Week Seven Predictions
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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Are we already halfway through the regular season? Sheesh, where has the time gone? Alabama is still number one, Georgia is number seven (with a loss), and Michigan is number 18 (without a loss)...Ah, the craziness of college football...I am at 81% on the year with my picks, still dreaming of my first Pick'em Contest Title....
Here are my predictions for the games of week seven:
#25 Missouri (5-0) at #7 Georgia (4-1) - 12:00 - ESPN - This game is getting a lot of press as if Mizzou is going to come into Athens and ruin UGA's national title hopes (with a loss already, and many teams still without a loss, UGA sure does get a lot of love in those talks...). But despite the fact that the Tigers are getting plenty of respect entering this game, I think Georgia is much stronger. Being at home, as well, I think the Dawgs control Missouri's James Franklin and crew, and Aaron Murray leads his depleted offensive unit to many scores. Georgia, 37-24.
Pitt (3-1) at #24 Virginia Tech (5-1) - 12:00 - ESPNU - The Hokies haven't had much to gobble about in recent seasons, but they seem to have put together a pretty good squad here in 2013 and are making some noise. After an opening loss to Alabama that was really decided on great special teams play on Bama's part, Virginia Tech has won five games straight, including two ACC Coastal games (GT and UNC). The VT defense is twelfth nationally at 16 ppg...Pitt, meanwhile, has done little to impress me. They gave up 55 points to Duke and beat a lousy Virginia team by eleven. I will go with Virginia Tech in this one to get to 3-0 in conference play. Virginia Tech, 27-13.
#12 Oklahoma (5-0) vs Texas (3-2) - 12:00 - ABC - Not a soul is picking Texas in this game - so I will. Here is my upset pick of the week, the Horns over the Sooners. Oklahoma has a better record and better stats, but the marquee win that is getting them this love is a road win over Notre Dame - take that with a grain of salt. Texas, meanwhile, has been beaten up in the press because of two early losses. All in all, UT isn't that bad of a team, the main problem in Austin is that the fans there expect to win every single game, every single year. I think the Longhorns play with an enormous chip on their shoulder and pull the upset. Texas, 27-24.
Nebraska (4-1) at Purdue (1-4) - 12:00 - Big Ten Network - Alright Huskers, here is another Bo Pelini test (ok, ok, so every week from now on he is under the microscope). Can Pelini show the Boilermakers the way football is supposed to be played? Or will Purdue rise up at home for a big name and defend home-field? With a record of 1-4, there are obviously some issues at Purdue. Nebraska must go in and be the better team and get a Big Ten win. It is a game like this that could cost Pelini his job if he were to slip up and lose...and it will be stressful. Nebraska, 35-27.
#14 South Carolina (4-1) at Arkansas (3-3) - 12:21 - ESPN3.com - Gamecock fans, go ahead and start hatin' on me now, for here is my upset pick of the week...almost! Arkansas has lost three in a row under first-year Head Coach Bret Bielema, but nothing lasts forever. South Carolina comes into this SEC road game with several distractions, most obviously Jadaveon Clowney's "will he play or won't he play" situation on defense. I am super tempted to pick Arkansas in a season-changing type of win. But I can also see Clowney playing with his hair on fire to shut everybody up. I'm going with South Carolina, but I am not overly confident in this pick. South Carolina, 30-24.
Boston College (3-2) at #3 Clemson (5-0) - 3:30 - ABC regional - If you are a Clemson fan longing for that huge season, it is games like this that scare you to death. Before 80,000 fans' very eyes, a great season could come to a crash if BC is able to do the impossible and win in Death Valley. And while the possibility of dang near anything exists in college football, I think it would take a major disaster for CU to lose at home Saturday. The talk all week from both players and coaches is that BC is priority number one. I will take Dabo's word for it and count on Tajh Boyd's senior leadership to get this done. Clemson, 46-10.
#15 Baylor (4-0) at Kansas State (2-3) - 3:30 - FOX - The Bears have been lighting up scoreboards like never before scoring 69, 70, 70 and 73 points in their first four games! At Kansas State Saturday, they may reach another high number. I know Bill Snyder is one of the best coaches in the game, but I just don't think he has left himself much to work with this season. I see Baylor getting another win here, even if they don't score 70 points. Baylor, 43-17.
#17 Florida (4-1) at #10 LSU (5-1) - 3:30 - CBS - This could be the game of the day right here. LSU has suddenly turned into an offensive machine (ninth nationally at 45 ppg) as Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron has made Zach Mettenberger (1,738 yards and 15 TDs, two INTs) into a quality player. Florida, who for years was known for offense, now depends on its defense to stay in these SEC battles. The Gators are fourth nationally at twelve ppg given up. Can the Gator defense limit the LSU offense? I think they do...some. But I think the Tigers - at home in Tiger Stadium - are too tall of a task. LSU, 31-21.
#19 Northwestern (4-1) at Wisconsin (3-2) - 3:30 - ABC regional - I am big on Northwestern and the way they can combine academics and athletics. They lost in a good game last week to Ohio State in a contest that surely took a lot out of them (Gameday show was there...tough, physical battle). This week I see them going down again. Wisconsin has two losses, but one of them was a screw job by the PAC-12 refs. I think the Badgers are a solid team like always, and that the visiting Wildcats will suffer loss number two in Camp-Randall Stadium. Wisconsin, 35-21.
#2 Oregon (5-0) at #16 Washington (4-1) - 4:00 - FOX - This game is getting a lot of hype, but I think the Ducks let them have it good. I respect the turn around that is going on in Seattle and I think UW is going to be in the PAC-12 top tier in the coming years. But despite the close loss (and good showing) at Stanford a week ago, I think Oregon will hit 'em hard and hit 'em fast. QB Marcus Mariotta is absolutely the real deal and until I see someone play Oregon close, I am going to pick them big each week. Oregon, 42-21.
#18 Michigan (5-0) at Penn State (3-2) - 5:00 - ESPN - I said it last week and I will say it again: I can't believe Michigan is unbeaten and barely in the top 20. Voters are just dead stuck on that Akron scare. Penn State is so-so in 2013 and Michigan needs to make a statement here. A road win at depleted PSU isn't going to change the world, but it would put UM at 6-0 and that is a hard record to ignore. The Lions lost bad at Indiana last week, giving up 44 points, so there are clearly issues on defense. Devon Gardner must capitalize at QB and put up some eye-catching points. That isn't Big Ten Style, but it will need to happen at some point if Michigan is going to get into the national picture. Michigan, 30-17.
#5 Stanford (5-0) at Utah (3-2) - 6:00 - PAC-12 Network - The Utes have a chance here to shake up the top five as they welcome in a solid, but yet to be proven great, Stanford team. The last time we saw Utah they were giving UCLA all they wanted. Can they do the same this week but actually close the deal? I don't know. Stanford has been one of the better teams in the nation over the past three seasons and it is very hard to pick against them. For the sake of interest in the top ten, I'd like to see an upset. But I think the Cardinal are too tough. Stanford, 38-28.
Georgia Tech (3-2) at BYU (3-2) - 7:00 - ESPNU - GT is a tricky team to defend, but then again, so is BYU - and they are at home. As is my norm, I will go with the home team when I do not know who to pick. The Jackets are too up-and-down to be depended on 2,000 miles away from home. The Cougars looked lights-out on their home field against Texas, and that is the vision I have in mind for this game. BYU, 36-27.
#9 Texas A&M (4-1) at Ole Miss (3-2) - 8:30 - ESPN - I'd like to pick Ole Miss here, but I am picturing Johnny Manziel running wild in the Rebel secondary. I think the home team scores some points on the Aggies, with wide outs Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief doing some damage hauling in Bo Wallace's passes, but I just don't know if Ole Miss can limit Manziel's production. This will be one of the more exciting games of the day to watch, and the best game on TV nationwide for that time slot. Texas A&M, 40-30.
Oregon State (4-1) at Washington State (4-2) - 10:30 - ESPNU - I look for the visiting Beavers to get their fifth-straight win here as they have been playing good football as of late. An opening loss to Eastern Washington spelled disaster, but four-straight wins have put confidence back in this team. Washington State has had a tougher road to this point, having played Stanford and Auburn (away). Those two games resulted in losses, but I think this team is pretty good. They will be a tough task for OSU, but I think the Beavers sneak off with a road win. Oregon State, 31-28.
* All times EST, all rankings AP
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