College Football Schedule This Week | 2022 Week 6
Utah–UCLA leads off our picks for the best college football games this week.
College football firing season starts earlier every year, but Sunday’s news that Wisconsin had fired head coach Paul Chryst was a surprise even by silly season’s standards.
Although the Badgers dropped three major games this season by grisly margins, Chryst still had a perfectly respectable 67–26 overall record. But after Wisconsin’s recent trend of early season struggles continued into this season, Chryst became the latest coach to get the fired-coach special: $11 million to leave out the back door.
Whether a school’s firing a coach, souring on a coach, or looking for reasons to push them into traffic (shoutout to Auburn coach Bryan Harsin, who’s googling “ways to spend $16 million” while boosters drop pianos on him like a Tom & Jerry episode), the throughline’s usually the same: we’re ready for someone fresh.
This trend isn’t new—ESPN’s Bill Connelly coined the term Glen Mason Territory (GMT) after the Minnesota coach who peaked with one 10-win season in the 2000s and got fired three years later.
But thanks to the amount of money in play these days, coaches are approaching the GMT faster than ever. Look no further than Michigan State (2–3) and Texas A&M (3–2), who’ve struggled this season despite having coaches worth a combined $190 million—disgruntled fans are already sharpening their pitchforks.
At the same time, it’s basically Monopoly money all the way down when conferences are collecting a small country’s GDP on media deals. If your school brings in nearly $100 million annually and you dislike a coach, what’s another $10 million if it means you can get a new one?
(This is usually a horrible way to run a business! But when you’re running the company store and issuing the scrip, finances become anything you want them to be.)
But one of the nice things about firing season is the fact that every school and fan’s ultimately scratching the same lottery ticket. Sometimes, you get the jackpot! And sometimes, your splashy new coach gets fired after they cause a player mutiny. If you’re a fan of a team that’s entering hiring season, remember this credo that applies whether you’re newly single or an athletic director preparing to sack your coach: you may think you want to be out here, but sometimes, the best you gonna get is what you already got.
For this week’s edition of the CableTV.com College Football Watch Guide, let’s break down Week 6’s best games.
CableTV.com Game of the Week: #11 Utah at #18 UCLA
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there were no second acts in American life, which proves two things: politics would’ve made his head explode, and he never met a football coach like UCLA’s Chip Kelly.
It’s been nearly a decade since Chip Kelly and “coaching savant” have been in the same sentence, but this year’s UCLA team has been beating opponents as thoroughly as Kelly’s old Oregon squads. The Bruins are led by senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who regularly makes opponents look like bumbling cartoon henchmen on the field:
Meanwhile, the Utes have followed their close Week 1 loss against Florida with four consecutive wins by a 184–43 margin. Utah also plays USC next week, and if they can pull off wins against both Los Angeles schools, slot them in as one of the Pac-12’s best playoff candidates.
#17 TCU at #19 Kansas
Kansas is ranked for the first time in 15 years, everyone! We did it!
As a reward, the high-powered Kansas offense will face off against a TCU team coming off a sizable 55–24 win against Oklahoma. Our prediction: points, points, and more points.
UNLV at San Jose State
The UNLV Rebels have typically been known for two things: a phenomenal Vegas-themed field and losing a lot of football games. But under head coach Marcus Arroyo, they’ve had a breakthrough season so far with conference wins against Utah State and New Mexico State along with a 4–1 record.
But San Jose State is no slouch, as they’ve sandwiched significant wins against Wyoming and Western Michigan against a narrow loss to Auburn. (If the Aztecs scored a few more points, Bryan Harsin could’ve been sipping cocktails in Oahu now.)
James Madison at Arkansas State
Most teams jumping to a major conference experience some growing pains, but James Madison passed their first five weeks in the Sun Belt with flying colors.
Along with being a perfect 5–0, the Dukes lead the conference in defense and points scored per game. They’ll face off against an Arkansas State team that followed a close loss against Old Dominion with a blowout win versus UL Monroe.
Best college football schedule this week
|UNLV at San Jose State||Friday, October 7||10:30 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Michigan at Indiana||Saturday, October 8||12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Tennessee at LSU||Saturday, October 8||12:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|TCU at Kansas||Saturday, October 8||12:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Texas at Oklahoma||Saturday, October 8||12:00 p.m.||ABC|
|Utah at UCLA||Saturday, October 8||3:30 p.m.||FOX|
|East Carolina at Tulane||Saturday, October 8||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|James Madison at Arkansas State||Saturday, October 8||7:00 p.m.||NFL Network|
|BYU at Notre Dame||Saturday, October 8||7:30 p.m.||FOX/Peacock|
|Florida State at NC State||Saturday, October 8||8:00 p.m.||ACCN|
Data effective as of post date.