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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 6 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 8-10, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 8

9:00 pm Washington at USC (-17, 56) - Southern Cal is getting extra credit for its 3-1 record, though the Huskies are just nine points from being 4-0, having lost to Boise State, 16-13 in week one, and last seen surrendering to Cal, 30-24, on September 26.

The Trojans' sole loss was a 41-31 home loss to Stanford, and they're 1-1 in the PAC-12 after a 42-14 win over Arizona State two weeks ago. While home field is certainly an edge for USC, the Huskies come ready to rumble and will keep this close and potentially spring the upset.

Prediction: Huskies 34 Trojans 27

Friday, October 9

7:00 pm Southern Miss at Marshall (-5, 58 1/2) - Conference USA on tap to start the Friday night festivities in a solid match-up.

While Marshall gets plenty of props after a near-perfect season in 2014, Southern Miss has shown resolve and is a fairly good team all around, losing to Mississippi State, 34-16 in week one and Nebraska, 36-28, in late September. The Golden Eagles and Thundering Herd will put on an offensive show with Marshall getting the edge.

Last year's meeting at SMU resulted in a 63-17 thrashing by Marshall. This will be closer, but not by that much.

Prediction: Thundering Herd 44 Golden Eagles 27

8:00 pm North Carolina State (-1, 49 1/2) at Virginia Tech - The Wolfpack was 4-0 heading into week five, but hosted a determined Louisville squad in their conference opener last week and took a 20-13 loss.

It gets a little more serious for NC State this week, having to travel to V-Tech, where the 2-3 Hokies hope to get back on track after a 17-13 defeat by Pitt last week.

There may not be much scoring here, as both teams are not complete offensively but possess steady defenses. Hokies should prevail on home turf.

Prediction: Hokies 22 Wolfpack 17

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Saturday, October 10

12:00 pm Oklahoma (-17, 61) at Texas (Cotton Bowl) - Well, the Sooners have dominated the opposition this season with the notable exception of Tennessee, having to go to overtime to defeat the Vols, but that game may have served as a wake-up call.

The Sooners aren't exactly dominating defensively, but the offense is rolling right along, and Texas would probably need 12 or 13 defenders to slow down the Sooner express. At 1-4, the Longhorns are already 0-2 in the conference and were embarrassed at TCU last week, losing 50-7 to the Horned Frogs.

Prediction: Sooners 41 Longhorns 17

12:00 pm Illinois at Iowa (-11, 44) - The Hawkeyes have to guard against complacency following their huge, 10-6, upset over the Badgers in Wisconsin last week because the Illini aren't exactly pushovers.

At 4-1, Illinois only loss was a 48-14 road defeat at North Carolina, and they opened conference play last week with a 14-13 win over Nebraska.

Iowa may get off to a slow start on offense, but the defense will hold down Illinois throughout. The second half will belong to the home team in a big way.

Prediction: Hawkeyes 37 Fighting Illini 10

12:00 pm LSU (-13 1/2, 49) at South Carolina - The Gamecocks are really on the ropes here, already 0-3 after losses to Kentucky, Georgia and Missouri, with only the Kentucky game being close (26-22).

As usual, Les Miles has his Tigers seeking the glory of an SEC championship, and they may have the horses this season to get it done. At 4-0, LSU has already taken care of Mississippi State and Auburn in the conference and this one looks like it could be a breeze. South Carolina is an offense making far too many mental and physical mistakes. That should work to the advantage of the Tigers.

Prediction: Tigers 34 Gamecocks 10

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3:30 pm Georgia Tech at Clemson (-7, 54 1/2) - Clemson has arrived as a bona fide powerhouse in the ACC, proving themselves in their last two games, both wins, at Louisville (20-17) and last week, at home over the Fighting Irish, 24-22.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets have gone down in flames each of the past three weeks, losing to Notre Dame, Duke and North Carolina. This will be their third road game in the last four weeks, which will likely wear Georgia Tech down.

Clemson came out of last week's game in good shape and should be prepared to run it up on a weakened ACC opponent.

Prediction: Tigers 35 Yellow Jackets 19

3:30 pm Navy at Notre Dame (-14 1/2, 54 1/2) - The Irish are overwhelming favorites at home despite the facts. Notre Dame lost at Clemson last week while the Middies hammered Air Force (last season's MWC champion), 33-11, to improve to 4-0.

Anyone thinking that the Midshipmen won't come locked and loaded for this one are going to be sadly mistaken. Notre Dame is not a championship caliber team, their only big wins coming against Texas and UMass. Big Whoop. Big Upset coming.

Prediction: Midshipmen 31 Fighting Irish 26

3:30 pm Georgia (-3, 55 1/2) at Tennessee - Being taken out to the woodshed for a good whipping last week by Alabama, the Bulldogs travel once again into enemy territory where the Vols will be lying in wait to rip into them.

While Tennessee is only 2-3, their last two losses have been to Florida, 28-27, and Arkansas, 24-20. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Volunteers rebound here for a win, though this game could easily go either way.

If history is any guide, last season's meeting produced a 35-32 win for the Bulldogs at home. Change of venue and an improved Tennessee defense should be enough to flip that score.

Prediction: Volunteers 24 Bulldogs 21

3:30 pm Northwestern at Michigan (-8, 35) - Calling this game huge would be an understatement as both teams scored shutouts in their respective Big Ten openers last week, Michigan improving to 4-1 overall with a 28-0 win at Maryland, and the Wildcats shutting down Minnesota, 27-0, at home.

The Michigan conference home opener will have the Big House packed to capacity but the loud crowd shouldn't bother the troops from Northwestern in any significant way.

Both teams possess superior defenses, Northwestern the leader nationally in points allowed at 7.0 per game, with Michigan second, at 7.6. This should be as good as it gets this or any weekend this season, but the line is too big because the Wildcats will not go down easily, if at all.

Prediction: Wildcats 19 Wolverines 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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