By Chris Carlson
Week 6 is the reason I love the College Football regular season. Both Oklahoma and Michigan went down along with a few last second heroics. Not to mention an epic multiple overtime game between Western Michigan and Buffalo.
Week 7 may appear paper thin in the way of Marquee Matchups pairing ranked opponents against one and other. One thing about these unranked teams that in 2017 play the ‘B’ side on Saturday they’re consistently Top 25 programs. If they play up to the competition talent won’t be the issue.
#10 Auburn at LSU: This obviously is a stretch for a real Marquee Matchup but to be fair its slim pickings this week. Auburn finally finding their offense makes them a National Title dark horse. However, mediocre season or not, as the saying goes “Where dreams come to die”, LSU at night will be not walk in the park for Auburn. Auburn does have an elite defense and as previously mentioned found their groove on offense riding the back of Kerryon Johnson. Ugly, ugly, ugly, but close, that’s how this game will look.
The Pick: Auburn 23 LSU 12
Under The Radar
#12 Oklahoma at Texas: Although the Red River Rivalry is scheduled on ESPN’s afternoon prime-time slot it’s still flying under the radar for two main reasons. One is the Longhorns slow start in September and two being Oklahoma dropping down in the rankings after a shockingly loss to unranked Iowa State. Expect the unexpected is a good term when judging how this thing will play out. If Oklahoma wouldn’t have lost last week I probably would’ve made this my Saturday Upset Special. Now the Sooners will be ready & obviously motivated.
The Pick: Oklahoma 33 Texas 27
#24 Texas Tech at West Virginia: The Mountaineers must have a trapped in a corner mentality to secure this ever important in-conference affair. Can West Virginia make good on a third opportunity to beat an Associated Press Top-25? Will Texas Tech be able to win a tight game facing adversity on the road? As funny as it may sound the key to victory is the ground attack. Last week the Red Raiders gained over 300 rushing yards their best total in 5 years. Keeping the clock ticking in a high scoring contest is paramount. It’s safe to say this will be the highest scoring game of the week.
The Pick: West Virginia 44 Texas Tech 37
Saturday Upset Special
A week removed from a thrilling come from behind, last second victory by the Canes over FSU, #11 Miami gets beat on their home turf by Georgia Tech. Ball control proves to be enough for GT to pull the upset.
Hardcore Burn Burner
#25 Navy vs. Memphis: Opposite styles collide in what’s sure to be a hardcore fans dream of a matchup. The Midshipmen run the triple-option whereas Memphis wants to spread the defense out. Riley Ferguson had 7 passing touchdowns last week enough said.
(Honorable Mention: UCLA vs. Arizona is basically a 50-50 toss up and will likely be a score-fest.)
Against The Spread
Baylor is 0-5 and will no doubt lose to Oklahoma State but not by 25 points.
(Honorable Mention: 16.5-points is what Vegas has the Purdue Boilermakers as a live underdog versus #7 Wisconsin)
Quick Hits Recap
-Florida State’s 1-3 start is their worst since 1979.
-Memphis QB Riley Fergusson put up some gaudy numbers last week in a win over UConn passing for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns.
-It took Western Michigan 7 overtime’s to finally defeat Buffalo 71-68 in the 4th highest scoring game in FBS history.
-Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson had 25 carries and 204 rushing yards to go along with 3 TD’s last week.
-Arizona QB Khalil Tate has a monster game rushing for a whopping 327 yards and 4TD’s the most ever rushing yards gained by a quarterback in FBS history.
-30-point underdog Iowa State had 8 plays of 25 yards or more in route to an unbelievable 38-31 victory over previously unbeaten Oklahoma.
Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The College Ball Show Podcast Available on Apple Podcast (ITunes), Player.FM, Stitcher, Tunein, www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio & More! Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio