College Football

Pick 6 – Week 6 (College Edition)

This is the sixth edition of the 2014 ‘Pick 6′ feature, where our staff makes their picks for 6 of the top games of the week.  There are some awesome games this weekend.  The 6 we’re picking are all ranked vs. ranked matchups.  Here’s this week’s games:

1. (19) Nebraska at (10) Michigan State
2. (6) Texas A&M at (12) Mississippi State
3. (14) Stanford at (9) Notre Dame
4. (3) Alabama at (11) Ole Miss
5. (4) Oklahoma at (25) TCU
6. (15) LSU at (5) Auburn


Taylor Venema (25-5, overall, 5-1 last week):
1. Michigan State – my heart says Nebraska, my head says Sparty. If Nebraska wins I’ll pick them against every opponent for the rest of the season.
2. Texas A&M – for the reason that they got challenged last week and overcame it. #CLANGA beat LSU but . . . who the heck is LSU on offense? We didn’t know before and we still don’t, but we DO know who A&M is. I like them to go on the road and take it.
3. Notre Dame – could be a 7-6 game with these defenses, but I like Notre Dame and Golston on offense over a Cardinal O that has struggled.
4. Alabama – can we stop pretending Ole Miss is good? They’re recruited well, so maybe next year, but they’re not going to topple Bama yet.
5. Oklahoma – TCU’s much-improved, but Oklahoma’s too good on D.
6. Auburn – for the same reasons I talked about with Miss St/A&M. Auburn can play some defense and I don’t think it’ll take much to outscore the Bayou version of the Tigers.

Chris Hatch (22-8 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. Nebraska wins. Shhhh. . .you hear that? That insane, war-whooping off in the distance like a bunch of super-racist extras in a John Wayne movie making “The Bad Indian” noises? That’s my homerism screaming at me to make this pick in 100% certifiable mad-gibberish. I don’t even know if what I typed made sense. I’m excited. Go Huskers.
2. Texas A&M. Kenny Hill will go Cypress Hill and smoke Mississippi’s secondary like a Philly Blunt.
3. Stanford. Please Stanford. I don’t want to endure another Notre Dame undefeated season and all the clangorous, noxious noise coming out of Lou Holtz’s lisp-hole if they’re even close to making the college football playoff.
4. Alabama rolls. Kiffin continues putting together a resume to rejoin the Raiders next year, proving that true love never dies. (*Author’s note: This might be my dumbest one of these yet.)
5. Oklahoma by a mile. Stoops and Co. continue to look dominant. It’ll be up to Baylor to take them down later in the year or they’re walking into the playoff.
6. Auburn. Gus Malzahn is a genius. Les Miles is. . .something?

Danny Troutman (21-9 overall, 5-1 last week):
1. Nebraska – partial Homer pick.  But the game stayed close last year and NU turned the ball over 5x.  With a closer turnover margin (even if we lose it),  I think Nebraska wins a close one.
2. A&M. MSU did upset LSU, but I think A&M is too good for that.
3. Stanford.  Tough loss to USC in week 2, but I think they’re a good team.  I also think Notre Dame is overrated – as usual.
4. Alabama – I don’t think this game will be very close either.  Ole Miss has played well against the bottom of the barrel, but I think they get exposed this week big time.
5. Oklahoma – Don’t think TCU can quite match OU’s talent.  Could be a pretty close game, especially with OU’s “big game” against Texas next week.  But OU still takes it after being close for 3 quarters.
6. LSU.  They got upset by Mississippi State last week, so they’ll be mad and come ready to play.

Derek Hernandez (21-9 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. MSU. Nebraska’s lost their last seven games against the Power 5 in road/neutral site games at night.
2. MSU. I believe in DAK and the Bulldogs’ ground game will keep the game at a slow pace.
3. Stanford. If Golson was on any other team, would he even be considered a Heisman contender?
4. BAMA. Have fun with GameDay, Rebs. It’s going to get ugly real quick.
5. OU. This will be close as OU looks ahead to the Red River Shootout.
6. Auburn. It’s weird to see LSU this vulnerable.

Anthony Amico (20-10 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. Michigan State
2. Texas A&M
3. Notre Dame
4. Alabama
5. Oklahoma
6. Auburn

Brian Brashaw (18-12 overall, 3-3 last week):
1. Nebraska – I just think this years team is different.
2. Miss St – After years of hype and no howl, the Bulldogs are real.
3. Notre Dame – Not quite sure how or why Stanford is ranked that high.
4. Bama – In a blowout, exposing Ole Miss
5. Oklahoma – Just a better team.
6. LSU – The SEC keeps knocking each other down.

Tim Freburg (18-12 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. Nebraska – Not only do I want it, but I need to go against the group if I’m going to catch up in this darn contest. But I’ll probably just fall further behind.
2. Texas A&M – Remember before the season when people were fretting the SEC having no quarterbacks? Ha.
3. Stanford – Picking a lot of road teams here. This might not go well.
4. Alabama – This road team seems easier to go with.
5. Oklahoma – Yep, let’s just keep it going.
6. Auburn – Annnnd … that’s enough for the road teams. War Eagle at home.

Here were last week’s games and the rankings for NCB’s championship through week 5.

1. (11) UCLA at (15) Arizona state
2. Arkansas vs (6) Texas A&M [at AT&T in Arlington, TX]
3. Missouri at (13) South Carolina
4. Minnesota at Michigan
5. (16) Stanford at Washington
6. Tennessee at (12) Georgia

1. Taylor Venema (25-5, 5-1) Picked Arizona St, Texas A&M, Missouri, Minnesota, Stanford, Georgia.
2. Chris Hatch (22-8, 4-2).  Picked Arizona St, Texas A&M, Missouri, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia.
3. Danny Troutman (21-9, 5-1).  Picked UCLA, Texas A&M, Missouri, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia.
3. Derek Hernandez (21-9, 4-2).  Picked Arizona St, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Minnesota, Stanford, Georgia.
5. Anthony Amico (20-10, 4-2).  Picked UCLA, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia.
6. Brian Brashaw (18-12, 3-3) Picked Arizona St, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia.
6. Tim Freburg (18-12, 4-2).  Picked Arizona St, Texas A&M, Missouri, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia.

image h/t: ESPN

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