goals is just something you can’t plan for.



Did I know Sam Darnold was going to look average? Did I know Tennessee was going to look like a modified team? No, of course not, but the only thing left to do now is move forward, which is good because we’ve got a beautiful slate of games coming up this weekend and I’m feeling a return to prominence.



It’s finally October, we’ve got a good read on most of these teams, so let’s go 4-0 and get you guys back in the green.
 



Week 6 Can’t Miss Games



  • 23 - West Virginia at 8 - TCU - 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

Remember TCU? That team that had the second biggest road win of the season a few weeks ago at Oklahoma State? Yeah they are back this week against another solid Big 12 opponent in West Virginia, and I think we’ve got another wild west shootout on our hands.



Both of these teams are coming off of bye weeks and both quarterbacks will be looking to make a statement on the national stage. Both Will Grier and Kenny Hill weren’t thought of too highly as pro prospects coming into the season, but they both have performed adequately over the first month of the season and have their teams in prime position to make a playoff push.



This game, however, will be decided on the ground, and West Virginia gave up a team record rush yards against Kansas, of all teams, in their last game. TCU’s ground attack is what really set the tone against Oklahoma State.



The points will be flying off the board again in this one, and I’m confident this is the shootout in the Big 12 we’ve been waiting for all year.



MY PICK: The OVER 68
 



  • 13 - Miami at Florida State - 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

The ‘Noles and the Canes. It just feels right. This is a game that was supposed to be played a month ago, but thanks to actual hurricanes, it’s been moved back. How different things would’ve been if it had been played at the original date.



Florida State is a team in trouble right now; they opened the season with two losses and barely squeaked one out against Wake Forest last week.



Miami meanwhile, is cruising. They’ve only played three games but have looked outstanding in all three of them.



This is a rivalry game so it’ll be close for a little while, but in the end Miami’s front seven is going to absolutely punish the Seminole’s Swiss cheese offensive line. Miami gets it done in the second half, leading to our annual “Is the U FINALLY back??” conversation.



MY PICK: Miami -3
 



  • 11 - Washington State at Oregon - 8 p.m. (FOX)

Mike Leach’s Cougs were the talk of last week with an impressive 30-27 win over USC on Friday night, but the question now begs, was USC a little bit overrated? We’ll find out in the next couple weeks, but the question that will be answered this weekend is whether or not Wazzu get the job done in a tough road environment in Eugene.



The Ducks had a nice start to the season, but fell to an inferior Arizona State team and suffered some injuries against Cal last week. They’ll have a new quarterback under center, though who that will be is still up in the air at this point.



The line on this game has fluctuated from Oregon being a two-point favorite, to Washington State -3, and now completely off the board with the Ducks quarterback status up in the air.



I don’t think any of that matters though, because I have the Cougars winning big in this one. Oregon is still a year or two away from returning back to an elite Pac-12 team, and I don’t see any let down from Ol’ Crimson, despite their toughest road test of the season.



MY PICK: Washington State -3
 



***UPSET ALERT***



  • 10 Michigan State (+10) at Michigan 7:30 ABC

This was a tough week to pick an upset (which usually means we are in store for a whole plethora of them on tap), but I think Sparty has an actual shot on the road here.



Michigan State looked good against a solid Iowa team a week ago, while Michigan still has yet to put together that complete game. The Wolverines will be starting a new quarterback in John O’Korn, and Mark D’Antonio will have his defense dialed in against a subpar Michigan offense.



Do I think the Spartans will win? Probably not. But it’s a rivalry game, the juices will be flowing, and weird things tend to happen when these two teams meet, especially the last time in Ann Arbor.
 



Other Games to Watch:



  • Wake Forest at 2 - Clemson - 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Maryland at Ohio State - 4 p.m. (FOX)
  • Stanford at 20 - Utah - 10:15 p.m. (FS1)

My College Football Playoff (if the season ended today):



  • 1 - Clemson vs 4 - Penn State
  • 2 - Alabama vs 3 - Oklahoma 

Next Four in: Washington, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin




Heisman Front-Runners: 



  1. Baker Mayfield - QB - Oklahoma
  2. Saquon Barkley - RB - Penn State
  3. Mason Rudolph - QB - Oklahoma State
  4. Bryce Love - RB - Stanford
  5. Luke Falk - QB - Washington State
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