Another great weekend of college football is on tap for week seven. I love the Friday night contest out west, where Colorado will travel to Eugene, to tackle the Ducks. Saturday we have four games where Top 25 teams clash. We are sure to have at least one undefeated team lose. Florida travels to LSU in a battle of two unbeatens. I love the battles that will play out in the BIG-10. We will find out just how good both Penn State and Minnesota really are. The Michigan State/Wisconsin game will also be a must see contest. Below is a peek at all the big games this weekend.
THIS WEEKS FEATURED GAMES
No.6 OKLAHOMA (5-0) VERSUS No.11 TEXAS (4-1) The “Red River Rivalry” is played at the Texas state fair in Dallas. This is one game I have never attended, but is on my bucket list. I think it’s become even a better rivalry with the addition of two of the youngest and brightest head coaches in the game in Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman. In last years meeting both teams were ranked for the first time since 2012. Both teams combined for a record 93 combined points. It marked the fifth straight meeting that the game was decided by seven points or less. Once again we have both teams ranked. In handicapping this game I have decided that, the injuries to the Texas secondary will be to much for the Longhorns to overcome. Sooner quarterback Jalen Hurts will put up monster numbers. BOOMER SOONER, 42-27.
No.1 ALABAMA (5-0) AT No.24 TEXAS A&M (4-1) Both teams enter this game off a bye week. Alabama has won six straight in this series. The Tide have faced two freshmen quarterbacks in the past two games and both have had some success. Kellen Mond is a big upgrade at that position, but Mond has never beaten a Top 10 opponent. I expect Alabama to jump out early and go on cruise control. I don’t see anyway the Aggies can contain the likes of Jerry Juedy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t thrown an interception this season! The coaching edge that Nick Saban enjoys over the overpaid Jimbo Fisher will also come into play once again. TIDE STEAMROLLS AGGIES 45-20.
No.10 PENN ST (5-0) AT No.17 IOWA (4-1) I can’t wait to watch this game. We will finally find out if Penn State is for real. A look inside the numbers, shows us that the Lions have beaten up Idaho, Buffalo, Maryland and a beat up Purdue team. Is that impressive? NO. Keep in mind that head coach James Franklin loves to run up the score. The best team they have played so far is Pittsburgh, a game they almost lost, had it not been for a blunder by Panther head coach Pat Narduzzi. The last time these two played in Iowa was in 2017, when Saquon Barkley ran wild. This game will be played before a rabid crowd at night in Kinnick Stadium. Last week Michigan was able to hand the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season 10-3. The wolverines sacked Nathan Stanley eight times, using a simple zone blitz, that the Hawks simply couldn’t defend. That won’t happen again. HAWKEYES SNAP A FIVE GAME LOSING STREAK TO AN OVERRATED PENN STATE TEAM 23-20
No.7 FLORIDA (6-0) AT No.5 LSU (5-0) I have a strong message for Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. Make sure your chin strap is extra tight, your about to get hit in the mouth. Trask has been excellent since taking over for the injured Feleipe Franks. He has had the luxury of playing in three straight home games. This week he heads out to the Bayou to face a pissed off Tiger squad that will be seeking revenge from last years 27-19 loss in the swamp. The Tigers at (5-0) have been steadily creeping up the rankings each week. A convincing win here could vault them into the top four. the new-look Tiger offense has quarterback Joe Burrow looking like a Heisman candidate. Burrow should have some decent success here. Head coach Ed Orgeron will want to punish the Gators if he gets a lead. That means a physical beat down. I loved the effort by the Gators last week in the win over Auburn. Let’s remember it was two big plays that led to the victory over the Tigers. TIGERS WILL ROAR 27-10.
NEBRASKA (4-2) AT MINNESOTA (5-0) I still have a hard time believing that Minnesota is undefeated. The emergence of quarterback Tanner Morgan has been amazing. He has balanced the Gopher offense with his passing, which has given tailbacks Mohamed Ibrahim and Rodney Smith even more running room. I will be skeptical of the Gophers record until they actually beat someone that I respect. I can’t even say that my opinion will change with a victory over Nebraska. The Huskers are a beat up team and might well be without quarterback Adrian Martinez this Saturday. These two schools play for one of the best trophies in football. The $5 bits of broken chair trophy is up for grabs. Heralded by some as the “best CFB trophy of the modern era”. The $5 bits of broken chair dates back to only 2014 when Minnesota’s mascot and Nebraska’s fake coach (now ex-fake coach) exchanged words on Twitter. Basically, @GoldyGopher challenged @FauxPelini to a “friendly wager.” How did the usurper coach respond? “Ok how about if we win you give me $5, if you win, I get to smash a wooden chair over your back”. GOLDY GOPHER HAS BEEN IN THE WEIGHT ROOM, 33-26.
No.25 MEMPHIS (5-0) AT TEMPLE (4-1) The AAC has become a conference filled with good football teams and each week delivers us great football. This week we get another tasty morsel with Memphis traveling to Temple. The tigers are loaded offensively and uncovered another gem in freshman tailback Kenneth Gainwell, who became the first freshman in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a game last week. The Tigers have aspirations of being the team selected to represent the Group of Five in the New Years day bowl derby. That in itself will keep them focused here. The Owls are far better than most people give them credit for. They already own victories over two “Power Five”, schools in Georgia Tech and Maryland. I give the Owls a solid chance to win this game outright. They own the better defense, and will be playing in front of what should be an excited homecoming crowd. OWLS PULL OFF A NAILBITER, HOOT HOOT 28-24.
SUPER SIX PACK: SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS, SIX PICKS
HAWAII (4-1) AT No.14 BOISE STATE Top game in the Mountain West. Hank Bachmeier versus Cole McDonald, Bachmeier 41-27.
LOUISVILLE (3-2) AT No.19 WAKE FOREST (5-0) Demon Deacons looking to keep pace with Clemson. Bowl eligible after 35-21 victory.
COLORADO (3-2) AT No.13 OREGON (4-1) Is this finally the week Oregon explodes on offense? It sure is, 46-17.
TOLEDO (4-1) AT BOWLING GREEN (1-4) Battle of I-75 trophy. Rockets get speeding ticket, 65-14.
USC (3-2) AT No.9 NOTRE DAME (4-1) These two play for the “Jeweled Shillelagh”. The shillelagh is a foot-long jaded war club. Trojans get clubbed, 35-21.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-2) AT No.18 ARIZONA STATE (5-1) I’ll be on the sidelines for this one. Expect a track meet, Sun Devils 42-38.