Roy's Picks: Week No. 6

A new column from publisher Roy Philpott previewing this weekend's games.

N.C. State at No. 24 Georgia Tech (Thursday - 7:45 PM ESPN)
The heat is on in Raleigh as Chuck Amato tries to defend a program that has lost a league-high six ACC games in a row. State QB Jay Davis looks horrible at times, but N.C. State's defense is still as talented as any team in the conference. Georgia Tech needs to rebound after getting destroyed by new ACC kingpin Virginia Tech. This game is tough to call, but the Jackets will eek out a tough win at home.

Roy's Pick: Georgia Tech (-4); Georgia Tech Straight Up

Virginia at Boston College (1:00 ABC)
Let's see, Virginia is coming off a road loss to Maryland and Boston College is coming off another impressive win on their way to a 4-1 start. Boston College wins this one big - right? Wrong. The 'Hoos keep this one close and pull it out in the end as two similar teams slug it out for four quarters.

Roy's Pick: Virginia (+7); Virginia Straight Up

Kentucky at South Carolina (1:00 PM)
The old ball coach says South Carolina matches up well with Kentucky based off of film review. What film is he watching? Kentucky is bad. No, Kentucky is really bad. But South Carolina isn't much better. The Gamecocks will win, but only because this game is being played at Williams-Brice.

Roy's Pick: Kentucky (+13); South Carolina Straight Up

Georgia at Tennessee (3:30 PM CBS)
Georgia has gotten the job done against a less than stellar early-season schedule, but that will change this weekend in Knoxville as Tennessee proves it belongs among the best teams in the country. Gerald Riggs and company will move the ball will in this one, and keep an eye on UGA QB D.J. Shockley. This is his first big test on the road in the SEC. What promises to be the best game of the week will turn out to be a 10-point Tennessee win.

Roy's Pick: Tennessee (-3); Tennessee Straight Up

Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Texas (1:00 PM ABC)
The 2-2 Sooners are struggling this year, but nobody has had the Longhorns' number more in recent years. It won't be easy, it never is with a Mack Brown-coached team, but UT gets the job done behind the stellar play of QB Vince Young. Texas by 7 in what should be the most entertaining game of the weekend.

Roy's Pick: Oklahoma (+13); Texas Straight Up

Bonus Pick: Clemson vs. Open Date. It won't be easy, and expect nothing less than a nailbiter, but the Tigers will take care of business during an off weekend. Clemson handles the open date, but of course the game goes to overtime.

Roy's Pick: Open Date (+35); Clemson Straight Up

Updated 2005 Record: Straight Up: 16-9; Spread: 18-7

Last Week: Straight Up: 3-2; Spread: 4-1 Top Stories