Pigskin Picker On Hot Streak

If the Pigskin Prognosticator does say so himself, 51-12 is the record for the 2010 season, continuing to amaze, shock, and awe the real Vegas pundits with uncanny accuracy. And the winning ways should continue this weekend. The word for the week has been luck, and there is lots of it out there if you happen to wear the Hat at LSU.



When traveling through the Everglades, however, yellow (LSU fools' gold) tends to call attention to oneself in ways one may not like, and sooner than later luck will indeed run out. Week 6 will mark the halfway point in the season and we have a really good idea about personalities, DNA, coaching, and, of course, a little luck.

When the word Luck is mentioned, many think of a rabbit's foot. What do you think the rabbit thinks about that? Remember the saying about luck from "Hee Haw," that television show in the 1970s that parodied life in the Deep South (again see LSU)? "Gloom despair and agony on me. If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all, Gloom, Despair and Agony on me." For everyone's good luck, someone is losing a rabbit's foot !

On now to Week Six and the selections.

Thursday Night

No. 7 Nebraska at Kansas State

It's a battle of unbeatens in the Little Apple as Nebraska faces Kansas State. The Cornhuskers, who allow an average of 139 yards on the ground, will have to contain the nation's fifth-leading running back, Daniel Thomas. The Cornhuskers look to open 5-0 for the first time since 2003. Nebraska leads the series 77-15-2. Bill Snyder has now res erected the Wildcat program twice and Bo Pellini is doing the same at Nebraska as well. I still believe the best team in the Big 12 is the Cornhuskers so winning in convincing style in Manhattan tonight needs to happen if Nebraska is going to take that next step to winning the Championship in it's final year in Big 12 Conference. I think K State can run the football in this game and keep it close for awhile but Nebraska and the Black Shirts Defense will get the critical stops when needed to take down the Wildcats. Nebraska 27 Kansas State 20.

Saturday

No. 2 Ohio State vs Indiana

Ohio State looks to run its winning streak against Indiana to 16 games when the teams meet at the Horseshoe. Coach Jim Tressel goes for win No. 100 with the Buckeyes. Ohio State has won 41 of its past 42 home games against unranked opponents under Tressel. Indiana proved last week it can score some points and the Buckeyes simply did not look overpowering in the win over the Fighting Zook's ( Illinois for you lay people out there ) and Number 2 has a bad wheel. This one could get interesting if Ohio State doesn't get interested in Big 10 play quickly. Ohio State 45 Indiana 24.

No. 20 Wisconsin vs Minnesota

Wisconsin looks to rebound after its first loss of the season when it hosts Minnesota. The teams, which meet for the 120th time, are playing for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers have won six straight and 13 of 15 against the Gophers. This is interesting only because of the Axe and to see if Wisconsin can rebound after being violated a week ago. The jury is out still on the Big 10 and as we reach the 1/2 way point of the season I expected more out of the Badgers. Wisconsin 24 Minnesota 14.

No. 17 Michigan State at No. 18 Michigan

A battle of unlikely unbeatens takes place in the Big House when Michigan State visits Michigan. Mark Dantonio is expected to coach from the press box after suffering a heart attack Sept. 18. The Spartans, who have not started 6-0 since 1999, are looking to beat the Wolverines three straight times for the first time since 1965 to '67. Michigan QB Denard Robinson looks to continue his stats roll, as he is 95 rushing yards from 1,000 this season and 87 from 2,000 total yards. DR16 Is a machine and looks like if he stays healthy, will run away with the Heisman Trophy. And why not? Dude has been spectacular and is single handedly got Rich Rod off the hot seat for now. Both teams come into this game with something to prove and these teams are so evenly matched you could toss up a coin. I think Michigan playing at home will be enough, that and Denard Robinson's legs. Michigan 35 MSU 31.

No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M

It's Year 2 of a renewed rivalry as Arkansas and Texas A&M meet at Cowboys Stadium. The Hogs handled the Aggies last season after an 18-year hiatus in the series. Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses, Arkansas to Alabama and A&M to Oklahoma State. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 39-24-3. Ryan Mallet torched the Aggie's secondary last season and after last weeks collapse at Boone Pickens U , this one will get very ugly for Oklahoma State. Arkansas biggest improvement has been on defense and that will be enough to slow down the Aggies just enough for Mallet and company to pad the stats with their high powered O. Arkansas 38 Texas A&M 21

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina

Alabama wraps up its early-season gauntlet with a visit to South Carolina. The Gamecocks will be the Crimson Tide's third straight ranked opponent. Mark Ingram will look for a repeat of last season's game against South Carolina, when he rushed for 246 yards. Spurrier has lost his two games against Alabama with South Carolina, and the Gamecocks haven't defeated the Tide since 2004. There was a time when the Ol' Ball Coach ruined a ton of Crimson Tide national title dreams. See 1991, 1994 and 1996 and Crimson Nation wept openly and the disdain for Spurrier was at an all time high. Boy how things can change in a decade. Alabama is rolling along as the major power in college football and here is Cocky the Gamecock standing in the way of Bama completing a rugged three game gauntlet that only legends could survive. This one has been the game many pundits felt if the Tide would slip up it would be in Columbia. Gameday is back in town this week as well and Columbia is abuzz with vision of upset dancing in their heads. To beat Alabama you need a great defense, a solid running game, and a lights out quarterback, and the stars need to be aligned properly as well. Carolina would need all 4 of those elements and the Luck of Les Miles to pull off the stunner. Bama is now hitting its stride and talk of a "60 minute game" is being discussed by the Tide's leaders. I believe Alabama is about to make a statement. Alabama 38, South Carolina 17.

No. 9 Arizona vs Oregon State

Arizona, a top-10 team for the first time since 1999, hosts Oregon State in the second conference game for both teams. The Wildcats are riding the nation's second-ranked defense. They'll face a stiff test in Jacquizz Rodgers, who rushed for a season-high 145 yards last week. The Wildcats have won 15 of their past 18 at Arizona Stadium. Mike Stoops' teams do a great job playing defense but really appear to be a solid football team that is well coached across the board. Arizona might be the dark horse to win the Pac 10 because they have the best combination of offense and defense in the league. Arizona 31 Oregon State 20.

No. 10 Utah at Iowa State

Utah heads to Big 12 country to take on Iowa State. The Utes are 5-0 after a regular-season bye under Kyle Whittingham, and they have beaten unranked opponents 11 straight times. The Cyclones will look to open 4-0 at home for first time in eight years, but they haven't beaten a top-10 team since 2005. The Utes are 28-48-3 against Big 12 foes but haven't faced one since 2004. The Utes are another program that plays very well when the lights go on. Ames is not to be confused with bright lights big city, but Utah is proving it belongs year in and year out among college football's elite programs. Utah 34, Iowa State 21.

No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida

LSU is coming off a win, Florida off a loss. Yet both teams are looking to rebound. The Tigers will look for better clock management after nearly blowing their game against Tennessee last week. The Gators need to get their offense on track after scoring just six points against Alabama. Florida has won 12 straight home games and leads the series 30-23-3. This is going to be the most intriguing game of the entire weekend as you have 2 teams with different kinds of desperation. LSU is a 5-0 team that feels like 2-3 and the season on the brink. Florida is a program at the Crossroads and for the first time in the Urban Meyer era Gator fans are disgruntled about the offense and the overall execution of it. Both of these teams are still in the Championship hunt both Nationally and in the SEC but you would never know it listening to talk radio across the Deep South. This is where the Luck of Les Miles will end and with Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas still on the schedule, this is where the Legend of the Hat might began to unravel. Florida 21, LSU 17.

No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky

Auburn is gunning for its first 6-0 start since the 2004 season when the Tigers visit Kentucky. Auburn also will look for some revenge after last season's loss to the Wildcats. The Tigers have taken the past seven meetings in Kentucky and lead the series 24-6-1. This is where Auburn's season got wrecked a year ago in this spot against Arkansas on the road but the Wildcats aren't to hard to handle at Commonwealth. Auburn is a dangerous team offensively and Kentucky can score a lot too in a bunch of different ways so this has the makings of a shoot out. The reason why Auburn has dominated Kentucky for so many years is Auburn has better players and football is more important in Auburn than it is in the Blue Grass State. UK hangs around for a little while but AU blows it open in the 2nd half. Auburn 49 Kentucky 28.

No. 16 Stanford vs USC

Stanford and USC are both looking to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season when the teams meet in Palo Alto. The roles are reversed this time around, as the Cardinal are the ranked team and USC is unranked for just the second time since 2001. The Trojans will be eyeing revenge after Stanford rolled to a 55-21 win that included a late two-point conversion last season. The Cardinal owns a 2 game win streak over the mighty Trojans and with both coming off humiliating defeats, it will be interesting to see who man's up here. Lane Kiffen vs Jim Harbough all things being equal I am taking "Captain Comeback" every time. I really don't know who the better team is right now, but I am going with instinct and the fact the Kiffen is one of the most hated people in all of college football. Stanford 34 USC 24.

No. 13 Miami (FL) vs No. 23 Florida State

One of college football's great rivalries of the past two decades adds a little luster with both Florida State and Miami being ranked for the first time in four years. If history is any indication, the game should be a close one, as the past nine meetings were decided by fewer than 10 points. The Hurricanes have won eight of the past 11 games and lead the series 31-23.NO Bowden in this one ? Does not seem right! This was must see TV for most of the 90's when these two teams were the 2 heavyweights in college football. Both of these teams were villains and almost as hated as Lane Kiffen is now. You youngsters can now see the picture. Both are involved in an up hill struggle to become king of the ACC which much must be achieved first before thinking BCS but this will still be an entertaining game nonetheless. Was FSU really that bad against OU and was Miami really that bad against Ohio State ? I think FSU at home with Christian Ponder (who happens to be a little less mistake prone than his counterpart Jacory Harris) will make enough plays to win a close one. FSU 28 Miami 24.

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