2010 NCAA College Football Pick’em: Week 6

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Last week’s NCAA action provided a glimpse as to who the real BCS contenders are, and those who are just pretenders.  Fortunately for us, we had two of those contenders right in Alabama and Oklahoma.  And just when it seemed as though Stanford would make it 3-for-3 for us, they were unable to hold onto an early 21-3 lead as the potent Oregon offense stormed back on route to a commanding 52-31 victory.

Had it not been for a few late mistakes by Stanford, we may have been able to escape week 5 with a perfect record.  However, that was not the case as we were forced to settle for a 2-1 record last week, leaving us at 6-5-1 on the season.  And with another weekend upon us, we will be looking to build on our week five success.

Here is a look at our predictions for week six.

Game: (1) Alabama at (19) South Carolina
Spread: Alabama -7
Pick: Alabama

Reason: Until the Crimson Tide give me a reason not to bet on them, I will continue to ride them into the sunset.  Their defense continues to punish opposing offenses to the tune of 11 interceptions, a 26% conversion rate on third downs, and zero touchdowns allowed in the second half.  With Stephen Garcia still struggling to find his form, look for Alabama’s defense to make life miserable for the Gamecocks’ junior quarterback.  On the other side of the ball, the Tide should have little trouble running on a South Carolina defense that gave up 334 yards on the ground in their last game against Auburn.  Add to that the fact that Mark Ingram ran for an amazing 246 yards and a touchdown against the Gamecocks last season, and we could be in for another blowout Alabama victory on Saturday.

Game: (17) Michigan St. at (18) Michigan
Spread: Michigan -5
Pick: Michigan State
Reason: When these two state rivals meet at the Big House, they will be just about as evenly matched as they have ever been.  Both teams come in with perfect records, but only one will leave with theirs still intact.  We believe that will be Michigan State.  Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson has been phenomenal this season, but he has been nursing an injured knee, and we expect that, along with Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, to slow him down just enough to give the Spartans offense a chance in this one.  And when they do get the ball, look for Michigan State’s balanced offense to cause all sorts of problems for a Michigan defense that allowed Indiana to put up 35 points last Saturday.

Game: USC at (16) Stanford
Spread: Over/Under 59.5
Pick: Over
Reason: If there is one thing you can expect to see at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night, it is a whole lot of points.  The Trojans enter the game with the 116th ranked pass defense in the nation, and if there is one area that the Cardinals excel at, it is throwing the ball.  Through five games, quarterback Andrew Luck has already passed for 1253 yards and 13 touchdowns.  He should be able to add to those totals in a big way tomorrow night.  As for Stanford’s defense, it looked especially vulnerable last week against Oregon, and while USC’s offense may not be as potent as the Ducks’, they do have the playmakers that are capable of breaking the big one.  Both USC and Stanford have averaged 35.8 and 44.6 points per game respectively, and are allowing over 20 points against per game.  When they met last year, Stanford won by a score of 55-21, and Cards’ coach Jim Harbaugh even opted to go for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter with his team up 48-21.  So even if either team is up big in this game, don’t expect them to take their pedal off the gas.

Current Record: 6-5-1 (Last Week: 2-1)

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