NCAA College Football Week Six Predictions - Florida State vs. Miami: There was a time, not so long ago, that Florida State vs. Miami meant something, usually on a national level. Now, both teams are have a renaissance of sorts so, while the college football picks matchup is not particularly meaningful to a nationwide audience, the classic NCAA picks contest does have implications in the ACC. Las Vegas odds have picked Miami as a -6 point favorite at home.
#23 Florida State (4-1) is coming off two impressive conference wins against Wake Forest and Virgina after being drubbed at Oklahoma in their only loss. Despite that loss, FSU features a defense ranked 21st in the nation in scoring, averaging 15.4 points against, and the team pitched a shut-out against Wake. Christian Ponder has been effective at quarterback but the real strength of this team is in the running game. Jermaine Thomas leads a group of runners who have gained 854 yards and scored 9 TDS with an average rush between 8.0 and 6.3 yards a carry.
The first order of business, then, for the #13 Miami Hurricanes in today's college football picks contest is stopping the run with their 16th ranked defense. The past two NCAA picks matchups, Miami has shut down both Clemson and Pitt by a combined score of 61-24 and enter this game on a roll. Jacory Harris, despite his poor game against Ohio State, has rebounded to throw 10 touchdown passes, including 6 to Leonard Hankerson, who has already matched his 2009 total. Damian Berry leads the rushing attack, but this team is built on passing, with nearly twice as many yards gained through the air.
This week 6 college football picks contest will come down to FSU’s pass defense vs. Miami’s passing attack. If Harris can avoid the interception, Miami should win. Since the two teams joined the ACC, this series has been tight, with FSU holding a 3-2 edge over Miami. Four games out of the last five have been decided by four points or less so look for Florida State to cover in this affair with the Hurricanes prevailing at home.
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