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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 7

Week 6 did not disappoint! Will Week 7 carry on the excitement?

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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 7

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Week 6 did not disappoint! Miami #SecuredTheBag in a thrilling comeback! Texas took the Golden Hat,and there were upsets galore. Down went Michigan State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Stanford, and Kentucky. The Wildcats magical season came to an end. The SEC took a major hit at the top but a new challenger rose. The Gators! UCF is still undefeated.

Last week my picks went 3-2 and my upset pick was 8 points away from victory! I’ve seen better weeks and I’m hoping week 7 is one of them. Altogether my record stands at 22-8 and 2-4 in upset picks. It’s a new week with new picks! Let’s do this. It’s my world, you’re just reading about it.

5: Nebraska at Northwestern

Hardly ever do I put a game involving two unranked opponents on here, especially when it involves a winless team. I’ll make an exception this week though. Scott Frost and Nebraska need a win and Northwestern is not particularly stiff competition.

This game will be close and won’t be a bad way to start your Saturday.

Nebraska has a great weapon in dual-threat QB Adrian Martinez who has started to take form mid-season. The Cornhuskers Achilles has been stopping the run but lucky for them Northwestern doesn’t have a run game. The Wildcats only average 77.4 rushing yards per game, over 100 less than Nebraska.

The line currently sits at -3.5 for Northwestern. Not a big spread for a team at home who just beat a ranked opponent. The game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 12:00 pm on ABC.

My Prediction: Nebraska-34 at Northwestern-28

4: UCF(10) at Memphis

UCF still hasn’t lost a game since December of 2016! Wow. The last time these two teams met was for the AAC Championship game and it didn’t disappoint. UCF won in double overtime 62-55. I expect this year to be a similar outcome.

On paper, these teams are practically the same. Both putting up an average of over 500 yards of offense a game and over 45 points a game. The difference is in defense and strength of schedule. Memphis has had a fairly easy road to this point and has lost twice while UCF has handled every opponent, including a beatdown of Pitt at home. It’s tough to bet against UCF and Heisman Hopeful Senior QB McKenzie Milton.

The Spread is currently at -4.5 for the visiting Golden Knights. I think this is fair for a championship game rematch. The game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 3:30 pm on ABC and ESPN2.

My Prediction: UCF-56 at Memphis-49

3: Wisconsin(15) at Michigan(12)

What a strange year it’s been for these two programs. For Michigan the year started off disastrous…or so it seemed. A loss to Notre Dame in week 1 was once considered the end, but now is just a small speed bump for a team that has begun to find their form.

For Wisconsin, once a title contender, until an unexplainable loss to BYU at home stained the Badgers resumé. This game will, on the ground. Michigan boasts one of the best run defenses in the country only allowing an average of 96.5 yards per game. Wisconsin relies heavily on star RB Jonathan Taylor to get their offense going. If Michigan can win the battle up front this could get ugly for Wisconsin on the road in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines are currently  8 point favorites at home. A pretty high spread to start. It wouldn’t surprise me if this went down as the week carried on towards kickoff. The game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 pm on ABC.

My Prediction: Wisconsin-17 at Michigan-28

2: Georgia(2) at LSU(13)

This game would’ve easily been #1 this week had LSU not lost to Florida. Still, this is a must-see matchup as this is Georgia’s toughest opponent so far this season.

On paper, Georgia is the better team on both sides of the football. They average about 10 more points a game and almost 100 more yards of offense. For LSU to come away with the upset they will need to protect the football, something they did very poorly against the Gators. The Tigers will also need to win the battle up front and contain Georgia’s talented backfield. Even at home, this is a tall task for LSU.

The spread currently sits at -7.5 for Georgia. A touchdown favorite on the road. This game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 3:30 pm on CBS.

My Prediction: Georgia- 38 at LSU-21

1: Washington (7) at Oregon(17)

I know I harp on how embarrassing the PAC 12 is for the Power 5 conferences. So why put a PAC 12 game at the top this week? Well, because Washington is the conferences last shot at getting a playoff team. Every game is a must win for the Huskies and this could be the toughest test they’ll face.

Oregon should’ve taken down Stanford at home two weeks ago and won’t want to make the same mistakes. The Huskies almost lost to a winless UCLA squad last week and have looked very beatable this year. The Ducks will prove to be too much for Washington as I expect Justin Herbert to have a huge day in front of his home crowd.

The line currently sits at -3 for Washington, which I think is a mistake. Oregon is clearly the better team here and home-field advantage will matter. The game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 3:30 pm on ABC.

My Prediction: Washington-21 at Oregon-38


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USC over COLORADO(19) It’s not often the Trojans are the underdog in this particular matchup, but Colorado has been a surprisingly solid team this year looking to compete for their first PAC 12 title. A road trip to the Coliseum sounds like a trap to me! I think USC finds a way to win at home in a shootout.

The line currently sits at -7 for USC which shows that Vegas doesn’t have much faith in the undefeated Buffaloes. The game will be played on Saturday, October 13th at 10:30pm on FS1.

My Prediction: Colorado-42 at USC-45

A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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