50 Bold and off-the-Wall Predictions for Week 7
It will be hard to top the drama and upsets we had in Week 6, but with Week 7 officially kicking off on Thursday night, it is certain to be another excellent college football weekend.
There are four games that pit top 25 teams against each other, and while the schedule does not look as loaded as last weekend, there is always the potential for upsets.
While it is easy to make safe predictions, making those that are a little bold and off-the-wall is a whole different story.
Here are 50 such predictions to look out for heading into Week 7.
Iowa Will Go on the Road and Beat Michigan State
Even though Iowa has struggled for parts of this season and comes into the game 3-2, the Hawkeyes are going to pull off the upset in East Lansing.
Michigan State certainly appears headed in the wrong direction and it is going to be a long season for the Spartans.
I see Iowa heading into East Lansing, and coming out with a big upset victory.
Notre Dame Will Lose Against Stanford
The Stanford Cardinal are a three-point loss away from being ranked in the Top Five in the country.
A road game against Notre Dame will be a huge test, but the strength of Stanford is the defense and it should be a low-scoring game against Notre Dame.
I expect it to come down to the wire, but don't be surprised if the Fighting Irish go down at home in this one.
Michigan Will Put Up 50 on Illinois
Michigan moved back into the rankings this week at No. 25 after knocking off Purdue on the road on Saturday.
Next the Wolverines take on an Illinois team that has been reeling in recent weeks and appears headed to another disappointing season.
One problem Illinois has had is on the defensive side of the ball. The Fighting Illini have not been able to stop anybody and rank 80th in points allowed.
Look for Michigan to put up 50 on Saturday.
BYU Will Dominate Oregon State
Even though Oregon State is a Top 10 team and BYU is not ranked, this game has all the makings of a BYU win.
The Cougars come into the game 4-2, but have one of the stingiest defenses in the country, allowing only 8.8 points a game.
Oregon State is going to have a lot of trouble, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, and I expect BYU to win this game handily.
Geno Smith Will Pass for 450 Yards
West Virginia has another big game in the state of Texas this week as it takes on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Geno Smith was dominant last week against a solid Texas defense, and things will get a little easier this week against Texas Tech.
I expect Smith to pass for 450 yards and five touchdowns in this West Virginia victory over the Red Raiders.
Vanderbilt Will Take Florida to the Wire
Even though Vanderbilt is only 2-3 and Florida is undefeated, I see the Commodores hanging around in this one all the way to the end.
Vanderbilt is stingy on defense, particularly when it is playing at home, and in its two home games, the Dores have only allowed a total of 17 points.
Florida will be making the trip to Nashville and don't be surprised if this one comes down to the final possession, even if the Commodores appear overmatched.
Kentucky Gets Its First SEC Victory
Kentucky is clearly the worst team in the SEC, and it does not appear likely it will win too many games.
If the Wildcats are going to get a win, it is going to be Saturday at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks looked impressive last weekend against Auburn, but they have been known to fall flat on their face.
A Kentucky upset may be on the horizon.
Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech Will Be the Game of the Week
One of the less talked about games this week is No. 22 Texas A&M against No. 23 Louisiana Tech.
This game was originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the season but was rescheduled due to weather.
Louisiana Tech is one of the pleasant surprises this season; expect this game to be close and fun to watch.
This will be the most entertaining game of the weekend.
Montel Harris Will Top 100 Yards Again
For those who don't remember, Montel Harris was at one time one of the best running backs in the country for Boston College a few years ago.
Injuries and suspensions forced him to leave the team, and he has emerged as a member Temple Owls.
The injury to starter Matt Brown last week allowed Harris to have his best game since his arrival, going over 100 yards.
I expect Harris to get more and more carries this week, starting with a 100-yard performance against Connecticut on Saturday.
Zach Mettenberger Will Throw Two Touchdowns
The struggles of the LSU offense can be traced to quarterback Zach Mettenberger, and he has been awful for most of the season.
Something is telling me that Mettenberger is going to throw two touchdown passes and LSU is going to score more points than most would expect them to against an excellent South Carolina defense.
After all, he is due to have a big game sooner or later.
North Carolina Will Upset Miami
North Carolina and Miami are both 4-2, but most consider Miami to be the better team.
After watching the Hurricanes struggle mightily against Notre Dame over the weekend, they might not be as good as everybody thinks.
North Carolina, on the other hand, has lost a close game to Louisville, along with a one-point loss to Wake Forest.
The Tar Heels pull off this upset on the road.
Fresno State Wins at Boise State
Boise State is talented, but nowhere near where it was last year.
This year the Broncos are doing it with defense, and while they only have one loss coming into the game, there is no doubt that the Broncos have a lot of questions to be answered, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
Look for Derek Carr and the talented Fresno State offense to come in and steal one from Boise State.
Denard Robinson Will Total 400 Yards
As expected, Denard Robinson returned to old form last week against Purdue, and with some lesser opponents on the horizon, he is certainly going to pad his stats.
Look for him to total 400 yards on Saturday with 250 of them through the air and 150 on the ground.
The Illinois defense has a lot of questions that must be answered, and Robinson will further expose the group on Saturday.
Tennessee Wins at Mississippi State
The Tennessee Volunteers appear on the brink of breaking through and becoming a contender in the SEC East.
If they plan on doing just that, a win at Mississippi State is a must. The Bulldogs are undefeated, but have yet to play anybody of real significance.
Mississippi State comes into the game as a slight favorite, but don't be surprised if the Vols come out on top in this one.
UTSA Will Go 6-0 with a Win at Rice
It is not often that a team entering the FBS level starts out a season 5-0. That is the case for the Roadrunners, and they look to extend it to 6-0 against Rice on Saturday.
While UTSA has only played South Alabama and New Mexico State as far as FBS schools are concerned, it will now take on Rice.
Even though Rice is only 1-5, the Owls will be a test, particularly because it is on the road.
Look for a 6-0 start before the schedule gets a little tougher.
Brian Kelly Will Only Use One Quarterback
Everett Golson took all the meaningful snaps for Notre Dame last week against Miami, and it appears like he is the one Brian Kelly will trust the rest of the way.
The freshman has certainly had his fair share of ups and downs this season, but it now appears Kelly has finally settled on Golson.
Look for him to be the man the rest of the way.
Duke Wins at Virginia Tech to Become Bowl Eligible
Duke is off to a 5-1 start, and it seems like an eternity since the Blue Devils have had a team like this.
On Saturday, Duke will get a true road test at Virginia Tech, and if it comes out on top, the Blue Devils will be bowl eligible midway through the season.
That would be quite an achievement for this squad. Look for that to be the case on Saturday.
Landry Jones Will Have a Huge Game
Landry Jones was solid last week against Texas Tech, and the Oklahoma offense appears headed in the right direction.
I expect Jones to have his best game so far this season against a Texas defense that might not be quite as good as a lot of people expected.
Look for Jones to go over 300 yards with three scores and Oklahoma to come out on top in this one.
Utah Wins at UCLA
The fast start of UCLA is now a thing of the past as the Bruins have struggled in recent weeks against Oregon State and California.
This week a talented Utah team comes to town, and the matchup does not appear to be one in favor of the Bruins.
Even though Utah is an underdog in this one, I expect it to come out with a huge road victory in this one.
Collin Klein Will Have a Huge Game
Collin Klein is one of the many talented quarterbacks in the Big 12, but with the exception of Geno Smith, he may be the best of the bunch.
Kansas State has a road contest against Iowa State and once again, Klein will be the center of attention.
Look for Klein to have over 400 yards and four touchdowns in a dominating Kansas State victory.
Pittsburgh Will Hang with Louisville
Pittsburgh has proven it can play with the best and lose to the worst.
That will prove beneficial when the Panthers take on Louisville at home on Saturday.
Pittsburgh is developing a two-headed rushing attack with senior Ray Graham and freshman Rushel Shell.
If the Panthers can control the time of possession, they will hang with Louisville in this one.
Washington Will Pick off Matt Barkley Twice
The offensive line of USC has been a huge problem all season, but Matt Barkley has been successful through it all.
He has thrown five interceptions this season, and even though the Washington defense has struggled against some of the better teams in the country, I see the group picking off Barkley twice.
Now USC will still easily come out on top with the road victory.
Tyler Wilson Will Throw Three Interceptions
Arkansas finally won a game last week, breaking a four-game losing streak.
This week Kentucky comes to town, and while Tyler Wilson has not been bad, he has certainly not been impressive for most of the season.
Kentucky is due for an SEC win, and Wilson is not looking too good.
How about three interceptions for Wilson against the Wildcats.
E.J. Manuel Will Have the Best Game of His Life
Florida State is coming off a devastating loss against North Carolina State, and it was a game where quarterback E.J. Manuel did not have his best performance.
This week Boston College comes calling and look for Manuel to have the best game of his life.
After all, there is not going to be a team or a player more upset about last week than Florida State or Manuel.
Texas Tech Will Be Manhandled
Texas Tech has a home game against West Virginia, and after what we saw last week from the Red Raiders against Oklahoma, it does not appear like Texas Tech is a match for the top-tier teams of the Big 12.
The fact that the game is at home will keep it close for a while, but look for Geno Smith to carry the Mountaineers to a three-score victory.
Texas Tech might still be a year away from being a serious contender.
Kansas Will Give Oklahoma State Trouble
The Kansas Jayhawks have been even more of a disappointment than most people thought.
Kansas comes into the game 1-4, and it looks like it may lose the rest of its games.
While the offense is one of the worst in the country, the defense has had its moments.
Look for Kansas to hang around in this home game and give the Cowboys a serious scare.
South Carolina Will Put Up 27 on LSU
South Carolina has looked better than anybody in the country in recent weeks, and the offense continues to get better every week.
The Gamecocks travel to Baton Rouge for a night game in Death Valley. That is never an easy task, but this team is ready for it.
Expect this game to be much higher scoring than most would expect with South Carolina putting up 27 on the talented LSU defense.
Derek Carr Will Expose the Boise State Defense
Derek Carr is one of the best kept secrets in college football, and as he continues to develop, the Fresno State Bulldogs continue to improve.
The offense is one of the top 20 in the country, and Carr has already passed for over 1,800 yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
He will pass for 300 yards and three scores on Saturday, leading Fresno State to a victory over Boise State.
Denard Robinson Will Not Have a Turnover
This may be one of the most off-the-wall predictions of them all as Denard Robinson has been a turnover machine for most of the season.
As discussed earlier, Robinson will have a huge game and keep the ball away from the opposing Illinois defense.
If Robinson can avoid turnovers, Michigan is tough to beat.
Oklahoma Will Pick off David Ash Twice
Texas quarterback David Ash has only thrown one interception all season long and has been much better than could have ever been expected.
This week will be a different story, however, as the Longhorn quarterback will throw two picks against a well-prepared Oklahoma defense.
That will be the difference in this one as the Sooners will come out on top in the Red River Rivalry.
Michigan State Will Score in Single Digits
The struggles of the Michigan State offense have been well documented in recent weeks, and the quarterback position continues to be an issue.
This week the Spartans will be at home taking on an Iowa team that only allows 17 points a game.
The Spartans offense, on the other hand, only averages 21 points a game, which ranks 100th in the country.
This will be a low-scoring upset victory for Iowa, and Michigan State will be held to less than 10 points.
Montee Ball Will Have His Best Game of the Year
Montee Ball has definitely not had a bad season, but he has not had the type of year he hoped for heading into the year.
This game will be the official breakout party for Ball.
Purdue is solid along the defensive line, but Ball is going to have his way with them on Saturday to the tune of 200 yards and three scores.
Tulane Will Get Its First Win of the Season
No college football team has looked worse so far this season than Tulane.
The Green Wave are 0-5 and have lost by an average score of 42-9. They rank last in rushing yards at 14.6 per game, last in total points at nine a game and fourth from the bottom in defense allowing 42.4 points a contest.
This week June Jones and SMU come to town, and this could be the upset Tulane is looking for.
Maryland Will Dominate Virginia on the Road
Maryland is much improved from the team that only won two games last year, as it comes into this one 3-2 and 1-0 in the ACC.
This week a road game at Virginia is on the horizon. The Cavaliers have struggled mightily this season and are one of the biggest disappointments in the league.
Maryland will go on the road and come away with the upset victory in this one.
Alabama Will Shut out Missouri
The Alabama defense has been the best in the country so far this season and only allows seven points a game.
The group has already pitched two shutouts and will be looking for a third against Missouri on Saturday.
The talented Alabama defense along with the struggles of the Missouri offense, particularly with the injury to quarterback James Franklin, make a shutout very feasible.
TCU Will Lose by Three Scores
TCU was not playing very well even when Casey Pachall was on the field, and with him gone for the foreseeable future, things are not going to get any easier.
The Horned Frogs were dominated at home by Iowa State and this week they travel to Baylor in what is never an easy environment to play in.
TCU will be manhandled once again from start to finish and fall to the Bears by at least three scores.
Robert Woods and Marqise Lee Will Both Go over 100 Yards
There is little question that the most talented wide receiver combination in the nation is Robert Woods and Marqise Lee at USC.
This week at Washington, they will shine brightest.
While Lee has had as good a year as any wide receiver in the country, Woods has struggled for most of the season.
This will be his coming out party for the 2012 season.
Braxton Miller Will Pass for 300 and Rush for 100
At this point in the season, the Heisman battel looks to be a two-man race between Geno Smith of West Virginia and Braxton Miller of Ohio State.
Miller has made his case in recent weeks, with dynamic performances in some big games.
This week at Indiana will be no different and Miller will not only throw for 300 yards, but also run for 100 in the process.
Johnny Manziel Will Have His Coming out Party
There are not many freshmen in the country who are more explosive than Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and he is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback.
So far on the season Manziel has passed for 1,285 yards with 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has also rushed for 495 yards and seven touchdowns.
The kid can flat out do it all, and he will have his best game yet on a national stage on Saturday.
Marcus Lattimore Will Go for 150 Yards and Two Scores
Marcus Lattimore is slowly but surely returning to his old form, and if he continues to improve, South Carolina is a legitimate national title contender.
He has gone over 100 yards in each of the past two games, and this week will have his best game of the season against a talented LSU defense.
Look for Lattimore to carry the ball in excess of 30 times and go over 150 yards with two touchdowns.
Florida State Will Score Two Touchdowns in Every Quarter
This is as off-the-wall as a prediction can get.
Florida State is taking on Boston College at home, and it appears like the Seminoles are going to dominate from start to finish.
Look for the FSU offense to put some serious points on the board and score two touchdowns in every quarter on its way to a 50-point victory.
Akron Will Give Ohio a Scare
Ohio is 6-0 and on the brink of being ranked in the AP Top 25.
A convincing win against Akron would certainly put them there, but even though the Bobcats are at home, something is telling me this game is going to be closer than most would expect.
Ohio has one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country in Tyler Tettleton, but Akron will give the Bobcats a run for their money on Saturday.
Wisconsin Will Force Three Purdue Turnovers
Purdue had high expectations heading into the season, but it has been a struggle at times for the Boilermakers.
This week Wisconsin comes calling and Purdue will have to put some points on the board.
Wisconsin is improving and will force three Purdue turnovers on Saturday.
Teddy Bridgewater Will Throw Two Picks
Teddy Bridgewater was a Heisman candidate at the beginning of the season, but he has not been as impressive in recent weeks.
Still, Louisville is undefeated and ranked in the Top 20 in the country.
This week will be a struggle for Bridgewater and the Pittsburgh defense will pick him off twice on Saturday.
Northwestern Beats Minnesota on the Road by Double-Digits
Both Northwestern and Minnesota come into the game with only one loss, but it is still hard to believe either team is a contender for the Big Ten title.
Minnesota is certainly the biggest pretender of the two, and Northwestern is coming off a disappointing loss at Penn State after vaulting into the rankings a week ago.
Expect at least a 10-point win from Northwestern on Saturday.
The Oklahoma State Quarterback Will Struggle in Lawrence
Opposing players are not used to struggling in Lawrence, except when it is on the basketball court, but that will be the case for whomever Mike Gundy names the starting quarterback on Saturday.
The quarterback situation is a big issue for the Cowboys, and the position will be a huge struggle for the Oklahoma State on Saturday.
A victory will still be inevitable for the Cowboys, however.
Florida and Vanderbilt Will Not Total 30 Points
Florida and Vanderbilt are two teams who are known for defense, and that will be on full display on Saturday.
The Gators are the favorites in this one, but expect the Vanderbilt defense to keep it in the game until the end.
Bet the under on this game, as these teams will not combine for even 30 points.
Cincinnati Will Put Up 60 on Fordham
The Cincinnati Bearcats are one of the surprise teams in the country this season, and they get one final cupcake before getting into the meat of their schedule.
Fordham is an FCS school who is 4-2, but it is no match for Cincinnati.
The Bearcats will be able to score at will and should put up at least 60 points in this one.
Southern Mississippi Will Get Its First Win of the Year
Southern Miss has been one of the biggest disappointments this season and comes into Saturday 0-5.
The Golden Eagles have seemingly gotten worse every game, and it has to turn around sometime.
This week a road game at Central Florida would not seem like a winnable game, but for Southern Miss, the talent is still there to come away with an upset.
Stepfan Taylor Will Go for 125 Yards and Two Scores
Stanford will be the first real test this season for Notre Dame, and that might not be a good thing for the Fighting Irish.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor is one of the best in the country and has already rushed for 555 yards with five touchdowns in the first five games of the season.
Taylor will rush for 125 yards and two scores in a Stanford victory.