The Pick 6 went 3-3 last week and is an even 9-9 on the year. It’s hard to believe it’s already Week 4 of the College Football season. Already a third of the way through the season, and many questions are still unanswered. One question that could be answered today is which one of these traditional SEC powers, Tennessee or Florida, is ahead of the other and more on track to becoming more like the powerhouse program they used to be. It’s a gigantic game for both teams. But, neither team is even ranked. There are several games in the PAC-12 that involve ranked teams. Still, Tennessee at Florida is one of the bigger games of the day and is also the feature game for The College Football Pick 6 – Week 4. So, let’s get on with the picks. Remember: Rankings used for these picks are from
Tennessee at Florida (Pickem) Total: 47.5
This game being a pickem tells you all you need to know about how close these teams are to each other. The Gators have dominated lately and look for their 11th straight win over the Vols. In last year’s game, Tennessee blew a 9-0 lead in the second half only to lose 10-9. That was the closest the Vols have come to winning during this 10-game losing streak. The Gators will be without two of their players due to suspension. One of those players is QB Treon Harris. The other is cornerback Jalen Tabor. Will Grier, appears to have won the job from Harris anyway. So, that shouldn’t be a huge problem. Joshua Dobbs, is all set to lead the Vols offense. But, he’s been a little off from the high expectations that were set for him prior to the season. The Gators have a banged up Vernon Hargreaves III that Dobbs will have to account for where he is on each play. You would expect Hargreaves to have the assignment of keeping up with Vols receiver, Marquez North for most of the afternoon. The team that has the better QB play today will likely win the game. But, historically the team that’s run the ball better in this rivalry usually wins. Expect another low-scoring affair. Maybe, not 10-9 like last season. But, the winner may only have to score in th low 20’s. Look for that team to be Florida. Their defense, the crowd at The Swamp, and just the moment may be a little too much for Dobbs right now. Take the Gators in a tight one right down to the wire.
5 UCLA (-2) at 18 Arizona Total: 65
UCLA QB, Josh Rosen, has come crashing back to earth after looking like the next coming of Troy Aikman the first couple of weeks. Aikman, only played two seasons for the Bruins after transferring his junior season from Oklahoma. But, it was inevitable for the Rosen/Aikman comparisons to come down. Rosen, had a tough game last week against BYU, where he and the Bruins probably got bailed out by a worn down Cougars team in the 4th quarter. BYU, had made a living off strong first quarters against Nebraska and Boise State in their first two games. But, they were outscored by UCLA 14-0 last week to help the Bruins sneak away with a win. As for this game, it doesn’t get more critical for each team. ‘Zona won the PAC-12 South a year ago, and probably have a bit of a chip on their shoulder because no one picked them to repeat. The Bruins have won the last three between these two, and are the more experienced team. Arizona, is hopeful of getting their best defender, Scooby Wright back after a meniscus injury sidelined him for the last two games. Wright, could be a difference maker. Especially, since UCLA lost their main man on D, Myles Jack, for the season. This game looks like an up and down the field type game on paper. But, last season the Bruins won 17-7. It wouldn’t surprise me if this game were a lot lower scoring than the 65 total that’s set. This one should be one of the better games of the day. But, in the end, Take the Wildcats at home Straight Up over the Bruins.
17 Utah at 10 Oregon (10.5) Total: 64
Utah, is the other team in the PAC-12 South that gets looked over. This is another game that, even though the Ducks are known for putting points on the board, could come in under that total of 64. The Utes aren’t going to wow you with their offense, especially not their passing attack. But, they have one of the best running backs in the country in Devontae Booker, and they’re solid defensively. It also still feels like Vernon Adams and the Ducks aren’t quite hitting on all cylinders just yet. Michigan State, was a tough trip, and the Spartans play great defense. But, Oregon only scored three offensive TD’s in that game. One of those was a short field. This game is at Autzen, where the Ducks rarely lose. However, I get the feeling the 10.5 points may be tough for the Ducks to cover. Take the Utes to cover the 10.5 but lose to Oregon in a game right down to the wire in Eugene.
24 BYU at Michigan (6.5) Total: 46
As mentioned above, the Cougars have to be tired. The opening game at Nebraska, then home to Boise State, then back on the road to L.A. to play UCLA last week. Now, they have an early kick at The Big House in Michigan. That’s a lot of travelling, and a lot of football. But, there is still something about this team that keeps me coming back to them. Why not? They’ve covered for me three weeks in a row. Why break the streak? Let’s go for four. Not sure they win the game, but Michigan’s anemic offense keeps Tanner Mangum and the Cougars in the game. Take BYU to cover the 6.5 at Michigan.
6 LSU (24.5) at Syracuse Total: 46.5
This is a tough spot for the Bayou Bengals. Sure, they’re the far better team and should win the game easily. But, it’s not exactly a short trip. It’s a trip to an unfamiliar place, and it’s an early noon eastern time kick coming off a huge win over rival Auburn. LSU, wins the game, but Take The Orange
and the 24.5.
22 Georgia Tech (-7) at Duke Total: 56
The Blue Devils don’t seem to be quite as good as they’ve been over the last couple of years. Expect the Yellow Jackets to bounce back after the loss to Notre Dame. Take Georgia Tech to cover the 7 at Duke.
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