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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’.

 

THURSDAY

 

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

Tyler Waddell: USC
Adam Biggers:
USC
Blake Lovell: USC

 

SATURDAY

 

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: 
LSU
Blake Lovell: LSU

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Baylor
Adam Biggers: 
Baylor
Blake Lovell: Baylor

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Oklahoma
Adam Biggers: 
Oklahoma
Blake Lovell: Oklahoma

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Iowa
Adam Biggers: 
Iowa
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: 
Toledo
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:
Michigan
Blake Lovell: Michigan

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Tennessee
Adam Biggers:
Tennessee
Blake Lovell: Tennessee

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Clemson
Adam Biggers: 
Clemson
Blake Lovell: Clemson

 

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

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

 

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

Tyler Waddell: Florida
Adam Biggers: 
Florida
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.

 

SEASON RECORDS

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

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