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Week 6 Preview

by Big Al

As I remind you every year:

September is for pretenders
November is for contenders
and October makes fools of us all

It's October. Crank up Def Leppard's "Foolin'"

Louisville at NC State

I really have no idea who to pick here. So I'll just go with Louisville and call it a day.

West Virginia at TCU

As much as I have a soft spot for West Virginia, TCU is rolling right now. Look for TCU to take the win. Hopefully, I'll be able to actually see some of this game so that I can find out more about both teams.

Miami at Florida State

This is still a great rivalry. But not this year. Miami wins.

Maryland at Ohio State

I caught a little bit of Maryland last weekend against Minnesota. I was very impressed; I like what they are doing. Maybe I'm concluding too much from a small sample size, but I think they are a threat to knock off one unexpected team this year. I wouldn't pick them against Ohio State, but I wouldn't bet against it, either. I wouldn't pick them against Wisconsin, Michigan, or Penn State either, but at this point, I wouldn't bet against them either.

Michigan State at Michigan

With the arrival of Harbaugh, the once upended rivalry has been, um, downended? It's like Michigan State and Michigan traded places for about 10 years. It looks like Freaky Friday is over. Michigan wins.

Washington State at Oregon

Washington State needs to avoid a post-USC hangover. Don't party too hard, the Ducks are still good enough to win. I will presume that 8 days is long enough for Washington State to get refocused.

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Nebraska has not been Nebraska as of late. Wisconsin has not been shy about being better than what is normally expected from Wisconsin, and has done that pretty consistently for the last 25 years. Maybe we need to readjust our Wisconsin expectations. Wisconsin demonstrates more of the reason why against Nebraska.

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