Picking The Winner Of Every Top 25 Game In College Football Week 6

Week 6 of the 2017 college football season might not be flooding with top-10 matchups, but that just means the upsets, assuming they happen, are going to be that much more disruptive when it comes to the College Football Playoff picture.

While this season still has a long way to go (and we wouldn’t want it any other way), the playoff picture remains as murky as ever. It will eventually play itself out, though, as it does on a seasonal basis.

Nonetheless, let’s predict every top-25 matchup of Week 6.

Wake Forest vs. No. 2 Clemson
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Upsets happen all the time in this sport — that’s the beauty of it, really. However, the Clemson Tigers are on a roll this season (they have already knocked off three top-15 teams, and two of those victories came on the road), and they will get the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who are 4-1, at home.

Winner: Clemson

Iowa State vs. No. 3 Oklahoma
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The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the favorites to make the College Football Playoff. Not only did they enter 2017 with high expectations but they already knocked off the Ohio State Buckeyes (ranked No. 2 at the time) by the score of 31-16 on the road. Iowa State Cyclones, you’ve been warned.

Winner: Oklahoma

No. 4 Penn State vs. Northwestern
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When it is all said and done (you know, when this season is over), Saquon Barkley very well could be crowned the Heisman winner. He is that good — and so are the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State might get the Northwestern Wildcats away from home, but the Nittany Lions are still very much the favorites to come away with the victory, and I’m not going to fight that.

Winner: Penn State

No. 5 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
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Until beaten, the Georgia Bulldogs are the clear-cut favorites to win the SEC East title (although the Florida Gators probably have something to say about that). While they will travel on the road to take on SEC foe Vanderbilt Commodores, Vanderbilt has already suffered two losses in 2017, with both losses coming against SEC opponents.

Winner: Georgia

Ole Miss vs. No. 12 Auburn
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Here’s what you need to know for this contest: The Ole Miss Rebels are 2-2 and are coming off of a 66-3 loss against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Auburn Tigers, on the other hand, are 4-1, and they are coming off of a victory against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who were ranked No. 24 at the time, by the score of 49-10. Auburn gets this game at home.

Winner: Auburn

No. 23 West Virginia vs. No. 8 TCU
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There are only two top-25 matchups this week, and this is one of them (the other top-25er was played between the Louisville Cardinals and NC State Wolfpack). While the TCU Horned Frogs are undefeated, ranked in the top 10 and will also get this one in front of their fans (aka they will be playing at home), the West Virginia Mountaineers are riding a three-game winning streak and have quarterback Will Grier. Needless to say, this top-25er has “Big 12 title implications” written all over it. The Horned Frogs might be the favorites, meaning it would not be a surprise if they won, but I’m going upset city (the upsets have to happen somewhere, right?).

Winner: West Virginia

No. 13 Miami vs. Florida State
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While this matchup would have been a lot more interesting (at least on paper, and from a playoff standpoint) if the Florida State Seminoles didn’t lose their starting quarterback for the season, it’s still Miami vs. Florida State. Now, the Miami Hurricanes might be traveling on the road, which is typically an important factor in college football, but they hold a 3-0 record and are ranked No. 13. If Florida State wins, then let the momentum train began for the Seminoles. This contest really could go either way, despite the fact that Miami clearly looks like the better team entering Week 6.

Winner: Miami

No. 21 Notre Dame vs. North Carolina
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are about to go up against a North Carolina Tar Heels team that is 1-4. While this is not the best Notre Dame team we have ever seen, this year’s version of the Fighting Irish are still ranked in the top 25, and they are also still alive when it comes to the College Football Playoff picture … despite a loss, and no conference title game in sight.

Winner: Notre Dame

LSU vs. No. 21 Florida
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In recent years, LSU vs. Florida would have been a must-watch game — and then some. As for this year, the Florida Gators, who are ranked No. 21, are about to go up against an LSU Tigers team that is coming off of a loss (at home!) against the Troy Trojans. This clash will also be played in the Swamp.

Winner: Florida

Maryland vs. No. 10 Ohio State
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The Maryland Terrapins might be 3-1 in 2017, but they are still huge underdogs against the Ohio State Buckeyes. You have to remember, Ohio State entered the year with serious playoff dreams … and that has not gone away despite a home loss against Oklahoma.

Winner: Ohio State

Oregon State vs. No. 14 USC
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The USC Trojans can either respond to their first loss of the season, which came last week, by falling off the college football map, or they can take it out on the Oregon State Beavers. Whether the case, they are still very much alive in the playoff talks. By the way, Oregon State is 1-4…

Winner: USC

No. 1 Alabama vs. Texas A&M
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This is one of the more intriguing games of the week despite the fact that the Alabama Crimson Tide are predicted by many to win a national championship this season. After all, Alabama will have to travel on the road to take on a 4-1 Texas A&M Aggies team.

Winner: Alabama

No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
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The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming off of their first loss of the season. That, more likely than not, spells doom for the Boston College Eagles, who have already dropped three games in 2017.

Winner: Virginia Tech

Michigan State vs. No. 7 Michigan
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The Michigan State Spartans are riding some momentum into this contest. Look no further than a win against the Iowa Hawkeyes last week to figure that one out. The Michigan Wolverines might have their eyes set on a Big Ten title appearance (and the playoff), but the Spartans can really shake things up with an upset this weekend. Stranger things have happened in Ann Arbor…

Winner: Michigan

No. 9 Wisconsin vs. Nebraska
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The Wisconsin Badgers are favorites to make the Big Ten title game out of the West. With that in mind, some intrigue does surround this game as a result of the Nebraska Cornhuskers having a 2-0 record in the Big Ten.

Winner: Wisconsin

No. 11 Washington State vs. Oregon
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After knocking off USC last week, the Washington State Cougars very well could be the best team in the Pac-12, especially since they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Luke Falk. A loss against the Oregon Ducks would be quite the letdown, and it’s a real possibility, but the Cougars’ playoff hopes are going to live on after Week 6.

Winner: Washington State

No. 25 UCF vs. Cincinnati
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There seems to be a non-Power Five school that makes a run at a perfect record every year, and the UCF Knights could be that team this year. Of course, there is still a long way to go. Case in point: UCF has only played three games in 2017.

Winner: UCF

Stanford vs. No. 20 Utah
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Thanks to running back Bryce Love, a player who has already cracked the 1,000-yard mark in the rushing department, the Stanford Cardinal have a chance to win every game. With that said, they do have two losses in 2017, and they will be going up against the Utah Utes, who are undefeated and ranked in the top 25, this weekend.

Winner: Stanford

California vs. No. 6 Washington
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The Washington Huskies could end up running away with the Pac-12 title, which would, more likely than not, lead to them booking a spot in the College Football Playoff. The California Golden Bears … well, they are 0-2 in Pac-12 play.

Winner: Washington

No. 19 San Diego State vs. UNLV
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Speaking of a team that could run the tables, the San Diego State Aztecs are 5-0 on the season, and they don’t have a ranked opponent left on the schedule (at the time of writing). Of course, that doesn’t mean the Aztecs have an easy path.

Winner: San Diego State