After a relatively quiet weekend a week ago, Week 6 seems to possess a tad bit more flair. While the slate is not super heavy in terms of big time contests, the two early Saturday television windows are both fairly strong, and Pac-12 After Dark could be intriguing as well.
Without further ado, here are the best games available during each time slot:
Thursday the 3rd
Temple (3-1) @ East Carolina (3-2) —> 7pm CST on ESPN
Temple is a bit of a head scratcher to this point. They managed to beat two Power Five opponents in Maryland and Georgia Tech at home, but laid an egg on the road against a mediocre Buffalo squad. East Carolina has won their last two games, and are 11.5 point home underdogs.
Friday the 4th
18 UCF (4-1) @ Cincinnati (3-1) —> 7pm CST on ESPN
UCF had a clunker of a game against Pittsburgh, but has also beaten Stanford and their offense is averaging 49 points per game. Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel is another Hawaiian born signal caller who has been on fire this season. If Cincinnati is to win they will need to slow him down.
Luke Fickell’s crew has talent, and other than a blow out at the hands of Ohio State has looked great this season. This is one of the bigger games in the AAC on the year, and it could have huge implications on the conference race. This could be a good one, and it is worth keeping an eye on.
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Saturday the 5th
14 Iowa (4-0) @ 19 Michigan (3-1) —> 11am CST on FOX
While you will likely be fixed on the TV for the Wisconsin game, this game could be a good matchup for your flip back game. The two programs are each looking to make a statement. Iowa is looking to showcase that they are legit contenders in the B1G, while Michigan is trying to claw their way back into the East division race.
Badger fans should be rooting for Michigan to continue winning from here out, and a loss for Iowa would help Wisconsin in the West division race. Both teams have solid defenses, and a low scoring affair would make a lot of sense in this one.
Other morning games of interest: Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech, TCU @ Iowa State.
7 Auburn (5-0) @ 9 Florida (5-0) —> 2:30pm CST on CBS
The headliner of the weekend, this top-ten matchup packs some firepower. The two SEC teams are both undefeated, and each have hopes for battling for a division title chance. Auburn is lead by a true freshman quarterback Bo Nix, while Florida’s Kyle Trask has steadied the offense after Feleipe Franks was injured during the Kentucky game. The defenses are both great against the run, and they both have pass rushers that can cause chaos in the backfield. This game is a relative toss up, and should be a fun one to watch.
11 Texas (3-1) @ West Virginia (3-1) —> 2:30pm CST on ABC
While Texas is a double digit favorite, West Virginia can be feisty at home. With the Mountaineers coming off a bye week to prepare, there is no telling how they may perform under new head coach Neal Brown. This game is worth keeping an eye on the score in case WVU can make it interesting.
Other early afternoon games of interest: Baylor @ Kansas State, Illinois @ Minnesota, Northwestern @ Nebraska,
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25 Michigan State (4-1) @ 4 Ohio State (5-0) —> 6:30pm CST on ABC
Ohio State completely murdered Nebraska last weekend. With a black out called for in Columbus, there is no reason to think a let down is in store. Michigan State has an elite defense, but their offense has been average all season long. Justin Fields and the offense have been unreal for OSU to this point, and the defense is loaded with athletes at all levels. While this game should go the Buckeyes way, Michigan State’s defense could keep them in this one for a while.
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Other games of interest: Cal @ Oregon, Pittsburgh @ Duke, Georgia @ Tennessee.
15 Washington (4-1) @ Stanford (2-3) —> 9:30pm CST on ESPN
Stanford has not looked good this season. With opening game starter K.J. Costello battling a thumb injury, the Cardinal have relied on Davis Mills to run the offense. Stanford aims to get a big win at home against a Washington team that has bounced back nicely after losing to Cal. Washington is the more talented team in this one, but David Shaw has shown the ability to scheme his way to wins in the past. Pac-12 After Dark has shown flashes of fun so far this year, we can only hope it is the gift that keeps on giving in Week 6.