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Week 6: Rick: 8-5; Coin: 5-8
Cumulative: Rick: 36-49-1; Coin: 45-40-1

Friday, October 11

8:00 pm #20 Virginia at Miami (FL) (-2 1/2, 45) - Despite being ranked, Virginia heads to South Florida an underdog of less than a field goal, due to Miami's home field edge, apparently. The Hurricanes are 0-2 in ACC play while the Cavaliers lead the Atlantic conference with a 2-0 mark and are 4-1 overall.

Coming off a home loss to Virginia Tech last week, the Hurricanes need to pick it up defensively and in a hurry. The Cavaliers can score at a rapid pace. Last seen losing at Notre Dame, 3520, on September 28, there's no knocks on Virginia, as they hold wins over Pitt and Florida State.

Coin Flip: Virginia

Prediction: Cavaliers 24 Hurricanes 20

10:00 pm Colorado at #13 Oregon (-21, 57 1/2) - The 4-1 Ducks are looking to cruise as North division PAC-12 champions with a 2-0 record on the books already and arguably the best defense in the conference. They've allowed just 49 points and the only loss was at Auburn in week one.

Colorado is 3-2 with losses to Air Force (30-23) and Arizona, 35-30, last Saturday. The Buffs can't seem to stop anybody, allowing 30 or more points in each of this season's outings. That spells real trouble against Oregon, though they haven't been blown out yet, but Oregon has yielded just 13 points in two conference wins, over Stanford and Cal.

Coin Flip: Oregon

Prediction: Ducks 31 Buffaloes 17

Saturday, October 12

12:00 pm South Carolina at #3 Georgia (-24, 64 1/2) - The Bulldogs have murdered every team they've faced except Notre Dame. Vandy, 30-6; Arizona State, 55-0; Tennessee, 43-14. No reason they can't do the same to the 2-3 Gamecocks.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Prediction: Bulldogs 45 Gamecocks 14

12:00 pm #6 Oklahoma (-10 1/2, 75 1/2) vs #11 Texas - Ah, the annual Red River Shootout, a game which could decide the champion of the Big 12, where both teams are 2-0, though Oklahoma looks like the best in the conference.

As rivalries go, this one is a top three and neither team has won by more than a touchdown since 2013. Last year, Texas handed the Sooners their only regular season loss, and they'll be ready, having taken down Oklahoma State, 42-31, and won at West Virginia last week, 42-31.

Coin Flip: Texas

Prediction: Sooners 42 Longhorns 39

12:00 pm #16 Michigan (-21, 49) at Illinois - At 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 10, the Illini don't seem to be doing much fighting of late. They may not be very competitive in the conference, suggested by their 40-17 hammering at Minnesota last week. They're home for the Wolverines, but that's no big deal, since the last time they met Michigan (2016), they were pounded, 41-8.

Michigan's offense hasn't shaken up the world lately, but their defense is sound, having ripped Rutgers, 52-0, followed by last week's 10-3 gut-0check win over Iowa. Illinois may not find the end zone more than once and Michigan's offense should benefit from decent field position throughout.

Coin Flip: Illinois

Prediction: Wolverines 42 Fighting Illini 10

12:00 pm #23 Memphis (-6, 50) at Temple - as the American Athletic conference goes, this is as good as it gets. Temple is 4-1; Memphis, 5-0 and each are 1-0 in conference play. Both teams stress defense, and the Tigers' offense, led by QB Brady White and RB Kenneth Gainwell can score with regularity.

Temple's defense has allowed just 86 points, or 17.2 per game. Credit them with a 24-2 win over Georgia Tech and last week's 27-17 win at East Carolina. The last time these two met was 2016, Memphis taking a 34-27 win. Expecting the Owls to turn the tables, though at a lower total.

Coin Flip: Temple

Prediction: Owls 22 Tigers 20

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