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College Football Preview Guide: Week Six

#FireDaveBrandon is the talk of the nation, 'College Gameday' is headed to the greatest tailgate location in the country, Derek Jeter is a Michigan Man, Beer Skyscrapers and much more.

Leon Halip

Some people say there is no such thing as bad press.

Anyone who is a fan of Michigan football would beg to differ with that statement, especially after what has transpired within the last week.

The concussion.  The confusion.  The miscommunication. The error in judgment.

Chants for Athletic Director, Dave Brandon, have been the talk of the national landscape.  Here's hoping it comes true sooner than later.

Most people haven't given much thought to the actual football game that approaches for Michigan this Saturday.  The first road game since the shutout at Notre Dame couldn't come, ironically, at a better time.

The scene in Ann Arbor would be hectic if Michigan had to play at home this weekend.

However, if you are in Ann Arbor or around the town, there is reason to visit:

Let the boys get out of town.

Go out, unite as one and win the day.

Keep the players safe and play with passion.

Back to football.


One thing we know for sure, as it relates to Saturday, is that Devin Gardner is back as the starting QB.

Say what you want about Coach Hoke, bad and even more bad, but no one should doubt that he cares about his players and their well-being.  I am in the crowd who hopes that Hoke is able to finish out the season as Coach, barring player safety of course.

This will be a tough game for the Wolverines, one where they'll face a solid defense.  All in all, this will come down to how well the Michigan offense plays.  If it's anything like what we've seen recently against Power Five opponents, Wolverines fans might need their defense to do some scoring for them.

Play competitive football.  Realistically, that's all that the Maize and Blue faithful can hope for these days.

Michigan fans need something to be happy about and it's not coming from their football team.

If you're looking for something Michigan related to be happy about, look no further than The Captain, #2, Derek Jeter.

If all else fails, crack open a few brews and laugh yourself to sleep.


This is the greatest weekend of College Football of recent memory.

Suberb games, one after another, make for a sexy Saturday.


Ariziona @ #2 Oregon - 10:30 P.M. EST. - ESPN

Remember Rich Rod?

The man who used to be viewed at as the root of the problem in Ann Arbor is now off on the West Coast and has put Michigan in the past.  Love him or hate him, he left Michigan in better shape than what he inherited.  Things sure look worse than when he was in Ann Arbor.

His Wildcats will go on the road to face, arguably, the best team in the nation.

This incredible string of stellar Thursday night games will continue and make the NFL an after-thought, beyond fantasy football reasons, of course.


Louisville @ Syracuse - 7:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN

Utah State @ #18 BYU - 10:15 P.M. EST. - ESPN


Florida @ Tennessee - 12:00 P.M. EST. - SEC NETWORK

If there's one coach who's seat is hotter than Brady Hoke, it's Will Muschamp.

The Gators were offensively inept at Alabama a few weeks ago and now must go on the road for another SEC test.

If Florida doesn't turn things around soon, the voices down in Gainesville calling for a new coach will get louder.

#6 Texas A&M @ #12 Mississippi State - 12:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN

These two quarterbacks have come out of nowhere this season to take the SEC by storm.

Kenny Hill has made Aggies fans forget about Johnny Manziel and MSU fans loved what they saw from Dak Prescott at LSU a couple of weeks ago.

First to 40 wins.

#20 Ohio State @ Maryland - 12:00 P.M. EST. - ABC

Before the season started, everyone made fun of the Big Ten adding Rutgers and Maryland to the conference.

Now, it appears as though they're middle of the pack, at the very least.

Ohio State already has won loss this season and this will be their first test in the awful Big Ten.  If Urban Meyer's boys can survive, they might find themselves ranked in the Top 10-15.

Wake Forest @ #1 Florida State - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ABC

FSU almost lost last week, at N.C. State.

Everyone thought, after sitting out for a week, that the return of Jameis Winston would lead the Seminoles to playing lights out.

Ultimately, they won and continue to remain atop the national rankings.  It's their Championship to defend and hold onto until someone knocks them off the throne.

#3 Alabama @ #11 Ole Miss - 3:30 P.M. EST. - CBS

'College Gameday' is going to Ole Miss for the first time, ever!

The hype surrounding this match-up makes this the game of the week.  Let's just hope the game lives up to the pregame festivities.

Quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Blake Sims will be tested in this game of the week.

Sims has silenced critics who were calling for Jacob Coker before the season started.  Sims has gotten better each week and now has full control of the Crimson Tide offense.

The Red Rebels will be playing one of the biggest games of their storied history.  'College Gameday' will be on campus for the first time and with a victory here, Ole Miss will push themselves into the College Playoff discussion.

Wallace is at QB for Ole Miss, he's healthy and he will be center stage in heart of the college football landscape.  There is talent across the Ole Miss roster, but this is will be a true test for them.  They might be over-matched here and chances are, Nick Saban's boys will be out to make a statement.

#4 Oklahoma @ #25 TCU - 3:30 P.M. EST. - FOX

The Horned Frogs a tough bunch that will try to put Oklahoma on the ropes.  TCU has a staple of great defense and this year is no different.  The Sooners have been the most complete team so far in 2015 and they have legitimate championship hopes.

TCU may be able to keep this close but the true test will be for how long can they stop Oklahoma from scoring.  Bob Stoops' crew is relentless this season and out for blood.

#7 Baylor @ Texas - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ABC

#14 Stanford @ #9 Notre Dame - 3:30 P.M. EST. - NBC

The Fighting Irish, to put it lightly, are overrated.

They have beaten no real competition and even though this game is at home, Stanford is the favorite here.

If the Irish can win this game, they'll put something legitimate on their resume for the first time this season.  The Cardinal don't look as polished as they have been in recent years.  David Shaw is a heck of a coach and you can bet that he'll have his team ready for this non-conference clash.

If Brian Kelly wants to get his Notre Dame team into the College Football Playoff discussion, this is a must-win game.  Realistically, all the games on the schedule are must-win's for the Irish.

#17 Wisconsin @ Northwestern - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ESPN2

#15 LSU @ #5 Auburn - 7:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN

LSU has won 6 of the last 7 meetings between these two heavyweights.

The Tigers lost, at home, to Mississippi State a couple of weeks ago and left fans in total shock.

Now, at Auburn, there is legitimate questions as to whether or not the Tigers will be able to keep up with Auburn's up-tempo offense.  Auburn is out to prove their season last year was no fluke and, while they were tested on the road at Kansas State recently, they are starting to come together on offense.

LSU will be starting a true freshman, Brandon Harris, at QB.  The previous starter, Anthony Jennings, just isn't as good as Harris and this will be a good move.  Fans in Baton Rouge are upset that LSU hasn't had steady QB play since the days of JeMarcus Russell but now, in Harris, they hope they have the QB of the now and the future.

Arizona State @ #16 USC - 7:30 P.M. EST. - FOX

#19 Nebraska @ #10 Michigan State - 8:00 P.M. EST. - ABC

Almost any other weekend of the season, and this would be the premiere game.  The Cornhuskers and Spartans are the best of the bunch in a lowly Big Ten Conference.

Nebraska's RB, Ameer Abdullah, is a flat out stud.  Abdullah will face one of the toughest defenses in the nation when they travel up to East Lansing.

If there's one thing Michigan State is known for under Mark Dantonio, it's a stout defense.  The Spartans have coasted the last couple of weeks, playing some pathetic competition.  The roster should be healthy and well rested after, essentially, three weeks of meaningless action since their loss at Oregon.

The Spartans, to no fault of their own, don't have many staple games left on their schedule.  Michigan State has the most to benefit this weekend with so many ranked opponents playing games against one another.  If the Spartans can win and win convincingly, look for them to jump into the top five come Monday morning.

Utah @ #8 UCLA - 10:30 P.M. EST. - ESPN