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Fearless predictions: Week 6

No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (+10.5) at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 12 p.m.
Henry’s pick: The Red River Rivalry returns in a big way. The last time both teams were undefeated in this game was in 2008. Oklahoma’s defense is going to be the difference in this one. The Sooners have proven they can stop any kind of offense (see 23-13 win over Florida State). Meanwhile, Texas will need more production out of the QB position (Case McCoy, David Ash). Oklahoma 23, Texas 19
Rose’s pick: Both teams are undefeated and the buzz is back in the Red River Rivalry. Texas has two straight impressive wins on the road – at UCLA (49-20) and at Iowa State (37-14). The concern here is the two-headed quarterback attack for the Longhorns is young and hasn’t played a defense like Oklahoma has. Case McCoy is a sophomore and David Ash is a freshman. Plus, leading rusher Malcolm Brown is a freshman. Texas has a talented defense that will make things difficult for Sooners quarterback Landry Jones. Oklahoma, however, is the more veteran and proven team. Oklahoma 28, Texas 20

No. 17 Florida at No. 1 LSU (-13.5), 3:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: LSU Les Miles will have a multiple of options on offense as former starting QB Jordan Jefferson gets re-acquainted with the offense. Jefferson won’t start at QB, but he will be used in a variety of ways. That is a scary prospect for Florida, which has big-time QB problems as Jeff Driskel will step in for the injured John Brantley. LSU wins in a walk. LSU 38, Florida 17
Rose’s pick: Florida surely can’t be happy with the SEC schedule-maker. A week after going against Alabama’s fierce defense, the Gators play LSU’s vaunted defense – in Death Valley. The Gators will play without injured starting quarterback John Brantley. True freshman Jeff Driskel will make his first start. LSU has been very impressive this season with three wins over ranked teams – all on the road. LSU 27, Florida 13

Missouri at No. 20 Kansas State (+3), 3:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Kansas State started last season 4-0, but ended up 7-6. The Wildcats have the nation’s 16th ranked defense, but have given up 800-plus over their last two games. Missouri comes in with a big time offense that is averaging 517 yards per game. Kansas State wins another shootout. Kansas State 42, Missouri 37
Rose’s pick: Kansas State is coming off a big win at home last week against Baylor and Robert Griffin III. Will there be a letdown this week? The Wildcats are playing with a lot of confidence. The defense came up big last week against Griffin late in the game. Missouri is going to score points in this game (Tigers are 11th nationally in total offense – 517 yards per game). But I see this game being a lot like last week against Baylor – a high-scoring game with Kansas State’s defense making a play late. Kansas State 34, Missouri 31

Miami (Fla.) at No. 21 Virginia Tech (-7.5), 3:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: The Hokies failed to score a touchdown in Saturday’s 23-3 loss to Clemson. The positive in that was running back David Wilson running for 123 yards on 20 carries. Virginia Tech will be out for blood, but Miami will be a stiff challenge. Miami QB Jacory Harris got stopped on the goal line in a tough 28-24 loss to Kansas State two weeks ago. He’ll lead the ‘Canes to an upset. Miami 27, Virginia Tech 22
Rose’s pick: Virginia Tech’s offense hasn’t been good this season, as evidenced in last week’s 23-3 loss to Clemson at home. But Miami’s offense is actually ranked worse in the ACC. The advantage in this game? The Hokies have the best defense in the ACC. I’ll take Virginia Tech’s defense at home in a low-scoring game. Virginia Tech 17, Miami (Fla.) 10

Arizona State at Utah (+4), 3:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Arizona State’s defense has been tremendous this season and will do what it can to fluster Utah QB Jon Hays, who will get his first career start. The Sun Devils had four interceptions in last week’s 35-20 win over Oregon State. Sophomore defensive back Alden Darby had two of those picks. Look for the Sun Devils to win in a big way. Arizona State 34, Utah 13
Rose’s pick: This is a must-win game for the Utes. Utah already has two Pac-12 losses and can’t afford another if it hopes to win the South Division. Arizona State is 2-0 in the Pac-12 and has the inside track on the division title with a win at Utah. The Sun Devils have talent and some nice wins this season against Missouri and USC. Arizona State also lost at unbeaten Illinois, 17-14. Utah won’t have starting quarterback Jordan Wynn this week. Arizona State will need to score points on the road. I think the Sun Devils will, but it’s going to be a close game. Arizona State 24, Utah 21

No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas (-10), 7 p.m.
Henry's pick: Auburn righted the ship last week in its 16-13 win over South Carolina. More importantly, the Tigers proved they could play defense, shutting down Marcus Lattimore (17 car. 66 yds). Arkansas also got major respect with its 42-38 win over Texas A&M. Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson torched the Aggies defense for 510 yard and three touchdowns. Wilson will rise again. Arkansas 28, Auburn 20
Rose's pick: This is definitely one of the more intriguing games of the weekend. Arkansas was overmatched against Alabama two weeks ago, but showed a lot by rallying from a big deficit to beat Texas A&M last Saturday. Auburn has just one loss this season – at unbeaten Clemson. Gene Chizik has done a solid job this season with Auburn, which got a nice win at South Carolina last week. The Auburn secondary isn’t very good so Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson could have a big game. I liked how Arkansas rallied from the Alabama loss. The Razorbacks have talent and will be tough to beat at home. Arkansas 33, Auburn 27

No. 12 Michigan at Northwestern (+7.5), 7 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Northwestern has proven to be a real pest-like opponent. The Wildcats almost upended Illinois last week. They will get no such luck this week. Michigan’s Heisman-hopeful QB Denard Robinson is the best playmaker in the country. The junior completed 15 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two TDs and ran for 51 yards and a score last week. With 1,396 total yards and 14 touchdowns, it’s hard to see Northwestern slowing him down. Michigan 37, Northwestern 24
Rose’s pick: Unbeaten Michigan is rolling with Denard Robinson and a much-improved defense. Now comes a very tough stretch. The Wolverines play four of their next five on the road, starting at Northwestern. The Wildcats have the second worst defense in the Big Ten and haven’t stopped the run all season. So Robinson could again run wild. Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa returned last week and threw a career-high four touchdowns, but is still having problems with the Achilles’ tendon injury from last season. I’m not sure Northwestern has gotten over last week’s loss to Illinois, when the Wildcats had a 28-10 lead in the third quarter and lost. Michigan 38, Northwestern 27

Georgia at Tennessee (+2), 7 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Tennessee has showed some fight in recent weeks and can thank promising sophomore QB Tyler Bray for it. Bray has thrown four TDs in a game twice this season and has 14 on the season. Georgia has recovered from two losses to start the season with three straight wins. Last week’s 24-10 home win over Mississippi proved the Bulldogs are back. Tennessee will prevail at home, though. Tennessee 33, Georgia 30
Rose’s pick: Big game in the SEC East race. Georgia has built some nice momentum after a 0-2 start. Last week’s 24-10 win over Mississippi State was a good one. Tennessee really can’t afford to fall to 0-2 in the SEC. Both teams have strong offenses so expect some points. Georgia, however, is tied for second in the SEC in total defense. This could be a huge statement game for the Vols. But I just like how Georgia is playing, especially on defense. Georgia 30, Tennessee 24

Ohio State at No. 14 Nebraska (-11), 8 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Nebraska’s roll was stopped by Wisconsin (48-17) in a big way last week thanks to a leaky defense. The Black Shirts shouldn’t have any issues slowing down a shorthanded Buckeyes offense. Huskers QB Taylor Martinez can’t throw three picks like he did last week, though. With running back Dan Herron and WR DeVier Posey still on the suspension, Ohio State’s offense won’t do much. Nebraska 26, Ohio State 13
Rose’s pick: Ohio State has big problems on offense. The Buckeyes managed just seven points at home last week in a loss to Michigan State. And Ohio State will again be without running back Dan Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey this week. The Cornhuskers got destroyed on national TV at Wisconsin last week. So expect a fired up Nebraska team at home this week. Nebraska needs to find a passing game to go with its running attack. Quarterback Taylor Martinez tries to do too much at times in games and needs to avoid costly turnovers. I think Ohio State continues to have trouble scoring points this week and Nebraska finds success on the ground. Nebraska 23, Ohio State 13

TCU at San Diego State (+4), 10:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: TCU’s once promising season has taken a nosedive after a 40-33 OT loss to SMU last week. The good news for the Horned Frogs is that QB Casey Pachall has 13 TDS and just two picks. The bad news for TCU is that San Diego State has been a good home team and can run the ball with authority. Ronnie Hillman ran for 109 yards against Michigan two weeks ago and 191 against Washington State. San Diego State 23, TCU 17
Rose’s pick: TCU coach Gary Patterson is still fuming from last week’s loss to SMU. Still, it’s going to take more than a fiery pep talk to win at San Diego State. The Aztecs have quarterback Ryan Lindley and running back Ronnie Hillman, who has 606 yards in just four games, leading the offense. Some key matchups to watch: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall going against the Mountain West’s top pass defense, Hillman going against TCU’s run defense, and TCU’s rushing attack, which is averaging 205 yards per game, against San Diego State’s porous run defense, allowing 228 yards per game. Tough game to pick. TCU’s defense hasn’t been very good this season. San Diego State wins a high-scoring game. San Diego State 34, TCU 31

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