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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 6 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 2-4

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 2

7:00 pm UCF at Houston (-3, 52) - Disappointment for UCF so far this season, as the Knights have gone just 1-2, losing to Penn State and Missouri before beating down Bethune-Cookman, 41-7.

2-2 Houston has a good showing at BYU, losing, 33-25 on 9/11, but came back with a win the following week, topping UNLV, 47-14.

Both teams have had extra time to prepare; look for the Knights to start off their conference slate with a W.

Prediction: Knights 24 Cougars 19

10:30 pm Arizona at Oregon (-23 1/2, 76) - A serious ontender for the national championship, the Ducks are clicking at 48.5 ppg, fourth in the country, but 4-0 Arizona isn't far behind, scoring, on average, 42.0 points per outing.

Maybe the oddsmakers don't want to put too much emphasis on the Wildcat wins over UNLV, UTSA, Nevada, and Cal, but any team defending a perfect record should get more respect. Probably not a potential upset, but a more exciting game than expected.

Prediction: Ducks 45 Wildcats 37

Friday, October 3

7:00 pm Louisville (-2, 48 1/2) at Syracuse - The Orange got pounded by Notre Dame, 31-15, last week, and lost to Maryland, 34-20, the week earlier, but the Orange have the makings of a better-than-.500 team, and this game is their debut in the ACC, so the team should put on a good showing for the hometown fans.

4-1 Louisville already has a 2-1 mark in the conference, with wins over Miami and Wake Forest - both at home - and a road loss at Virginia (23-21). Last week's 20-10 effort over Wake Forest doesn't inspire much confidence.

Prediction: Orange 27 Cardinals 21

10:00 pm San Diego State at Fresno State (-3, 56 1/2) - Showdown in the West division of the MWC; both teams are 1-0 in conference play and expected to finish well after slow starts in early non-conference action.

The Aztecs can get after it, especially on defense, and will be looking to avenge last season's 35-28 OT loss to the Bulldogs. They should get the job done in a key road upset.

Prediction: Aztecs 31 Bulldogs 27

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10:15 pm Utah State at BYU (-21, 51 1/2) - The Aggies' 2-2 mark looks a little better considering their losses were to Tennessee and Arkansas State, two pretty good teams, but BYU is 4-0 and wants to knock on the national championship door by playing a heady schedule and potentialy running the table.

Already with wins over UConn, Texas, Houston and Virginia, the Cougars get it done with defense, allowing just 18.8 ppg. and are especially good against the run. The Aggies will have difficulties moving the ball, and, thus, scoring.

Prediction: Cougars 38 Aggies 13

Saturday, October 4

12:00 pm Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-2 1/2, 67 1/2) - Key SEC meeting between undefeated teams starts off a spectacular Saturday of college football. The Aggies are second in the nation in scoring, averaging 51.2 points per game and survived a stern test last week, prevailing in OT, 35-28, against an improved Arkansas squad.

Mississippi won at LSU, a most difficult task, 34-29, on September 20, and comes into this contest fresh, but up against one of the most dangerous offenses in the country. The Aggies may run it up a bit here.

Prediction: Aggies 41 Bulldogs 28

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12:00 pm Florida at Tennessee (-2 1/2, 55) - Neither team is ranked, and both have a loss in the conference, but the SEC East is very wide open presently and this game offers both an opportunity to stay in the hunt.

Florida was supposed to be pretty good this season and Tennessee in rebuilding mode, but the Vols have shown some resolve, nearly stunning Georgia last week in a 35-32 defeat between the hedges. The Gators were overwhelmed by the Crinson Tide last outing, 42-21, but were also unimpressive in their 36-30 triple-overtime win over Kentucky.

The Vols have an edge at home and will press that advantage.

Prediction: Volunteers 35 Gators 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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