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College Football Betting: Week 6

It never takes that long for one university's hot seat to cause distraction at another school. So not too long after Southern Cal athletic director Pat Haden dismissed Lane Kiffin from his head coaching duties, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's name was immediately linked to the USC vacancy.

No. 5 Stanford (4-0, 2-0 in Pac-12 play) is -6.5 at 5Dimes against the Huskies (4-0, 1-0 in Pac-12 play). And this isn't the best time to have such rumors and distractions for the 15th-ranked Huskies, as they head to Palo Alto for a huge conference showdown. Stanford has won six of the last eight meetings, and has covered four of the last five.

Rather than dancing around the rumors, Sarkisian reportedly addressed the situation during a team meeting on Monday morning. What he said remains a mystery, as he declined to comment to the media about "hypothetical scenarios."

There's nothing hypothetical about how balanced they are, and that it'll be the Cardinal's stiffest test to date. Washington - which has wins over Boise State, Illinois, Idaho State, and Arizona - brings the nation's fifth-best offense to Northern California, and the 13th-ranked stop unit. The Huskies are outscoring their opponents by 29 points - an average of 39.8-10.8 - and run fourth in the nation with their scoring defense.

In the Big Ten, No. 4 Ohio State visits No. 16 Northwestern. The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 in Big Ten play) are laying -5.5 to Northwestern (4-0). Ohio State held off Wisconsin last week to stay undefeated, and the Buckeyes are the only team in the country to enter the sixth week of the season with five victories. Northwestern had a bye last Saturday as it heads into its first Big Ten contest. The Buckeyes have won and covered four straight meetings.

Other intriguing matchups this Saturday include No. 25 Maryland at No. 8 Florida State, which opened -17 and has been bet down to -15; and 22nd-ranked Arizona State against Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, where the Sun Devils opened -6.5 and are now down to -5.