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Last Week: If anyone was concerned about whether or not this OSU team could generate any offense, the past two weeks showed they could produce against weaker teams. I am more concerned about the fact that the last three strong teams the Buckeyes have played, the offense has struggled. For now, the 56-0 win over Rutgers is exactly what they needed, now it is time to take it up a notch once again. As for our predictions, it was another strong week as a group as over half the staff was 4-1, and Josh managed to go 5-0. The results did tighten up the overall standings so with nine more weeks to go, it should be fun seeing who rises to the top. Right now, BrentJohn and Rick share that spot.
This Week: Ohio State's game against Maryland will be the 200th in Coach Urban Meyer's career. He is currently 169-30, which gives him the best winning percentage of active coaches. It also marks the 95th anniversary of the first game played in Ohio Stadium, OSU beat Ohio Wesleyan 5-0, I am guessing more points will be scored this week.  Maryland comes into the game with a respectable 3-1 record but will be up against a tough challenge to defeat the Buckeyes in Columbus. It will be a chance for the Terps to gain some additional respectability and an opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray to keep improving  ....  The big game in the Big 12 will be WVU-TCU. In order for the conference to get a team into the playoffs, one of these teams needs to survive and advance, but only one. The teams are both unbeaten in conference play and a combined 7-1 overall. The question will be can one team emerge or will they just beat each other up and make it hard for the committee in December. TCU is still unbeaten, can the Mountaineers travel to Texas and change that?  ....  In the ACC, Clemson has a stronghold on Atlantic division, Miami is trying to do the same in the Coastal. They will need to beat Florida State to keep pace with the Yellow Jackets.  When the Hurricanes moved to the ACC from the Big East over a decade ago, it was thought they would dominate the conference. Miami has yet to make it to the conference championship game. A win over the Seminoles would be a huge step in that direction  ....  This week Michigan gets a chance to prove they really are a player this season, they are going to have to do this week with a back-up quarterback. As they are playing Michigan State, the Spartans have a chance to say they 'are' back  ....  In the Pac-12 Washington State will see if they are the new team to beat be defeating Oregon, the former team to beat.        
Guest Buckeye: As with every week, we are proud and pleased to have Vaughn Broadnax providing his feedback and predictions for this week's games. 
Here are our Week 6 Picks, Good Luck to all - Gregg
 (35)Maryland  @  (9)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State  - 30 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Ohio State - Maryland is improved, but still out-manned against a team like Ohio State and my thought as of today is they will have trouble keeping within 30 points of Ohio State. If Maryland does hang around, the Bucks need to get the tailbacks more involved as they worked on the passing game with few TB carries against Rutgers. With a 3rd team QB, hard to see Maryland scoring many points. Will withhold a score prediction now and just say the Bucks roll.  


Cory:  Despite missing their top two quarterbacks due to injury, Maryland found a way to rise up and earn a good win over a solid Minnesota team last week. The Terrapins face a much tougher match-up this week when they come to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The key to stopping Maryland is defending the run. The Terrapins have already rushed for 934 yards and 12 touchdowns. This could be a problem for the Buckeyes as they're going to be without their two top defensive tackles, with Michael Hill being suspended and Dre'Mont Jones missing the game due to injury. The offense has looked better in recent weeks so let's hope that momentum continues this week, otherwise this game could be a challenge for the Buckeyes.   Ohio State 35, Maryland 20   


Dave:  Ohio State 48 – Maryland 21


Gregg:  I whiffed last week big time on Maryland, I did not see any way they beat the Gophers with their version of Cardale Jones. So now they have quality wins over Minnesota and Texas, and their only loss is to unbeaten Central Florida. This is not the same Terrapins team that Ohio State is 3-0 against all-time. With that said, the Buckeyes should still have no problem dispatching the turtles. The Buckeyes are 314-1-1 all-time when they score over 35 point and they are going to score over 35 this week.   Ohio State 56  Maryland 10  


Jason:  How good is Ohio State? Ever since the egg they laid against Oklahoma, they have outscored Army, UNLV and Rutgers by a combined score of 150-28. The offense has seemed to figure some things out, but again, the aforementioned opponents are not exactly juggernauts. Maryland is coming off a big road win at Minnesota where the Terp defense held a good running Gopher team to just 80 yards on the ground. Maryland’s secondary has struggled for much of the year, but does have five picks. The key for Maryland is slowing the 3 headed ground attack of J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber and J.T.. Barrett running the read option. Offensively, Maryland is down to their third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager who played very well at Minnesota and running backs Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison III could have an NFL future, but no one has run the ball on the stout Buckeye defensive line. While the opponent talent level is much higher than the three previous opponents and the Terps do have some NFL caliber talent, they aren’t in the same stratosphere from a talent and depth standpoint as Ohio State. The Buckeye speed and swarming front seven will completely overwhelm and outclass Maryland and the offense will continue to take steps forward as Ohio State rolls Maryland in the Horseshoe.   Ohio State 45 Maryland 7  


Joe-S-U:  Ohio State takes care of business at home


John:   Kudos to Maryland for the quality win last week, especially since they are down to their third string QB. This should be a good test to see how the Ohio State D had progressed. Look for MD to test the secondary a lot. Bucks will win easily, but don’t be surprised if they fail to cover the 31 points Vegas is laying.   Ohio State 49 Maryland 21  


Josh:  "I'm coming home." Maryland is coming into the Horseshoe on its second consecutive road game, and will probably have a lot of confidence after beating a steady Minnesota team this past Saturday on a big interception to seal the win. OSU has been rolling since the Oklahoma loss, padding its stats and doing what it needs to do against the inferior opponents. Although it is not the ending of September we were wanting, everything is still in front of us. Maryland is on their third string QB, and win Buckeye nation know how important the 3rd stringer is. However, he is no Cardale Jones, and Maryland is battling is own string of injuries. Ohio State needs to dispatch the Terps and make them Turtle Soup on this Homecoming game. I know we all are looking forward to the October 28th showdown, however we need to start off October 1-0, and Maryland stands in our way. Also, I correctly predicted the two stats last week. This week my bold stat will be our defense will get a pick six this game, and we see Haskins leading the Silver Bullets in the 4th quarter.   Ohio State 52 - Maryland 17  


Dr. Mark:  OSU 34-20   Maryland seems much better this year- Buckeyes showing better team speed against lesser teams recently-- October is a big month to get back into the playoff race   


PJSBuck:  I understand Maryland is without their first two QB's? I have watched Maryland play twice this year and they are a TOTALLY different team from last year - much stronger, faster, determined, focused, and playing as if they expect to win. With the Terrapins playing a 3rd string QB we MIGHT cover the spread. Without that factor, I think this could be a close game.  Ohio State by 17 in a tough game.


Pia Pete:  Maryland puts up a nice effort.   OSU 56 – UM 36  


Coach Rick:  Well in this game OSU needs to stop the run and cover Moore from getting any receptions. Complete these two task and it will be an easy victory.  I see them figuring this out and winning by 28.


Steven:  So Maryland, you beat the Gophers. Well, isn't that special? I guess much the same can be said for the Buckeye's win over Rutgers. Even if the Terps are not quite the main dish on OSU's schedule this year, they're certainly better than the creamed spinach of the past two weeks. A nice bowl of turtle soup might be good for a Saturday afternoon. Bucks keep the Terps at arms-reach all day, but Maryland scores enough to make it kind of interesting.   OSU 44-21


Trout:  The Terrapins are definitely a step up from Rutgers, but I still don't think they will be much of a challenge for the Buckeyes. One big negative that Maryland has against them is that they are starting their 3rd string quarterback. Not to mention, their defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten. JT and the Buckeye Offense should be able to keep their offensive upswing going, and score a ton of points. I think Maryland will get some points on the Bucks. They do have some NFL talent, but it won't be enough to stop the Buckeyes.   (Ohio State, 42-17)


Vaughn:  The Terps have elevated their game since last year and are experiencing a challenge the Buckeyes are all too familiar with...starting a 3rd string QB. Unfortunately, Maryland does not enjoy the depth of QB talent OSU possesses. That's why I don't think the Terps will not be able to hang with the Buckeyes. Buckeyes blowout the Terps 45-7.
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​Final Score:  Ohio State 62   Maryland 14
                        (5-1)              (3-2)
 (23)West Virginia  @  (10)TCU
(Favorite: TCU  - 13 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:TCU - TCU looking healthy and much better this year. They should prove to be too much for West By God. 


Cory:  TCU is now officially on my radar after the Horned Frogs pulled off a surprising upset win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater. If you watched the game you saw TCU was in control pretty much the entire game. Their offense looks dangerous behind quarterback Kenny Hill. TCU's opponent this week is West Virginia, and on paper it seems like this could be a good game as the Mountaineers enter with a 3-1 record, their only loss coming to Virginia Tech in the opener. However, West Virginia's three wins have come over cupcake opponents in East Carolina, Delaware State, and Kansas. That kind of schedule does not instill a lot of confidence in the Mountaineers to pull off the upset this week.   TCU 45, West Virginia 28  


Dave:  TCU 28 – WVU 17


Gregg:  Last year TCU only won 6 games all last season and with a win against WVU, they will already be just one game short of that,  On the other side, WVU was picked 7th in the conference in the preseason magazines, but if they win, they will stay in the hunt for the conference lead. Both teams are capable of winning this game, but I think the TCU defense will be just enough to hold off the Mountaineers for a close win.   TCU 24  WVU 21


Jason:  TCU hosts West Virginia on Saturday as they try to prove they are a real contender to challenge Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy but the Mountaineers won’t be a pushover. Since opening this season to Virginia Tech, the Mountaineers have won three straight and is coming off a bye. In their last game against Kansas, WVU lit up the scoreboard with 635 yards of offense, including 347 passing. QB Will Grier has thrown for over 300 yards in all four games thus far this season and will challenge the Frog secondary. The Frogs are off to a 4-0 start and have already beaten Oklahoma State, a game in which they racked up 466 yards and have out gained opponents on the ground by an average of 232-95 in their first four games. While neither defense is great as per the norm in the Big 12, TCU’s is a bit better.. Both teams can score and although TCU will give up some yards to Grier and the WVU offense, in the end they will make enough stops to pull out the win at home.   TCU 49  WVU 41  


Joe-S-U:  A Horn Frog is not really a frog, it is a lizard, but they will still beat the Mountaineers.  


John:  Look for this to be a typical Big XII slugfest. The over/under on one sportsbook is 721/2. Not sure West Virginia can hang with TCU, especially on the road.   TCU 45  West Virginia 30 


Josh:  This is either going to be a high scoring game or a defensive battle. Its eerie how similar this season is with 2014. Again, hoping for the same results for the Buckeyes, but this should be a interesting matchup between two "hot" Big 12 teams. I see TCU winning this game with a last minute field goal. GameDay will be at this one, and in case you want to make the drive, there are still tickets for $28.   TCU 30 - West Virginia 28


Dr. Mark:  TCU 44-38   I haven’t seen WVU yet but TCU is playing Wide open- if weather was bad I might pick WVU  


PJSBuck:  Is this going to be a team race for the Big 12 or do the Frogs take a hit this week?   TCU by 10


Pia Pete:  TCU keeps impressing.   TCU 44 – WVU 35  


Coach Rick:  I am liking TCU in this game. West Virginia is scoring a lot of points lately, but they have not really played anyone since opening weekend.  I have TCU by 14 in this game.


Steven:  If you're looking for the fun factor in a game this could be the one to watch. Yards and scoring aplenty in this one. These teams are pretty evenly matched, both scoring around 48 points per game. TCU may have a bit of an edge on defense, giving up a TD less per game than the Mountaineers. Even so, I'll give a bit of an edge to WVU despite them being on the road. Calling it closeWVU 38-35 


Trout:  This game should be a shoot out. Both teams have high power offenses. Also, they both play in the Big 12, where defense is only a suggestion. I think it will be close, but I see the Horned Frogs of TCU pulling off the victory. Just looking at the previous weeks, TCU just have the more talent. The game will go down to wire, but I see TCU's skills being the x factor in them winning the game.   (TCU, 56-49)  


Vaughn:  TCU made a believer out of me with their victory over Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs blast the Mountaineers 38-17.  


GameDay:  Desmond Howard, Guest Picker Tim McGraw, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit all select TCU.
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​Final Score:  TCU 31   West Virginia 24
              (5-0)             (3-2)
 (12)Miami  @  (26)Florida State
(Favorite: Miami  - 3 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Miami - this Florida State team appears to be a mess without Francois. This one should be close, but Miami just looks like the better team right now. 


Cory:  This game is a perplexing one. Miami is undefeated at 3-0, yet the Hurricanes have yet to meet a quality opponent with their wins coming over Bethune-Cookman, Toledo, and Duke. On the other hand, Florida State is really struggling after losing quarterback Deondre Francois in the season-opening loss to Alabama. The Seminoles finally got their first win of the season last week, scraping by a decent Wake Forest team by a touchdown. New Miami coach Mark Richt has that program headed in the right direction, but overall the quality of that team doesn't measure up to Florida State's. New Seminole quarterback James Blackman has played OK so far and the win last week should help boost his confidence. Expect an ugly FSU win this week.   Florida State 24, Miami 16 


Dave:  Miami 32 - Florida State 24


Gregg:  I am not sure how good Miami is yet, I still think it is Clemson and everyone else in the ACC.  But I have seen absolutely nothing out of Florida State since Francois went down.  I realize the Hurricanes have lost 7 straight in this rivalry but I think that is part of why they win this year in Tallahassee.   Miami 31  Florida State 10  


Jason:  ​The Seminoles have owned the rivalry with the Miami Hurricanes, winning the last seven meetings, but the Canes have a big chance to end the streak on Saturday. In a game that Hurricane Irma postponed, the Canes come in off a win at Duke, led by Quarterback Malik Rosier who threw a pair of TD’s passes and also ran for another. So is Miami for real? They haven’t played an overly difficult schedule yet, but have outgained their first three opponents by over 100 yards per game. The Noles finally got a win after beating Wake Forest last week. After losing QB Deondre Francois in the season opener, freshman QB James Blackman hit a big play late in that ball game to enable Florida State to survive. Florida State is still trying to find itself and though they won last week, it was a struggle and Wake Forest is not Miami. I like the Canes to overwhelm Blackman and make enough plays on offense to win in Tallahassee.   Miami 30  Florida State 17


Joe-S-U:  This is not the Hurricanes of the past but they are better than the past few years and they are able to stop the 'Noles for the first time in 7 years.  


John:   Funny things can happen in rivalry games. Underdogs can rise up, Freshman play like Seniors, etc. That said, I haven’t seen enough out of FSU’s QB position to call an upset here, even with the game in Tallahassee.   Miami 28, Florida St 17  
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Josh:  I expected Florida State to have one loss, but two losses was a bit of a shock. Whats even more shocking is that Miami is undefeated. I want to say that Florida State will win this one at home and sort of salvage the season, but I think the U is playing with too much confidence right now, and have an easier path now to reach the ACC Championship Game with Virginia Tech losing, and no Clemson to play in regular season. Florida State might be favored, but Miami wins this one before returning home for a match up against Georgia Tech.     Miami 42 - FSU 21
  

Dr. Mark:  Miami- 24-21  Usaually when I pick a favored Mark Reicht team they lose but I will give the Hurricanes a chance in this one- FSU will bounce back but maybe not this game  


PJSBuck:   I bet some of you will be picking this one differently than you would have in August. FSU and Jimbo Fisher are jokes, Miami by 17.


Pia Pete:  FSU gets back on the winning side.   State 33 – Canes 21  


Coach Rick:  This is going to be a difficult pick. I know at the beginning of the season I would have easily picked Florida State. I personally think that FSU has the talent to win, but will have to many miss queues in this game.  I have Miami winning by 10 in a battle.


Steven:  Lose Deondre Francois and lose the season? Apparently Jimbo Fisher didn't get the Urban Meyer manual on how to stock up on quarterbacks. Without a capable field general, FSU is now 12th from the bottom in total offense. Miami is just outside the top ten at #11. Sounds like a rout to me. Maybe it won't be that bad, but it will be ugly for the Seminoles.   Miami 27-12


Trout:  The loss of Francois has hurt Florida State. They are just not a good team this year,. Although I don't see the Canes as world beaters, they still have shown promise in the earlier weeks of the season. I see this being a close, low scoring game. Miami will take advantage of Florida State's offensive woes and do just enough to squeak out a victory.   (Miami, 17-14)  


Vaughn:  This is a toss up for me. FSU may be critically wounded and I have no idea if Miami is real or Memorex. I will go with Miami on this one because they are motivated to get back to where they used to be, On top. Miami edges out FSU 24-20.


GameDay:   Desmond Howard, Guest Picker Tim McGraw, and Lee Corso predict a Miami. Kirk Herbstreit thinks that Florida State will secure the home win.
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​Final Score:  Miami 24   Florida State 20
                 (4-0)             (1-3)
 (36)Michigan State  @  (7)Michigan
(Favorite: Michigan  - 10 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Michigan - Sparty may hang around like they did for awhile last year, but really don't have the talent to hang with Michigan. 


Cory:  The annual meeting between Michigan State and Michigan is always a must-watch, and the game this year shouldn't be any different. The Wolverines should be heavy favorites, however, everything is not great right now in Ann Arbor. Starting quarterback Wilton Speight will miss at least a couple weeks with an undisclosed injury. John O'Korn takes over for Speight, and O'Korn helped rally the Wolverines from a halftime deficit to beat Purdue last week. Michigan State recovered from their loss to Notre Dame to beat a good Iowa team last week, and the Spartans would love to kick the Wolverines while they're down. Ultimately, I don't see that happening. While the offense may suffer with the absence of Speight, the Wolverines were not a good offensive team with him in the lineup. They shine on defense, and it will be that defense that carries them to a win over the Spartans.  Michigan 23, Michigan State 14  


Dave:  Michigan 32 – MSU 21


Gregg:  This is the week we find out Michigan State is for real or if they are just a pinch better than the team that went 3-9 last year. When they lost to Notre Dame it appeared it was back to bad Sparty, but as it turns out, the Irish may be pretty good. Michigan clearly has a great defense, maybe a championship caliber D, but their offense has been offensive. Expect a low scoring game but the Wolverines have just enough to pull this out.   Michigan 20  Michigan State 13  


Jason:  The last time the Spartans paid a visit to the Big House, a minor miracle occurred as a botched punt enabled Michigan State to bring home the Paul Bunyan trophy. Michigan State bounced back from a tough loss to Notre Dame to get an impressive win over Iowa a week ago. The Spartan offense has outgained all of their four opponents so far this season and seems to have a little swagger back on defense, which is a staple of Mark Dantonio coached teams. Michigan visited a hot Purdue team and although struggled early, pulled away in the second half to leave West Lafayette unbeaten. Backup QB John O'Korn, playing in place of an injured Wilton Speight, threw for 270 yards and a touch, but the strength of the Wolverines is clearly the defense as they held the Boilers to 30 yards on the ground and had 5 sacks. Michigan State will be the toughest game thus far for Michigan and will challenge an already challenged offense. I expect a very low scoring game and a turnover one way or the other could decide it. In games like this, I always lean home team and O’Korn is very capable at QB so UM should be fine there. The Wolves move to 5-0.   Michigan 21  Michigan State 17  
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Joe-S-U:  This does not come down to a punt this time, Wolverines win.  


John:  Speaking of funny things happening in rivalry games, flash back to the last time these two played in Ann Arbor. Who knew when it happened that the botched punt would effectively cost OSU a spot in the playoffs. Like in the other rivalry we are picking this week, the home team has a backup QB starting, but I think Michigan is just the better team, and until Sparty wins one of these games I’m not picking them.  Michigan 31 Michigan State 14  


Josh:  This one is going to be a defensive battle. Michigan is coming off a bye week for this game after going undefeated in its non-conference, and Sparty beat Iowa at home to get some confidence and the ball rolling in Big Ten play. I think this will be a sloppy game at the quarterback position, and the kickers will earn their scholarship in this game. I see Michigan winning this one with a INT return for a touchdown.   Michigan 17 - Michigan State 12  


Dr. Mark:  Michigan State 21-20   I'm going for the upset pick – this is their big game of the season- Mich Starting QB out- May help Spartan D- as usual if I was betting – I would take Michigan  


PJSBuck:  Will the better team up north team please stand up. Unfortunately, TBGUN by 17


Pia Pete:  MSU is still rebuilding but puts on a good show.   UM 27 – MSU 24  


Coach Rick:  It is hard for me to say that neither team has really impressed me this season. I personally would like to see MSU win, but I do not think they get up for this game.  I have Michigan winning by 21.


Steven:  MSU coach Mark Dantonio has gotten the Spartans off to a 3-1 start, and their one loss to Notre Dame doesn't look too bad now. Michigan is down to their second-string quarterback, John O'Korn. Neither he nor starter Wilton Speight has set the world on fire, as the Wolverine offense has been pretty pedestrian so far this year. Luckily, the UM defense has made up enough for it, keeping opposing teams to under 14 points a game, (good enough for 8th in the nation). If the UM offense is pedestrian, Sparty's is downright bad. They too have been bolstered by a solid defense. It all points to a grind it out, old-fashioned BigTen slugfest. UM does just enough to win at home.    UM 21-14


Trout:  This game is a toss up. Both teams have been good, but not great. I think I have to give the advantage to Sparty. The uncertainty at QB for Michigan with O'Korn, has me thinking that Michigan might not have what it takes to beat Michigan State. It will be very close. Most likely this game will end on a last second field goal. But with the the Wolverines having some quarterback questions, I see Sparty pulling off the upset.    (Michigan State, 24-20)  


Vaughn:  The school up north will continue to dangle the carrot of championship season by beating The Spartans 21-7.


GameDay:  Desmond Howard, Guest Picker Tim McGraw, and Lee Corso predict a Michigan win.
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​Final Score:  Michigan State 14   Michigan 10
                       (4-1)                   (4-1)
 (11)Washington State  @  (32)Oregon
(Favorite: Washington State  - 2 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Washington State - Tough call here. Does the pressure start getting to Wazzu? It will be rocking in Eugene, but I will take what appears to be the better team here - Wazzu 


Cory:  OK, I'm ready to buy a ticket for the Washington State hype train. The Cougars pulled off a massive upset last week as they beat USC on the strength of 340 passing yards from Luke Falk. If you don't know who Falk is, it's time to start paying attention. The Washington State quarterback is completing over 70 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. A trip to Autzen awaits the Cougars, and Oregon will definitely provide a challenge for the Cougars. Oregon is 3-1, and despite the fact that the Ducks have had a pretty easy schedule so far you can never count them out when they play at home. Oregon's strength is the running game, with the Ducks having rushed for 1,304 yards already this season. I like Falk and the Cougars' ability to air out the ball more than Oregon's rushing game this week.   Washington State 45, Oregon 35  


Dave:  Oregon 32 – Washington State 21


Gregg:  The Cougars continue to impress me and the rest of the country as they moved up to #11 in the polls. Oregon is 4-1 but I am not convinced they are ready for prime time yet.  The Ducks are tough at home but I think it only earns they a closer score in their defeat.  Cougars win this and circle the Apple Cup as their next big game.   Washington State 35  Oregon 31  


Jason:  No. 11 Washington State faces their first road test of the season after playing all of their first 5 games, all wins, at home. Unfortunately for the Cougs, they aren’t easing into their road slate, playing at one of the more difficult places to play in Eugene, Oregon. Washington State brings in statistically the best secondary in the Pac 12, only allowing 147 yards per game. Oregon will have to not only deal with that back 4, they will have to do it without starting QB Justin Herbert who is out with a broken collarbone and their backup QB is also day to day with an injury suffered at Cal a week ago so the Ducks will turn to true freshman Braxton Burmeister, who made his debut last week and will likely start against Washington State. Oregon could also be without star RB Royce Freeman who also left the Cal game and is day to day with an arm injury. Freeman is second in the Pac 12 in rushing behind the nation’s leader in rush yards, Stanford’s Bryce Love. Oregon’s offense will certainly suffer more than it already will if Freeman can’t go. On the other side of the ball, the Duck defense will have to face one of the most accomplished QB’s in college football in Washington State's Luke Falk who ranks second in the conference with 344 passing yards a game with 16 touchdowns and only two picks. Although this will be this year’s version of the Cougars first road trip, it’s not their senior leader Falk’s first rodeo and with Oregon’s injury concerns, I like Washington State to survive the Autzen Zoo in a 4 quarter battle.   Wazzu 38  Oregon 28  


Joe-S-U:  Cougars are here, for now  


John:  This is a tough game to pick, because I’m not sure which Oregon will show up. The game is at Autzen, and the Ducks have their backs against the wall in the Pac 12, so I’m going with the upset.   Oregon 35 Washington State 31  


Josh:  Washington State was tested at home and won against a USC who had hopes for the Playoffs. I know you can't day a team is out with one loss, however USC has not looked dominant this year and Darnold might already be thinking about his contract with the Browns or Dolphins this time next year. Falk has been great throwing this year, with a 16/2 TD/INT stat line and over 1700 passing yards. Oregon is starting to get the swagger of the old Oregon team, and I have the feeling Autzen will be rocking in this one. I am going to go with the upset on this one, and I am going to pick the Ducks to win at home, containing the Cougar offense and keeping Falk in check.   Oregon 35 - Washington State 32


Dr. Mark:  Washington State 35-24    Oregon with a lot of injuries including QB- they looked good against USC  


PJSBuck:  Should be a great and fun game to watch.  Oregon by 12


Pia Pete:  WSU suffers their first loss.   Ducks 31 – Cougars 24  


Coach Rick:  This is going to be a good game. I am going to go with the home team to win by 10.  I have Oregon 42 - 32.


Steven:  Last week against USC, the former walk-on QB for the Cougars Luke Falk was able to capitalize on the Trojan's injury troubles and bring home an upset win. This week may not be so easy. Oregon is fully healthy and should be able to run on the Cougar defense. So it will be the Duck ground game vs. the Cougars through the air. Falk, while having a nice arm, is still erratic at times. If he gets on a roll, though, he can be as dangerous as anyone in the PAC-12. He does have one of the better receiving corps in the country, and a coach that takes the "Air Raid" concept seriously. The Duck back 7 has not done well this year in coverage situations against much less pass-heavy offenses. WSU should put up serious numbers this week.   WSU 44-31


Trout:   I see the Cougars winning this game. Although the Ducks have looked better this year, they haven't really played anyone of note. And no, Nebraska does not count. Having watched them outplay the USC Trojans, I just don't think the Ducks will have enough to beat them. Mike Leach has turned Washington State into a true contender for the PAC-12 championship, and even a possible spot in the playoff. It will be a high scoring game. Although I don't think Oregon will be a push over, I don't see them getting past the Cougars.  (Washington State, 35-28)  


Vaughn:  Washington State is on a roll. The USC upset was great, but can they perform like that two weeks in row. I will get on the Washington State bandwagon when they meet Washington in the Apple Cup. Until then, the Ducks tame the Cougars at home 45-35.
   

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