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The College Five: Week Seven

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Here are five football games to watch this week.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend saw some very good upsets of top 25 teams, with Oklahoma and Louisville both going down last weekend. Now week seven is here, with every game steadily growing in weight as we race towards conference championships and bowl season. With no ranked games this weekend, this is leading to a lot of trap scenarios for teams trying to stay ranked. As a matter of fact, last night two teams ranked in the top 10 lost. With a record of 18-12, I will try to find the best five of the lot and give you predictions. Here we go!

5 - Oregon Ducks vs. (23) Stanford Cardinal, Saturday at 8:00 pm pst

Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is still injured, and last weekend showed that the defense is not strong enough to hold down opponents for four quarters. The sack master pair of Peter Kalambayi and Dylan Jackson have 16 combined sacks, making for the most menacing duo in college football. Running back Bryce Love will get his carries and continue to perform, the story of this game will be the dominance of the defensive front. Stanford stifles Oregon.

Prediction: Stanford wins 38-17

4 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. (11) Miami Hurricanes, Saturday at 12:30 pm pst

The Yellow Jackets are averaging 396 rushing yards per game and rolling into Miami after the Hurricanes had to play a down-to-the-wire game with state rival FSU. This is a game ripe for upset, with quarterback TaQuon Marshall and running back KirVonte Benson both consistent runners in the ground game. The Yellow Jackets pull the big upset by grinding out a messy game over the Hurricanes.

Prediction: Georgia Tech wins 27-24

3 - (17) Michigan Wolverines vs. Indiana Hoosiers, Saturday at 9:00 am

The Wolverines are fresh off a devastating loss at home to Michigan State. The Wolverines now have to travel to the Hoosiers home after an ugly loss. The Hoosiers are a scrappy Big Ten team that went toe to toe with Ohio State for a half and could pose a problem for the Wolverines, who have had a problem on offense. Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow and receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. are a dangerous combination that has connected for 370 yards and three touchdowns. The team will give Michigan fits for at least two quarters as the offense has struggled time and again to find a rhythm early. This game is not an upset, but far closer than Michigan Fans want.

Prediction: Michigan wins 28-24

2 - (24) Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers, Saturday at 9:00 am

The Red Raiders are one of two top 25 ranked teams that play the underdog roll this weekend (Navy is the other), with the Mountaineers favored by four points in the game. The Red Raiders have proven they can play solid defenses, beating a stout front in Houston and still maintained 46.8 points per game. Quarterback Nic Shimonek has done a great job stepping up for the departed Patrick Mahomes, throwing for 1,811 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Red Raiders. West Virginia lost to a high powered TCU offense last weekend, now they are felled by Texas Tech’s.

Prediction: Texas Tech wins 40-31

1 - (12) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns, Saturday at 12:30 pm

This is one of the best games of the year: The Red River Rivalry. This always proves to be an exciting game that involves plenty of scoring and is an edge-of-your seat watch from start to finish. The Sooners need a win after their embarrassing upset to Iowa State last weekend. Now Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield is up against Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger in a shootout for redemption. Two offenses that average over 30 points per game and two defense that let up points in masses. While it will be close, my money is on last season’s Heisman finalist.

Prediction: Oklahoma wins 41-36