Week 7 is full of huge matchups, including three games featuring top 12 teams. Check out our preview below as we prepare for what should be a thrilling week of football!
10 Alabama at 9 Texas A&M
Alabama is heading to College Station for a huge SEC West Matchup. Many people feel like this is a make or break game for the Crimson Tide and man will they get tested! Texas A&M came into the season with a bunch of question marks but they have been nothing shy of incredible all year led by the impressive duo of Sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen and Christian Kirk, who have been uncontainable so far this season. Alabama on the other hand has already been handed a loss by Ole Miss and is out to prove to the world that they are still the Alabama stronghold we all have known in years past. Derrick Henry has been the highlight of the team with 665 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 6 games this season. With both of these offenses on their “A game” it will be one to watch. Texas A&M is coming in with a chip on their shoulders from last year’s loss to the Tide in Tuscaloosa 59-0, while Alabama has to prove they can play at the elite level in the SEC West after their defeat to Ole Miss.
8 Florida at 6 LSU
This game is probably the most intriguing matchup of the week, because both of these teams have a lot to prove. LSU is led by Leonard Fournette, who has been on fire so far this season with 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he’s getting his first real test of an elite defense against the Gators who have play every fast and physical football. Because of that, LSU’s quarterback Brandon Harris must step it up this week and make big plays to make sure space is made for the running game to get going. On the other side of the ball, the Gators looked nothing shy of a playoff potential team so far this season. Unfortunately, starting quarterback Will Grier is suspended for the rest of the season, as well as cornerback Deioondre Porter, who was arrested on 4 felony charges. Now Treon Harris has to step in and make big plays for the Gators. There is no question the Gators have the defense to contain the LSU offense, but the big question is how much does losing Will Grier effect this Florida offensive chemistry and can Treon Harris become a playmaker. Should be a great game Saturday night in Death Valley.
7 Michigan State at 12 Michigan
The rivalry is finally back, and the Big House couldn’t be any hungrier to beat the Spartans after a long drought. Ever since their week one loss, Michigan has been absolutely boisterous to opposing teams. Jim Harbaugh has done a great job of turning this team around. After a shaky start, Jake Rudock is finally starting to show potential, and the chemistry is building for the Michigan offense. The Michigan defense has looked beyond impressive, registering three consecutive shut out games. Michigan State’s offense has been sublime thus far being led by Connor Cook, arguably the best quarterback in college football. But Michigan State has been shaky on the defensive side of the ball and have consistently dropped in the polls each week. One of the most heated rivalries in college football is back and boy is there a lot to prove for both teams.
Penn State at 1 Ohio State
Penn State is off to it’s best start since 2011. Coach Franklin is really starting to get this program on a roll. Christian Hackenberg keeps getting better weekly and so does the rest of this team. Even though they are number one, Ohio State seems to have no identity or consistency going for them this season. Starting with the quarterback spot, both JT Barrett and Cardale Jones have been turnover machines, but fortunately have a monster carrying the rock in Ezekiel Elliott, who has 835 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Both teams have a lot to prove, whether it’s finding out who your quarterback is or if Penn State is back to the power house we once knew it to be. Ohio State is going to get a run for it’s money and it should be on exciting game to watch.
Arizona State at 4 Utah
In many people’s eyes, Utah is not only the best defense in the nation right now, but the best team overall. The real question is: can the offense really come together? Travis Wilson has to step it up if they want to keep up with the high scoring Arizona State offense. Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici has been playing at an elite level and been really leading this Arizona State offense. Utah was predicted to finish 5th in the PAC 12 this season and have not beaten Arizona State in 40 plus years. After a rough start, Arizona State is starting to look like the team we expected them to be in the preseason predictions, but it won’t be easy getting past this tenacious defense of Utah on the road in Salt Lake City. Does the 40 year drought end for the Utes or does Arizona State make some noise for themselves? Should be an interesting one to watch.
What game are you most excited about this weekend? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Madison Behrens