Week Seven Predictions
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There is no shortage of excitement on the slate for this weekend - good grief! #12 Michigan will host the biggest of all as the Big House will be on fire cheering for their Wolverines against rival #7 Michigan State. That will be as intense as it gets. The Big-10 has another Top 20 matchup, as well, as #17 Iowa faces #20 Northwestern...Down South, #6 LSU welcomes in #8 Florida, while #10 Alabama looks to get back into the national scene against #9 Texas A&M....The Playoff picture will become clearer - and cloudier at the same time - after the carnage of this weekend!
Here are my picks for the games of week 7.....
#18 UCLA (4-1) at #15 Stanford (4-1) - This one went down last night and everyone in the Pick'em Contest will get a freebie here....56-35 Stanford
#7 Michigan State (6-0) at #12 Michigan (5-1) - Oh boy. This is a BIGGIE. If you're a Michigan fan, you've been waiting for this forever. You finally have a good coach who can challenge rivals MSU and OSU, and you get one of them at home when your team is rolling. As we all know, a big part of college football is emotion, and the UM crowd in the Big House will be out of control. Harbaugh will have his boys ready, and Michigan will jump back into the Top 10 - just 7 weeks into the Jim Harbaugh era. Michigan, 36-24.
Oregon (3-3) at Washington (3-2) - You will see the Ducks bounce back here and get back off the ground. The talent is there, not really sure what has happened in Eugene but I still think they are probably better than Washington. We shall see. Oregon, 33-27.
Arizona State (4-2) at #4 Utah (5-0) - With a dream season in progress, Utah must really focus here. In fact, I am going to go with my upset special of the week and pick the visitors. ASU has 2 ugly losses but I know they can still play. I am on the Ute bandwagon, so this is weird, but I am going Sun Devils. Arizona State, 28-24.
West Virginia (3-2) at #2 Baylor (5-0) - I like the 'Neers, but on Baylor's home field I think the Bears get the offense going and WVU is back to the drawing boards. HC Dana Holgerson is currently 16-20 in the Big 12 in his 4th season. Is the seat getting hot?? It might be after this one. Baylor, 47-17.
#19 Oklahoma (4-1) at Kansas State (3-2) - I usually always go home team when I cannot decide, but I am going to go with the vistors here and pick OU to bounce back from the Texas loss. Now that Bob Stoops has his loss, he can go on to a pretty darned good year just no national hardware. Oklahoma, 36-31.
Boston College (3-3) at #5 Clemson (5-0) - With a .500 record and a dismal offense, many Clemson fans are going ahead and putting a win over BC in the history books. But I'm telling you right now - that is the last thing they should be thinking. The Eagles' offense is bad - this we know - but the defense the Eagles bring in is top-rated in the nation and will give Deshaun Watson and crew all they want. Yes, I think the Tigers prevail to go to 6-0, but I am scared to death over this one. BC has pulled some major league upsets over the years. Clemson, 20-10.
Louisville (2-3) at #11 Florida State (5-0) - The Cards will be playing with a nothing-to-lose attitude and should be loose and excited for their first visit to Tallahassee as an ACC member. They are a year or two away from being a big-time factor in the league, but for now they are struggling to maintain a .500 record. They will challenge the 'Noles for 3 quarters before a late FSU surge puts them away. Florida State, 30-17.
Virginia Tech (3-3) at Miami (3-2) - When these two programs joined the ACC, the thought was that they would battle not only for the Coastal title each year, but also for national hardware. VT had a nice run for a while in the mid 2000's, but Miami has not been much of a factor in the league race in any of their 10 seasons so far. Again this year they meet with not many outside the ACC giving notice. Going home team - Golden gets lucky. Miami, 33-21.
#8 Florida (6-0) at #6 LSU (5-0) - I am all about the turnaround in Gainesville, but I think the Gators will take their first loss here. Both of these teams are talented and have many dudes that will play in the NFL, but just like any one with 2 eyes can see, Leonard Fournette is just on another level and will most-likely be the difference in this one - even if he is a distraction only. Tiger Stadium will be rocking! LSU, 27-20.
#10 Alabama (5-1) at #9 Texas A&M (5-0) - This is the time of year that Nick Saban starts jockeying his team for the postseason. He has his work cut out this year, but it is all still on the table. Win the West, win the SEC, most-likely get in the Playoff. A&M is good, but Bama was lights out in Athens and that is what I am seeing again here. Alabama, 37-20.
#17 Iowa (6-0) at #20 Northwestern (5-1) - This is a Big-10 battle that is flying under the radar because of UM-MSU and some big games down South. But this is a big one. Iowa looks to build on what could be a special season while Northwestern looks to rebound from a massacre last week to Michigan. The winner of this has a good shot at the Big-10 Title game. Iowa is favored by 2, but I'm going home team. Northwestern, 28-21.
Purdue (1-5) at Wisconsin (4-2) - Badgers. Big. This game was in the Pick'em because we needed a 15th game. Wisconsin, 40-13.
USC (3-2) at #14 Notre Dame (5-1) - There are problems abound in Los Angeles right now that even strong talent cannot overcome. The Irish should go in and get a win here. Quarterback DeShone Kizer is the real deal. I believe he will get it done as his freshman season becomes more and more impressive. Notre Dame, 30-20.
Penn State (5-1) at #1 Ohio State (6-0) - The Buckeyes haven't really been tested yet, and that will continue this weekend. Penn State still hasn't fully recovered from the Sandusky incident as far as quality talent on scholarship. I think they are a year or two away still. Ohio State rolls here to get ready for an easy stretch of 3 wins before Michigan and Michigan State to close out. Ohio State, 45-21.
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