October 13, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Big Time College Football Preview Week 7
Last week, there were not that many big games besides #23 California @ #5 Utah. However, that’s not the case this week. On Saturday, ten top 25 teams square off in 5 key games, which can make or break some teams’ seasons. We will learn a lot about who is the real deal and vice versa come Sunday morning, but for now let’s focus on the previews.
#18 UCLA @ #15 Stanford
After a loss to Northwestern in week 1, the Stanford Cardinal have won four straight, including an impressive win on the road against USC. Underrated QB Josh Rosen has led the UCLA Bruins to a 4-1 start with the only lose coming against Arizona State at home.
PREDICTION: Senior QB Kevin Hogan gets it done at home, while true freshman Josh Rosen struggles on the road in a huge game.
Stanford 27-UCLA 17
#17 Iowa @ #20 Northwestern
Northwestern’s unbeaten streak was snapped by the Michigan Wolverines last week in an embarrassing fashion. However, they still come in to this game ranked #8 in the nation in points given up with 12.2. Iowa on the other hand, has yet to suffer defeat with a perfect record of 6-0 (2-0 in the Big 10). The only quality win for the Hawkeyes was an early season victory at home over the current #19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. With that being said, in my opinion Wisconsin has not shown me much that indicates that they should be ranked. I give Northwestern the advantage in schedule strength.
PREDICTION: Northwestern avenges the blowout loss to Michigan with a top 25 win at home mainly due to a strong defense. NW 21-Iowa 17
#10 Alabama @ #9 Texas A&M
This is perhaps the most interesting game of the weekend. The 12th man could very well be a factor in this highly touted SEC contest, but Alabama has already shown that they can win on the road in the SEC against a ranked team with blowout victory against Georgia in Athens. Texas A&M, led by Sophomore QB Kyle Allen, has shown that they have something that most-to-all SEC teams don’t: an established passing game. This game will come down to which defense will keep the other team’s offense out of the endzone the most. Alabama’s defense is #15 in points given up with 15.7.
PREDICTION: Johnny Manziel isn’t there to save the Aggies as the Tide squeak out a road victory in College Station. Alabama 31-Texas A&M 28
#7 Michigan St @ #12 Michigan
The Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy will begin at around 3:30 P.M. ET on Saturday afternoon. Michigan comes into the game as perhaps the nation’s hottest team after shutting out their last 3 opponents…two of those being ranked. The Spartans however, are still undefeated but have been winning in a less glamorous fashion. The Spartans ride into this game with close wins against Purdue and Rutgers. Senior QB Connor Cook leads Michigan St.
PREDICTION: The home team from Ann Arbor takes down their higher ranked rival as the Harbaugh effect stays in place. Michigan 35-Michigan St 31
#8 Florida @ #6 LSU
Very few teams are able to go into Death Valley and take down the Tigers, especially on Saturday nights. The deciding factor will be how well Florida’s run defense can handle LSU’s explosive run offense led by perhaps the best back in the country, sophomore phenom Leonard Fournette. Florida, coming into the game a perfect 6-0 with wins over Ole Miss and Missouri, will be without starting quarterback Will Grier, who recently tested positive for PED use; he has been suspended indefinently from the team. The Gators come into the game ranked 18th in the country in total run defense by allowing just 99.2 yards per game on the ground. The Tigers on the other hand are 3rd in the country with 346.4 rushing yards per game. They record a total of 624 yards of offense last week at home against South Carolina.
PREDICTION: LSU takes advantage of Death Valley and Florida’s quarterback situation, and hands the Gators their first loss under HC Jim McElwain.