Week Six College Football 2021 Preview

College Football Week 6 Preview
Rich Barnes – USA Today

Week six of the College Football season is here and if the season so far is any indication then this should be another week full of chaos!

Here is your Week Six College Football 2021 preview.

Week Six College Football Top 25 Matchups

Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State

  • Game Info: Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Prediction: Stanford 42, Arizona State 35

The Stanford Cardinal (3-2) will look to keep building momentum after securing a huge upset win over the previously undefeated Oregon Ducks in Week 5. 

They’ll face a stiff test on the road in Tempe against the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1), who are fresh off an impressive 42-23 win over UCLA a week ago.

Will Stanford find another PAC-12 upset, or will the Sun Devils stay hot? 

The stats will tell you that the Sun Devils have the best offense and Defense in the Pac-12 but I just have a feeling that Stanford has found its groove and it’s QB. I predict they pull off the upset here.

No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 21 Texas

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Prediction: Texas 24, Oklahoma 21

Here is the question coming into this game – Is Oklahoma really playing so many tight games because it’s being relatively conservative – and sputtering in a play-not-to-lose sort of way – or is it because it can’t do what it’s supposed to.

We’re about to find out.

This probably goes one of two ways. Either the Oklahoma defense rises up and rocks – and that becomes the storyline – or the Texas offense gets hot and the OU O really doesn’t have the extra gear.

Or it might be a little of both. The Texas offense plays better, the Oklahoma defense keeps this in range, and in the end, Rattler and the attack doesn’t quite come through with the one clutch scoring drive it needs to pull this out.

I think Bijan Robinson will be able to pull this one out by wearing down the OU defense through four quarters.

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Ole Miss

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Prediction: Ole Miss 35, Arkansas 24

This will be one of those weird games that won’t necessarily confirm anything after both schools respectively lost to the two best teams in college football, but it should go a long way to determining who the second-best team in the SEC West is.

I tend to think that the way that Arkansas will cause it to loss that momentum and confidence that it had and also cause them to lose this second game in a row. They always say don’t let a team beat two weeks in a row but I do think that is what will happen here.

No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn

  • Game Info: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Prediction: Georgia 52, Auburn 3

The Georgia defense will take over and be dominant once again.

The Bulldogs played three SEC teams, a UAB team that’s among the best in Conference USA, and Clemson – albeit a Clemson that’s a shadow of its former self – and they’re No. 1 in the nation in total defense, in scoring defense, and passing defense, and great in just about every other defensive category.

Auburn was able to run well against Akron and Alabama State, and it wasn’t bad over the last three games. Now it’s going to be about whether or not Bo Nix and the passing game really can come through against an elite D. My guess is he won’t come through.

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa

  • Game Info: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET (Fox Sports)
  • Prediction: Iowa 20, Penn State 17

Both teams are battle tested, and both bring strong enough defenses to take over. At home, though, Iowa will break through with a big performance in its biggest test yet.

Penn State isn’t going to get the meltdown mistakes Wisconsin gave away in the season-opener in Madison, and it won’t get away with the lack of a steady ground attack like it did against Auburn.

But Iowa won’t be able to count on three big turnovers to make up for its own offense that’s last in the Big Ten.

There’s no need to get any popcorn ready, but settle in for one of the most intense, hard-hitting games you’ll see all year. One that I think will be won by Iowa.

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No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State

  • Game Info: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
  • Prediction: Coastal Carolina 52, Arkansas State 21

The Chanticleers are 5-0 as favorites this season, and all of those spreads have been double digits. Arkansas State ranks 129th in the FBS in scoring defense at 45.6 points per game. It’s a road game, but Coastal Carolina wins and dominates again.

Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati

  • Game Info: Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Prediction: Cincinnati 35, Temple 27

The Bearcats are riding high after beating Notre Dame, and it’s a short week to prepare for Temple, which beat Memphis 34-31 last week. The last two meetings have been one-score games. Cincinnati wins, but it’s closer than most think.

Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Prediction: Ohio State 45, Maryland 14

The Buckeyes are finding a groove on both sides of the ball, and Maryland is coming off a blowout loss against Iowa. Ohio State has won the last two home meetings by an average of 53.5 points per game. It won’t be that much, but the Buckeyes win comfortably again. 

No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (BTN)
  • Prediction: Michigan State 35, Rutgers 17

The Scarlet Knights upset the Spartans last year in a turnover-filled matchup. The Spartans are more controlled this year with running back Kenneth Walker III, and Rutgers is coming off back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Michigan.

Vanderbilt at No. 20 Florida

  • Game Info: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
  • Prediction: Florida 45, Vanderbilt 10

Florida will run for over 245 yards.

No one has hit that mark this year against the Vandy D, but the Gators are going to pound and pound some more, and they’ll hit a few downfield plays after softening things up through the first quarter.

The Commodores are going to score a few late points, but the game will be long over before halftime.

Boise State at No. 10 BYU

  • Game Info: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: BYU 31, Boise State 28

BYU routed the Broncos 51-17 last season, and the Cougars are 2-1 as a favorite at home this season. Jaren Hall (ribs) could return this week, and BYU can rely on running back Tyler Allgeier to grind out another victory. 

No. 24 SMU at Navy

  • Game Info: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
  • Prediction: SMU 28, Navy 24

The home team has won the last four games, and none of those matchups have been decided by more than 14 points. This is the classic contrast-of-styles matchup, and it should be closer than the spread. 

No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse

  • Game Info: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET (ESPN+/ACC Net)
  • Prediction: Wake Forest 42, Syracuse 38

The Demon Deacons are second in the ACC in scoring offense at 38.4 points per game, but Syracuse is 3-1 this season as an underdog. The Orange are at home, where they have won four of the last five meetings against the Deacons. 

No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska

  • Game Info: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Prediction: Michigan 31, Nebraska 21

This is a trap game for the Wolverines. Michigan hasn’t visited Memorial Stadium since a loss in 2012, and the Huskers have dominated in their home games. These are the two best rushing offenses in the Big Ten, too. There will be some anxious moments for Michigan, but they come through in the second half. 

LSU at No. 16 Kentucky

  • Game Info: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
  • Prediction: Kentucky 27, LSU 24

I was tempted to take the upset here, but LSU’s inability to run the ball is startling. That will resurface against Kentucky, which ranks third in the SEC in total defense. The Wildcats need more from Will Levis in SEC play to keep this run going.

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M

  • Game Info: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Prediction: Alabama 52, Texas A&M 14

This was supposed to be the biggest game on the schedule. Now, the Aggies are trying to avoid a three-game losing streak for the first time under Jimbo Fisher. Texas A&M is 2-1 as a home underdog under Fisher, but pulling the victory against Alabama will be tough.

New Mexico at No. 25 San Diego State

  • Game Info: Saturday, 9:00 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Prediction: San Diego State 41, New Mexico 10

The Aztecs have won seven in a row in the series. San Diego State’s backfield, led by Greg Bell, puts up big numbers in a home-cooked blowout. 

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No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech

  • Game Info: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
  • Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Virginia Tech 21

Notre Dame for the second weekend in a row is listed as an underdog, this time against Virginia Tech. Last week was an ugly game for them, but I think if they start Drew Pyne you will see a new offense emerge for the Irish. They should pull off the victory here.

Should be another excellent week of College Football!

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