Who will win the SEC showdown between LSU and Florida?
The Saturday slate for Week 7 of the college football season features three intriguing matchups, pitting top-25 teams against each other: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 16 Washington, No. 10 LSU vs. No. 17 Florida and No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 25 Missouri.
There are a few other compelling contests such as No. 5 Stanford vs. Utah, No. 9 Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss, No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas and No. 14 South Carolina vs. Arkansas, which could potentially produce an upset.
The last few weeks have been short on drama and haven't featured many great games. This Saturday certainly has the chance to make up for the recent weekends, and it could easily be the best and most entertaining day we’ve seen so far this season.
Here’s a look at the picks and predictions for ever Saturday game of Week 7.
Saturday’s Super Six Picks
UCLA Bruins (-25)
That’s the lopsided score that UCLA players will run through their minds when they look to avenge last year’s embarrassing loss to Cal.
The Bruins—led by dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley, a player that belongs in the Heisman discussion—shouldn’t have much trouble avenging that loss. UCLA’s offense, which is averaging 48 points and 561 yards per game, should absolutely light up a Cal defense, which currently ranks 123rd nationally in total defense and 124th in scoring defense.
Though 25 points may be a big spread to cover in a conference clash, Hundley and the Bruins should still be able to beat on the outmatched Bears defense and win this game by a large margin.
LSU Tigers (-7)
LSU managed to score just six points against Florida’s rugged defense in last year’s loss to the Gators. This year, the Tigers offense looks completely different.
Now that QB Zach Mettenberger has finally hit his stride with the help of dynamic playmakers such as RB Jeremy Hill and receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, the Tigers’ explosive attack should move the ball with much more consistency and efficiency than we saw in last year’s meeting.
Though Florida’s talent-stocked defense may be intimidating, Mettenberger and his group of explosive skill-position players should be able to feed off the energy of the home crowd and easily outpace a Gators offense, led by backup QB Tyler Murphy, which is averaging just 5.6 yards per play and just 25 points per game.
Wisconsin Badgers (-10)
Northwestern may have been able to put a scare into Ohio State last week, but the Wildcats weren’t able to get the job done in their bid to upset the Buckeyes.
Following that disappointing loss at home, you have to wonder just how much of a hangover effect will plague Pat Fitzgerald's squad, as the team heads out on the road to face a Wisconsin squad that has some serious offensive talent.
The Badgers offense features one of the best backfield tandems in the country comprised of Melvin Gordon and James White, who have already combined to rush for 1,171 yards and 11 touchdowns in their first five games.
The unit also features two dangerous receiving threats—WR Jared Abbrederis and TE Jacob Pedersen, who should cause plenty of headaches for the Northwestern secondary.
If the Wildcats have spent this past week of practice sulking about the Ohio State loss, instead of focusing their full attention on Wisconsin’s high-powered offense, they could be in store for a long afternoon in Madison.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+7)
After starting the season 3-0, Georgia Tech has just experienced two tough conference losses to Virginia Tech and Miami in back-to-back weeks. The Yellow Jackets will be looking to right the ship when they take on BYU in Provo.
The Georgia Tech defense, led by standouts DE Jeremiah Attaochu, CB Jemea Thomas and LB Jabari Hunt-Days, is a much better unit than the one we saw give up 45 points to the Hurricanes last week.
The Yellow Jackets’ front-seven, which has allowed just 120 rushing yards per game, should be able to neutralize BYU’s dangerous dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill and force him to beat the defense with his arm, instead of his legs.
If Georgia Tech can control Hill, the Yellow Jackets have a great chance to not only cover the touchdown spread, but to pull off an outright upset victory on the road.
North Texas Mean Green (-6.5)
Both North Texas and Middle Tennessee State will be looking for big bounce-back performances, as both teams have lost their last two games. However, this situation favors the Mean Green.
Though the Blue Raiders may have a 3-3 record, they’ve actually been out-gained in each of their past five games, and even in their wins they haven’t looked all that impressive.
North Texas’ strong-armed senior signal-caller Derek Thompson should be able to create plenty of big plays in the passing game against a Middle Tennessee State secondary that has given up 65 pass plays of 10 or more yards, which is tied for the sixth most in the nation.
If the Mean Green’s passing game kicks into full gear, North Texas should win this game by double-digits.
Ole Miss Rebels (+6.5)
After playing four out of their first five games on the road, including back-to-back losses in the state of Alabama over the last two weeks, Ole Miss will be glad to be back in the friendly confines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, hosting Texas A&M.
Though the Rebels will face the tough task of trying to slow down Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans and the rest of Texas A&M’s ultra-explosive offense, Ole Miss is a team that has plenty of offensive firepower with playmakers such as RB Jeff Scott and receivers Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell.
This is the type of game that could easily turn into a high-scoring offensive shootout, and it could come down to who ends up with the ball last.
Admittedly, the Rebels haven’t looked good in the past two weeks, I think they have what it takes to put together a statement performance at home against a high-profile opponent. Even if they can’t pull off a standings-shaking upset, Ole Miss should be able to put quite a scare into the Aggies.
Predictions For Every Saturday Game
South Florida Bulls at Connecticut Huskies
Spread: Connecticut (-4)
Picks: Connecticut (-4), OVER
Prediction: Connecticut 27, South Florida 21
Missouri Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs
Spread: Georgia (-7.5)
Picks: Georgia (-7.5), UNDER
Prediction: Georgia 34, Missouri 23
Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans
Spread: Michigan State (-9.5)
Picks: Michigan State (-9.5), OVER
Prediction: Michigan State 38, Indiana 24
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
Spread: Oklahoma (-14)
Picks: Texas (+14), UNDER
Prediction: Oklahoma 30, Texas 21
Pittsburgh Panthers at Virginia Tech Hokies
Spread: Virginia Tech (-8.5)
Picks: Virginia Tech (-8.5), OVER
Prediction: Virginia Tech 30, Pittsburgh 17
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Purdue Boilermakers
Spread: Nebraska (-14.5)
Picks: Purdue (+14.5), UNDER
Prediction: Nebraska 31, Purdue 23
Kansas Jayhawks at TCU Horned Frogs
Spread: TCU (-25)
Picks: Kansas (+25), OVER
Prediction: TCU 34, Kansas 17
Memphis Tigers vs. Houston Cougars
Spread: Houston (-9)
Picks: Houston (-9), OVER
Prediction: Houston 35, Memphis 20
Eastern Michigan Eagles at Army Black Knights
Spread: Army (-7.5)
Picks: Eastern Michigan (+7.5), UNDER
Prediction: Army 24, Eastern Michigan 20
Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Spread: Texas Tech (-14)
Picks: Texas Tech (-14), OVER
Prediction: Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 24
South Carolina Gamecocks at Arkansas Razorbacks
Spread: South Carolina (-6)
Picks: Arkansas (+6), UNDER
Prediction: Arkansas 26, South Carolina 20
Navy Midshipmen at Duke Blue Devils
Spread: Duke (-3)
Picks: Duke (-3), OVER
Prediction: Duke 45, Navy 35
Central Michigan Chippewas at Ohio Bobcats
Spread: Ohio (-18.5)
Picks: Central Michigan (+18.5), OVER
Prediction: Ohio 38, Central Michigan 24
Buffalo Bulls at Western Michigan Broncos
Spread: Buffalo (-11)
Picks: Buffalo (-11), UNDER
Prediction: Buffalo 27, Western Michigan 13
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at UMass Minutemen
Spread: UMass (-5)
Picks: UMass (-5), UNDER
Prediction: UMass 24, Miami (Ohio) 17
Kent State Golden Flashes at Ball State Cardinals
Spread: Ball State (-14.5)
Picks: Ball State (-14.5), OVER
Prediction: Ball State 45, Kent State 28
Troy Trojans at Georgia State Panthers
Spread: Troy (-16.5)
Picks: Georgia State (+16.5), OVER
Prediction: Troy 45, Georgia State 31
Baylor Bears at Kansas State Wildcats
Spread: Baylor (-17)
Picks: Baylor (-17), UNDER
Prediction: Baylor 49, Kansas State 21
Florida Gators at LSU Tigers
Spread: LSU (-7)
Picks: LSU (-7), OVER
Prediction: LSU 34, Florida 23
Virginia Cavaliers at Maryland Terrapins
Spread: Maryland (-6.5)
Picks: Maryland (-6.5), OVER
Prediction: Maryland 31, Virginia 16
Boston College Eagles at Clemson Tigers
Spread: Clemson (-24)
Picks: Boston College (+24), OVER
Prediction: Clemson 45, Boston College 24
Syracuse Orange at NC State Wolfpack
Spread: NC State (-7)
Picks: NC State (-7), UNDER
Prediction: NC State 30, Syracuse 21
New Mexico Lobos at Wyoming Cowboys
Spread: Wyoming (-14)
Picks: Wyoming (-14), OVER
Prediction: Wyoming 49, New Mexico 31
San Jose State Spartans at Colorado State Rams
Spread: Colorado State (-3.5)
Picks: Colorado State (-3.5), OVER
Prediction: Colorado State 38, San Jose State 31
Northwestern Wildcats at Wisconsin Badgers
Spread: Wisconsin (-10)
Picks: Wisconsin (-10), OVER
Prediction: Wisconsin 41, Northwestern 24
East Carolina Pirates at Tulane Green Wave
Spread: East Carolina (-10)
Picks: Tulane (+10), UNDER
Prediction: East Carolina 28, Tulane 24
Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies
Spread: Oregon (-13.5)
Picks: Washington (+13.5), UNDER
Prediction: Oregon 36, Washington 31
Rice Owls at UTSA RoadRunners
Spread: UTSA (-1.5)
Picks: UTSA (-1.5), UNDER
Prediction: UTSA 27, Rice 20
Marshall Thundering Herd at Florida Atlantic Owls
Spread: Marshall (-10)
Picks: Marshall (-10), UNDER
Prediction: Marshall 35, Florida Atlantic 17
Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions
Spread: Michigan (-2.5)
Picks: Penn State (+2.5), OVER
Prediction: Michigan 30, Penn State 28
Akron Zips at Northern Illinois Huskies
Spread: Northern Illinois (-23.5)
Picks: Northern Illinois (-23.5), OVER
Prediction: Northern Illinois 48, Akron 21
Stanford Cardinal at Utah Utes
Spread: Stanford (-8.5)
Picks: Utah (+8.5), UNDER
Prediction: Stanford 26, Utah 20
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at BYU Cougars
Spread: BYU (-7)
Picks: Georgia Tech (+7), OVER
Prediction: Georgia Tech 34, BYU 27
Idaho Vandals at Arkansas State Red Wolves
Spread: Arkansas State (-25.5)
Picks: Arkansas State (-25.5), OVER
Prediction: Arkansas State 49, Idaho 21
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at North Texas Mean Green
Spread: North Texas (-6.5)
Picks: North Texas (-6.5), UNDER
Prediction: North Texas 30, Middle Tennessee 21
Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats
Spread: Alabama (-27)
Picks: Alabama (-27), OVER
Prediction: Alabama 48, Kentucky 17
UL-Monroe Warhawks at Texas State Bobcats
Spread: Texas State (-7)
Picks: Texas State (-7), UNDER
Prediction: Texas State 27, UL-Monroe 16
Bowling Green Falcons at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Spread: Mississippi State (-11)
Prediction: Mississippi State (-11), OVER
Picks: Mississippi State 38, Bowling Green 21
UAB Blazers at FIU Golden Panthers
Spread: UAB (-7)
Picks: FIU (+7), UNDER
Prediction: UAB 23, FIU 19
Hawaii Warriors at UNLV Rebels
Spread: UNLV (-8)
Picks: UNLV (-8), UNDER
Prediction: UNLV 31, Hawaii 20
Tulsa Golden Hurricane at UTEP Miners
Spread: Tulsa (-10)
Picks: Tulsa (-10), OVER
Prediction: Tulsa 48, UTEP 35
Boise State Broncos at Utah State Aggies
Spread: Boise State (-7)
Picks: Utah State (+7), OVER
Prediction: Boise State 34, Utah State 30
Texas A&M Aggies at Ole Miss Rebels
Spread: Texas A&M (-6.5)
Picks: Ole Miss (+6.5), OVER
Prediction: Texas A&M 49, Ole Miss 45
Colorado Buffaloes at Arizona State Sun Devils
Spread: Arizona State (-26)
Picks: Colorado (+26), OVER
Prediction: Arizona State 52, Colorado 30
California Golden Bears at UCLA Bruins
Spread: UCLA (-25)
Picks: UCLA (-25), OVER
Prediction: UCLA 59, Cal 24
Oregon State Beavers at Washington State Cougars
Spread: Pick ‘Em
Picks: Oregon State, UNDER
Prediction: Oregon State 34, Washington State 24
*Note: All lines courtesy of Covers.com. Games with FCS teams are not included.