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2023 college football Week 6 picks against the spread, betting odds, trends: Vegas insider reveals picks

The final Big 12 version of the Red River Showdown unfolds Saturday at noon ET as No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 3 Texas meet at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in one of the biggest matchups on the Week 6 college football schedule. The rivalry will shift to the SEC next season and beyond when both teams make the move, but for this matchup, Texas is a 6.5-point favorite in the Week 6 college football odds via SportsLine consensus. Other Week 6 college football lines of note include No. 1 Georgia (-14.5) against No. 20 Kentucky, No. 23 LSU (-6.5) vs. Missouri, No. 10 Notre Dame (-6.5) against Louisville and No. 11 Alabama (-2.5) against Texas A&M.

It’s an extended slate this week with the action beginning on Wednesday, so where are the best values in the Week 6 college football lines? Before locking in any college football picks for Week 6 of the 2023 season, be sure to see the college football betting guide from legendary Vegas handicapper Bruce Marshall

For years Vegas-based Marshall was synonymous with The Gold Sheet, the famed sports betting newsletter. With a background in play-by-play work and sports information while in college, Marshall joined TGS in 1981 when hired by the legendary Mort Olshan and served as executive editor for many years. He now supplies his unique and colorful brand of football and basketball analysis to SportsLine members.

An in-demand guest on numerous sports talk radio and TV shows across the country, Bruce’s vast array of editorial work has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the New York Post and many other outlets. He has won various handicapping titles and also is working on several book projects.

Now, using his Tech Corner technique, Marshall has turned his attention to the latest college football odds for Week 6 and evaluated each matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top college football predictions for Week 6

One of the top college football picks Marshall is recommending for Week 6: No. 20 Kentucky (+14.5) covers at top-ranked Georgia in a 7 p.m. ET SEC East matchup on Saturday.

There’s still a long way to go, but this could be a critical matchup in the SEC East race. Every other team in the division has at least one loss, so these undefeated teams have the inside track. Kentucky’s 4-0 start could easily have been attributed to a light schedule, but its convincing 33-14 victory against Florida in Week 5 turned some heads.

Georgia has held serve in a 5-0 start, but has been underperforming Vegas expectations, going 0-5 against the spread. The Bulldogs have fallen behind against both SEC opponents thus far and they likely won’t be able to do that and pick up a cover against the confident Wildcats. Both teams rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense as well, so Marshall likes Kentucky to cover and for the Under (48.5) to hit.

“Mark Stoops is 6-1 in last seven vs. spread as a regular-season underdog,” Marshall told SportsLine. “Kirby Smart is 0-5 vs. line to begin 2023.” See which other picks to make here

How to make college football picks for Week 6

Marshall has evaluated every other matchup and he’s found an alarming 14-4 spread trend that makes one side a huge value on Saturday. Get betting analysis for each matchup at SportsLine.

So what college football picks can you make with confidence, and what alarming 14-4 trend gives one side an edge on Saturday? Check out the latest college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams to back, all from the legendary Vegas expert who has won multiple handicapping titles, and find out.

College football odds for top Week 6 games 

See full Week 6 college football picks at SportsLine.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Jacksonville State vs. MTSU (-3.5, 51.5)

FIU vs. New Mexico State (-5, 51)

Thursday, Oct. 5

Sam Houston vs. Liberty (-19, 47.5)

Western Kentucky vs. Louisiana Tech (+6, 59.5)

Friday, Oct. 6

Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State (+10.5, 55)

Nebraska vs. Illinois (-3.5, 44.5)

Saturday, Oct. 7

Maryland vs. Ohio State (-18, 55.5)

LSU vs. Missouri (+6.5, 63)

Oklahoma vs. Texas (-5, 59.5)

Washington State vs. UCLA (-3.5, 59)

Virginia Tech vs. Florida State (-25.5, 53)

Syracuse vs. UNC (-9, 58)

Alabama vs. Texas A&M (+2.5, 50)

Kentucky vs. Georgia (-14.5, 48.5)

Notre Dame vs. Louisville (+6.5, 52.5)

Michigan vs. Minnesota (+20.5, 47.5)

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss (-10.5, 62.5)

Georgia Tech vs. Miami (-21, 59.5)

Fresno State vs. Wyoming (+6.5, 47)

Oregon State vs. California (+9.5, 53)

Arizona vs. USC (-22, 72)

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