Week Seven provides four top 25 matchups and two of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. This is going to be a good Saturday of action. I’ll be planted in front of the TV from noon on catching the action. I’ll only take a break from college football to watch some boxing later tonight (Go Jermain Taylor). Anyway, this blog is about the football action.
TOP FIVE GAMES OF THE WEEK
5. South Carolina (5-1) at Alabama (6-0) 7:45 ESPN
Steve Spurrier has his Gamecocks in the Top 25 and now wants to compete with the big boys. He gets his wish by taking on the Crimson Tide. South Carolina is much improved from last season and will give Alabama some early trouble, but the Tide have too much ability to run the football and stop the rush to be tripped up today.
PICK: Alabama 27-17
4. Iowa (6-0) at Wisconsin (5-1) 12:00 Big Ten
These two teams along with Penn St. and Ohio St. are the top of the Big Ten conference. This game will go a long way in determining the final conference standings. They are mirror images of each other. Tough defense, good running games, erratic QB play. I think you will see a low scoring defensive struggle, that isn’t decided until the fourth quarter. I think playing in Madison will be the difference.
PICK: Wisconsin 20-17
3. Virginia Tech (5-1) at Georgia Tech (5-1) 6:00 ESPN2
This is a huge game for the ACC title. Georgia Tech needs a win after dropping a game back in the conference loss column. I won’t even analyse the game since my pick is going to make no logical sense. based on what I’ve seen this year.
PICK: Georgia Tech 31-21
2. Southern Cal (4-1) at Notre Dame (4-1) 3:30 NBC
This game will not be the blowout that the last three games in this series have been. USC is just not explosive enough offensively to do that. They still will be able to run the football and control the clock. Jimmy Clausen will need some more of that late game magic he’s had this year to pull this one out. If he does, he just might win the Heisman today. Really.
PICK: USC 24-20
1. Oklahoma (3-2) vs. Texas (5-0) 12:00 ABC
Based on records this is a mismatch, but we all know it really isn’t. This Red River game will be closely contested. Oklahoma will want to show that losing to BYU and Miami by a combined two points is nothing embarrassing without Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, and Ryan Broyles. Two of those three are back for this game. Texas of course wants to keep their national title hopes alive. they are undefeated but have not looked invincible lately. Their running game has been non-existent. For the Longhorns to win the pressure is completely on Colt McCoy’s shoulders.
PICK: Oklahoma 31-24
Virginia (2-3) at Maryland (2-4) 4:00 ESPNU
Virginia is coming off two big wins in a row, while Maryland was defeated handily by Riley Skinner last week. Virginia QB Jameel Sewell presents a different challenge to the Maryland defense than Skinner. The Virginia D has been stifling in those two victories and Maryland is a little beat up.
PICK: Virginia 27-20
Navy (4-2) at Southern Methodist (3-2) 8:00
SMU got a big victory over East Carolina last week and will try to extend the winning feeling against the Midshipman. Navy won’t have as easy a time in Dallas as they did last week in Houston when they beat Rice 63-14. I still don’t think June Jones will be able to contain the triple option though. evidence by last years 34-7 Navy win. I expect a similar result with a little more SMU scoring.
PICK: Navy 38-21
Delaware (4-2) at Towson (2-3) 3:30
Towson got a nice conference win last week. New coach Rob Ambrose is instilling a new attitude in the Tigers. The Delaware team that comes to town this week is not as powerful as some Blue Hens of the past, but is still a tough foe for Towson. I expect Penn State transfer Pat Devlin to have a big game.
PICK: Delaware 41-17
Ursinus (2-3) at Johns Hopkins (5-1) 1:00
The Bluejays are rolling.They come back home after two big road conference victories on a five game winning streak. I definitely expect that to continue today.
PICK: Hopkins 27-10