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Rock Chalk Pick'em: Week 6

Our group gets together to fulfill their destiny: Making a bunch of predictions that will probably all go horribly wrong.

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Game Time TV Away Team Home Team Spread (Home) misterbrain mikeville Winmore David
11:00 AM ABC 10 Oklahoma Texas +16.5 Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
11:00 AM ESPN2 Indiana Penn State -6.5 Indiana Indiana Penn State Penn State
2:30 PM ABC/ESPN2 Georgia Tech 6 Clemson -7.5 Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson
2:30 PM 19 Georgia Tennessee +3.0 Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia
2:30 PM NBC Navy 15 Notre Dame -14.0 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
2:30 PM BTN 13 Northwestern 18 Michigan -8.0 Northwestern Michigan Michigan Michigan
2:30 PM ABC/ESPN2 Wisconsin Nebraska -1.5 Nebraska Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
2:30 PM Iowa State Texas Tech -12.5 Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech
6:00 PM ESPN Arkansas 8 Alabama -16.5 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
6:00 PM ESPN2 21 Oklahoma State West Virginia -7.0 West Virginia West Virginia West V. West Virginia
6:30 PM FOX 2 TCU Kansas State +9.5 TCU TCU TCU TCU
6:30 PM SECN 11 Florida Missouri +5.5 Florida Florida Florida Missouri
6:30 PM ESPNU East Carolina BYU -8.0 BYU BYU BYU BYU
7:00 PM ABC Miami (FL) 12 Florida State -9.5 Miami Florida State Florida State Florida State
9:00 PM ESPN 23 California 5 Utah -7.0 Utah Utah Utah Utah
Last Week 11-4 10-5 0-0 11-4
Season Total 54-21 (72%) 55-20 (73%) 44-16 (73%) 53-22 (71%)

Away Team Home Team "Brad" Grad Fizzle NineToesBlogging dnoll5
10 Oklahoma Texas Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
Indiana Penn State Penn State Penn State Indiana Indiana Penn State
Georgia Tech 6 Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson
19 Georgia Tennessee Tennessee Georgia Tennessee Georgia Georgia
Navy 15 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Norte Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
13 Northwestern 18 Michigan Michigan Michigan Northwestern Michigan Michigan
Wisconsin Nebraska Nebraska WIsconsin Nebraska Wisconsin Wisconsin
Iowa State Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Tech
Arkansas 8 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
21 Oklahoma State West Virginia Oklahoma State West Virginia West Virginia Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
2 TCU Kansas State TCU TCU TCU TCU TCU
11 Florida Missouri Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida
East Carolina BYU BYU BYU BYU BYU BYU
Miami (FL) 12 Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida St Florida St
23 California 5 Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah
Last Week 9-6 11-4 7-8 11-4 12-3
Season Total 51-24 (68%) 52-23 (69%) 52-23 (69%) 41-19 (68%) 44-16 (73%)

Today's score predictions come courtesy of David.

Oklahoma vs Texas

The way things are going in Austin, the Red River Rivalry is looking pretty boring this year. Oklahoma hasn't looked perfect but they're playing very good football, while the program in Texas appears to be in a tailspin. I'm guessing that the Longhorns won't have any players tweeting about transferring at halftime, but it will still be ugly. Oklahoma 49, Texas 14

Indiana at Penn State

The middle of the Big 10 dukes out this week as the 4-1 Hoosiers meet the 4-1 Nittany Lions. These two teams are polar opposites, with Indiana having a strong offense with a swiss cheese defense, while Penn State shuts teams down while struggling to score points of their own. I'll go with the home team. Penn State 28, Indiana 27

Georgia Tech at Clemson

After a hot start and strong preseason rankings, Tech has lost three straight in unimpressive fashion. Meanwhile, Clemson is undefeated, coming off a big win over Notre Dame. This shouldn't be much of a contest. Clemson 41, Georgia Tech 23

Georgia at Tennessee

Georgia is probably getting skewered a little too much for things spiraling out of control against Alabama last week, and they look to rebound against a confusing Tennessee team that has been ahead by at least 13 points at some point in all five of their games so far, despite a 2-3 record. I've been a non-believer in Tennessee from day one, and I think Georgia will take out some frustration on them. Georgia 38, Tennessee 21

Navy at Notre Dame

The Domers fell for the first time this year last week to Clemson, while Navy comes in undefeated against an incredibly weak schedule. Navy is a nice team, but can't stack up to the talent in South Bend this year. Notre Dame 40, Navy 24

Northwestern at Michigan

It's been a nice little run, Northwestern, but a random win over Stanford will only get you so far. Michigan has outscored their opponents 139-38 this year, and Northwestern will do what Northwestern always does when they get off to a good start: fade away. Michigan 31, Northwestern 10

Wisconsin at Nebraska

This game would have sounded a lot more appealing at the beginning of the year, before we'd actually seen these two teams play. Both teams are probably a little better than they're being given credit for, ranking 16th and 41st in the S&P+, respectively. Despite a couple of early losses, Wisconsin seems to have it together a little more than Nebraska at this point. Wisconsin 28, Nebraska 24

Iowa State at Texas Tech

Iowa State got their nice little blowout over Kansas last week, but now it's back to reality. While Baylor was able to put Tech back in their place last week, it's still apparent that Tech is better than they looked coming into this season, while Iowa State looks only mildly improved from last year. Nothing ISU has done so far this year would indicate they can slow down Tech's offense, but they will probably put up some points of their own. Texas Tech 56, Iowa State 34

Arkansas at Alabama

One of the easiest picks of the week. Arkansas has looked a bit better in their last two games, but they can't hang with Bama. Alabama 45, Arkansas 20

Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Both teams lost significant defensive starters to injury this past week, and both teams have similar questions. Each reeled off some easy wins against weak competition to start the year, and each looked shaky once Big 12 play hit. Oklahoma State has beaten Texas and Kansas State by a combined five points, while West Virginia didn't quite live up to their billing as a dark horse Big 12 title contender last week a 20 point loss to Oklahoma. West Virginia plays at home, and I believe in them slightly more than I do Okie State at this point. West Virginia 33, Oklahoma State 27

TCU at Kansas State

It's hard to say what to make of TCU at this point. They've lost a multitude of defensive players for various reasons and almost lost a shootout to Texas Tech two weeks ago. Last week they dismantled Texas, but that may have had just as much to do with the Longhorns' locker room catastrophe as it did TCU's talent. Does TCU still have a good defense or don't they? Bill Snyder's creative playcalling will put that to the test on the heels of a tough road loss to Oklahoma State. In the end, K-State just doesn't have the talent to hang with TCU this year, regardless of the defensive question marks. Oklahoma State generally shredded this defense, so TCU should be able to annihilate it, though Snyder's approach should keep the possessions and final score below shootout numbers. TCU 45, Kansas State 24

Florida at Missouri

It was Florida's turn to be the SEC team that shot up the rankings this week after a drubbing of flash-in-the-pan Ole Miss. Florida is certainly bouncing back from the Muschamp years, but the polls are being a bit reactionary with them sitting just outside the top 10. Missouri looked a little better with Drew Lock in the pocket last week, and home field advantage will give them a slight edge over the Gators in his second career start. Missouri 21, Florida 20

East Carolina at BYU

I am so sick of having to pick BYU games every week. East Carolina is outmatched and playing on the road. BYU 38, East Carolina 21

ed note: I warned these guys when we started that we would pick all the Big 12 games, the Missouri game and the BYU game every week, and then I would fill in the rest to get to 15 picks.  Just saying...

Miami (Fla) at Florida State

Miami just can't quite seem to get it together. They look like they're finally on a roll, then all of a sudden they lose by double digits to Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Florida State actually looks like they may be better than last year's playoff team. Miami can hang around for a while, but ultimately Florida State will keep them at arm's length. Florida State 35, Miami (Fla) 21

California at Utah

Where did Utah come from? They had a strong 2014 campaign, but no one saw them drubbing Oregon by 40+. Meanwhile, Sonny Dykes continues to keep things rolling in Berkeley. I'd be tempted to pick Cal, but this game is in Utah and Cal very nearly lost to Texas. In the end, I think Utah wins a battle of overrated teams. Utah 41, Cal 35