No. 3 Ohio State welcomes Indiana; Battle of I-75 heads to Toledo

Week 6 college football preview and picks

Tim Grattan
October 06, 2018 - 5:00 am

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- Week 6 of college football is here with some critical rivalry games and teams playing in big road games.

We have the Battle of  I-75, the Red River Rivalry and LSU, Kentucky and Notre Dame going on the road into hard places to win.

Ohio State welcomes a feisty Indiana team, and let's kick off the previews with the Buckeyes.  

Indiana (4-1, 1-1) at No. 3 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0), 4 p.m., FOX (Ch. 8 in Cleveland)

After last week’s tough road win at Penn State, Ohio State shouldn’t have a problem with Indiana at home. Dwayne Haskins will continue to improve on his Heisman Trophy campaign.

The Hoosiers’ offense isn’t explosive, and they don’t have a dominant defense to walk out of Columbus with a victory. 

I don’t see Indiana endings its 22-game losing streak as Ohio State wins big at home.

Line: Ohio State -26.5, O/U 64.5

Prediction: Ohio State 45, Indiana 21

No. 19 Texas (4-1, 2-0) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) (at Cotton Bowl, Dallas), noon, FOX

I love rivalry matchups and this one is an all-time favorite for me. This game is the ultimate “Texas is back!” moment because if the Longhorns can win, they control their density to play in the Big 12 Championship game in December.

I’m worried that Texas doesn’t have enough speedy defensive backs to cover Oklahoma’s wide receivers. The Longhorns do have the 31st ranked defense (out of 130 teams) in college football but hasn’t faced a team with skilled athletes like the Sooners.   

Tom Herman has been great in big games. He’s 11-1 against the spread with eight wins outright as an underdog at Texas.

 It seems like everyone is going with “Boomer Sooner,” I’m going with Hook’em Horns.   

Line: Oklahoma -7-5, O/U 60

Prediction: Texas 30, Oklahoma 27

Maryland (3-1, 1-0) at No. 15 Michigan (4-1, 2-0), noon, ABC (Ch. 5 in Cleveland)

Maryland’s passing attack is, well, terrible and is ranked No. 122 in the country.

Michigan’s defense is one of the best in the country.

Wolverines are too much for the Terrapins to handle in Ann Arbor, where Jim Harbaugh is 15-2 at home since 2016.    

Line: Michigan -17.5, O/U 47.5

Prediction: Michigan 31, Maryland 7

Bowling Green (1-4, 0-1) at Toledo (2-2), 3:30 p.m., ESPN+

The Battle of I-75 is here between two schools who don’t really like one another.

If this were Facebook, both schools would probably block each other from ever seeing the other’s post.

Anyways, Toledo is No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference in scoring offense and averages 45 points per game. Bowling Green is 10th in the MAC in total defense.

Rockets win big and extend their winning streak over the Falcons to nine games.    

Side note: 92.3 The Fan’s Dustin Fox is on the call for the game.

Line: Toledo -21.5, O/U 70.5

Prediction: Toledo 55, Bowling Green 17

No. 5 LSU (5-0, 2-0) at No. 22 Florida (4-1, 2-1), 3:30 p.m., CBS (Ch. 19 in Cleveland)

What we have here is two teams with some great athletes on defense that love to go after the quarterback.

The Tigers’ offensive line is banged-up right now which scares me. Joe Borrow has been playing great so far this season. Borrow has 1,023 passing yards, with six touchdowns and zero picks.

My gut tells me the Gators will pick off Borrow for the first time this season and finds a way to win home.

Line: LSU -2, O/U 44.5

Prediction: Florida 28, LSU 20

Florida State (3-2, 1-2) at No. 17 Miami (FL), 3:30 p.m., ABC

The ‘Canes welcome archrival Florida State where this game has a chance to get ugly in a hurry.

Miami is No. 2 in the country in total defense and the Seminoles’ O-line is a disaster right now.

Quarterback N’Kosi Perry will play well against a talented FSU defense in a home victory.

Line: Miami -14, O/U 48.5

Prediction: Miami 35, Florida State 17

No. 13 Kentucky (5-0, 3-0) at Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1), 7 p.m., ESPN

I think it’s a phenomenal story that a basketball school, like Kentucky, is having a very successful football season. Running back Benny Snell is becoming one of the best backs in college football and I love watching him play.

The ‘Cats have played a tough road game at Florida earlier in the season and came out victorious.

Sorry to be a downer but Texas A&M has the best rush defense in the SEC -- and Kyle Field at night is not a walk in the park.

Line: Texas A&M -5.5, O/U 49.5

Prediction: Texas A&M 23, Kentucky 17

No. 6 Notre Dame (5-0) at No. 24 Virginia Tech (3-1), 8 p.m., ABC

First: Virginia Tech should not be ranked. I’m sorry but losing to Old Dominion on the road is more of being in the Kansas/Rutgers/Oregon State club of lousy Power Five football teams.

Brian Kelly is 1-9 in true road games against ranked teams since 2013. I don’t see that going 1-10 for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame’s front seven is nasty and quarterback Ian Book should be fine in a hostile environment like Lane Stadium.  

Line: Notre Dame -6.5, O/U 55

Prediction: Notre Dame 30, Virginia Tech 20