Can you believe it’s Week 7 already? So far this season has not lacked upsets or drama and we can’t wait for the second half of the season to get rolling. Hopefully the latter part of the season goes by a little bit slower than the first. Now, let’s take a look at a few of the top matchups in Week 7.
Memphis v. #10 UCF
Ben: I hate to say it, but your make-believe reigning national champions are playing at an extremely high level. If you haven’t had a chance to watch Golden Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton, then you’re missing out. He’s a walking highlight reel and if he keeps it up he may have UCF playing spoiler to the College Football Playoff. Memphis is no small task though as their offense can put up some big numbers, but look for UCF to make a statement in a high scoring affair.
Aaron: This summer I interned with a guy who goes to UCF. He told me they were for real and I didn’t believe them but they haven’t lost in a long time and there’s something to be said for that. McKenzie Milton has next level ability and their defense has looked stout despite losing both Mike Hughes and Shaqueem Griffin.
Iowa State v. #6 West Virginia
Ben: If Tua wasn’t putting up numbers that most people can’t put up in a video game, then Will Grier would be the clear cut favorite to win the Heisman (up to this point). Grier is playing out of his mind and has vaulted West Virginia to a #6 ranking. Iowa State is much better than their 2-3 record, but nothing has stopped Grier yet this year and I don’t see it starting this weekend.
Iowa State: 24
Aaron: West Virginia did not play well last week on defense. We knew that would be their weakness but it was yet to show. Nonetheless Grier has the offense rolling in Morgantown and I don’t see the Cyclones putting up much of a fight.
#12 Michigan v. #15 Wisconsin
Ben: Michigan has avoided quite a few upsets to this point, but no matter what magic the Big House holds I see their luck running out this Wisconsin. Look for Wisconsin to ground and pound a low scoring affair against the Wolverines.
Aaron: Jim Harbaugh’s butt on the line season didn’t start well, but he’s got Michigan playing his style of football coming in to this one. While I think Wisconsin is a good team and has a strong potential to win this game. Harbaugh’s boys have too much to prove, they’ll get it done here.
#17 Oregon v. #7 Washington
Ben: Oregon gave away the game to Stanford when they had the upset in the bag at Autzen the last time a top ranked team visited. I’m not sure why, but I see Oregon springing the upset here. Call it a gut feeling, but look for this game to go down to the wire.
Aaron: Maybe it’s my East Coast bias working here, but how are both of these teams top 20? Anyways Oregon’s defense won’t be able to hang with Jake Browning’s arm.
#13 LSU v. #2 Georgia
Ben: Honestly, I was disappointed in LSU last week as they lost to the Gators in the Swamp. While LSU has been much better this year than many predicted, they are nowhere near Georgia’s current level. Look for Joe Burrow to struggle as Georgia proves that they are the only challenger to Alabama in the SEC.
Aaron: LSU just had to go and blow the bet SEC matchup to date with a loss last week against Florida? Really? C’mon now. Either way Georgia will roll them in this one. If Burrow thought the Florida defense was scary, get ready buddy.
South Carolina v. #22 Texas A&M
Ben: How will Jake Bentley play after watching 5th year senior Michael Scarnecchia take his spot last week? I think Bentley will respond well as long as he is healthy. With that being said, I think the Gamecocks offense will score enough to win, but the run defense won’t be able to withstand Kellen Mond’s scrambles and Traveon Williams. At least it won’t be 90 degrees at kickoff this weekend.
Texas A&M: 34
South Carolina: 24
Aaron: Unlike Ben, I am not a Jake Bentley stan, selfishly I hope he lays an egg here so we can be done with the experiment that is him at QB. Ryan Hilinski can’t get here soon enough. A&M will roll over the Gamecocks in yet another loss for Muschamp against a ranked opponent making him winless against ranked opponents this season.
South Carolina: 14
Texas A&M: 38