CFN Final Thoughts Before Week Six
Michigan RB Denard Robinson
Michigan RB Denard Robinson
Posted Oct 7, 2011

Why it'll be a really big deal if Michigan starts out 6-0. The CFN Final Thoughts Before Week Six.

Final Thoughts 

Before The Week 6 Games

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- I'm ready for the curveball. I'm ready for the game changer. As much as I can't wait to see Oregon vs. Stanford, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, and LSU vs. Auburn, I'll be extremely disappointed if it's a Sooner-Tiger/Tide national championship. I'm ready for the chaos factor to kick in.

- Temple blowing away Maryland a few weeks ago can't be the stunner of the first half of the season.

- Every time it seems like it's about to be a dud of a weekend, that's when the crazy happens. It's the beauty of having over 50 games on a Saturday. Some of them are going to be terrific.

- If LSU is the No. 1 team in the nation, and it might be, then you have to allow for the possibility that Oregon is No. 2.

- If the NFL Advisory Board tells you you're going to be taken in the third round or higher, you always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always leave early for the NFL and you don't play a down of college football more than you have to.

- Former Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams is getting paid right now to rehab his dislocated kneecap. Former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure is getting paid right now to rehab his torn Achilles tendon. LaMichael James has to go to class on Monday after dislocating his elbow, and he just lost a whole bunch of money by unnecessarily coming back for another year of college football.

- Keep your Willie Lyles comments to yourself.

- Or don't.

- Speaking of the NCAA and blind eyes, when was the last time Ohio State was a +11 underdog in a Big Ten game?

- Whenever it was, the opponent couldn't have looked as miserable as Nebraska did in Madison. There hasn't been this big an opening night disaster since the Spider-Man Musical.

- I blame the Big Ten. When the schedule came out there was no way of knowing Wisconsin would be this good, but why take the chance? That's what that having an 11th team in a league called the Big Ten is for. That's why you keep Indiana around for just such an emergency. Let the Huskers have their fun in and start out with a layup, and then let reality kick in.

- ABC, I have your AFLAC trivia question. When was the last time Ohio State lost two games before October 1st?

– 1986.

- Baseball has to be thanking its stars that the Ohio State – Nebraska matchup isn't any big deal. On Monday night, the Yankees-Tigers game did a 7 in New York City. A horrible Monday Night Football matchup of Indianapolis vs. Tampa Bay did a 12 … IN NEW YORK CITY.

- If I'm an Auburn fan, this Halloween I'm going dressed as Hank Williams, Jr. in the Alabama hat. Ohhhhhhhyeeeaaaaahhhh.

- My vote for Monday Night Football's new intro music: Baby Elephant Walk.

- Google it. Trust me.

- Way to go, Big 12! By getting TCU you just locked down the 14 football fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth TV market who don't care about Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, or Oklahoma State! Well played!

- The Big 12 getting TCU is the equivalent of scoring with your wife. Technically you get credit for the W, but you can't really brag about it.

- Unless she's next-level hot.

- TCU isn't next-level hot, and that's the biggest Jonathan Brown to the Big East.

- If you're a believer in trends and if you believe in history repeating itself, then this weekend's Michigan – Northwestern game is a really big deal. The last five times the Wolverines started the season 6-0 – 2006, 1997, 1986, 1977, and 1976 – they went to the Rose Bowl.

- With the way the awful Big Ten is shaping up, Michigan fans really might start looking into trips to Pasadena if Denard and the boys come out of Evanston with the win.

- But that might mean that Wisconsin is playing in New Orleans on January 9th.

- In this week's edition of I'm-writing-this-at-3:10 a.m.-and-I'm-just-not-going-to-look-it-up, I'll go out on a limb and say that Texas A&M is the first team ever to be No. 1 in the nation in sacks and dead last in pass defense this late in the season. The Aggies are averaging 4.5 sacks per game but are giving up 336.75 yards per game.

- In the they've-figured-something-out category, South Carolina has 13 sacks on the season. 11 of them have come in the last two games against Auburn and Vanderbilt.

- Kentucky is 118th in the nation in sacks allowed.

- South Carolina, why are you denying your urges? You know you're going to play Stephen Garcia again. You know he's your starter at Mississippi State next week. You know you can't quit him. First quarter, UK 10, South Carolina 3, and you'll be right back to feeling the cheese.

- Marcus Lattimore handled the ball 41 times against Navy and ran 17 times against Auburn. Gamecock fans, you had every right to break something tasteful.

- With The Connor Shaw Experience under center, something tells me the Ol' Ball Coach won't make the same mistake again.

- At Indiana is just the type of game Illinois whiffs on before thumping Ohio State the week after.

- Illinois, you can't chirp about Northwestern's "Chicago's Hometown Team" ad campaign when tumbleweeds are going across your upper deck as you're shooting for 5-0 for the first time since 1951.

- The Most Interesting College Football Player In The World this Saturday is Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel. He might be a superstar recruit with Tebow-like hype, but he's still a true freshman going against LSU's ultra-cocky defense.

- You heard it here first. If a mediocre Iowa team beats a bad Penn State team in Happy Valley this weekend, it's going to run the table. The remaining schedule: Northwestern, Indiana, at Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, at Purdue, at Nebraska.

- If you were my close, personal friend and you were going off to Vegas to legally "invest" what little money you might have left, I'd suggest taking a look-see at Mississippi State -19 over UAB, Army -2 over Miami University, Virginia Tech -7.5 over Miami and my Five-Star, Master Lock Pick Of The Millennium For This Week, Arizona -2 over Oregon State.

- By the way, I went 7-15 with these picks over the first five weeks. Again, as I said last week, if you're a true pro, all you want from a prognosticator is to be really far one way or the other. You could at least fax me a basket of mini-muffins as a thank you..

- Oh yeah, Oklahoma and Texas are playing. 

- That might be my season-changer I'm looking for. Texas just isn't that bad.

- And soon they'll have TCU to complete the matched set.

By Richard Cirminiello 

It's time to start taking Fresno State QB Derek Carr seriously. Boise State absolutely will on Friday night.

Has anyone fallen faster or harder than Mississippi State has over the last three weeks? The once-dangerous Bulldogs have gone 0-3 in SEC play, with South Carolina, Alabama and Arkansas still left on the schedule.

North Carolina has quietly pieced together an impressive set of offensive triplets comprised of WR Dwight Jones and the backfield tandem of QB Bryn Renner and RB Giovani Bernard.

Beginning with this week's visit from Connecticut, the entire state of West Virginia is eager to find out just how good RB Dustin Garrison can be in his rookie year. In his first extensive action as a Mountaineer, he carried 32 times for 291 yards and two touchdowns versus Bowling Green.

Texas has done well to regroup around its next generation of offensive stars, but this is the week that the ‘Horns get exposed as somewhat overrated by Oklahoma.

Opportunity is knocking, Connor Shaw. If the new South Carolina quarterback is even marginally effective, it could be the last that the game sees of Stephen Garcia for quite some time.

Wake Forest won't beat Florida State, but it will use the visit from the ‘Noles to show just how far along it's come since last year's disastrous 3-9 campaign.

Coming off three sensational wins, Clemson would be vulnerable against plenty of teams this weekend. Fortunately for the Tigers, Boston College is not one of them.

After erupting versus South Florida last Thursday night, watch the Pitt offense revert back to its old form against a sneaky good Rutgers D.

The Kansas defense versus the Oklahoma State offense is the single biggest mismatch of Week 6.

Strike that. First-year Florida QB Jeff Driskel going up against the LSU D might be an even more lopsided mismatch this weekend.

Arkansas hosting Auburn. Don't you just get the feeling that four quarters may not be enough to decide a game between these two programs?

If Texas Tech and fast-starting QB Seth Doege are for real, you'll know it by the end of this weekend. A visit from Texas A&M, no matter how poorly the Aggies have played in the second half of the last two games, will be the first true litmus test for the Red Raiders.

- Final Thoughts, Week 6, Part 2