Previewing the Top Games of 2012: Week Six

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Geno Smith (R) #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers and Devon Brown #4 celebrtae after Smith scored a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12 more weeks until the college football season starts. Yes, just a short three months until football is back in our lives, and only two more until fall practice begins.

It'll all be here before you know it.

Until then, let us anticipate some of the top games from week six for the 2012 season.

Thursday

USC at Utah

The Trojans lost the Las Vegas Bowl to the Utes back in 2001 during Pete Carroll's first season in LA, even holding USC to just 6 points. That is the fewest points the Trojans have scored against an opponent since they were shutout at Washington in 1997.

Last year in Utah's first season in the Pac-12, USC came away victorious 23-14. The Utes will have their hands full again this year, as well as USC coming off a bye week, but they'll have a home crowd on their side.

Saturday

Nebraska at Ohio State

Similar to last week's Wisconsin vs. Nebraska game, it's pretty crazy to think that this is just the fourth meeting of the Cornhuskers and Buckeyes.

The Corn took last year's contest at home but now they have to enter the Horseshoe against a revitalized Ohio State team led by one Urban Meyer. Both teams will be coming off tough battles the week prior---Nebraska with the aforementioned Badgers and Ohio State with Michigan State.

Arkansas at Auburn

Here's a series that's been dead even (5-5-0) since 2002, with Arkansas winning comfortably last year 38-14. Two years prior, the world was introduced to current Hog quarterback Tyler Wilson as Ryan Mallett went down with injury. Arkansas gained 566 yards that day, almost 100 more yards than Auburn, and the eventual national champion Tigers piled on 65 points and a 22 point victory anyway.

Auburn will be coming off a game against the Bayou Bengals, while Arkansas will be coming from a visit to College Station.

Boise State at Southern Miss

These teams have played twice before in 2007 and 2008 (both Bronco wins) and this is likely Boise State's second toughest road game of the season. The Broncos will have already visited Spartan Stadium in East Lansing as well as hosted BYU so there's a decent chance they may have lost coming into this tilt.

Southern Miss visits Nebraska in week one, but will be coming straight off a game against Louisville before taking on the Broncos. This might be the one game that could keep Boise away from another BCS game.

Georgia at South Carolina

Georgia has a huge edge in this series and took 7 of 8 from 2002 to 2009, but the Bulldogs have lost the past two meetings to the Gamecocks.

South Carolina has a pretty easy road up until this game---visiting Vanderbilt and hosting Missouri are their toughest games---so they should have an advantage. Georgia's road isn't much tougher, but they do have to play Tennessee right before visiting South Carolina.

Georgia Tech at Clemson

Would you have believed that Georgia Tech has over twice as many victories than Clemson in this series, or that the Yellow Jackets have won 7 out of the past 9 meetings?

Last year, Georgia Tech handed eventual ACC champion Clemson their first league loss and the Tigers faltered a couple weeks later against NC State as well. The Yellow Jackets have lost 3 of the last 4 at Clemson though, so another win over the Tigers won't be easy.

LSU at Florida

It was all LSU early and often last year as the Tigers put a 30-point whoopin' on the Gators in Deaf Valley. That was the second worst loss Florida ever suffered to LSU.

This year might be a little more competitive as Florida only faces a couple challanges (A&M, Tennessee) before coming into this game off a bye week. LSU might as well be coming off a bye as well, as they play Towson the week before this.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

North Carolina scored a couple 4th quarter touchdowns last year but the Hokies held on for the 3-point win. Tech's also won the last two meetings as well as 7 out of the past 8.

This will be the Hokies third road game in a month while North Carolina will be playing their third straight home game. The Tar Heels also have a very easy early season schedule leading up to this game.

West Virginia at Texas

These two new conference members have only played once before in 1956, and the Mountaineers won that in an offensive shootout 7-6. That was back when Texas really sucked and the season before Darrell Royal took over in Austin and changed the Longhorns losing ways.

This should be a great matchup of West Virginia's electric offense versus that stingy and aggressive Texas defense.

Which games are you looking forward to?

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