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Week 6 Editor’s Picks: Cal’s Fast Start Stops at Utah

Week 5 was tough, but we’d like to think we did OK, considering the surprising results of several games. And yes, we would like a cookie.

Today’s U Assistant Managing Editor Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) and a featured guest will be providing their weekly Top 25 picks, testing their knowledge by contesting me (@Tyler_Waddell) for bragging rights (and maybe a gratifying pat on the back) at the end of the season.

With us this week is Football.com Director of Content and Development Blake Lovell. You can follow him here (@theblakelovell), and you can follow the network here (@Football_com).

Editors went a combined 44-10 in Week 5, and it looks like it will be do-or-die in Week 6, as the three of us have turned in (mostly) similar selections.

Let’s get to pickin’.




USC logoWashington (2-2) at 17 USC (3-1)

Tyler Waddell: USC
Adam Biggers:
Blake Lovell: USC




Ole Miss logoNew Mexico State (0-4) at 14 Ole Miss (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Ole Miss
Adam Biggers: 
Ole Miss
Blake Lovell: Ole Miss


LSU logo7 LSU (4-0) at South Carolina (2-3)

Tyler Waddell: LSU
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: LSU


Baylor logo3 Baylor (4-0) at Kansas (0-4)

Tyler Waddell: Baylor
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Baylor


Oklahoma logo10 Oklahoma (4-0) at Texas (1-3)

Tyler Waddell: Oklahoma
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Oklahoma


Iowa logoIllinois (4-1) at 22 Iowa (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Iowa
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Iowa


Ohio State logoMaryland (2-3) at 1 Ohio State (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Ohio State
Adam Biggers: 
Ohio State
Blake Lovell: Ohio State


Toledo logoKent State (2-3) at 24 Toledo (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Toledo
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Toledo


Notre Dame logoNavy (4-0) at 15 Notre Dame (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Notre Dame
Adam Biggers:
Notre Dame
Blake Lovell: Notre Dame


Michigan logo13 Northwestern (5-0) at 18 Michigan (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Michigan
Adam Biggers:
Blake Lovell: Michigan


Tennessee logo19 Georgia (4-1) at Tennessee (2-3)

Tyler Waddell: Tennessee
Adam Biggers:
Blake Lovell: Tennessee


Clemson logoGeorgia Tech (2-3) at 6 Clemson (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Clemson
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Clemson


Alabama logoArkansas (2-3) at 8 Alabama (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Alabama
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Alabama


WVU logo21 Oklahoma State (5-0) at West Virginia (3-1)

Tyler Waddell: West Virginia
Adam Biggers:
Oklahoma State
Blake Lovell: West Virginia


Boise State logo25 Boise State (4-1) at Colorado State (2-3)

Tyler Waddell: Boise State
Adam Biggers: 
Boise State
Blake Lovell: Boise State


TCU logo2 TCU (5-0) at Kansas State (3-1)

Tyler Waddell: TCU
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Kansas State


UF logo11 Florida (5-0) at Missouri (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Florida
Adam Biggers: 
Blake Lovell: Missouri


FSU logoMiami (3-1) at 12 Florida State (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Florida State
Adam Biggers: 
Florida State
Blake Lovell: Florida State


Michigan State logo4 Michigan State (5-0) at Rutgers (2-2)

Tyler Waddell: Michigan State
Adam Biggers:
Michigan State
Blake Lovell: Michigan State


Utah logo23 Cal (5-0) at 5 Utah (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Beat Jared Goff, and you beat Cal. But that’s easier said than done, as the junior signal-caller has been outstanding in the Golden Bears’ pocket to this date, completing 70 percent of his passes for 1,630 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception per 44.5 attempts (four total). And according to ESPN Stats & Information, in the past two seasons, Goff has tossed 16 touchdowns with no interceptions when blitzed.

However, if there’s a team that can rattle Goff, it’s going to be Utah. The Utes have a track record of beating opponents through physical play at the line of scrimmage, and that should be no different against a Cal offensive line that has already allowed 12 sacks (95th nationally). The team’s top pass rusher, Hunter Dimick, is expected back after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

Cal has won its last three games by a combined 13 points. Those were against Texas (1-3), Washington (2-2), and Washington State (2-2). Utah, meanwhile, is coming off a bye after dominating Oregon, 62-20. Goff will likely keep things interesting, but the Utes should cruise to a two-score victory in front of a College Gameday crowd.

Adam Biggers: Utah seems to have it all: Gionni Paul on the D-line, Travis Wilson at quarterback and Devontae Booker at running back. The Utes have talent across the board, making it hard to bet against them.

However, California isn’t devoid of playmakers, and quarterback Jared Goff should prove that in Week 6. With 1,630 yards, Goff is No. 7 on the national passing leaders list. He’s thrown for 10 touchdowns and carries a QBR of 170.5 — good for No. 7 in the nation.

Cal doesn’t have the “signature win” thing going for it. Utah does. Really, the Utes have two: a 24-17 win over Michigan in Week 1 — and Michigan is looking good these days — and a 62-20 thrashing of Oregon — which isn’t looking all that great, but still counts a huge, season-defining victory.

Utah wins, 35-24, giving it a third win to brag about as it races toward a Pac-12 title.

Blake Lovell: Utah’s best wins are over a now-top 25 Michigan team and a 42-point win at Oregon. Cal’s best wins? A one-point win over an atrocious Texas team and a home win over Washington. Congratulations to the Golden Bears on a 5-0 start, but the Utes win this by at least two touchdowns.



Waddell: 87-15 (.853)
Biggers: 86-16 (.843)
Guest: 90-12 (.882)

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