College Football Week 7 Preview: 10 Questions for This Week's Matchups

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIOctober 15, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns a kick against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After last week, this week's going to be running to stand still if it's going to be any better. There are some intriguing matchups.

Here are some questions...

1) Will Alabama be able to get back on the horse against Ole Miss?

Yes, yes they will. This game should be done by halftime—because Ole Miss is a horrible football team. We look forward to Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson both putting up 100 each.


2) Can Wisconsin upset Ohio State?

After South Carolina beat Alabama last week, the air is ripe for another upset—this time at Camp Randall. GameDay's going to be there, the "Camp" is going to be off the hook and John Clay will be auditioning for the Big Time.

Then again, it's not as though Terrelle Pryor's never played under the lights at Camp Randall after scoring the winning touchdown under the lights at Camp Randall a couple of seasons ago.

We're picking Ohio State by a field goal, but we're hoping the other way (simply because it'll blow the Big Ten wide open).

3) Can Auburn remain the only unbeaten team in Alabama after Arkansas visits?

Auburn has been part of some of the most exciting games of the year thus far, and don't expect any different when Ryan Mallett strolls in. Mallett's already won big-time road games against Georgia and Texas A&M, and with 'Bama losing, Arkansas must suddenly feel they're in with a chance of winning the SEC West. We'll pick Auburn, but in a breathless usual.

4) Will Nebraska avenge the Big 12 Championship Game loss against Texas?

We're picking yes, simply because not only is the game in Lincoln, but UT's offence is awful. If they can control Taylor Martinez, the Longhorns could be in with a shout, but if they can't, then Nebraska's going to win this by double digits.

5) Can Illinois overcome the underdog tag yet again and beat Michigan State?

After a stunning, effective win over Michigan, Michigan State are suddenly in with a shout of not only winning the Big Ten, but possibly ending up in the BCS Championship Game (especially if Wisconsin beat Ohio State on Saturday night). We don't actually know how good this Illinois team is, but we're predicting a Michigan State win, although it'll be closer than many people think.

6) Who's going to win the No One Cares about California battle?

Cal vs. USC is normally a game that we'd all talk about. Maybe College GameDay would be there. But now, with USC and Cal respectively gone from Pac-10 leaders to also-rans in the space of a season or two, no one really cares about this one. We're calling for USC to pull it out after a stirring performance at Stanford, but only just. Not that we'll be watching, anyway...

7) Can South Carolina get over "Hangover Week" and beat Kentucky?

After the Gamecocks beat Alabama, you can be sure that more than a couple of players had a distinctly bad hangover come Sunday morning. It'll also be hard to "get up" for Kentucky, who only just lost to Auburn in a battle on Saturday. If Stephen Garcia's not on his game, this could be a tester for the 'Cocks. We're going for the upset. Kentucky in overtime.

8) Can Georgia make it two wins in a row against Vanderbilt?

In a word, yes. A.J. Green's so good they should build statues for him. They should also blame him for the season starting so badly—but that's another story. Mark Richt's a good guy—and if South Carolina beats Florida, suddenly the SEC looks interesting again. These Dawgs could well be Jan. 1 bowling...

9) Will Jake Locker finally overcome the hype against Oregon State?

Jake Locker's been one of the biggest letdowns of the season, but he's still dangerous. Oregon State will come rolling in after a massive win over Arizona, and everybody will try to take a deeeep breath. We're calling for Washington to win in the upset.

10) Will Missouri continue to be a Big 12 revelation in Aggietown?

Missouri is unbeaten, yet strangely unloved. That's probably because their division sucks and they played nobody of note in their offseason schedule. At Texas A&M, they'll face a wall of noise in Kyle Field. A&M by seven.