Duane Rankin’s Week 6 forecast

By | October 1, 2012 9:43 pm | 0 Comments


Here are three games worth watching in Week 6.

Game of the week: No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 11 Texas Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), Saturday, 7 p.m., WXFP-66 (FOX).

Pregame rant: Could have easily chosen one of the two SEC match ups of Top 10 teams, but this Big 12 match-up is so intriguing.

Heisman Trophy front-runner Geno Smith is coming off an Megatron performance – 656 yards passing, 8 TDs – in last week’s 70-63 win against Baylor. However, the Bears came into the game ranked 113th out of 120 teams in pass defense.

Baylor is now last in the nation in that category.

Can WVU torch Texas, which is a modest 43rd in pass defense? Don’t think so, but I also don’t see the Longhorns slowing down Smith and Mountaineers, either.

Les Miles will have the Tigers ready./AP Photo.

No. 4 LSU (5-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 10 Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC), Saturday, 3:30 p.m., WSEE-TV (CBS)

Pregame rant: LSU has dropped a spot in the AP Top 25 poll in each of the last two weeks after a squeaker win at Auburn and an lackluster victory against FCS school Towson.

That has created a situation in which Florida looks like it has a shot against the Tigers. The Gators are at home, have already played three SEC games, winning each one, and are coming off a 38-0 win against Kentucky.

All that will look even better for Florida if it can upset LSU. If not, the Gators will remain a team not quite ready to return to SEC elite status.

No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0, 3-0 SEC), Saturday, 7 p.m, ESPN.

Pregame rant: The winner will be declared for real. The loser will be declared fortunate it didn’t play a tougher team earlier in the year or it might already have a loss.

Aldrick Fordham and the South Carolina defense are going to have a tougher time tackling Georgia's tailbacks./AP Photo.

With Georgia and South Carolina having both played Missouri and Vanderbilt in SEC play, let’s look at this game from that perspective.

Georgia won 41-20 at Missouri to welcome the Tigers to the SEC and smashed Vanderbilt, 48-3, at home. South Carolina edged Vanderbilt in its opener, 17-13, in a game that had a questionable missed call, and took care of Missouri, 31-10.

Based off that, Georgia gets the edge, but South Carolina is at home and a win away from breaking the school record for consecutive wins that is nine.

Snooze on these, though.

Arkansas Razorbacks (1-4, 0-2 SEC) at Auburn Tigers (1-3, 0-2 SEC), Saturday, noon, ESPN2.

Pregame rant: Arkansas came into the season ranked 10th nationally, but have hit rock bottom with a coach in John L. Smith who is wackier than Willy Wonka, the Johnny Depp version.

Auburn is just two years removed from winning a national title, but it just goes to show much one man – Cam Newton – can mean to a program.

The winner can get back in the bowl hunt. The loser should look to begin planning its winter conditioning program in December.

Navy Midshipmen (1-3) at Air Force Falcons (2-2, 1-1 MWC), Saturday, 11:30 a.m., WSEE-TV (CBS)

Pregame rant: God bless the troops, but this military match-up isn’t looking so good.

In its three losses, Navy has scored a total of 17 points. The Midshipmen gave up 283 yards rushing in their 50-10 loss to Notre Dame to open the season.

Now they’re playing nation’s best at running the ball. The Falcons are averaging 396.25 yards on the ground. They could go for 400-plus against Navy.

South Florida Bulls (2-3, 0-1 Big East) at Temple Owls (1-2, 1-1 Big East), Saturday, noon, Big East Network.

Pregame rant: Temple has lost two straight. South Florida has dropped its last three.

Somebody has got to win. Fortunately, you don’t have to see who does.


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