Week 7 Preview

Week 7 comes on the heels of two straight weeks of 6 ranked matchups. Although it’s not quite on that same level, this week has plenty of intriguing matchups of its own. Let’s get to it!

(Quick note from Gavin – I am a bit behind on my posts this week so I’ll just make my picks and let Scott cover the analysis. Thanks Scott!)

Games of Note:

#22 Baylor @ #24 Texas Tech

Scott- In a series that has seen plenty of extended win streaks on both sides, the Bears have taken the last two matchups to reclaim the all-time series 39-38-1. TTU has looked extremely strong under Matt Wells, featuring a 4-1 record with the only loss coming at the hands of Iowa State by one point. Baylor is coming off a bye after getting drubbed by Oklahoma in Norman. This should be a close one, but I like the Bears to bounce back and take down the nation’s 3rd ranked offense. Baylor 38, Texas Tech 32

Gavin- Texas Tech 42, Baylor 35

UCF @ Memphis

Scott- Both of these teams have had up and down throughout the season, but the goal remains for both programs to win the American and get the New Years’ Six bowl berth for the Group of 5. I would have to think only the winner has the inside track at achieving that. These teams have been involved in some classics over the last few seasons, but they all have fallen the way of the Knights. Give me the Tigers to break the streak. Memphis 42, UCF 35

Gavin- UCF 31, Memphis 24

#23 Iowa @ #5 Penn State

Scott- This might be the perfect spot for Iowa. Okay, well if it was #KinnickAtNight, it might be the actual perfect spot, but this ain’t bad for being a heavy underdog. Iowa is coming off of a brutal beating by the Buckeyes, and surely has to be better on both sides of the ball. Penn State faces those same Buckeyes next week in probably the game of the year in the Big Ten. Will PSU be able to stay focused? It is an early kick in Happy Valley, and the Lions might sleepwalk through part of this one. Keep in mind Iowa is no slouch. Penn State will pull it out, but look a bit shaky in the process. Penn State 27, Iowa 21

Gavin- Iowa 24, Penn State 21

#8 Georgia @ Missouri

Scott- Two teams on three game win streaks matchup in this one. Mizzou is looking for a little respect nationally after their 5-1 start. Defeating UGA would do more than enough to help. Could Georgia have a big letdown after a huge win last week? I don’t think so. Tigers get exposed, and Georgia’s defense stifles yet another opponent. Georgia 27, Missouri 3

Gavin- Georgia 35, Missouri 10

#7 Texas A&M @ #9 Auburn

Scott- In the game of the week two national title contenders face off in a monster game in the SEC West. Auburn really needs a victory after last week’s crushing overtime defeat at the hands of Georgia. They return home to Jordan-Hare to face the undefeated Aggies who have demolished everyone they’ve faced so far. TAMU has the #2 offense and #3 defense in the country in terms of points. Auburn is no doubt the toughest test thus far, but if the Aggies can escape, it is very realistic to see a 10-0 squad heading to Tuscaloosa. Auburn is not to be taken lightly though. This should be a classic. Auburn 28, Texas A&M 27

Gavin- Auburn 25, Texas A&M 21

#13 Oregon @ #17 California

Scott- Cal has bounced back from an early loss to TCU to win four straight to get to 5-1 on the season, featuring two wins over ranked opponents. Oregon has looked solid since the drubbing at the hands of the Buckeyes. Oregon has won 10 of 11 against the Bears, and I think the Duck defense flexes its muscles and contains the hot Cal offense. Look for Kayvon Thibodeaux to eat up the Bears’ offensive line. Oregon 30, California 14

Gavin- Oregon 42, Cal 28

#16 Oklahoma @ #15 Iowa State

Scott- The Cyclones are one of the few teams in the Big XII that has really given Lincoln Riley and the Sooners fits over the last few years. All of a sudden, a big win over OK State for ISU and a Red River Rivalry loss for OU leaves the Cyclones as the higher rated team here. Iowa State is red hot, but I think the Sooners have something to prove here. Brock Purdy keeps ISU in the game, but too much firepower from Oklahoma. Oklahoma 45, Iowa State 34

Gavin- Oklahoma 38, Iowa State 24

#10 Michigan @ #12 Minnesota

Scott- I am fascinated by this matchup. The Gophers looked dominant all season before getting spanked by the rival Badgers in Madison last weekend. How will Fleck and co. attempt to right the ship. The Wolverines are no easy task, and they in fact beat Wisconsin last month. That game was in Ann Arbor, but Michigan still believes they could win the division, and they are in the top 10 for a reason. The winner gets the Little Brown Jug. Barring complete chaos, the loser is eliminated from playoff contention. Huge stakes in the Twin Cities. I’m rowing the boat. Minnesota 35, Michigan 26

Gavin- Michigan 24, Minnesota 17

Upset Picks:

Scott- South Florida @ Temple

I have no clue where the American race is headed this year, and I legitimately think 8-9 teams could win the conference. USF is enjoying a fantastic bounceback season thus far, featuring two wins over ranked opponents. Temple has been inconsistent at times, but strong overall. The Owls barely escaped UMass last week, and I think that will serve as a wakeup call to Rod Carey’s team. This game gets their season back on track. Temple 28, South Florida 20

Gavin- Kansas State @ TCU

After a big loss for the horned frogs last week, K-state smells blood in the water. Kansas State 35, TCU 28

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