College Football Week 7 Picks: BCS Contenders Face Big Challenges

Ben GriffyCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2010

College Football Week 7 Picks: BCS Contenders Face Big Challenges

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head Coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team play the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ohio Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio State won 73-20. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Each week in college football is full of surprises and upsets. Last week, the top-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama fell on the road to Steve Spurrier's South Carolina. This week Ohio State faces a similar challenge as Alabama did last week in 18th-ranked Wisconsin. Who will come out on top? Can the Buckeyes and the Sweater Vest remain undefeated?

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drops back to pass against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Top Ranked Ohio State faces a tough test this weekend when they head to Wisconsin to face the 18th ranked Badgers. The Buckeyes have looked near unstoppable this year, and with Terrelle Pryor finished researching research and keeping his head in the game, they have among the best offenses in the league.

    Although Wisconsin is very talented, the one test they faced, Michigan State on the road, resulted in a ten point loss. Look for Ohio State to roll in this one.

3. Boise St. Broncos

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    SALT LAKE CITY - SEPTEMBER 30:   Quarterback Jared Zabransky #5 of the Boise State Broncos looks to pass the ball as he runs against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 30, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Broncos of Boise State beat the Ut
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    With Oregon off, the next highest team to play will be Boise St. going against Eastern Kentucky Technical Institute for the Culinary Arts… or whatever  DII school they have scheduled. Actually, this weekend they play San Jose St., which should pose no problem.

    Until Boise St. starts playing higher caliber schools, it will be tough for them to leapfrog into the top two unless several other teams fall.

4. Texas Christian Horned Frogs

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Horned Frogs are matched up against BYU this weekend, and should have no problem winning. They suffer from much the same type of stigma as Boise St.—they don’t play in a competitive enough conference to give them enough matchups against ranked teams. But they should be able to take this one easily.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Roy Helu Jr. #10 follows wide receiver Niles Paul #24 during first half action of their game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Lincol
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    Even without Ndamukong Suh (try spelling that on the first try!), the Cornhuskers are a force to be reckoned with this year. But this week won’t be there week: Texas has fallen out of the top 25 for the first time in ten years and Mack Brown will be looking to return.

    They played close with Oklahoma two weeks ago, and should be able to do the same with Nebraska this week. Expect a close game with Texas pulling ahead in the final minutes.

6. Oklahoma Sooners

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    This weekend Oklahoma hosts 3-3 Iowa State. This shouldn’t be a huge task for the undefeated Sooners—who should easy beat the Cyclones.