College Football Week 7 Picks: Top 25 Teams on Upset Alert
Every week in college football is a chance for a major upset, but a few teams should be more alert than others in Week 7.
There is currently at least one undefeated team in eight different FBS conferences, and this number could remain high throughout the season. As a result, one loss could end a squad's chances of reaching the BCS National Championship Game.
This makes every game important for the top teams in the country. Unfortunately, a few squads could be in trouble with difficult matchups this week.
No. 2 Oregon at No. 16 Washington
Washington lost its first game of the year last week when it fell 31-28 on the road against Stanford. However, the team fought hard throughout the game and proved it belonged with a close loss against the No. 5 team in the nation.
As long as Bishop Sankey continues to get the ball, the Huskies will be in good shape.
The problem is that Oregon is as good as ever this season, ranking No. 2 in the nation in both scoring offense and scoring defense. No matter who is at running back, Marcus Mariota will help this high-powered offense post big numbers in each game.
While Washington has a good enough defense to slow down the Ducks, it is impossible to imagine them completely stopping them. Look for this game to be close at halftime before Oregon is able to pull away late.
Prediction: Oregon 41, Washington 28
No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss
As long as Johnny Manziel is on the field, Texas A&M has the ability to beat anyone in the country. However, the defense clearly struggled in the last game against Arkansas, and these struggles could keep opponents in games.
One school that could pose a challenge is Ole Miss, who are looking to rebound at home after two road losses in a row.
The young Rebels hung with Alabama for most of the game before fading late, but it will be easier for Bo Wallace and company to put points on the board at home in this game.
Manziel should be able to pull out a win thanks to some miraculous plays, although it certainly will not be easy.
Prediction: Texas A&M 35, Ole Miss 31
No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia
Georgia is currently very shorthanded offensively. According to USA Today, Keith Marshall and Malcolm Mitchell are out for the year, while Todd Gurley, Michael Bennett and others might not play this week either.
As well as quarterback Aaron Murray has played this season, this seriously limits his ability to move the ball consistently, even with J.J. Green contributing at running back.
On the other side of the field will be Missouri, a team that is healthy, talented and hungry for a signature win. The Tigers have failed to establish themselves since entering the SEC last season, and this would be a good time to send a message to the rest of the league.
Additionally, James Franklin is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country as someone who can beat teams with his arm and his legs.
After Georgia has survived a few close calls this year, the Bulldogs will be upset on their home field.
Prediction: Missouri 24, Georgia 21
No. 12 Oklahoma at Texas
The rule with a rivalry game is that you throw records out the window when the two teams meet. Even though Texas is in rare territory as an unranked team, the Red River Rivalry will still be a great battle.
Texas got off to an awful start this season, but the defense has looked better in the past two weeks under new coordinator Greg Robinson. This is certain to only improve as the year progresses and the players get more comfortable.
Offensively, the team can count on sophomore running back Johnathan Gray to be productive whenever he gets the ball. While the quarterback situation remains unsettled, look for him to get more touches.
Oklahoma comes into the game with higher expectations as the No. 12 team in the country, but the Sooners have barely squeaked by in a few games this year. The Sooners only win away from home came against Notre Dame with the help of three Tommy Rees interceptions.
After seeing Blake Bell struggle against TCU, it would not be surprising to see Oklahoma drop its first game of the year against Texas.
Prediction: Texas 20, Oklahoma 17
|No. 1 Alabama||Kentucky||Alabama|
|No. 2 Oregon||No. 16 Washington||Oregon|
|Boston College||No. 3 Clemson||Clemson|
|No. 5 Stanford||Utah||Stanford|
|No. 25 Missouri||No. 7 Georgia||Missouri|
|Rutgers||No. 8 Louisville||Louisville|
|No. 9 Texas A&M||Ole Miss||Texas A&M|
|No. 17 Florida||No. 10 LSU||LSU|
|California||No. 11 UCLA||UCLA|
|No. 12 Oklahoma||Texas||Texas|
|No. 14 South Carolina||Arkansas||South Carolina|
|No. 15 Baylor||Kansas State||Baylor|
|No. 18 Michigan||Penn State||Michigan|
|No. 19 Northwestern||Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|Iowa State||No. 20 Texas Tech||Texas Tech|
|Akron||No. 23 Northern Illinois||Northern Illinois|
|Pittsburgh||No. 24 Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
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