Football of week 7: what to watch?

Football of week 7: what to watch?

Phew, what a week last week was with the Wolfpack picking up a weird win that took us all from ‘this team is hopelessly lost’ to ‘our replacement QB is going to take us to a 10-win season’ in a matter of 30 minutes. Thank you, Chris Dunn, for this strange confidence.

As for this week, we have college football Wednesday through Saturday, so that’s amazing. Add to that the MLB playoffs, and there’s some good sports going on right now.

It’s not MACtion, but the Sun Belt has football Wednesday for us this week. The Ragin’ Cajuns aren’t the Sun Belt contenders they’ve been for the past few years (Billy Napier had that program running before he pacified for Florida), but they’re not terrible. Marshall probably isn’t as good as you think based on that win at Notre Dame earlier this year, so it should be a good game.

Let’s hope the Baylor-WVU matchup is good on Thursday night, because this Temple-UCF matchup is going to be a blast. Mountaineer trainer Neal Brown could really use a win, but man, the Big XII is brutally tough this year. WVU may be looking for a coach soon.

On Friday there are football matches. That’s about enough written about it.

Saturday may not be deep, but there are some fantastic games on the schedule. Kicking off at noon is Penn State vs. Michigan. James Franklin is trying not to let another strong start dry up, but the Nittany Lions are on a brutal three-game streak starting this week (vs. Minnesota and Ohio State are the other two). If Michigan wins this one, they’ll skate through the end of November undefeated and in the thick of the hunt for the playoffs.

It’s time for my weekly “this could be the week Bryan Harsin gets fired” line in this article. By the way, Ole Miss could end up with six games against a lame duck or freshman head coaches this year. They have already played four matches of this type.

As you know by now, Kansas is having a fantastic year and Oklahoma fans are no doubt sweating it, but Brent Venables might just be in luck with Jalon Daniels probably not playing for the Jayhawks. It’s hard to really feel bad for Sooners fans considering this is the first three-game losing streak in a player’s life on this team.

Speaking of that Oklahoma losing streak, I’m still not sure if Texas is as good as the forward metrics say, but they’re getting a good Iowa State team whose offense is in averaged 13.5 points per game against P5 competition this year. Man, Iowa State must hate offense as much as it loves corn.

This Minnesota vs Illinois game is the Big Ten’s second-best game this week. I’m not buying either team, but it’s still a good game.

Oh yes. Miami vs. Virginia Tech aired on ESPN3. Just as John Swofford had imagined! Says a lot when this game gets the same broadcast treatment as UConn vs Ball State.

We don’t need to preview the NC State vs Syracuse game here, there will be other articles for that, but it’s a huge game for both teams. The Orange are 5-0 for the first time since their unbeaten 1987 season. This game is scary.

There are two other huge games in the noon slot besides our beloved Wolfpack, and both of these games are undefeated matchups. The focus all week will be on this Alabama-Tennessee game and for good reason. Bama has looked beatable this year (they should probably have two losses already) and they’re down to their Heisman QB, while Tennessee has an offense that rolls everything in its path.

Speaking of steam offenses, TCU’s 4th scoring offense faces Oklahoma State’s 3rd scoring offense. Both teams rank in the 50s in scoring defense. Maximum Big XII game here.

Night Games doesn’t offer games at this level, but there are some pretty good ones in the mix. LSU-Florida is always intense, and now it features red-faced Brian Kelly. The Tigers could also really use a win, as they’ve just been destroyed by Tennessee and have Ole Miss and Alabama to follow after this week. Florida, meanwhile, is…uh…they watched…uh…I’m taking LSU in this one.

Florida State could really make the Pack a solid one with a win over Clemson! Maybe Jordan Travis won’t be throwing as many jumps this week… Then again, if his O line can give him time to do it, there’s a better chance of those being completed against Clemson’s DBs than against State.

Mississippi State vs. Kentucky could be really fun if Will Levis plays, but the Wildcats obviously aren’t the same team without their starting QB. I really hope those walls aren’t glass.

The other good game of Saturday night is USC-Utah. The Utes will be the biggest test for Lincoln Riley’s Trojan horse offense so far. It was weird to type…

Hey, come on duke!

But most importantly: Go Pack!

Rankings for SP+ Rankings and Reviews of Sagarine indicated, respectively, in front of the name of each team.

Wednesday

71/83 Louisiana @ 65/81 marshal – 7:30 p.m. – ESPN2

Thursday

19/17 Baylor @ 47/45 West Virginia – 7:00 p.m. – FS1

108/134 Temples @ 38/30 UCF – 7:00 p.m. – ESPN

Friday

95/76 Marine @ 48/68 EMS – 7:30 p.m. – ESPN

69/73 UTSA @ 130/197 Florida International – 8:00 p.m. – CBSSN

Saturday

14/15 Penn State @ 4/5 Michigan – 12:00 p.m. – FOX

44/55 Auburn @ 6/13 Ole Miss – 12:00 p.m. – ESPN

41/48 Kansas @ 18/24 Oklahoma – 12:00 – ESPN2

40/27 Iowa State@ 5/4 Texas – 12:00 p.m. – ABC

11/22 Minnesota @ 34/34 Illinois – 12:00 – BTN

54/51 Miami @ 86/104 Virginia Tech – 12:30 p.m. – ESPN3

122/150 UConn @ 114/111 Ball condition – 2:00 p.m. – ESPN3

32/29 NC status @ 57/52 Syracuse – 3:30 p.m. – ACCN

2/2 Alabama @ 7/8 Tennessee – 3:30 p.m. – CBS

11/15 Oklahoma State @ 23/16 TOS – 3:30 p.m. – ABC

25/21 USL @ 35/32 Florida – 7:00 p.m. – ESPN

6/13 Clemson @ 33/39 state of florida – 7:30 p.m. – ABC

12/12 Mississippi State @ 16/35 Kentucky – 7:30 p.m. – ESPNU

61/67 Memphis @ 62/71 East Carolina – 7:30 p.m. – ESPNU

24/10 USC @ 10/7 Utah – 8:00 p.m. – FOX

51/41 North Carolina @ 77/69 duke – 8:00 p.m. – ACCN

45/36 washington state @ 56/38 Oregon State – 9:00 p.m. – PAC12

82/64 Aviation @ 100/94 UNLV – 10:30 p.m. – RCSSC

91/57 San Jose State @ 87/95 Fresno State – 10:45 p.m. – FS1

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