College Football Week 7 Preview and Picks

15Oct09

Week 7 looks like it should be one of the better weeks for a college football fan this week. A solid Thursday night match-up pits a strong #8 Cincinnati against #21 South Florida, which will likely result in the streak of having two ranked teams for the Big East coming to an end.  The Red River Shootout again sneaks up on us (unless you have been breathing).  Virginia Tech looks to continue their ACC dominance in a big Coastal division match-up against Georgia Tech, who just came off an emotional victory against FSU. Finally, the 4 year anniversary of the Bush Push game might be the last chance Charlie Weis has to prove that he is worthy of the Head Coaching Gig at Notre Dame.

While the Red River Shootout does not really have the Winner-go-to-the-BCS-Championship game feel of last years matchup, you wouldn’t know if you talked to someone from Texas, Oklahoma, or ESPN. The game will also be a feature for NFL Scouts.  Currently, six of the top 32 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board don the burnt orange of Texas or the crimson of Oklahoma on Saturdays. While only five of them will be playing as a result of Jermaine Greshman’s season ending right knee injury, the ramifications of the game are paramount for both teams. A 3 loss season for Oklahoma would prove to be devastating for Bob Stoops and the ridiculous calls for his firing might become more prevalent. For Texas, a win would keep them at the front of the group hoping to play in the BCS Championship game.

An in-depth Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech preview will be up shortly.

Here are our picks for Week 7 games that tickle our fancy:

Thursday Night Football:

Cincinnati (-2) at South Florida

Shraf: Cincinnati

Tony Pike stakes his claim into the Heisman Race with an epic performance on primetime

Doug: USF

Kelly will try and get the ball to Gilyard in creative ways but Selvie and the Rest of the DLine will be too much

Saturday:

Texas vs. Oklahoma (Neutral Field)

Shraf: Texas

The Biggest loss for Oklahoma this season was Jermaine Gresham, not Sam Bradford.

Doug: Oklahoma (outright)

Texas left that game wide open for Colorado, Oklahoma and Bradford will jump on those chances. Murray will be the difference.

Arkansas at Florida (-24.5)

Shraf: Florida

After Tim Tebow finishes his nightly duty as the Gainesville tooth fairy, he finds time to dismantle the Arkansas defense.

Doug: Florida

Look for Demps to have a big day on the ground, The Swamp will be rockin with the return of Tebow.

USC (-10) at Notre Dame

Shraf: Notre Dame

This Notre Dame team might be Charlie Weis’ best yet and this USC team might be Pete Carroll’s worse yet.

Doug: Notre Dame

Golden Tate will have a big play through the air and USC offense will struggle trying to protect Barkley.

Minnesota at Penn State (-17.5)

Shraf: Penn State

Eric Decker explodes for a big game for the Gophers but Evan Royster has his breakout game in 2009.

Doug: Minnesota

Minnesota is a program on the rise and I look for them to cover in a game that will be closer than the score.

Texas Tech at Nebraska (-10)

Shraf:  Nebraska

My Ndamukong Suh man love goes another step towards obsession.

Doug: Nebraska

Barry Turner will have a break out game as another TT lineman loses his mind.

Virginia (-3.5) at Maryland

Shraf: Virginia

Al Groh is 11-1 in the past few years in October. Guess what? It’s October.

Doug: Virginia

UVA seems to be improving recently while MD plateau-ed at suck a while ago

Virginia Tech (-3) at Georgia Tech

Shraf: Virginia Tech

The Heisman talk for Ryan Williams begins to gain steam.

Doug: Virginia Tech

Ryan Williams will have a big day and Foster will have his team disciplined and sound as usual.

South Carolina at Alabama (-17)

Shraf: Alabama

The best team in the country keeps on dominating the rest of the free world.

Doug: South Carolina

Stephen Garcia will regret being alive on sunday but the Bama offense still can’t get Julio involved enough to cover.

Missouri at Oklahoma State (-7)

Shraf: Missouri

Controversy regarding Dez Bryant’s eligibility provides just enough distraction for Blaine Gabbert to torch the Cowboy defense.

Doug: Missouri

Gabbert has been good and OKST seems to be floundering instead of improving.

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