Marc My Words: Week Six Picks

A Blog by Marc Ryan

Offsides with Marc Ryan
October 03, 2019 - 11:01 am
Categories: 

Week Six Picks

 

1. UCF at Cincinnati

The Line: UCF -4.5

 

How soon we forget? A miracle play, one loss, and UCF has gone from America’s darling to American afterthought. Yet, UCF could still qualify for the New Year’s Six. All it needs is one Boise State loss.

The Knights are hungry, the Knights are angry. And a Knight with a chink in the armor is a Knight a bearcat should avoid.

 

The pick: UCF, 38-17.

 

2. Iowa at Michigan

The Line: Michigan -3.0

 

In many ways, this is Michigan’s worst nightmare. A well coached team that knows it’s identity, blue collar in every facet. Michigan has been a bit of a mess. I still don’t get the sense they know who they are from an offensive standpoint.

They’ll find themselves today. They’re the more talented team, and playing at home will be the difference.

 

The pick: Michigan, 27-17.

 

 

3. Auburn at Florida

The Line: Auburn -3.5

 

Last year, Florida averaged 5.2 yards per carry behind an experienced offensive line. This year, behind an inexperienced one, that number has dropped by almost a full yard per carry (4.3).

That will spell doom against the best defensive line in the country. Derek Brown and company will make Florida one dimensional, and will be in control in The Swamp.

Freshman Bo Nix earned a merit badge on the road at College Station a few weeks ago. He’ll earn another one today.

 

The pick: Auburn 31-17.

 

4. Michigan State at Ohio State

The Line: Ohio State -20.0

 

How often do you see a twenty point spread when two top 25 teams do battle? That’s the case in this tilt, as the Buckeyes have throttled the competition thus far this season, staking as their claim as the best in college football.

Last week, Clemson struggled to beat North Carolina on the road, 21-20. A few hours later, Ohio State pummeled a team that was UNC’s superior (Nebraska).

Justin will soon be Fielding questions on his Heisman campaign. See what I did there?

 

Hide the women and children.

 

The pick: Ohio State, 38-10.

 

5. Utah State at LSU

The Line: LSU -28

Don’t laugh. Utah State is one of the best group of five teams in the country. A three point loss to Wake Forest is the only thing standing between the Aggies and an unbeaten season to this point, and the only reason the Demon Deacons find themselves in the top 25.

Couple that with a sleepy book start, and you have all the makings of a possible upset.....any year but this.LSU’s offense has been completely revitalized, Joe Burrow is a Heisman Trophy contender, and the Tigers have a laser focus on the prize.

Closer than the experts think, but a win nonetheless.

The pick: LSU, 41-24

Comments ()