Week 7 Preview: A Wacky Weekend Ahead in College Football Awaits

Mike MartinCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2008

A whole lot of shakin' goin' on—that's certainly going to be true for the upcoming weekend.  The Top 15 as you know it will no longer exist.  Some teams will fall simply because they're playing another team ranked in the Top 15 and others will fall because the team they're playing is trying to salvage a season or make a statement. 

The following are based upon USA Today rankings:

1. Oklahoma

The fallout starts here: The Red River Shootout.  Texas vs. Oklahoma.  Sam Bradford vs. Colt McCoy.  A shootout at OK Corral.  No further description is necessary.

2. Missouri

Oklahoma St visits Missou.  Currently ranked 17th OK State is out to prove that they belong among this year's elite.  Can they run with Missouri?  Nebraska showed some holes in the Tigers' defense.  This could be an upset but not a shocker.

3. LSU

These Tigers head to "the Swamp".  This is a match up of the two most recent National Champs.  With Florida losing earlier in the season to Ole Miss look for the Gators to throw the kitchen sink at the Tigers.

4. Alabama

The Crimson Tide picked a bad weekend for a Bye.  If LSU, Missouri and Oklahoma falter they could be leap-frogged by Texas and even Penn St if the Nittany Lions man-handle the Wisconsin Badgers.

5. Texas

See No. 1 Oklahoma.

6. Penn St

The Nittany Lions visit a very angry and embarrassed Wisconsin.  Two weeks ago ranked inside the Top 10, Wisconsin took a big lead at the Big House only to blow it in historic fashion.  Last weekend Wisconsin lost to a true-Freshman QB.  The Badgers are smarting and need to make a statement.  Penn St., on the other hand, wants to prove they're elite.

7. Texas Tech

The Red Raiders answered many critics by smoking K-State.  In putting up 58 points on the Wildcats did they show too much for the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers?  Nebraska is trying to keep from falling to .500 on the season.

8. BYU

The Cougars visit New Mexico.  Boring game of the week.

9. USC

Dennis Erikson takes his Sun Devils to LA.  Many thought ASU would be a contender for the Pac-10 this season.  They, now, find themselves scraping for respectability and should give the Trojans a Pac-10 showdown. 

This is the sort of game that Erikson comes up big in and Pete Carroll comes up empty handed.  USC will be trying to make a statement with this game that they have learned from Oregon St.

10. Georgia

The Bulldogs host the Volunteers of Tennessee.  The visitors will be out to prove that they're not an after-though in the SEC this year despite their 2-3 record.  Georgia will be attempting to re-ascend the rankings.

11. Ohio State

Terrelle Pryor's Buckeyes welcome Purdue to "The Shoe".  The two and three Boilermakers will be trying to salvage the final season for Joe Tiller.  What better place than Columbus, OH.

12. Florida

See Number three LSU.

13. Utah

The Utes visit Wyoming.  Yawn.

14. Vanderbilt

The Commodores hit the road after a big win over Auburn.  This could prove to be a trap game at Mississippi State with Georgia looming next week. 

15. Kansas

The Colorado Buffaloes travel to Kansas for a Big 12 showdown.  Colorado needs to win this as they have games at No. 4 Missouri, at Texas A & M, at Nebraska and host No. 17 Oklahoma State. 

This going to be an exciting weekend of football.  Who knows who will be ranked where next Sunday Night.