Saturday, October 15, 2011

Week 6 Preview

ACC:  #19 Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest
Virginia Tech is coming off a very emotional win against rival Miami, and when i say emotional I mean for every person who calls them self a Hokie. Logan Thomas finally showed us what he has to off. 23-25 for 310 yards. The question is can we expect this more often from Thomas? Wake Forest’s defense presents a challenge as they forced 5 turnovers last week in their 35-30 win over Florida State. The key to this game is which running back can be more successful. David Wilson looks like the better back, but Virginia Tech remembers Wake Forest’s Josh Harris all to well. Last year, as a freshman, Harris put up 241 yards on 20 carries and had 2 scores. Virginia Tech has some key injuries on their D-line. Harris is questionable for Saturday’s matchup. But if he does play, look for another shoot-out in which the Hokies come out on top 41-31.

Big 12: #20 Baylor @ #21 Texas A&M
The over under on this game is 75. If you like shootouts, this is the game to watch this weekend. Robert Griffen and the high powered Baylor, offense are coming a loss to Kansas State. They will go up against Ryan Tanehill and The Aggies. Defensively, The Aggies are last in the country in yards allowed through the air. Unfortunately for them, the only thing baylor does is throw the football. I know Cyrus Gray is a fantastic back, Tanehill is a solid QB, Jeff Fuller is a terrific wideout, and A&M is at home, but I still think RG3 and Baylor will roll. 45-23.

Big 10: #11 Michigan @ #23 Michigan State:
This game might as well be called the Legends division championship game. I know its early in the season, but whoever gets this one today has a huge edge in the division. Michigan travels to East Lancing for this Big 10 showdown. Michigan possesses the 7th best rushing offense in the country spearheaded by Denard Robinson. The wolverines averages 257 yards per game on the ground. But, today they will face The tough Spartan defense that only allows 10.2 points per game which ranks 3rd best in the country. Teams are averaging 64 yards per game against MSU. Something has to give. I think Michigan State has a huge advantage in this game. If the Spartans can make Denard Robinson uncomfortable, he will make mistakes. He has struggled to settle in when it comes to passing and as a result of this he has thrown 9 interceptions. Michigan State has a running attack of their own, the two-headed monster in Le’veon Bell and Edwin Baker. Kirk Cousins has struggled at times, but I think he will be able to get the Spartans past the Wolverines 31-21.

PAC 12: #19 Arizona State @ #9 Oregon
Gameday is in Eugene this week for a very interesting match up. The Oregon Ducks are without LaMichael James. They face a defense that has a lot of swagger and at the center of it is #7 Vontaze Burfict. The Junior linebacker has 29 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception this season. Unfortunately for the defense they have to go up against the most dynamic offense in the country with Oregon. Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner will be handling the ball carrying duties. The key in this game will be DeAnthony Thomas. The freshmen has the ability to line up in the backfield or in the slot. He leads the team in receiving with 4 touchdowns. On offense for ASU Brock Osweiler has been very solid this year. 1750 yards, 14 touchdown with 6 interceptions. Oregon’s defense is not as solid as it was last year. Once again, we will see some points in this game. i like the Ducks in a tight one. 35-32.

SEC: Florida @ #24 Auburn
A third straight loss for Florida would be heartbreaking. This week they travel to Jordan Aire Stadium to face the surprise Auburn team. If Auburn can win this game they will be in very good position in their division. Michael Dyer and Ontario McCalebb will be the keys to this game. If they can break off solid runs against this tough Gator defense, things will open up for Barret Trotter. I like Auburn 24-21.

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