NCAA Games of the Week: 3 SEC matchups highlight Week 6

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger

@mattdmcclain

College football will never get old. All styles of football were showcased last week, and they all were entertaining. Michigan defeated Wisconsin in a classic Big Ten game that featured a combined 21 points. Tennessee made another comeback to beat Georgia on a Hail Mary. Clemson scraped by Louisville and the once-again-terrific Lamar Jackson. Here are the highlights of Week 6.

 

LSU at Florida, 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN

Both teams are coming off bounce back wins in Week 5. Interim coach Ed Orgeron led the Tigers to a 42-7 blowout against Missouri, and Florida survived in a 13-7 nail-biter against Vanderbilt. Running back Leonard Fournette is out for the Tigers, so Florida has an advantage before the game starts. Florida’s chances look better in its home stadium. The Gators’ defense allows a skim 230 yards per game. I’ll take Florida, comfortably.

Florida 31, LSU 16

 

Tennessee at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS

Tennessee keeps hanging on by a hair behind quarterback Josh Dobbs and the Volunteers look to stay lucky against Texas A&M on Saturday. (Rick Small, Flickr)

Tennessee keeps hanging on by a hair behind quarterback Josh Dobbs and the Volunteers look to stay lucky against Texas A&M on Saturday.
(Rick Small, Flickr)

The Volunteers remain unbeaten thanks to a Hail Mary against Georgia. The Aggies return home after a 24-13 road victory in South Carolina. The Aggies’ best defensive player, defensive end Myles Garrett, is questionable for Saturday’s matchup. Tennessee’s quarterback Josh Dobbs has been terrific. He’s thrown for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns. Texas A&M has the 12th man behind it, but Tennessee has been resilient. I’ll take the Volunteers.

Tennessee 35, Texas A&M 34

 

Virginia Tech at North Carolina, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC/ESPN2

Virginia Tech has been rolling recently. It’s won its two previous games with a combined score of 103-17. North Carolina has also won its two prior games but the score differential is much less significant. The Tarheels have won their games against Pittsburgh and Florida State by a combined three points. To be fair, UNC has played two quality opponents and Virginia Tech has not. I think UNC is used to facing better teams, so it will be prepared.

UNC 45, Virginia Tech 41

 

Alabama at Arkansas, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN

It feels like years have passed since Alabama came back to beat Ole Miss on Sept. 17. Alabama has gone 2-0 since we last saw them with wins against Kent State and Kentucky. Arkansas has played a fairly easy schedule. The Razorbacks’ biggest challenge has been Texas A&M, and they got torched 45-24. Once again, Alabama is favored to win, as they should, and I don’t expect the game to be close. Alabama is bigger, better, faster and stronger.

Alabama 38, Arkansas 17

 

Florida State at Miami (FL), 7 p.m. Saturday on ABC

Miami is off to its best start in three years. The last time the Hurricanes started 4-0 was 2013. Meanwhile, their rival Florida State has had a lackluster start to the season. The Seminoles are 3-2 with losses to Louisville and UNC. Brad Kaaya, son of “Friday” star Angela Means, a.k.a. Felicia, has been a spark plug at quarterback for Miami. FSU’s chances for the playoff and the ACC title have been dashed and the Seminoles are playing spoiler at this point. Miami’s defense has been stout but this will be its biggest test yet. When the clock hits zero, I think Kaaya and his teammates will be saying “Bye, Felicia!” to a defeated FSU squad.

Miami (FL) 45, Florida State 31

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