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2023 College Football Week 6 Odds, Overview & Picks

By Hank Blaine

Last Saturday was a tough one for Duke as it not only suffered its first loss of the season but also lost star QB Riley Leonard likely for multiple weeks to an ankle injury, severely hampering the Blue Devils’ chances of reaching the ACC title game. Here are three Week 6 games we like, all on Saturday.

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Big SEC West matchup and the Aggies upset the Tide two years ago in College Station. Texas A&M lost QB Connor Weigman for the season two games ago and Max Johnson started Saturday’s 34-22 win over Arkansas. Offensively, Texas A&M gained 414 yards in a balanced attack. Johnson connected on 17-of-28 pass attempts for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Le’Veon Moss rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries in his first career 100-yard game. Johnson added 57 yards on the ground on nine totes. Ainias Smith hauled in four catches for 71 yards, amassing 202 all-purpose yards – his first career 200-yard effort. The Aggie defense allowed a season-low 174 total yards (42 rushing and 132 passing) as Texas A&M has held four of its five opponents to 222 total yards or less this season. The Aggies allowed a season-low 42 rushing yards, marking the third time this season they kept their opponent under 100 rushing yards.

Alabama played its most impressive game of the season Saturday with a 40-17 win at Mississippi State. Quarterback Jalen Milroe had another solid night running the Tide offense, completing 10-of-12 passes for 169 yards on the night. He also rushed the ball 11 times for 69 yards and a pair of scores to account for 238 yards of total offense. Both Jase McClellan (15 rushes for 63 yards and a touchdown) and Roydell Williams (10 rushes for 44 yards) also produced in the ground game as the duo combined for 107 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown (4.3 yards per carry). It was Nick Saban’s 150th SEC win as a head coach. The Crimson Tide are 12-3 all-time vs. Texas A&M and 5-1 in College Station. Saban is 29-3 all-time against his former staffers during his tenure at the Capstone including 5-1 vs. A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Saban has compiled a 55-4 (.932) October mark career including a 31-0 record at home and a 24-4 mark on the road.

2023 College Football Week 6 Pick: Texas A&M

Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota running back Darius Taylor, the Big Ten’s leading rusher entering last week, did not play in Saturday’s 35-24 win over Louisiana because of a leg injury. Taylor, a freshman, ranks No. 2 nationally with 133 yards per game and had 198 yards and two touchdowns before being injured in the previous game vs. Northwestern. It’s not clear if Taylor will play this week. Without their bell cow, Minnesota saw three running backs and quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis get between 10 and 15 carries apiece. Zach Evans ran for 85 yards, Bryce Williams 53 yards and a score, and Sean Tyler had 47 yards. Athan Kaliakmanis added 17. Minnesota is 3‐0 at home this season and has won five of its past six at Huntington Bank Stadium. The Gophers won their first three home contests of the year for the second season in a row and for the third time in seven seasons under P.J. Fleck.

Unbeaten and No. 2 Michigan handled Nebraska 45-7 on Saturday. The Wolverines posted 249 yards on the ground against the Cornhuskers’ nation-best rushing defense (46.2 rushing yards per game). Blake Corum led the ground attack with 74 rushing yards on 16 attempts and added one rushing touchdown — his ninth of the season. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy accounted for 30 of U-M’s rushing yards on two attempts, with one resulting in a touchdown. Through the air, McCarthy completed an efficient 12-of-16 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Both passing scores went to Roman Wilson, who increased his season tally to eight receiving touchdowns and finished the game with four receptions for 58 yards. U-M is the least penalized team in the country (18.6 yards per game). It leads the NCAA in scoring defense (6.0 avg.); held its first five opponents to less than seven points. Michigan has won 30 of the past 33 meetings vs. Minnesota.

2023 College Football Week 6 Pick: Minnesota

Washington State Cougars vs. UCLA Bruins

Washington State is 4-0 for the first time since 2017 and enters the week ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top-25, its highest ranking since finishing the 2018 season No. 10. WSU enters the week second in the country in passing (405.8) led by quarterback Cameron Ward who is third-best nationally (347.2), No. 11 in passing touchdowns (13) and third in total offense (374.5). WSU enters the week leading the country in 3rd-down conversions (59.6%), second in passing (405.8), fifth in scoring (45.8) and sixth in total offense (532.2). The Cougars likely will be without star receiver Lincoln Victor due to an ankle injury. He has been a major difference-maker for the Cougars this season, totaling 24 receptions for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s the second of three straight games vs. ranked foes for UCLA and the first between these schools in Pasadena, Calif. since 2015. The latest meeting saw the two schools combine for 130 points in a 67-63 Bruin win at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. during the 2019 season. UCLA leads the series, which dates back to a 1928 meeting in Portland, Ore., by a 41-20-1 count. The programs are meeting for just the third time since 2016. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense (11.0 points per game) and has given up five touchdowns overall — the fewest in the Pac-12. The Bruins’ three passing scores allowed are tied for first in the league with Oregon. UCLA tops the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense (104.18) and rates second in the league in sacks per game (3.75). Freshman QB Dante Moore has completed 47 of 86 passes this season and is second in the country (tops in the Pac-12) in passing yards per completion (18.06). Thirty of his 47 completions have produced first downs. Fourteen have been good for gains of 20 yards or more. Twenty-nine completions have gone for gains of 10 yards or more.

2023 College Football Week 6 Pick: UCLA

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