Welcome friends to the Nooz Buffet Table Seven Top 6. This is where we share our top six NCAA College Football games to watch. Just a reminder, it is week 6, and as we continue to get deeper into the season, we’re going to see who’s who. Now, lets see what’s what for this week.
- (18)UCF @ CINCINNATI- This game will be played Friday night at 8 o’clock. Cincinnati is an underdog at home. On September 7th they had a big loss to the Buckeyes 42-0, but they’ve played well since. Last week they defeated Marshall 52-14. If you remember, UCF had that one point heartbreaker loss to Pitt 34-35. Last week they showed up for their game against Connecticut. Right now, UCF is 4-1, and they need every win they can get in a ranking system that’s not very friendly.
- (14)IOWA @ (19)MICHIGAN- Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 12:00. Michigan is the home favorite here, and they’re 3-1 overall. The Wolverines look for running back Zach Charbonnet to continue being productive. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per touch and 3 touchdowns this season. Iowa, whoa! Where did you come from? Iowa is 4-0 and ranked 14th. Their biggest win this season was against rival Iowa St. The Hawkeyes have a trio of running backs that bring something to the table, but Mekhi Sargent seems to be “the guy” with 54 carries and 2 touchdowns. This a huge game for both teams, as Iowa would like to remain undefeated and break into the top 10. As for Michigan, they need to prove they can play with the big boys. They lost the only test they’ve had so far, 35-14 against Wisconsin.
- PURDUE @ (12)PENN STATE- Here’s another game that kicks off Saturday afternoon at 12:00. Penn State is (4-0) undefeated and a big time favorite at home in Happy Valley. QB Sean Clifford is completing 66% of his throws, and he has accumulated 1,179 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also has a rushing touchdown, but whatever. Purdue is 1-3, and their only victory was a 42-24 win against Vanderbilt. They really don’t have much going on in the backfield, and arguably, the better QB Jack Plummer isn’t getting enough playing time. Any offensive issues could be magnified this week against a Nittany Lion defense that gives up just under 10 points per game. Something is funny here though. We think Penn State will overlook this game against the 1-3 Boilermakers in anticipation for next week’s banger against undefeated Big 10 rival Iowa. Purdue might just catch the Nittany Lions with their pants down.
- (7)AUBURN @ (10)FLORIDA- This is a huge game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:30 in Gainesville, Florida. Believe it or not, Florida is a sight underdog at home. Yes, they are. Both teams are undefeated with five wins. There isn’t much to talk about here from a statistical standpoint because after this game is played we’ll know a whole lot about who’s for real and who’s not. Whoever it is, will be 6-0 and a serious contender for the National Championship. Let’s just put it that way.
- (25)MICHIGAN STATE @ (4)OHIO STATE- Game time is Saturday evening at 7:30 in Columbus, Ohio where the Buckeyes are favored at home by about 3 touchdowns. Ohio State is undefeated (5-0) and blowing teams out. Seriously, they win big. (I’ve been a fan since 1996, just saying) Last week they beat Nebraska in Lincoln 48-7. Michigan State is no slouch though, and history tells us the Spartans will be prepared to play a mistake free game. They only have one loss this season, and that was to a very good Arizona State team. Michigan State is ranked 25th nationally, but their defense is ranked 7th overall. This game will be closer than we think.
- CAL @ (13)OREGON- This will be a Saturday night game, and kickoff is scheduled for 8:00. Oregon is 3-1 and favored at home. Duck’s QB Justin Herbert is completing just about 75% of his passes. He has also thrown 14 touchdown passes! On the receiving end, Johnny Johnson III has 22 catches and 264 yards. TE Jacob Breeland is also very good. It’s going to be interesting to see how Cal comes back after losing to Arizona State last week. They were ranked 15th, but hey, where’d they go? Come back Cal! Remember this is the same Cal team that gave Washington their only loss. Oh, I forget to mention, Cal’s starting QB Chase Garbers could possibly be out for the season.
There you have it! This weeks top 6 NCAA College Football Matchups, and of course, this is our opinion. Don’t forget to check back this afternoon at 3:00 for our NCAA College Football Week 6 Feature Game analysis. We’ll tell you who we think will win straight up and who will bring in the money as we attempt to go 3-1-1 versus the spread. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.