College Football Week Seven Picks: Five Blowouts Set To Happen This Weekend
Ah, the college football blowout.
Various breeds of blowout abound in the college football. Each week several teams routinely blowout lesser opponents, that's just the way of the game given the absurd number of teams across the country. Sometimes two seemingly evenly matched teams play and end up in a blowout, a la Florida State's 45-17 victory over Miami last week. Then there are the blowouts that make one player an instant Heisman Trophy candidate, such as Nebraska's 48-13 win over Kansas State.
With that in mind, here are five blowouts that will occur this weekend in college football.
No. 1: Arizona at Washington St.
Arizona (4-1; 1-1) and outstanding quarterback Nick Foles travel to Pullman to take on the Washington St. Cougars (1-5; 0-3) and go there as 24 point favorites.
The Cougars have allowed their opponents to throw for 1577 yards and 15 touchdowns against just five interceptions. That's great news for Foles, who is dissecting teams this year. In five games Foles has thrown for 1529 yards and completed an impressive 74.9 percent of his passes.
It doesn't help that Arizona has limited opponents to 911 yards through the air. The best offensive player for Washington St. is their quarterback, Jeff Tuel.
This game should get ugly quickly, as Foles and the Wildcats stomp the Cougars at home. They may not cover the spread, but a three touchdown victory is still a blowout.
No. 2 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
The Hokies (4-2; 2-0) should continue to regain lost ground following back-to-back losses to Boise State and James Madison to start the season when they welcome Wake Forest (2-4; 1-2) to Blacksburg.
For their sake, as well as the Broncos', they better continue to bring it with a rout of the Demon Deacons on their own turf.
Luckily, this should be a pretty easy game. Wake Forest suffers from a complete lack of defense, allowing 35.3 points per game in their six games this season. For a Hokies team that puts up 33.3 points per game, that should translate to plenty of points.
Adding to the chances of a blowout is the fact that Wake's offense is based on their running game and Virginia Tech is pretty stout against the run.
No. 3: Vanderbilt at Georgia
Just looking at the records of these two teams, it would seem that the Georgia Bulldogs (2-4; 1-3) would never be a pick to blowout the Commodores (2-3; 1-1).
But the Bulldogs four losses have come against South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Colorado, teams with a combined 15-6 record. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt has lost to Connecticut and Northwestern and can point to a 52-6 blowout of 0-6 Eastern Michigan as their best win this season.
Georgia and quarterback Aaron Murray will defend their homefield and do it well.
The Commodores depend on their ground game to move the ball and Georgia defends against the run very well, stopping opponents for 3.07 yards per carry and just 679 yards in six games.
When the Bulldogs have the ball, Murray should be able to pass on Vanderbilt. Though the Commodores have a sound defense, Murray will be the best quarterback they've faced since they took on Northwestern and Dan Persa, who torched them for three touchdowns and 222 yards, completing 90.5 percent of his passes in a 23-21 win.
No. 4: Texas at Nebraska
Texas (3-2; 1-1) is reeling following back-to-back losses, including an embarrassing 34-12 rout by UCLA at DKR Memorial Stadium.
Unfortunately, things don't get any easier this weekend when they travel to Lincoln to take on the No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0; 1-0). It looks like Bo Pelini has resurrected the Cornhuskers just in time for them to deliver one final parting shot to their enemies in the Big 12, especially Texas.
Texas is a great defensive team, but Nebraska is just as good. This is not good news for Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has struggled this season, throwing five interceptions to just four touchdowns and completing only 63.3 percent of his passes for a 6.4 yards per attempt average.
Nebraska will be fired up to give Texas one final boot out of Lincoln before they depart the Big 12 for the Big 10. "The Blackshirts" should give Texas' offense hell and Taylor Martinez should do enough to turn a game with just a -8 point spread for the Cornhuskers into a blowout.
No. 5: Ohio State at Wisconsin
Similar to the last blowout prediction, this game features a lower point spread at just -6.5 in favor of the Buckeyes (6-0; 2-0). But just like the Cornhuskers, Ohio State will be looking to make a statement this weekend against the Wisconsin Badgers (5-1; 1-1).
The Buckeyes will want to have a strong showing this weekend to solidify their hold on the No. 1 spot in college football.
The Badgers are a very good team. They are stout against the run, Scott Tolzien is an efficient quarterback and John Clay and the ground attack is bruising.
However, they have allowed opponents to post a 135.12 quarterback rating and have only intercepted four passes and allowed 10. That won't cut it against Heisman front-runner Terrelle Pryor.
On top of that, the Buckeyes have one of, if not the best, defense in all of college football, allowing just 468 yards on 2.69 yards per carry through six games.
In the end, Ohio State should slow down Clay and the Badgers just enough to allow Pryor and the offense to run away with this game, even at Camp Randall Stadium, cementing their status as the undisputed No. 1 football team in all of college football.