CFB Week 6 Staff Picks
By: WZBC Writers
#19 Texas at #7 Oklahoma
Nic Ferreira: Oklahoma 38 – Texas 31
Texas has been on a roll, winning their last four games, however Oklahoma’s offense is a different beast. Both teams have been scoring a lot of points and giving up a lot of points, so it’s fair to expect a shootout. Kyler Murray looked invincible last week, and look for his success to continue. We can expect another exciting installment in this great rivalry.
Charlie Whitney: Oklahoma 48 – Texas 31
Not only has Kyler Murray done an adequate job of filling in for Baker Mayfield, but he has put himself in serious Heisman contention for this season’s award. In any Big 12 matchup it’s fair to project thirty-plus points from each team (except Kansas, obviously), but expect to see the Sooners run away with this one early thanks to what is possibly the best offense in the county.
Bryan Bruwer: Texas: 30 – Oklahoma: 34
Although Texas is now officially back, they’ll have their hands full with #7 Oklahoma in the latest installation of the Red River Rivalry. Anticipate a good old fashion shootout, with Kyler Murray and the Sooners coming out on top by a narrow margin.
JD Biagioni: Oklahoma 45 – Texas 21
Oklahoma has the best offense in the Big 12, and Texas has one of the best defenses; something has to give. And it doesn’t seem like it’ll be Kyler Murray. The Oklahoma QB, and Oakland Athletics’ prospect, is having a better season statistically than Baker Mayfield, Sam Bradford, and Jason White had through the first five games of their Heisman seasons.
Boston College at #23 NC State
Nic: NC State 34 – Boston College 24
After some early success, the shine seems to have worn off on BC, as they got crushed by Purdue and barely escaped an unranked Temple team. NC State has yet to lose, and this may be due to their whopping 476 yards per game. A banged up AJ Dillon does not help matters for the Eagles. This game is a great opportunity for NC State to stay undefeated and the fact that it’s a home game for the Wolfpack only helps.
Charlie: NC State 31 – Boston College 17
The Eagles are lucky to even be 1-1 in power five play given how poorly they have looked even in victories. With a compromised AJ Dillon I don’t see Boston College being able to compete with a more talented and battle-tested Wolfpack team, especially on the road.
Bryan: Boston College 17 – NC State 30
BC has a chance to redeem themselves this week against highly touted quarterback prospect Ryan Finley and the NC State Wolfpack. AJ Dillon is currently slated as a game-time decision, but even if he plays, this game will be an uphill battle for the Eagles based on their recent play, especially against a strong Wolfpack defense.
JD: Boston College 31 – NC State 24
This is contingent upon AJ Dillon (game-time decision) suiting up. After he went down against Temple, Ben Glines performed well, but it was clear that the offense still runs through Dillon. The Wolfpack will have the home crowd behind them, but they haven’t faced a legit challenger yet. Ryan Finley is the best QB in the ACC, but outside of that position, BC is the more talented team.
#5 LSU at #22 Florida
Nic: Florida 24 – LSU 20
Florida had an impressive grind-it-out win last weekend, while LSU has looked like a legit contender early on. The Tigers have had impressive wins over Miami and Auburn, and this week, their schedule doesn’t get any easier. This is a tough one that could go either way, but The Swamp is going to be rocking, and that just might give the Gators the edge.
Charlie: LSU 23 – Florida 13
I honestly believe that LSU’s defense can keep pace with Bama’s and is therefore among the best in the nation. I also believe that what has almost been a fairy tale season for Florida so far this year (yep, expectations are thatlow) to come to a halt. Feleipe Franks and the Gators’ offense has absolutely nothing the Tigers’ preventing unit.
Bryan: LSU 24 – Florida:17
LSU proved that they have what it takes to win in hostile environments by upsetting Auburn on the road. Expect LSU to take care of business thanks to some timely throws by Joe Burrow.
JD: LSU 21 – Florida 17
LSU may have the most impressive resume through five weeks. The Tigers have wins over both Auburn and Miami and now face their third ranked opponent of the season. Neither quarterback is particularly impressive, but Nick Brossette will be the difference maker for LSU on a swampy day in Gainesville.
#8 Auburn at Mississippi State
Nic: Auburn 27 – Mississippi State 24
Mississippi State is hungry after losing two in a row. Snapping their streak won’t come easily, however. Auburn has looked sharp after losing a tough one to LSU, but this will be their first test on the road this year. Both teams average 32.6 points per game, but give the advantage to Auburn for having momentum going into this one.
Charlie: Auburn 27 – Mississippi State 20
I think this will be the best game out of those I make predictions for. Mississippi State is among the most underrated teams in the nation and seem to have a knack for giving top ten teams a run for their money. Being at home can only help the Bulldogs’ chances, but a much more talented Auburn team will be too tall a task.
Bryan: Auburn 23 – Mississippi State 16
Mississippi State has struggled in SEC play, and things won’t get any easier as they face a fearsome Auburn squad this week. Although Jarrett Stidham and the Auburn offense have been struggling as of late, the same can be said of Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs. Auburn’s strong defense should be the difference maker that allows them to emerge victorious in another low scoring SEC contest.
JD: Auburn 34 – Mississippi State 31
Dynamic Mississippi State Nick Fitzgerald is suddenly in danger of being benched. In his two SEC games thus far, Fitzgerald has completed under half of his passes and hasn’t thrown for a touchdown (the Bulldogs combined for 13 points in those games). It doesn’t help that his successor Keytaon Thompson threw 13 passes for 364 yards and five TDs during Fitzgerald’s one-game suspension. Fitzgerald should be motivated to perform well, but the Bulldogs don’t have enough weapons around him on offense to win a shootout against Jarrett Stidham.
#6 Notre Dame at #24 Virginia Tech
Nic: Notre Dame 34 – Virginia Tech 21
Notre Dame looks for real after a convincing win against Stanford. Virginia Tech has had an up-and-down year so far, especially after losing to Old Dominion. Notre Dame looks like the better team, and their offense is a big reason why. Quarterback Ian Book has not thrown an interception yet this season, and it’s not as if he hasn’t been tested. Look for the Irish to keep their early success going.
Charlie: Notre Dame 33 – Virginia Tech 10
I’ve been wrong about the Irish too many times this year- it’s finally time for me to pick them. Two weeks ago I probably would’ve picked the Hokies to win this game considering they had a healthy Josh Jackson under center. His absence should make this an easy win for Notre Dame. And oh yea, they’re a really good football team.
Bryan: Notre Dame 24 – Virginia Tech 27
Even though Virginia Tech lost to Old Dominion a few weeks ago, that hasn’t discouraged me from picking them in a upset victory here. Notre Dame is riding high after a big win over #14 Stanford, and I can’t help but feel the Irish are due for a reality check. The Hokies’s stout defense gives them serious upset potential in Saturday night’s clash in Blacksburg.
JD: Notre Dame 24 – Virginia Tech 10
Finally Notre Dame plays a big game on the road. It seems as if the Irish never leave South Bend. Since taking over as starter two weeks ago, Ian Book has thrown for 603 yards and three touchdowns. It is certainly valid to question how he will handle the pressure of Blacksburg, but he’s given no reason to doubt him yet. And, wow, that Irish defense is borderline elite.