Week 6 College Football Picks of the Day: October 4th

Joe Catalano

Saturday, October 4, 2014 2:37 PM GMT

We are officially in week 6 of the NCAA Football Season and this week has started off with a bang as a couple of top ranked teams have already bit the dust. Will this be the week of the upset and might they be injury related. Check out our free betting picks and as we attempt to put you in the green.

To expand on that, Marcus Mariotta and the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks were defeated on Thursday by the Arizona Wildcats, 31-24 hampering their chances of a BCS National Title and on Friday, Heisman candidate ,Taysom Hill, went down with a long term fracture as his #18 BYU Cougars never recovered and were defeated by the Utah State Aggies 35-20. This same injury has happened to Hill before. We wish him the best.

 

Utah Utes (3-1) at #8 UCLA Bruins (4-0)

Redemption Time?
The question is can junior quarterback Travis Wilson of the Utes recover from a game against the Bruins last season that still has to be fresh in his memory? UCLA defeated Utah on the road last season 34-27 and Wilson threw 6 interceptions. Even though the Utes are winless in the Pac-12 Conference, a loss by Oregon makes the conference wide open and a win as a 13 point betting underdog on the College Football odds would be huge for Utah and put them right in the middle of an early conversation for a possible Rose Bowl appearance. Utah is coming off of a tough 1 point loss to a team that they should've beaten in the Washington State Cougars (2-3). Another question is after such a poor loss, will we see a Bruins blowout in this game which will be played at the Rose Bowl?

 

Major Momentum
The UCLA Bruins will be coming into this game with major momentum after pounding a top 25 ranked Arizona State team in the ground 62-27. UCLA was doubled up in first downs (38-19) and quarterback Brett Hundley was actually outpassed in yardage (488-355), but Hundley was nearly flawless, throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions as the Bruins won the most important statistic, the turnover battle (4-0). Both Paul Perkins and Jordan Payton broke off plays of over 80 yards. This team is on fire and Travis Wilson can ill-afford to have a game like he did last year against the Bruins to even keep this competitive.

Thus far this season, Wilson has been flawless through the air, throwing 7 TD's and no interceptions on the season. Devontae Booker (357 yards, 6.5 yards per carry, 3 TD) with Dres Anderson and Kenneth Scott will be the Wilson's main passing targets as they go up against a Bruins squad that has averaged over 300 yards of passing per game and has played a high level of competition. Look for a lot of Paul Perkins on the ground and Jordan Payton through the air for the undefeated Bruins as this matchup comes at a perfect time for our NCAAF picks.

College Football Pick: UCLA -13 at 5Dimes

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Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1) at #16 USC Trojans (3-1)

Can the Trojans Stop Mike Bercovici?
A lot of you might not have heard of the name Mike Becovici until last week. Last week the backup freshman threw for 488 yards on 42 of 68 passes. This was the 2nd highest pass total of any quarterback this season. Although Bercovici and the Sun Devils loss the game, he more than got his feet wet as a starter. Now, he has to face a USC team that hasn't allowed a passing touchdown all season long. Can Bercovici handle a ferocious USC defensive line will be the question in this game?

USC has a huge victory over a then ranked #13 Stanford Cardinal attached to their resume, but unfortunately for the Trojans, they were upset in week 3 by the Boston College Eagles, 37-31. The B.C. game was the only game in which the Trojans allowed more than 13 points in a game. Although their defense is one of the better ones in the nation, I would expect the Trojans to give up some points facing a pass happy Mike Berovici.

USC has their own "pass-happy" quarterback in junior Cody Kessler and he has been near perfect this season, throwing for 1107 yards, 10 touchdowns, no interceptions and at a pass completion rate of 72%; Now those are Joe Montana like numbers.

USC has a nice balanced running and passing attack and a big part of that is running back Javorius Allen. Allen has rushed for over 100 yards in 3 out of his first 4 games. This is also a back that can catch out of the backfield and be a double threat. This should be a high scoring game and in the end, USC's overall combination of offense and defense will be too much for the Sun Devils at home.

College Pick: USC -12.5 at 5Dimes

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