The week’s top college football game pits No. 1 Clemson, a school that’s comfortable in marquee contests, against No. 7 Miami, a school that used to be comfortable in those situations. Clemson has been one of the top-ranked teams over the past five years, losing just five games since 2015. The Tigers are facing a Hurricanes squad who thrived in the limelight in the 1990s, and is ready to return to prominence.
- No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson will feature two quarterbacks who are among the top picks to win the Heisman Trophy
- There’s no rest for No. 21 Texas A&M, who lost to No. 2 Alabama, 52-24, last week, and now must face No. 4 Florida
- North Carolina is a surprise entry in the AP Top 25 at No. 8, but will be tested when they host No. 19 Virginia Tech
Upsetting No. 1 Clemson, who is 3-0, 2-0 in the ACC, would certainly be a big step toward Miami reaching its goal. Miami head coach Manny Diaz told reporters that, for the Hurricanes to remain undefeated, they will have to avoid getting caught up in the moment.
“This is a great opportunity for us to test ourselves against a team that’s very comfortable in these settings,” Diaz said. “This is not a big game at Clemson, this is just what they do, you know what I mean? And we’ve got to get our program where it’s the same way.”
College Football Week 6 AP Top 25 Games
|No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson||Tigers -14||62.5|
|No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss||Crimson Tide -24||69.5|
|No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia||Bulldogs -12.5||43|
|No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M||Gators -6.5||58|
|Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame||Irish -20.5||52.5|
|No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina||Tarheels -4.5||59|
|Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn||Tigers -13.5||46.5|
|UT San Antonio at No. 15 BYU||Cougars -35||63|
|No. 17 LSU at Missouri||Tigers -14||54|
|No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma||Sooners -2.5||72.5|
|Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State||Cyclones -12.5||64.5|
Source: Westgate SuperBook USA
Both teams feature top-ranked quarterbacks who are among the favorites with oddsmakers to win the Heisman Trophy. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is the top pick at 7/2, while D’Eriq King is at 10-1.
Lawrence has been the favorite since the Heisman odds were released, but King has made his way up the betting board after opening at 20/1.
Texas A&M Faces Another Top-5 Team
Poor Texas A&M. A week after getting beat up by No. 2 Alabama, 52-24, the Aggies are facing No. 4 Florida this week.
Texas A&M are 6.5-point underdogs, despite being at home. Head coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters he expects another tough test.
“Offensively, they are very dynamic,” Fisher said. “[Tight end Kyle] Pitts and [wide receiver Kadarius] Toney and [quarterback Kyle] Trask, those guys are doing a tremendous job. Defensively they bring pressure. They can rush, they are athletic, can cover, very multiple in their defensive sets skill-wise.”
North Carolina Hosts Dangerous Virginia Tech
North Carolina has its highest AP Top 25 ranking since being No. 7 in 1998. If the Tarheels are going to stay at No. 8, they’re going to have to hold off No. 19 Virginia Tech.
Coach Mack Brown told reporters on Monday stopping the run will be key for his team to win.
“I really think we’ve got to stop the run,” Brown said. “They’ve run for over 300 yards against NC State and Duke in the first two ball games. So they’re really doing a great job of running the ball.” /1