College Football – Week 6 breakdowns.

For those of you following our picks last week, we were 5-2 and a plus 7 bringing us back to the positive side at plus six and a record of 21-13 or 62%. Not too shabby for something which costs nothing. Information, opinion and substance in our column plus a solid winning percentage. I guess you can have it all. Let’s see if we can do even better. Have been looking at many games all week and here’s the ones we like. The common them in most of these games is we like the visitors which usually is a death knell. But as usual, we’ve looked at the statistics, the matchups, the intangibles and especially the lines to find the bargains. Here they are.

Friday night.

No. 18 Central Florida (-3) at Cincinnati. Central Florida is a Top 25 team and probably should be undefeated but lost a one pointer on the road to Pitt. They are and have been the class of this conference for three years, The Bearcats have the home field advantage and they have a win against UCLA (big deal). This spread should be at least a touchdown. The Knights are worth taking and laying the 2 points for three units.

No. 6 Oklahoma (-35) at Kansas. The Jayhawks don’t have one player on their offensive first team who would start for the Sooners. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is my pick right now for the too early Heisman. It’s a lot of points but these two teams do not belong on the same field. Kansas is getting ready for basketball to begin. Lay the points for three units.

Baylor at Kansas State (-1). I know the Bears are undefeated at 4-0 but they haven’t beaten anyone of substance, The Wildcats have been the surprise of the Big 12 so far with a solid road win against Mississippi State. They are worth three units to burst the Bears bubble.

No. 11 Texas (-11) at West Virginia. The Longhorns cannot look ahead next week in the red river rivalry against Oklahoma. The Mountaineers may be 3-1 but got blown out by Missouri 38-7, the only descent team they played. I really do not think West Virginia is very good. Texas has all the talent and should roll. Four units on the Longhorns.

No. 7 Auburn at No. 10 Florida “pick-em”. A huge game for both teams. They each have superb defenses, but Tigers quarterback Bo Nix threw for over 300 yards last week against Mississippi State and is getting better every game. Plus, Auburn has been tested on the road, winning at Texas A&M. Florida’s starter Feleipe Franks is out for the year and they now rely on Kyle Trask. Trask has looked good, but he hasn’t played against Auburn’s defense. The lock of the day. Five units on Auburn.

Illinois at Minnesota (-14). Why this game? Because the Golden Gophers are 4-0 and aren’t that bad and the Fighting Illinoi just play terribly on the road. This is the most excitement the Gophers have had in decades. Of course, they haven’t played anyone worth noting but they’ll continue their ride down “undefeated lane” and we think cover. Lay the points for two units.

Oregon State (plus 7) at UCLA. The Beavers were favored last week against Stanford and got blown out at home. UCLA plays down to everyone and although this is a home game, expect it to be close. Chip Kelly needs to go. Another team which is waiting for basketball season to begin. Take the points for three units.

California at Oregon (-13.5). The Golden Bears lost a tough game and their starting quarterback Chase Garber’s last week against Arizona State and the game. The backup, Devon Modster, a transfer from UCLA, looked indecisive. There’s no reason why it won’t continue against the Ducks who have their all everything quarterback, in Justin Herbert. Another lock. Five units on the Ducks.

Good luck to all!

“The Schreib”

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