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B/R Experts Answer Biggest College Football Questions for Week 6 | Bleacher Report

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    Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo

    Oklahoma WR Charleston RamboCharlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    Week 5 of the 2020 college football season was tumultuous. Even though there were only two games pitting ranked teams, eight AP Top 25 squads tasted defeat. Perhaps most surprising was No. 16 Mississippi State scoring just 14 points at home in a loss to Arkansas seven days after hanging about a million passing yards on the defending national champions.

    What drastic twists and turns could Week 6 have up its sleeve?

    With No. 7 Miami paying a visit to Death Valley, could No. 1 Clemson suffer a regular-season loss for the first time in three calendar years?

    Will No. 14 Tennessee at least put up a fight against No. 3 Georgia after three consecutive years of blowouts?

    Is Oklahoma going to lose for a third straight week?

    And keeping with the theme of threes, will the third game of Jimbo Fisher’s third season at Texas A&M be a positive turning point for the program or a negative turning point for his support from the Aggies faithful?

    Bleacher Report’s college football expertsDavid Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Joel Reuter and Brad Shepardhave predictions for each of those questions and more in advance of what should be another stellar weekend of collegiate pigskin.

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    Clemson RB Travis Etienne

    Clemson RB Travis EtienneSean Rayford/Associated Press

    David Kenyon

    After several years of the Miami Hurricanes thriving defensively and falling short on offense, the script has sort of flipped in 2020. While I’m still a bit hesitant to buy Miami’s improvement on offense—tight end Brevin Jordan is a star, but the wide receivers lack a true standout—my larger concern is the defense.

    Can the Hurricanes cover well enough? I’m not confident in any corner beyond Al Blades Jr. to consistently handle Clemson. Plus, the linebackers have the inglorious task of trying to contain Travis Etienne both on the ground and as a pass-catcher.

    Miami’s safeties—Bubba Bolden in particular—are good at attacking downhill and tackling in the open field, but Etienne is incredibly difficult to bring down. His combination of speed and contact balance is stellar. His production and a clean game from Lawrence should carry Clemson to a valuable win. I have the Tigers in a hard-fought 48-31 victory.


    Kerry Miller

    I like this Miami team a lot. The Hurricanes have a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in D’Eriq King, a matchup nightmare in Jordan, probably the best college kicker in the country in Jose Borregales and, per usual since coach Manny Diaz arrived in 2016, a relentless pass-rushing unit.

    This 3-0 start is no joke, and I’ll probably be picking the Hurricanes to win every other game they play the rest of the way, potentially setting up a rematch with Clemson for the ACC title.

    However, Clemson will win, and win big.

    Miami’s 12th-ranked running game has put up marvelous numbers, but it will have a tough time trying to establish the run against this Clemson front seven. And getting

Five Questions Boston College Has to Answer to Defeat Pitt

Boston College concludes their three game homestand on Saturday against the Pitt Panthers. Led by quarterback Kenny Pickett and a vicious defense, the Panthers have rolled to a 3-1 start. But what does Boston College have to do to get back into the win column? Let’s explore.

Can the Eagles establish any sort of run?

Boston College is 4th from the bottom in the country in rushing yards this year (70.33 ypg). It seems like every game the offense veers away from the rushing attack as soon as the team falls behind. Jeff Hafley has said that running back David Bailey’s role is going to increase, but wouldn’t say when. It seems like Pitt would be a perfect game to do it. Pitt’s pass rush is relentless, but honestly so is their rush defense. As we saw last year however, their front can be beat up in the trenches, AJ Dillon ran for 178 yards against them last season. Maybe it would just make sense to just do some simple runs with man to man blocking up front, get those four yards a rush which will hopefully open things up for the passing attack.

Can BC stop taking points off the board?

It has been an epidemic for the Eagles, as they have had touchdowns called back in each of the first three games. Hafley has stressed that the team needs to clean up the mental mistakes. That is going to be crucial against a team that is stingy in the red zone, only 42.86% of trips in the red zone end up in touchdowns against the Panthers. BC can ill afford to have touchdowns taken away due to mistakes, and will need to have a cleaner game than the previous three. 

Can the Eagles defense contain Kenny Pickett?

Kenny Pickett is a good quarterback, he may not be at the same level as Sam Howell, but he is experienced, playing in 30 games so far at the collegiate level. He is also certainly good enough to cause matchup problems on defense. He’s multifaceted in how he can beat you, having rushed for four touchdowns already this season, but has a nice arm too throwing for 1123 yards. BC had mixed success last weekend against Howell, can they improve upon that and slow Pickett down? Don’t let him escape the pocket, and finish tackles. That will be a key. 

How will the offensive line look against the best defense they have faced?

Expectations for the offensive line have certainly scaled back since the beginning of the season. They haven’t played up to the vaunted expectations many (myself included) put upon them. However, they haven’t played poorly–more like above average to good. The run blocking hasn’t really been there, but for the most part, Jurkovec has had time in the pocket. This weekend the Panthers, who have 19 sacks on the season will give them the biggest test. BC can not afford to have blown assignments, or holding penalties. They need