College Football Week 7 Picks: 5 Games Closer Than You Might Think
The NCAA football season is in full swing, and there have been some major upsets over the course of the season, as well as some major surprises. Alabama has fallen off of its perch at the top, Boise State and TCU are still undefeated, and Texas has fallen out of the Top 25 for the first time in forever.
There have also been many unranked teams who have upset ranked teams. This has been a frequent occurrence this season, Kansas and Virginia Tech were both defeated in the opening weeks by FCS schools.
As Week 7 begins, here are five games that many think will be blowouts, that will come down to the wire.
25. West Virginia vs. South Florida
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South Florida comes into West Virginia tonight having lost their conference opener last week against Syracuse. After last week's lopsided win against UNLV West Virginia comes in ranked 25th. West Virginia coach refuses to let West Virginia look past South Florida though. South Florida has defeated West Virginia three times in the last four years, and tonight would love to make it four of the past five.
South Florida is looking to knock West Virginia out of the top 25 for a second straight meeting, and while some may think this game will be lopsided, the game will be closer than many appear. It will be a tough task for South Florida though, as West Virginia boasts the second highest rated passer in the Big East in Geno Smith and the number 10 ranked runner in the NCAA in Noel Devine.
South Florida is led by quarterback B.J. Daniels who looks to lead South Florida to their second straight victory over the Mountaineers, but he is struggling this year.
But Stewart refuses to base his opinion on South Florida solely on statistics.
"They've got talent, they've got coaching, they've got a lot of things," he said. "They've got great athleticism and as many talent players as they'd like to have. If people don't think they're good, they don't have a clue."
It will be a close one in West Virginia tonight.
Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forrest
Virginia Tech comes into this game against Wake Forrest as the heavy favorite, despite losing to FCS school James Madison in the second week of the season. Despite this loss, Virginia Tech is still 4-2 and likely to return to the top 25 again with a win against Wake Forrest.
Wake Forrest comes into this game with a 2-4 record and a 1-2 record against ACC opponents. If Wake Forrest is going to win this game, first and foremost they will have to stop star quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has passed for 1030 yards and 9 touchdowns, and rushed for 449 yards and two touchdowns. If the Demon Deacons can slow down Taylor, they will have a shot to win this game.
Wake Forrest needs to get its rushing attack going this week. Ted Stachitas has done a good job of rushing the ball from the quarterback position, but the running back position needs to step it up. Redshirt Freshman Josh Harris has been the one bright spot at this position, and will likely get his first start this week. He has explosive speed and is capable of breaking long runs. The Demon Deacons will need a few big plays from him in this game.
Wake Forrest will hang with Virginia Tech, putting a scare in Tech fans.
15. Iowa vs. Michigan
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The Iowa Hawkeyes come in to Ann Arbor, Michigan as the number 15 ranked team in the NCAA. They will face unranked Michigan in hopes to keep their National Title aspirations alive. One thing, however stands in their way. Denard "Shoelace" Robinson, star quarterback for Michigan, and leading Heisman Trophy contender looks to rebound from last week's loss against Michigan State, and come away with a win against 15th ranked Iowa.
Robinson has posted eye popping numbers this year, passing for 1223 yards and 8 touchdowns, and rushing for 991 yards and 9 touchdowns in just 6 games. He has had a Heisman caliber half of the season, and when his game is on, Michigan can defeat anyone.
Ricky Stanzi and the Hawkeyes look to keep their title hopes alive and score enough points to keep pace with the Hawkeyes.
Many have said that because of Michigan's defense, this game will not be close like last week's against Michigan State. Robinson, however, can put up points with anyone.
It will be a close game in Ann Arbor on Saturday
22. Florida vs. Mississippi State
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Number 22 ranked Florida comes into this game against Mississippi State as an overwhelming favorite, however both Florida and Mississippi State have identical 4-2 records. Florida is danger of losing three straight games for the first time in 11 years.
The older players at Florida are not used to this, before the Alabama game, it had been two years since Florida had lost a regular season game. The Gators suffered a painful loss against LSU this past week, as the Tigers scored the go ahead touchdown with three seconds remaining to win the game.
Florida comes into this game led by John Brantley, Tim Tebow's replacement at quarterback. The real star on this team is Jeff Demps. Demps has Olympic speed, and is a threat to take it to the house on any occasion. Look for Florida to force feed the ball to Demps this game.
The Bulldogs are on a three game winning streak, and will not be intimidated by the Gators. The Bulldogs will try and keep the game close and then strike in the closing minutes.
The Gators need to be on the lookout in the Swamp on Saturday.
20. Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech
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Oklahoma State is the 20th ranked team in the nation, Texas Tech is 3-2 and struggling with a new coach. This, however, is a Big 12 conference game, and that changes everything. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has led the Cowboys to an undefeated start, but he will face a challenge to keep it that way.
On paper, this should be a blowout for the Cowboys, but the Cowboys are possibly missing three receivers with injuries. Kendall Hunter has rushed for 700 yards and 9 touchdowns and looks to keep the Cowboys undefeated, but Texas Tech will be ready. Quarterback Taylor Potts is having an outstanding season, and with the Red Raider spread offense, any defense is in trouble.
Weeden knows that even though the Cowboys are undefeated, the road is getting tougher, starting on Saturday, "Not that the first five weren't big, but yeah, they're going to get bigger," Weeden said. "They're going to get tougher."
The tougher road starts tonight Brandon Weeden, will you let the Red Raiders stay in the game?
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