HOW TO WATCH WEEK 7 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
I hate when writers or sports personalities get overly hyperbolic and make some grand statement about a sporting event just to draw eyeballs and get attention for themselves. So instead of doing that, I’ll just say that last week was the greatest weekend of college football in the history of this universe or any other. To wit:
-Head Coach Nick Saban and his #1 ranked Alabama squad lost to unranked Texas A&M, led by Saban’s former assistant coach Jumbo Fisher.
-#3 Iowa came back to beat #4 Penn State and start a serious discussion about who the top team in the country is.
-#6 Oklahoma had to score 25 fourth quarter points to beat #21 Texas in the Red River Rivalry Game.
-SEC upstarts Ole Miss and Arkansas scored over 100 combined points in a game that came down to the very last play of the game – an unconverted two-point conversion for Arkansas!
-a non-Power Five conference school (Cincinnati) kept right on winning and is now firmly ensconced in the BCS Playoff picture.
Week Seven is going to feel a lot of pressure to deliver for fans after Week Six’s impressive showing. On the surface, it doesn’t appear to have as many marquee matchups as last weekend did, but it could still surprise us. You never know – maybe we’ll have a Godfather II level of sequel here, or at least a Die Hard 2 kind of vibe. Hopefully we will avoid having a Caddyshack 2 situation this weekend and make this weekends’ games worth watching – and betting on!
The biggest game takes place in Sanford Stadium where the newly anointed #1 Georgia Bulldogs will host #11 Kentucky, who remain undefeated. Yes, you read that correctly. Kentucky is 6-0. In football. After a tough loss last week vs. Oklahoma, Texas gets no time to recover as they welcome #12 Oklahoma State to Austin, and in your classic trap game, #2 Iowa comes off their huge win last week to face unranked Big Ten rival Purdue at home. Here’s hoping that shiny new ranking hasn’t gone to their heads.
The only team to drop from last week’s AP Top 25 rankings was Auburn, who were soundly beaten by Georgia. Unsurprisingly the only team new to the Top 25 this week is Texas A&M, who did everyone in America a favor by making Nick Saban even grumpier than usual in his halftime and post-game interviews. Pure joy.
All games featuring ranked teams are listed below. All games are EST.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
|California||#9 Oregon||10:30 pm||ESPN|
|#24 San Diego State||San Jose State||10:30 pm||CBSSN|
SATURDAY , OCTOBER 16
|Central Florida||#3 Cincinnati||12 noon||ABC|
|#10 Michigan State||Indiana||12 noon||FS1|
|#12 Oklahoma State||#25 Texas||12 noon||FOX|
|Auburn||#17 Arkansas||12 noon||CBS|
|#20 Florida||LSU||12 noon||ESPN|
|#21 Texas A&M||Missouri||12 noon||SEC|
|#11 Kentucky||#1 Georgia||3:30 pm||CBS|
|Purdue||#2 Iowa||3:30 pm||ABC|
|#19 BYU||Baylor||3:30 pm||ESPN|
|#5 Alabama||Mississippi State||7 pm||ABC|
|TCU||#4 Oklahoma||7:30 pm||ABC|
|#13 Ole Miss||Tennessee||7:30 pm||SEC|
|#22 NC State||Boston College||7:30 pm||ACC|
|#18 Arizona State||Utah||10 pm||ESPN|