Friday, October 7, 2005

Week 6 Predictions

#5 Georgia @ #8 Tennessee (-3)
High stakes in the SEC East Showdown in Knoxville between the Dawgs and the Vols. The two teams almost mirror each other on both side of the ball. Both teams rely on their ground game to move the ball. Both teams have able receivers and able quarterback to throw the ball. Both teams have good defenses and neither team has much of an advantage on special teams or in coaching.

Tennessee is playing its third game in 19 days, while Georgia had last week and has played their last two games against Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State. Rick Clausen looks to have settled in at QB, but who knows how quick that chain might be pulled on him in favor of Erik Ainge. If the Vols have to rotate QB’s, they don’t stand a chance against the most experienced defense in the SEC.

This game will come down to who plays better at the quarterback position. Every other area of the field matches up evenly. Whichever quarterback throws more touchdowns and maybe more importantly, less interceptions, his team will win. Georgia QB DJ Shockley has played well this season, but has not been able to move the ball when the running game is not working. UT has shown more of an ability to balance out the offensive attack. But these teams are so close to each other in talent, skill, experience that one little mistake could turn the outcome of the game.

The home crowd will lift the Vols to a victory, but it will be close.
Prediction: Tennessee 21 Georgia 20

Virginia @ #18 Boston College (-7)
Virginia’s defense was demoralized last week against Maryland giving up 45 points. Don’t expect the Eagles to put it up in the air a whole lot though. BC has the best offensive line in the ACC and will pound the ball continuously against the Cavs front seven. Offensively, Virginia relies on QB Marques to make the engine go. Too bad he is not surrounded by much talent of offense.
Prediction: Boston College 28 Virginia 17

UNC @ #23 Louisville (-12.5)
UNC has been a tougher out than most expected this season. The Heels are 2-2 after starting 0-2. Louisville came back strong last week against Florida Atlantic after suffering a blowout themselves the week before. This Cardinal team is not as good as years past and will be going up against a tough opponent from the nation’s best conference top to bottom. Both teams can put up some points and will give them up too.
Prediction: Louisville 35 UNC 27

#11 LSU (-15) @ Vanderbilt
LSU got back on track with a resounding victory over Mississippi St last week, while Vandy must have been looking ahead to this game when it lost to Middle Tennessee St. Both teams come in with questions of defense, so look for a high scoring affair. This Saturday will expose Vandy as a being a tough game in the SEC or as to how bad Arkansas and Ole Miss really are. Vanderbilt is down in the dumps after blowing a 5-0 start. LSU will pounce.
Prediction: LSU 34 Vanderbilt 17

Kentucky @ South Carolina (-13)
South Carolina as a 13 point favorite is scary. Kentucky’s defense is even scarier – for Kentucky fans. South Carolina QB Blake Mitchell is expected to make his return, which should be a major plus for the Gamecocks. Spurrier was not happy with his offense after almost getting shut out at Auburn, but does he have the talent to match his playbook? Kentucky and its coach have their backs against the wall so they will come out fighting, but will lose closer than expected.
Prediction: South Carolina 28 Kentucky 20

Wake Forest @ #4 FSU (-20.5)
Wake Forest typically is not a good road underdog. They come into this with some confidence after a come from behind victory against Clemson last week. Drew Weatherford continues to improve in the pocket, but still has a long way to go. Wake Forest is overmatched in Tallahassee. Prediction: FSU 35 Wake Forest 10

Duke @ #9 Miami (-35)
Miami has too much talent. Don’t look for Duke to get its first ACC victory here. The Miami offense clicked in the first half before pulling back the reins last week against South Florida. Still, Miami needs to work on its offense to stay in the ACC race.
Prediction: Miami 38 Duke 7

Maryland (-28.5) @ Temple
The Terps’ rest of the season looks promising after beating Virginia 45-33 last week. Temple continues its undercard tour, but this time is actually playing at home. Friedgen is not one to keep the playbook open after getting out to a big lead.
Prediction: Maryland 31 Temple 7

Marshall @ #3 Virginia Tech (-35)
The Hokie train keeps on rollin’ again this week. Marshall may get some garbage scores in this one though
Prediction: Virginia Tech 42 Marshall 10

Miss St @ #13 Florida (-27)
Florida has a bad taste in its mouth from last week – and from last year. The Gators will be chomping at the bit to dominate Mississippi State after a beat down from Alabama last week. Sylvester Croom and the Bulldogs will never know what it him.
Prediction: Florida 48 Miss State 17

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