The Auburn Tigers seemed to finally lose their luster last week at Arkansas, but as the Tigers now sit at 4-2, they should rest assured that both of their losses have come on the road to Top 10 teams. The young Tigers, which boast 27 freshmen and sophomores in their starting lineup, host struggling Florida Saturday night on the Plains. The Alabama Crimson Tide, still steamrolling through opponents in 2011, travel to Oxford to tangle with the Rebels--or Rebel Black Bears, whatever you'd like to call them. If college football season hasn't grasped your full attention by this point in the season, you might want to check your pulse.
Here goes Week 7:
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
ALL RANKINGS REFLECT LATEST AP POLL
College (10-1 last week; 53-12 this season)
No. 15 South Carolina (5-1, 3-1) at Mississippi State (3-3, 0-3)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11 AM: SEC NETWORK
Saturday's game will mark the third consecutive morning contest for Mississippi State and the fourth pre-noon tilt of seven games this season. Last season, just one game kicked off before noon (Alcorn State) and one kicked off in the afternoon (The Gator Bowl).
The Bulldogs won six of the first eight meetings in this 13-game series, but the Gamecocks have won five straight:
South Carolina 27, Mississippi State 23.
No. 11 Michigan (6-0, 2-0) at No. 23 Michigan State (4-1, 1-0):
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11 AM: ESPN
If there is such a thing as an "upset special" in Tucker's Pick 'Em this week, well, here it is. The Spartan defense, ranked first in the nation, goes up against Denard "Shoelace" Robinson and the best rushing offense in the Big 10 Conference. This will be Michigan's first real test this season. Sure, they're 6-0, but they've played Western Michigan, a struggling Notre Dame team in Week 2, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State, Minnesota, and Northwestern.
Sparty contains Robinson, Wolverines:
Michigan State 27, Michigan 24.
No. 20 Baylor (4-1, 1-1) at No. 21 Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11 AM: FX
Heisman candidate Robert Griffin III, or "RG3" as he's become known, leads his Baylor Bears into College Station, Texas Saturday for the 108th installment of the "Battle of the Brazos." The rivalry is named for the Brazos River that flows by the two schools, which are only 88 miles apart. For only the seventh time in series history, both the Bears and Aggies are ranked in the AP top 25.
Saturday's meeting will be the first such meeting since Oct. 19, 1991, when No. 16 Baylor lost 34-12 to No. 19 Texas A&M:
Texas A&M 42, Baylor 33.
No. 1 LSU (6-0, 3-0) at Tennessee (3-2, 0-2)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM: CBS
For the first time since 2006, LSU travels to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Vols. The Tigers escaped a huge upset last year in Baton Rouge on a wacky ending that's hard to forget. LSU was given an extra play, with the clock reading 00:00, after Tennessee was flagged on the presumed final play of the game for having too many players on the field (not 12, but 13). Stevan Ridley then took a pitch to the left side and bulled his way in from 1-yard out for the game winning touchdown. "I don't know if I ever had a loss like that,'' said Vols coach Derek Dooley, who went into the game a three-touchdown underdog. "There was a lot of chaos. We obviously had too many men on the field."
The last time Tennessee played a No. 1 opponent was another crazy loss by two points-- a 12-10 loss to Alabama in 2009, when Terrence Cody blocked two field goals in the fourth quarter to keep the Tide undefeated:
LSU 31, Tennessee 16.
***TUCKER'S PICK 'EM GAME OF THE WEEK***
No. 6 Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0) at No. 21 Texas (4-1, 1-1)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM: ABC/ESPN
Some of you are thinking "upset" this week for the Texas Longhorns as they look to bounce back from last week's debacle against Oklahoma. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden hears you: "Anytime you come off of a game like they (Texas) just played – a physical game against a rival – and it didn’t go the way they planned, we know we’re going to get their best shot because they’re going to be hungry and they’re going to want to get things back on the right page," said the senior, who turns 28 Friday. "It’s going to be a hard, physical game. Their defense is really good. I’ve watched a little tape already. They’re Texas and they have good athletes. We can’t overlook them, that’s for sure because they have plenty of weapons.”
Should be a good one:
Oklahoma State 38, Texas 30.
No. 2 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) at Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 5 PM: ESPN2
Alabama has been very successful during the month of October under the direction of Nick Saban, sporting a 15-1 record in games played during the month since 2007. The Tide has outscored opponents 410-208 during that span and sports a 5-1 record against ranked opponents. The only October loss for Saban came last season at No. 19 South Carolina, which broke Alabama's 11-game win streak.
Since then, the Crimson Tide hasn't lost another October game:
Alabama 30, Ole Miss 10.
Florida (4-2, 2-2) at No. 24 Auburn (4-2, 2-1)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 6 PM: ESPN
The Tigers return home after two weeks on the road to take on Will Muschamp's Florida Gators. The Gators will be without starting quarterback John Brantley and will reportedly go with freshman Jacoby Brissett, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Brissett went 8-14 last week for 92 yards and a touchdown but threw two interceptions in the Gators' 41-11 loss at LSU. If you like watching close, exciting Auburn games, don't miss this one.
The last four games in this series have been decided in the final minute, with Auburn winning three of the four. The Tigers have also won the last two times these teams have played in Jordan-Hare (2001, 2006):
Auburn 28, Florida 27.
No. 8 Clemson (6-0, 3-0) at Maryland (2-3, 1-1)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 6 PM: ESPNU
Clemson looks to remain undefeated against its longest active continuous rival in the ACC. The visiting team won each game in the series between 2005-2008, but the home team has recorded the upset in each of the last two seasons. The Terrapins won just two games in 2009 but defeated a Clemson team that won nine games and played for the ACC Championship. Last season, the Tigers finished their season with a 6-7 record but defeated a nine-win Maryland team that finished in the top 25 by a score of 31-7.
If quarterback Tajh Boyd is out for Clemson Saturday night, things could get interesting:
Clemson 28, Maryland 21.
Louisiana-Monroe (1-4, 0-1) at Troy (2-3, 1-1)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 6 PM: TROY ISP SPORTS NETWORK/ESPN3.COM
Troy's game against ULM will be the 250th game between head coach Larry Blakeney and head trainer Chuck Ash. The duo have the longest active relationship between head coach and trainer in the FBS. On the field, the Trojans are 4-6 all-time in games played on October 15th. Troy's last game on this date came against this very team in 2005, a 27-3 loss for the Trojans. The first time Troy played on this date was in 1927, when they lost 34-0 to Marion Institute.
Trojans edge the Warhawks in Troy:
Troy 31, Louisiana-Monroe 24.
No. 3 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) at Kansas (2-3, 0-2)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM: ESPN2
Kansas head coach Turner Gill, in his second season in the Sunflower State, is 10-4 all-time versus Oklahoma. He was 3-1 during his playing career as the quarterback at Nebraska between 1980-1983, and he later compiled a 7-3 record against the Sooners as an assistant with the Cornhuskers.
But this will be the first time he's taken on Oklahoma as the head coach of Kansas:
Oklahoma 52, Kansas 21.
No. 18 Arizona State (5-1, 3-0) at No. 9 Oregon (4-1, 2-0) **COLLEGE GAMEDAY
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM: ESPN
Arizona State hopes to defend its position atop the Pac-12 South standings as they travel to Eugene, Oreg. to take on the mighty Ducks of Oregon. Tailback LaMichael James appeared to go down with a gruesome arm injury last week in Oregon's win over Cal, but he snapped his elbow back into place himself and says he'll be fine soon. However, the shifty back won't play for at least two weeks. That could be bad news for the Ducks; James ranks first in the nation in rushing, averaging 8.97 yards per carry and 170 yards per game.
But where there's bad news, there's good news. And the good news for the Ducks is that James isn't all they've got:
Oregon 41, Arizona State 27.
Tucker Sargent is a senior at Troy University in his home state of Alabama. "Tucker's Pick 'Em" started in 2009 on Facebook, with 10 games of interest being picked each week. Opinions are not meant to offend anyone. Visit Tucker's blog or follow him on Twitter here.