This Weekend in College Football: Week 7

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Michigan @ Indiana (ABC): Somehow everyone forgot last weekend as Michigan’s offense looked hapless against Michigan State that this was supposed to be Michigan’s rebuilding year. I suspect now with a more porous Indiana defense they’ll suddenly look a lot more competent.
  • South Carolina @ Tennessee (ESPN): The season figures to continue to go off the rails for Butch Jones and company, though in fairness to him he seems to be a pretty earnest guy? I mean, he’s probably going to be an earnest guy without a job soon, but still.
  • Florida State @ Duke (ESPN2): FSU should improve from “the best 1-3 team in the country” to “the best 2-3 team in the country” after this.
  • Texas Christian @ Kansas State (FS1): Weird stuff can happen when it involves K-State, but I think this version of the Wildcats just lacks the offensive power to keep up.
  • Texas Tech @ West Virginia (ESPNU): Here’s a real measuring stick for WVU to figure out the hierarchy of Big 12 teams. The only point of comparison is that TTU beat Kansas worse, which, sure, that seems as reasonable as anything.
  • Connecticut @ Temple (ESPNEWS): Temple’s not good or anything, but they’re better than UConn.
  • Brigham Young @ Mississippi State (SEC): This version of BYU is just too offensively limited, but they may still get to 6-6 with their schedule after this. The key word being “after”.
  • Kansas @ Iowa State (FSN/RSN): Cyclones.
  • Rutgers @ Illinois (BTN): AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Also, uh, Illinois?
  • Eastern Michigan @ Army (CBSS): I’d say Army is looking pretty good so far on the year, and with a win here they’ll be most of the way to bowl eligibility.
  • North Carolina State @ Pittsburgh (ACC/RSN): This Pitt is a long, long way from last year’s memes.

12:20: Boston College @ Louisville (ACC): Lamar Jackson is still one of the best players in college football. Hopefully folks remember in a month or two.

3:30:

  • Georgia Tech @ Miami (ABC): And we’re back. An off-week is a little more welcome at this point, lets some people get another week of healing in (in particular, Clinton Lynch has yet to really look like Clinton Lynch). The real interesting part is where Miami is after for. For most of the past 5-6 seasons Miami was good for a two week funk after losing the FSU game. Now that they’ve won, now that they’ve climbed the hill, how well will they come out? Will Year 2 Mark Richt also make a difference in the attitude of the team? Ultimately, I think this one will come down to where Miami is mentally.
  • Auburn @ Louisiana State (CBS): Hard to see how Auburn’s offense won’t just run circles around LSU.
  • Oklahoma vs. Texas (@Dallas, TX; ESPN): Late kick for the Red River Whatever You Want to Call It. I still like “Shootout”, but I’ll accept any other alternative as long as it’s not “Rivalry” and especially if it’s humorous, like “The Red River Respectful Disagreement”. Anyway, I like Baker Mayfield and company to get their mojo back.
  • Northwestern @ Maryland (ESPN2): Goin’ with the Terps here.
  • Baylor @ Oklahoma State (FS1): Pokies.
  • Vanderbilt @ Mississippi (SEC): Avoid at all costs. Vandy, I guess?
  • Purdue @ Wisconsin (BTN): Purdue is back and exciting, but this feels like they’re going to run into a brick wall. Made of beef. Look, it makes sense, okay?
  • Akron @ Western Michigan (CBSS): Western Michigan is still actually kinda good.
  • Virginia @ North Carolina (ACC/RSN): UNC somehow dodged NCAA sanctions, but I still don’t like them against a rapidly improving Virginia team.

3:45: Navy @ Memphis (ESPNU): This may secretly be one of the most interesting games of the day. I still like Navy here, but the contrast in styles figures to be fun to watch.

4:00:

  • Houston @ Tulsa (ESPNEWS): This Tulsa, yeah, no.
  • Colorado @ Oregon State (Pac12): Well, one of these teams just had their coach resign essentially because their coach wasn’t feeling it, so, uh, Buffs.

6:30: Middle Tennessee State @ Alabama-Birmingham (beIN): GO BLAZERS! I mean, they probably won’t win, but seriously.

7:00:

  • Texas A&M @ Florida (ESPN2): I think this game could result one of the biggest narrative shifts of the day. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot pressure on Jim McElwain at Florida right now, at least outside of the disgruntled Florida fans I follow. Meanwhile, folks are figuring that Kevin Sumlin is as good at TAMU. I like A&M to win here and shift the narrative.
  • East Carolina @ Central Florida (CBSS): UCF looks neigh unstoppable. For reference, they play South Florida on November 24th.

7:15: Arkansas @ Alabama (ESPN): Speaking of narratives and neigh unstoppable… yeah, Bama continues to roll.

7:30:

  • Ohio State @ Nebraska (FS1): Hey Urbz, it’s actually a 6:30 kick out in Nebraska, so it’s not that late! Seriously, though, the Buckeyes seem to have their groove back, then again, the schedule got seriously easier after Oklahoma. I figure that trend will continue.
  • Cincinnati @ South Florida (ESPNU): USF looks neigh unstoppable. For reference, they play Central Florida on November 24th.
  • Missouri @ Georgia (SEC): Mizzou came close against Kentucky last week, but… Georgia is not Kentucky. Unfortunately.

8:00:

  • Utah @ Southern California (ABC): USC is not a juggernaut, but they’re better than Utah. Then again, relative talent levels don’t seem to matter a whole much to Utah. I still think the Trojans will win, but it won’t be easy.
  • Michigan State @ Minnesota (BTN): Both these teams are improving, but the Gophers figure to remain winless in Big Ten play.

9:00: California-Los Angeles @ Arizona (Pac12): I still don’t, uh, believe in Arizona? If that makes any sense. Not that UCLA inspires any amount of belief, and it’s on the road so, uh, Beardown I guess?

10:15: Nevada @ Colorado State (ESPN2): Not Nevada’s year this year, going with the Rams.

10:30: Boise State @ San Diego State (CBSS): I like the Aztecs to pass their biggest test here.

10:45: Washington @ Arizona State (ESPN): UDub figures out put somewhat more than 3 points in this road contest.

11:00: Oregon @ Stanford (FS1): Oregon is improved, but I don’t see them stopping Bryce Love.

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