College Football Week 7 Picks: Top-25 Teams That Will Leave You Impressed
Alabama is going to continue to wow, which is good because South Carolina is going to keep the SEC pressure on by taking down LSU in the most exciting matchup of the week.
Meanwhile, the Oregon State Beavers will continue to quietly impress and move up the polls out of nowhere by going into BYU and winning with their backup quarterback.
No. 1 Alabama
Week 7 Victim: Missouri
After a season where its closest contest came in a 33-14 win over Ole Miss, Alabama is going to have to do a lot of work in this game if it wants to further impress, and it will.
Missouri has a balanced offense. It is 76th in the nation in passing yards and 85th in rushing yards, but those rankings aren't going to scare a Crimson Tide defense that is first in the nation by only allowing 7.0 points per game.
Missouri's best offensive threat is running back Kendial Lawrence. He has gained 487 yards at 5.7 yards per carry, which is good for Missouri in most games, but not so much in this one.
Alabama is allowing just 2.0 yards per carry on the season and will smother Lawrence and cripple the Tigers attack.
This is going to make life easy on the offense, and help junior quarterback A.J. McCarron improve on his impressive 177.0 passer rating.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Missouri 9
No. 3 South Carolina
Week 7 Victim: LSU
The Gamecocks are rolling. They just demolished Georgia 35-7 to knock the Bulldogs from their No. 5 spot in the rankings and catapult themselves to the No. 3 position.
They are winning with solid play in all phases of the game, but it's their defense that is the most impressive. They are fourth in the nation allowing just 10.5 points per game. That defense is what will lead to them taking down LSU.
Offensively, the Tigers are a mess, and that is exactly why they enter this game coming off their first non-bowl game loss since 2010. The Tigers were held to just six points in their loss to Florida last week and they only gained 200 total yards of offense.
Now they have to try to get that offense on track against a South Carolina team that isn't letting any offense find success against them.
LSU still has a potent defense themselves, but this is one game where the scales are tipped in favor of the other team's defense.
Prediction: South Carolina 17, LSU 13
No. 10: Oregon State
Week 7 Victim: BYU
Oregon State: The top-10 team no one cares about or has barely heard of. This feisty group of Beavers have come out of nowhere to post a 4-0 record, which includes being 3-0 in the Pac-12 and two wins over teams that were ranked in the top 25 when they played.
BYU is 4-2, is playing at home and owns the nation's third-ranked scoring defense, but it hasn't scored more than six points in two of its last three games.
The Beavers, who are 24th in the nation in defensive scoring average, will be able to easily bottle up that offense, and set up their offense with a short field, which will be needed.
Thanks to an injured knee, the Beavers will be playing this game without starting quarterback Sean Mannion, as Stats LLC reports.
Mannion has been fantastic, but the Beavers have junior Cody Vaz ready to step in. Vaz has not had much in the way of playing time, but he has ample experience in this system and this system is clicking.
Vaz's presence will be impressive. It will speak to the depth and overall talent of this team when they go on the road and pull out yet another win.
Prediction: Oregon State 17, BYU 13
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