As we move into the month of October, my wife’s college football picks have proven to be every bit as good as mine.
I broke even at 3-3 last week. My wife, Stefanie, did better with a 4-2 record in Week 5. We both whiffed on Arizona State in a bad way, with UCLA thumping the Sun Devils in Tempe. We both successfully picked Georgia over Tennessee and Stanford topping Washington in Pac-12 play. Everything else was split. I felt good about Missouri bouncing back against South Carolina, but Stef stuck with the favorites of Texas A&M (over Arkansas) and Ohio State (over Cincinnati) while I was a bit more risky with the upset bids. It cost me the overall lead in the end. Stef takes the 3-2 lead in the weekly results this season and we now share identical 17-13 records overall in our picks this season. I need to get my picks in gear, or I will never hear the end of it from her or the Internet.
But let’s move on to our Week 6 picks and see how we do. As always, feel free to share your picks in the comment section if you choose.
All times eastern. AP rankings used.
No. 12 Mississippi State vs. No. 6 Texas A&M, 12:00 p.m. ESPN
Texas A&M is overrated, so says my wife. I think I agree. In the first of three huge SEC West contests this weekend the Mississippi State Bulldogs will host Texas A&M after getting a week off following the big win at LSU. I don’t necessarily think Mississippi State is for real either, but I think we see Dak Prescott have a field day against Texas A&M’s defense. I can’t say the same for Kenny Hill’s afternoon against the Bulldogs defense.
I Say: Mississippi State
Wife Says: Whaaaat? Texas A&M almost got beat by Arkansas and LSU only made the score close in the 4th quarter. Mississippi State
No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 3 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. CBS
The second half of the big double header in the state of Mississippi could be the biggest display of separation between contender and pretender we see in the SEC West this weekend. Alabama is a machine and coming off a bye week. Ole Miss has yet to really be tested, but the Rebels have some good talent on the field that continues to grow. This weekend is going to be a huge step in the development of the Ole Miss program, but I see this more as a weekend that shows Ole Miss just how far they still have to go.
I Say: Alabama
Wife Says: Alabama
No. 25 TCU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. FOX
Just this week I noticed some people suggesting TCU could be this year’s Auburn team. I don’t see that happening, but they should be capable of giving Oklahoma a battle in the Big 12 at home this weekend. TCU’s defense has been the key early on for the Horned Frogs, but Oklahoma looks to be the most balanced team in the country so far this season. We are in agreement on this one.
I Say: Oklahoma
Wife Says: Oklahoma
No. 9 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Stanford, 3:30 p.m. NBC
Notre Dame is starting to get Irish fans excited about a possible spot in the playoff at the end of the year. Having Everett Golson back under center has helped and he has grown at the position after being out of the mix last season. This Notre Dame team has a huge three-week stretch beginning this weekend against the best defense in the Pac-12. I think Stanford picks up some revenge for a loss two years ago in South Bend and drops Notre Dame back to earth a little. Stef feels differently.
I Say: Stanford
Wife Says: This was toughest, picking Notre Dame because they’re at home and Stanford hasn’t beaten anyone worthwhile.
Rutgers vs. Michigan, 7:00 p.m. Big Ten Network
I was incredibly tempted to go with Rutgers here. In fact, I really wanted to pick Rutgers. There is nothing about Michigan that screams “Pick me! Pick me!” This team is a mess. WWe discussed it at length in this week’s podcast, if you missed it. The Scarlet Knights will play tough at home, just ask Penn State. Yet, for some reason, I feel as though this is a game that sees a team down in the dumps rally together to somehow put enough together to get out of Piscataway with a win. This is the pick I have the least amount of confidence in.
I Say: Michigan
Wife Says: Rutgers
No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 19 Nebraska, 8:00 p.m. ABC
The biggest game in the Big Ten to date could end up being a Big Ten Championship Game Preview. Michigan State has been the class of the conference so far this season and Nebraska has one of the best running backs in the country. As good as Ameer Abdullah is for the Huskers, Michigan State’s defense is not easy to get rolling against. Even Oregon was frustrated for a while before breaking some big plays in the fourth quarter earlier this season.
I Say: Michigan State
Wife Says: Michigan StatePhoto: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America via Zimbio.com.