College Football: Five Games to Watch in Week Seven
On the surface, this appears to be a solid week of college football action. Each of the Power Five conferences has a marquee game this week. The Big Ten and Pac 12, especially.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FIVE GAMES TO WATCH
Georgia @ LSU, 2:30 pm CBS
LSU is coming off of a difficult loss to Florida. The Bayou Bengals made several mistakes that brought their perfect season to an end. For the first time, QB Joe Burrow looked rattled. The Tigers are going to have to re-focus and heal up if they want to pull an upset this week.
Georgia has just been going through the motions the last few weeks and still blowing its opponents out. The emergence of RB Elijah Holyfield has been vital. Everyone pegged D’Andre Swift as the breakout backfield star. However, Holyfield has led the Dawgs in rushing 5/6 games with 439 yards on the season.
I expect a grueling battle for three quarters, but Georgia should pull away late.
Washington @ Oregon, 2:30 pm ABC/ESPN2
Pac-12 North supremacy is on the line in Eugene. Washington has been grinding out wins since their season-opening defeat to Auburn. The Huskies defense, led by the 74 tackles of Ben Burr-Kirven, has been tremendous. They will need another big performance this week.
The Ducks can score. Junior quarterback Justin Herbert is the favorite to be the top QB selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Herbert will have to dice up one of the best secondaries in the nation to get Oregon a win.
Michigan State @ Penn State, 2:30 pm BTN
This season has not gone as expected for the Spartans. After the early game scare to Utah State, Michigan State lost games to Arizona State and Northwestern. Junior QB Brian Lewerke has underperformed. Lewerke has thrown six interceptions so far in 2018 with only six TDs.
Penn State has to have this game to stay in the Big Ten East race. The Nittany Lions were off last week so they should be prepared. Trace McSorley needs to be more accurate with the football.
West Virginia @ Iowa State, 6 pm FS1
This game has a trap-like feel for the Mountaineers. West Virginia has the firepower to outgun the Cyclones. This game is the last potential slip up before they hit the meat of the schedule in November. If the Big 12 is going to represented in the College Football Playoff, WVU needs a win here.
Iowa State has been a slight disappointment in Matt Campbell’s third season. After shocking the conference last year, the Cyclones have dealt with several injury issues. This especially rings true at the QB position. David Montgomery will need a big game to see an upset in Ames.
Wisconsin @ Michigan, 6:30 pm ABC
I am still trying to figure out how Wisconsin lost to BYU at home. That game may end up being the biggest head-scratcher of the season. The Badgers should not be challenged by anyone in the B1G West, but they can play a huge role in the East division.
For the Wolverines, QB Shea Patterson is starting to look more comfortable in Jim Harbaugh’s offense. Michigan may play one of the most difficult back half schedules in the nation. They will need everything Patterson has.
What is your favorite matchup in college football this week? Let us know in the comments!
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