Week 5 of the college football season was yet another one filled with surprises, including Stanford taking out Oregon and dropping them out of a playoff spot. That outcome cost us a perfect weekend with our selections, as we went perfect in our SU and O/U picks, while going 2-1 in our ATS selections. We have had a decent time of it in our SU picks this season, going 11-4 through the first 5 weeks. Since we try to play games that the bookies deem to be close, that represents a decent little profit for the season. Still, you are only as good as your previous week, so let’s see if we can have another 3-0 week this coming weekend. Here are our SU picks for Week 6 of the college football season for your NCAAF odds.
College Football SU Picks for Week 6
Baylor Bears over West Virginia Mountaineers
It is always interesting to see how a team bounces back after taking their first loss of the season. For some, a run of bad games follows, while others are able to shake off the loss and keep moving forward. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Baylor Bears finally lost this past weekend, going down 24-14 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. That loss has the Bears in a bit of a hole in the Big 12, so a win here is crucial. The Mountaineers have now lost 2 in a row, with both games coming against conference foes, so their season is essentially over in terms of winning the Big 12. They have now failed to win in their last 6 road games, so they will be up against it on the road to Baylor this weekend. I think the Bears get that bounce back win.
Louisville Cardinals over Virginia Cavaliers
With Clemson failing to impress this year and already losing a conference game, the ACC is now surprisingly wide open. Things may start to get a little cutthroat in there, so every single conference game is of vital importance. The Louisville Cardinals are up against it in the Atlantic Division because of the start that Wake Forest are off to, so nothing less than a win will do here. Virginia is 1-2 already in the Coastal Division and you have to think that another conference loss will end their challenge. Louisville has lost each of their last 5 games versus teams from the Coastal, but they are also 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home. I like that home field advantage to come into play this weekend.
Iowa Hawkeyes over Penn State Nittany Lions
As far as games go on the Week 6 schedule, they do not come any bigger than this one. After all, we are looking at a pair of top 4 teams going head-to-head in what could essentially prove to be a playoff elimination game. Sure, the team that loses could still make the playoff, but they would also require some help along the way besides being perfect the rest of the season. There are arguments to be made for both teams here, especially with Penn State winning 5 of their last 6 versus Iowa and the Hawkeyes winning each of their last 8 versus teams from the Big Ten. We have played Iowa a lot this season in our picks and they have been good to us, so let’s roll with them again.
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