Welcome to week 7 of the college football season. Let’s start this week off with a fun fact. How long has it been since not one team from the state of Florida was ranked in the top 25? If you guessed since December 6, 1982, you are correct (and lucky or a savant). That’s a streak of 472 straight polls. And you thought Brett Favre’s games played streak was impressive!
Road tests are the common theme to the games this week. Fourteen teams ranked in the top 25 are playing on the road this week with 4 of them coming against ranked opponents. The Big Ten and Big 12 feature the most big time match-ups this week, with the Pac 12 getting into the action with a late, late game (at least for us East coasters).
As always, for channel numbers for a game in your area, please visit our TV Listings.
And onto the games….
Early Game to Watch: Michigan @ Michigan State (Noon ET)
Michigan State brings a 3-game winning streak into their game against big brother Michigan, but they haven’t won four straight against the Wolverines since the 1959-1962 seasons. To keep the streak alive, the offense, which is led by senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, is going to have to play better than they did against Ohio State. When Michigan has the ball, the Spartans will focus all of their attention trying to stop dynamic playmaker and Heisman Trophy hopeful Denard Robinson.
Other games to watch:
Baylor @ Texas A&M (Noon ET) (this game is on FX)
South Carolina @ Mississippi State (12:30 ET)
Purdue @ Penn State (Noon ET)
Mid-Day Game to Watch: Oklahoma State @ Texas (3:30pm ET)
After taking a beating at the hands of the Sooners last week, Texas now faces the other top ten team from Oklahoma. Texas historically has owned this series, winning 22 of the past 25 games, but the Cowboys did go into Austin last year and secure a 33-16 victory. Quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon might be the best QB/WR combo in the country. For those of you that have never seen Blackmon play, make sure you tune in for at least a series or two, this guy is the real deal. Texas must forget what happened last week and get back on track offensively. David Ash and Case McCoy will share the quarterback job once again and both will most like have to play big to keep up with the Cowboys high-powered offense.
Other games to watch:
Ohio State @ Illinois (3:30pm ET)
LSU @ Tennessee (3:30pm ET)
Georgia Tech @ Virginia (3:30pm ET)
Late Game to Watch: Arizona State @ Oregon (10:15pm ET)
A 10:15 start time on the East coast? No wonder there’s always a bias in the polls for the SEC teams. But this one should be worth staying up late for. The big question in this one, will Oregon be playing without Heisman front runner LaMichael James? Oregon isn’t telling, but my gut says he’ll be sidelined for at least a few weeks. With him out, Oregon won’t be as dynamic on offense. They’ll lean on running back Kenjon Barner and quarterback Darron Thomas to keep the fast break offense moving. For Arizona State, 6’8” quarterback Brock Osweiler is hoping this start goes better than his previous start @Oregon, when he was knocked out of the game with an injury. Look for him to put the ball in the air about 50 times in an effort to outscore Oregon.
Other games to Watch:
Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest (6:30pm ET)
Kansas State @ Texas Tech (7:00pm ET)
Florida @ Auburn (7:00pm ET)
Alabama @ Ole Miss (6:00pm ET)
What are you watching this week?
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