Sometimes, college football five ? lock picks aren’t always the most exciting games. In fact, that’s usually the case. For Week 6, two of the teams in two of the best bets of the week are ranked in the Top 10 while one of the best bet games pits two teams that most definitely will not end up in the Top 10.
That game is an intriguing matchup between North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. The second best bet game is the annual Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas. The final best bet of Week 6 is a matchup in the SEC between LSU and South Carolina.
A Closer Look At My College Football Week 6 Five ? Lock Picks
North Carolina State Wolfpack at Virginia Tech Hokies
When: Friday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 pm ET
Odds: Virginia Tech -1.5
Analysis: North Carolina State was undefeated up until Week 5 when they lost straight up to Louisville at home as a 2.5 point favorite. The Wolfpack was held to 228 yards and only 13 points. Before the loss to Louisville, NC State hadn’t scored less than 35 points in any of their 3 previous games.
Louisville was the first tough football team that the Wolfpack had faced all season long. Now, they have to go into Blacksburg to take on a Virginia Tech squad with a defense that might be better than what NC State saw in Louisville.
Since beating Purdue, Virginia Tech has dropped 2 straight games. It’s tough to envision NC State having much success offensively against the Hokies in Blacksburg, though. The betting line at this time is only VA Tech -1.5 points. They should hold serve at home versus a Wolfpack squad that has come back down to earth big time.
Pick: Virginia Tech -1.5
No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
When: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 pm ET
Odds: Oklahoma -16.5
Analysis: Texas is a mess of a program. Don’t be surprised if the Longhorns staff fires everybody, including Coach Charlie Strong, after this season. Texas didn’t even show up in their 7 to 50 loss to TCU on the road in Week 5.
It's time for Texas to move on from Charlie Strong. http://t.co/2zXRX9ggDX
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 5, 2015
Now, the Longhorns have to battle one of the top offensive teams in the nation. Oklahoma has really turned it around this season. The defense is getting better. That could make the Sooners a scary team because the offense is averaging 42 points and 521.8 yards per game.
Things wouldn’t be so bad if Texas’s defense could stop anybody. Texas allows 38.2 points per game. The Longhorns allow 507.2 yards per game. It’s not looking good for Texas in this game.
Pick: Oklahoma -16.5
No. 7 LSU Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks
When:Â Saturday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 pm ET
Odds: LSU -12.5
Analysis: LSU is only 1 and 3 against the spread this season. The Tigers look like one of the top teams in the nation, but they might be one of those play against teams in the sports book.
But in Week 6, LSU’s fantastic rushing attack gets to bully South Carolina, a team with a defense that isn’t close to being as good as it usually is year to year. The Gamecocks are allowing an alarming 170 yards per game on the ground. That’s not good because they face the best running back in college football this season in Leonard Fournette on Saturday.
Leonard Fournette on Saturday: 26 rushes, 233 yards, 3 touchdowns – his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game pic.twitter.com/YUWFoedY5F
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 4, 2015
Fournette has rushed for 864 yards already this season. He’s scored 11 touchdowns in 4 games. Fournette is beating teams by himself. He should beat South Carolina by himself this Saturday because the Gamecocks gave up 163 rushing yards to Missouri in Week 5. Fournette is much better than any running back on Mizzou’s team. LSU should roll.
Pick: LSU -12.5