College Football Week 7 2023 Preview. What a great weekend of college football we had in Week 6. Most of the games went as expected, but two notable upsets had the unexpected thrill of victories and agonies of defeat.
The Red River Rivalry did not disappoint. The Longhorns were expected to take down Oklahoma, but the Sooners had other plans. They were out to avenge their 49-0 loss during last year’s showdown. The Sooners jumped to the No. 5 spot because of their performance, while Texas dropped to No. 9.
Louisville moved from No. 25 all the way to No. 14 when they defeated Notre Dame last Saturday. The Fighting Irish, just as dramatically, dropped from No. 10 to No. 21. The Cardinals were leading by as many as 20 points before settling into a 33-20 win.
Week 7 Top 25 Ranked Schedule
This week, there are 26 teams in the rankings, as No. 19 Washington State is tied with No. 19 Tennessee.
No. 18 UCLA and No. 23 Kansas are back after a brief absence from the top 25. Fresno State was dropped out after a short stint in the rankings, as was Missouri.
There are four ranked matchups this week, as shown in bold below.
Saturday, October 14
- 1 Georgia (-31.5, 57) at Vanderbilt
- 2 Michigan (-34.5, 34.5) vs. Indiana
- 3 Ohio State (-20.5, 51.5) at Purdue
- 4 Florida State (-18, 56.5) vs. Syracuse
- 6 Penn State (-42, 58) vs. UMass
- 7 Washington (-3, 67.5) vs. No. 8 Oregon
- 10 USC at No. 21 Notre Dame (-2.5, 62.5)
- 11 Alabama (-20, 49.5) vs. Arkansas
- 12 North Carolina (-3.5, 56) vs. No. 25 Miami (Fla.)
- 14 Louisville (-9.5, 47.5) at Pitt
- 15 Oregon State (-4.5, 53) vs. No. 18 UCLA
- 16 Utah (-13.5, 45) vs. Cal
- 17 Duke (-3.5, 48.5) vs. NC State
- 19 Tennessee (-3, 56) vs. Texas A&M
- 19 Washington State (-9.5, 60.5) vs. Arizona
- 22 LSU (-3, 63.5) vs. Auburn
- 23 Kansas (-3.5, 58) at Oklahoma State
- 24 Kentucky (-2.5, 53.5) vs. Missouri
Clash of the Titans – No. 8 Oregon at No. 7 Washington
Two high-powered offenses will meet, led by two quarterbacks with Heisman potential. Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. stands behind one of the top offenses in the nation. But Oregon’s Bo Nix leads a more complete team. He’ll need that edge because going into Husky Stadium is never easy.
There’s no question that this will be a high-scoring game. It will be decided by the defense. Which team can stop the pass? The Huskies are favored by three points. Sounds about right.
USC Gets Their First Test with Notre Dame
USC might be undefeated, but they get their first real test when they play the Fighting Irish on Saturday. For them and their sub-par defense, it’s the perfect time to take on Notre Dame, whose last three games have been against top teams like Ohio State, Duke, and Louisville.
If that last game against Louisville was enough to break the Dame mentally, USC could capitalize on that and get the upset. It’s all a head game at this point.
Miami Brings Their Dark Cloud to North Carolina
Miami’s coach, Mario Cristobal, made a massive blunder against Georgia Tech in Week 6. They didn’t take the knee to finish the game and ended up fumbling the ball running up the middle. But that’s okay. All they had to do was stop the yellow jackets for the last half a minute of the game. But they couldn’t. Georgia Tech won 23-20.
The onus is on the Miami Hurricanes to decisively win this one and eliminate some of the negative hype against them. Unfortunately for them, North Carolina is coming off a massive win against Syracuse. Quarterback Drake Maye passed for 442 yards and four total touchdowns. He should be able to lead North Carolina to a victory and cover the spread.
UCLA Looks to Overtake Oregon State
The Oregon State Beavers didn’t look great in their early stages against California, but DJ Uiagalelei passed for five touchdowns to win 52-40. UCLA is back in the limelight after defeating Washington State 25-17 in Week 6. But UCLA’s quarterback, Dante Moore, wasn’t impressive in this game. Carson Steele rushed for 140 yards, and their defense kept UCLA in the game. If they want to win against Oregon State, Moore must pick up his game.
The Beavers had their only loss to Washington State 35-38 on September 23rd, which is why UCLA feels like they have a chance. I wouldn’t bet on that. The Beavers’ offense should be able to overpower the Bruins’ defense to win this one. But can they cover?
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