Top Five College Football Matchups: Week Six

Top 5 Matchups in College Football
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The college football season is hitting its sweet spot. It has been an exciting year so far with many surprise teams finding themselves at the top of their divisions. With conference play underway, we will be treated to some important games this weekend. Here are the top five college football matchups of week six.

5. Washington State (4-1) at No. 6 USC (4-1)

Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, CA

When: Saturday, 7:30 pm ET

Spread: USC (-13) (All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook)

Washington State has had a fantastic start to the year with a big road win over Wisconsin already under its belt. They will be looking for their first true road win over a top-10 team since 2003. However, they’re no strangers to upsetting USC, beating them at home in 2017 when the Trojans were ranked sixth in the nation. For USC, this will be its toughest opponent of the season so far as they have faced an easy schedule. This will be their chance to prove they are a legit contender for the playoff.

4. FSU (4-1) at No. 14 NC State (4-1)

Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, NC

When: Saturday, 8:00 pm ET

Spread: NC State (-3)

With both teams coming off in-conference losses, this has set up to be a crucial matchup within the ACC Atlantic. NC State will be looking to right the ship after a tough loss at Clemson. FSU will be looking to get back on track after losing a shootout to Wake Forest. A win on the road for Mike Norvell would be the best win of his tenure so far at FSU. This should be an interesting game under the lights at Carter-Finley Stadium.

3. No. 11 (4-1) Utah at No. 18 UCLA (5-0)

Where: Rose Bowl, CA

When: Saturday, 3:30 pm ET

Spread: Utah (-3.5)

Who had the UCLA Bruins starting 5-0 this year? If you did, you should buy some lottery tickets. What was expected to be an easier matchup on Utah’s schedule has suddenly become the most important of their season. It’s hard to remember the last big game UCLA played in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins haven’t started 5-0 since 2013 and are looking to end a 5-game losing streak against the Utes. UCLA’s 8th-ranked offense in the country will be tested by the premier defense in the PAC-12. This should be a fun one in Pasadena, CA.

2. No. 8 Tennessee (4-0) at No. 25 LSU (4-1)

Where: Tiger Stadium, LA

When: Saturday, 12:00 pm ET

Spread: Tennessee (-3)

This classic SEC rivalry is being renewed for the first time since 2017. However, the Volunteers have not traveled to Baton Rouge since 2010. LSU has won the last 5 games of this matchup, but this year they’ll have to try to stop the number one offense in the country. The raucous environment of Death Valley will also be the first true test on the road for Hendon Hooker and the Vols.

1. No. 17 TCU (4-0) at No. 19 Kansas (5-0)

Where: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium

When: Saturday, 12:00 pm ET

Spread: TCU (-6.5)

The Jayhawks have sold out their third straight home game with ESPN College Gameday rolling into town for the very first time. These are the special types of matchups we live for in college football: two cinderella teams fighting for the top spot in their conference with the national spotlight on them. This game will feature two of the most productive offenses in the country, with TCU ranking 2nd nationally in total offense and Kansas averaging 40.6 points per contest. You do not get matchups like this every year, so enjoy it.

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