5 College Football Games Worth Watching In Week 7
The Big Game
#8 Florida (6-0) at #6 LSU (5-0) – Saturday, October 17 (Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA)
The SEC’s been a bit of a mixed bag this year, but there are still three schools that make up the endangered species of the undefeated SEC college football squad. Leonard Fournette and his 1022 rushing yards will be a major factor as LSU (who are considered a six-and-a-half point favourite) host the 6-0 Florida Gators. Florida coach Jim McElwain has done a marvelous job of reviving the Gators and the excellent work his defense did on the road against Missouri should raise some LSU eyebrows. The stakes are high as a loss for either club will send them hurtling into the one loss school abyss.
Four More To Watch
#7 Michigan State (6-0) at #12 Michigan (5-1) – Saturday, October 17 (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI)
Michigan’s shaky start could have tainted the mystique of this exciting Week 7 state rivalry game, but the Wolverines turning things around in short order has amped up Saturday’s hype. #7 Michigan State survived a near upset against Rutgers last week and are need of a strong performance to knock off Michigan and push aside chatter that the Spartans have been underwhelming in 2015. After a little bit of line shuffling, Michigan has been tapped as a six-and-a-half point favourite at home, a status probably aided by Michigan’s 38-0 obliteration of Northwestern. Michigan State’s had this game in the bag the past while, winning six of the last seven Michigan-Michigan State showdowns.
#10 Alabama (5-1) at #9 Texas A&M (5-0) – Saturday, October 17 (Kyle Field, College Station, TX)
Are the Aggies legit? Here’s one heck of a way to find out. Undefeated Texas A&M are considered a three point home underdog as they take on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. Alabama’s been looking like a beast in their attempt to claw their way back into the playoff picture and their defense was strong in Bama’s 27-14 thumping of Arkansas. Texas A&M’s been no slouch on defense either and their improved play on that side of the ball has racked up 4.3 sacks-per-game against Power 5 conference competition. Is Texas A&M wins, they’re considered a legit playoff contender and Alabama is most likely KO’d in their national title aspirations.
#18 UCLA (4-1) at #15 Stanford (4-1) – Thursday, October 15 (Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA)
You could definitely do worse for a Thursday night game. The Pac-12 two best non-Utah schools will go helmet-to-helmet in the Golden State with a serious Top 25 drop likely facing the loser. Stanford’s looked superb after losing their season opener to Northwestern and has beaten every opponent by ten points or more in the action since then. Meanwhile, UCLA’s had a full bye week to absorb the heartbreak of losing to Arizona State last week. Can Bruins freshman QB Josh Rosen guide UCLA back to their winning ways? We look forward to seeing how it pans out. Oddsmakers currently have Stanford as a five point home favourite.
#17 Iowa (6-0) at #20 Northwestern (5-1) – Saturday, October 17 (Ryan Field, Evanston, IL)
After an exciting 5-0 start, Northwestern plummeted back to earth thanks to a 38-0 blowout loss courtesy of Michigan. Can undefeated Iowa inflict the same level of damage on their Big Ten rival? Possibly. The Hawkeyes are a slight single point favourite on a few Vegas lines (the rest have this game as a pick ’em) and this contest marks the school’s toughest test so far in 2015. Aside from the Michigan game, Northwestern’s kept opposing offenses mostly in check this year. That attribute will be put to the test against an Iowa rushing attack that enjoyed Jordan Canzeri notching 256 yards and 2 TDs versus Illinois.
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