College football expert picks for Week 6: No. 20-16
Vanderbilt at 20 Florida (-38.0) – Over 59.5
Especially with the way the wheels fell off for Florida last week, I suspect we will see the Gators try and lay it on a Vanderbilt team that is, in fact, not good at all. More importantly, I think we see ample opportunities for quarterback Anthony Richardson, who is an explosive play waiting to happen when he touches the ball. That gives me comfort in both a large favorite covering and the over hitting.
19 Wake Forest (-6.5) at Syracuse – Over 56.6
As it turns out, Syracuse has proven to be a far tougher ACC opponent than many people expected. This won’t be an easy game for unbeaten Wake Forest as they go on the road after playing a tough Louisville team. However, the Demon Deacons have shown their offense is explosive and I’m just not sure Dino Babers has the attack that can ultimately match that, even in the Carrier Dome.
2 Georgia (-15.0) at 18 Auburn – Over 46.5
This is Georgia’s next chance in the SEC to make a statement and you couldn’t pick a better opponent. Auburn’s defense just hasn’t been as good as you’d hope, which should allow the Dawgs to move the ball well. More importantly, Bo Nix isn’t going to be able to freelance as he did against LSU against this Georgia front. This will be another dominant top-25 win for Kirby Smart’s team.
13 Arkansas at 17 Ole Miss (-5.5) – Over 66.5
My one concern about Ole Miss is the way they got bullied early against Alabama in the trenches, particularly when they had the ball. Arkansas’ physicality could look to exploit that, which could be problematic. With that said, I trust Lane Kiffin and Matt Corral enough to get back into form and keep making plays. Their defense isn’t good enough to keep the Hogs at bay, hence the over pick.
LSU at 16 Kentucky (-3.0) – Under 51.0
We could be looking at a letdown spot for Kentucky after the monumental win over Florida but there’s no world where I’m trusting LSU right now. This team looks broken in their game plan every week as they’re relying too much on young Max Johnson to basically be a superstar. Throw in the fact that Derek Stingley Jr. remains out and I’m reluctantly taking the Wildcats at home in a tricky spot in what could be an ugly game.