Our weekly picks against the spread may have taken a few big hits last week, but the beauty of college football is you get a chance for redemption the following week.
And there are a handful of teams looking to redeem themselves after last weekend. But to make some better picks this week, we'll avoid falling for the redemption storylines that are overflowing in games like Arkansas-Ole Miss and Notre Dame-Virginia Tech.
Instead, we turn our attention to some games involving undefeated teams looking to remain perfect on the season. We came up on the short end last week but we are still keeping our heads above water this season. Let's try hitting some winners in Week 6.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Saturday, Oct. 9.
Ohio State (-21) vs. Maryland, 12 p.m.
The Buckeyes seemed to have had their first true complete team win last week on the road against Rutgers. Now they return home to take on a Maryland team that just got shell-shocked at home by Iowa with Taulia Tagovailoa being picked off five times. Expect more pain and suffering for Maryland on the road here as the Buckeyes go on cruise control this week. Ohio State 40, Maryland 17
Auburn (+15.5) vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m.
Going against Georgia seems pretty risky the way this defense has played this season. But on the road against Auburn could be Georgia’s most challenging situation yet. This is especially true if Bo Nix plays like a wild man and makes something crazy happen. Georgia might have its first real dogfight since the opener. The Bulldogs will win, but Auburn won’t get run off their own field in the process. Georgia 30, Auburn 20
BYU (-6) vs. Boise State, 3:30 p.m.
Games between BYU and Boise State have been competitive over the years, and this one could be as well. But the Cougars are clearly the better team this season and should have no problem pulling away from the Broncos in this game in Provo. Tyler Allgeier will turn in a big game to power BYU past Boise State. BYU 31, Boise State 20
Syracuse (+6) vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest may be the most likely team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten this week. The Demon Deacons could be in for a rough outing against a Syracuse team that has shown some good fight. And you don’t just walk into the Carrier Dome and waltz out of there with a 6-0 record. Syracuse pulls the outright upset. Syracuse 26, Wake Forest 24
Michigan (-3.5) at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Nebraska has been playing better football this season than its 3-3 record would indicate, and some believe the Cornhuskers have a real shot to take down the Wolverines. Those people are fooling themselves. Michigan’s running game will prove too powerful for Nebraska to withstand over four quarters and the Wolverines will return home with a double-digit win. Michigan 27, Nebraska 17
Last Week: 2-3
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