College football predictions: Week 6 Big 12, select top 25 picks


Here are predictions for all the Big 12 games and select top 25 matchups for Week 6 — and there was a lot of good games to choose from.

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(7)Baylor 54, Texas 22

A number of Longhorns players still don’t understand why the Bears are as good as they are, but maybe getting smacked around for a second straight year will set them straight. Baylor’s getting better as their receivers are getting healthier, and Texas clearly has a long way to go as Charlie Strong is cleaning house and is still molding the program.

(4)Oklahoma 31, (25)TCU 28

The Horned Frogs are legit, and the Sooners are dealing with a lot of injuries. This will be Oklahoma’s first big test of the season, but they’ll barely scrape by a tough TCU defense that may not get much praise now, but will down the stretch.

West Virginia 44, Kansas 7

It’s a lost season for the Jayhawks, so don’t really expect them to compete in any games this season. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will be the guy for now, but he won’t change the bleak talent on this team. It may only get worse from here.

(23)Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 18

There’s a chance that Red Raiders quarterback Davis Webb will be out for the game. Karma prevails for not giving Baker Mayfield a scholarship. It was too big of a risk to not, and now Texas Tech may have a lost season because of it.

Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) is sacked in the end zone for a safety by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) , defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan (8) , defensive lineman Brandon Ivory (99) , defensive back Jarrick Williams (20) and linebacker Denzel Devall (30) during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Rebels 25-0. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

(11)Ole Miss 38, (3)Alabama 35

A high scoring and competitive affair is always guaranteed for the CBS late afternoon matchup, and this has all the makings for it. Both quarterbacks are completing over 70 percent of their passes. Since 1989, the Crimson Tide have only lost twice. But with ESPN’s College Gameday coming to town and pumping up the crowd, I’m calling the upset.

(6)Texas A&M 34, (12)Mississippi State, 31

There are questions of how good the Aggies really are after last week, but the Bulldogs are just as questionable because LSU is questionable. Both of these teams are overrated in my opinion, obviously because they’re in the SEC, but it should still make out to be a great game with Texas A&M holding on and becoming a major part of the College Football Playoff.

(14)Stanford 28, (9)Notre Dame 25

The USC loss hurts, but the Cardinal can bounce right back in the CFP chase. It’s in South Bend, but that’s hardly home field advantage because the Irish barely plays there. Stanford shuts down passing teams, giving up just 74 yards per game. Notre Dame won’t get killed but Stanford will kill the clock and escape with a win.

(10)Michigan State 41, (19)Nebraska 33

This is probably the best Big Ten game you’ll watch all season long. While the Cornhuskers can run the ball well with Ameer Abdullah and they have the dual-QB, Tommy Armstrong Jr., I’m just not sold that the defense will contain the Spartans after how well Miami threw on them.