NCAA Football Week 7 Primer: The Scramble for Top Spots with BCS Rankings Coming

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 13, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Rob Calabrese #4 of the UCF Kights looks to throw against the Texas Longhorns on November 7, 2009 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 35-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Week 7 means we are on the back end of the season. It feels like just yesterday when the season started.

This will be the break point for a few teams out there. If they lose, their season is officially a losing one—no bowl bid and home for the holidays.

Wednesday Oct. 13

UCF at Marshall

Much like last week's mid-week Conference USA game, it’s on, so I guess I will watch it.

Thursday Oct. 14

South Florida at West Virginia

Remember a couple years ago when this was like THE game of the Big East? Yeah, that’s kind of changed now.

Kansas State at Kansas

Kansas State will try to rebound after last week's debacle against Nebraska. Seems like after the first couple weeks, I haven’t heard much about Kansas this season.

Friday Oct. 15

Cincinnati at Louisville

More Big East. For the past few years, Louisville hasn’t been doing so well, while Cincinnati has been running through the conference.

Saturday Oct. 16

Illinois at Michigan State

Michigan State is having a tremendous start to the season and is 6-0. Illinois is suddenly a surprising team that could be capable of upsetting someone along the way.

Pitt at Syracuse

Syracuse is suddenly finding success that they haven’t had in years. Pitt isn’t quite where many thought they would be at this point in the season.

Maryland at Clemson

Picked by many to fall to the bottom of the ACC, Maryland is actually 1-0 in conference and 4-1 overall. Clemson, on the other hand, is 0-2 in the ACC and 2-3 overall.

Missouri at Texas A&M

Missouri is still undefeated at 5-0 but are coming up to the meat of their schedule. A&M would like to turn around their current two-game losing streak.

Miami (OH) at Central Michigan

Miami is actually in the MAC title picture just a year after going 1-11. Central Michigan is struggling a year after winning the conference.

Army at Rutgers

I am still interested to see Army get to a bowl. I don’t know if this one will help get them there, but it could be a fun game to watch.

Arkansas at Auburn

If this isn’t a shootout then I might just give up trying to be a fanalyst. Both of these teams are capable of putting up points, and this will go a long way toward SEC west standings.

Cal at USC

If it has been nearly a decade since USC has lost back-to-back conference games, I would assume it has been a while since they lost three in a row. Not saying it will happen, but it could.

Iowa at Michigan

I have to wonder if this is where Michigan really starts heading downhill. Not sure they have enough on both sides for Iowa.

Texas at Nebraska

At the start of the season, everyone pointed at this as a key game in the Big XII and in the national championship picture. Not so sure about all that now, but it still has the potential to be a pretty good game.

SMU at Navy

I think this one is the going to be one of the highest scoring games of the season.

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

Oklahoma State is undefeated and rolling along. I am all about the kicking game with Bailey. I think Tech needs a bit more time under Tuberville before they are a true threat in the Big XII.


Normally this would be a key Mountain West matchup. BYU might be back on track, but for now, they still look like they are in a rebuilding year.

South Carolina at Kentucky

South Carolina finds themselves in the driver's seat in the SEC East, but after a huge win last week, there could be a letdown.

Kentucky might not appear to be a great team with a 0-3 SEC record and just a 3-3 mark overall, but they are capable of doing some stuff.

Utah at Wyoming

Everyone is focusing on TCU in the Mountain West, and it’s not like Utah is being completely ignored, but I think they are being underrated.

Iowa State at Oklahoma

Oklahoma State may be undefeated but they have done it in a rather inconsistent way. I don’t know that Iowa State has enough on their best day if Oklahoma is having one of their down days.

Ohio State at Wisconsin

The new No. 1 team in the country starts their run by going on the road to Wisconsin. Ouch.

Mississippi at Alabama

If Nick Saban has his potty mouth under control, now maybe we can get around to seeing how Alabama deals with a loss. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be Ole Miss this week.

Oregon State at Washington

I find if funny how a team that is 3-2 will have so much impact on the BCS due to how they affect the SOS for at least three of the teams currently ranked highly. Washington is still a team I can’t quite figure out.

Nevada at Hawaii

People forget about Hawaii and focus on Boise State and Nevada in the WAC. Even Fresno State gets more publicity, even though Hawaii is 2-0 in the WAC while Fresno is 1-1. Look for a shootout here.

Feels like I said that a lot this week. Shootouts across the country and the top scoring team, Oregon, isn’t even playing.


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