Friday, October 06, 2006

Predictions for Week 6

Another Saturday brings college football fans another plethora of outstanding games on the schedule.

#7 Texas vs. #14 Oklahoma (at Dallas)

Adrian Peterson's the fifth-leading rusher in the country, and probably the best at gaining the tough yards inside the tackles. He needs a stellar game for the Sooners to win. More importantly, however, Oklahoma's defense needs to step up. They've been a burned a few times already this year, and this high-powered Texas offense will be ready for the rivalry game. The Longhorns average over 200 rushing yards and almost 42 points per contest. Look for Selvin Young and Jamaal Charles to carry the ball early and often. The Longhorns also have the nation's second-best rush defense, neutralizing opponents to a palty 37 rushing yards per game. Peterson will probably still get his numbers, but they won't be enough to pull off the upset.

#5 Florida vs. #9 LSU

Marcus Thomas, one of the Gators' best defensive player, will suit up after serving a five-game suspension. Flashy freshman WR Percy Harvin should also be able to play. DeShawn Wynn, Florida's leading rusher, has a sprained right knee is questionable for the game. The Gators played a pedestrian game against Alabama last game and need to limit mistakes. LSU, meanwhile, battered Tulane and Mississippi State by the combined score 97-24. The JaMarcus Russell-led offense is firing all cylinders. The Tigers defense has already neutralized a top-five team on the road (holding #3 Auburn to a touchdown in a losing effort), and LSU will do it again -- but this time in a winning effort.

#16 California vs. #11 Oregon

After the embarrassing 35-18 loss to Tennessee to open the season, the Golden Bears have clicked, particularly on offense. With Nate Longshore firmly entrenched as quarterback, Cal has scored 40 points in each of its last four games. RB Marshawn Lynch is one of the most dangerous rushers in America, averaging seven yards a carry. The Oregon offense is no pushover either, scoring at least 30 points in every game. Dennis Dixon is a dangerous dual-threat QB, and RBs Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson are averaging eighy yards a rush. 80 points isn't out of the question between these two stellar teams. Expect Duck head coach Mike Bellotti -- who mentored Cal head coach Jeff Tedford -- to have a few trick plays up his sleeve. The Ducks escape with a victory.

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