College Football Week Seven Game Predictions

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College Football Week Seven Game Predictions

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#15 NC State @ #18 Syracuse

Matt: This is a game that not many expected to have two top-25 teams playing when the season started but that is just the beauty of college football. Syracuse has its work cut out for them because NC State is a really good, disciplined team. They want to prove that they belong with the elites of the ACC and taking down ranked Syracuse is a good way to do that. It should be a fun, entertaining matchup especially with it being in Syracuse. However, for all the good that the Orange have had this season, I like the Wolfpack to take this matchup.

NC State 38 Syracuse 25

Marissa: A huge game in the ACC will take place in the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday as the Wolfpack head to New York to take on the Orange. The Orange are currently undefeated, and a win here would lead to an ever larger matchup next week against Clemson. The Syracuse offense has seen immense improvement under first year offensive coordinator Robert Anae. Garrett Shrader has completed 90-of-127 passes for 1,224 yards, 10 touchdowns and only one interception. On the ground they have Sean Tucker who has rushed for 546 yards and five touchdowns. With this offense, they should be able to keep pace with a Wolfpack offense that could be without Devin Leary as he injured his arm last week against Florida State. With a backup in, that does not match up well against a Syracuse defense allowing only an average of 14 points per game. The Wolfpack will keep this game close to begin with, but ultimately Syracuse will pull away and stay undefeated.

Syracuse 28 N.C. State 17

 

#8 Oklahoma State @ #13 TCU

Matt: TCU has a real chance to make some noise in this Big-12 conference if they can take down Oklahoma State. They got a massive victory over Kansas last week and now head home for this showdown with the Cowboys. But Oklahoma State has some unfinished business with how the season ended last year. This is a tough team that is led by a tough coach in Mike Gundy. They won’t go quietly into the night and will try to make life tough for the Horned Frogs. When all is said and done, I like Oklahoma State to win this game and continue their path towards a potential College Football Playoff spot.

Oklahoma State 27 TCU 24

Marissa: The top two teams in the Big 12 face off, as both Oklahoma State and TCU remain undefeated. The Oklahoma State defense took a hit from the unit they were last year as they are now towards the bottom of the Big 12 allowing 422.8 yards per game. It has actually been their offense led by Spencer Sanders stepping up to win their games. Sanders is coming off his worst game this season, where he completed 22-of-45 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma State has been good, but they face a TCU team that is hot right now. Max Duggan has this Horned Frogs offense currently the third-best unit in the nation in terms of yards per game with 530. Duggan is coming off a big game against Kansas where he completed 23-of-33 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns, while also rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown. His top target Quentin Johnston had his breakout game, making up 206 of those yards. The duo of Duggan and Johnston will prove to be too much for Oklahoma State’s defense as TCU secures the top spot in the Big 12. 

TCU 44 Oklahoma State 34

 

#10 Penn State @ #5 Michigan

Matt: These two historic schools collide in a top-ten heavyweight matchup. The question of just how good either of these two teams will be answered this weekend. For Penn State, they have been impressive and would move closer to belonging in the conversation with top Big-10 teams with a victory. Same can be said for the Wolverines but they have the luxury of being at home for this game. Both teams will be ready to go and hyped up, but I think I lean towards Michigan here. Being at home should give them a slight advantage and it works in their favor here.

Michigan 30 Penn State 20

Marissa: Penn State and Michigan should make for a classic Big Ten matchup, as both teams strengths are their lines and running backs. Sean Clifford has been efficient, passing for 1,030 yards and nine touchdowns. The biggest thing here is the offensive line that was a weakness for them last year has only allowed Clifford to take four sacks. It has also cleared running lanes for breakout freshman running back Nicholas Singleton, as he has 463 yards and five touchdowns. Their defensive front has been good as well, allowing only 80 rushing yards per game, and getting to the quarterback as they have 13 sacks. For Michigan, they have Blake Corum at running back who has 735 yards and 11 touchdowns. Their defensive front has been just as effective as they have 22 sacks, with linebacker Mike Morris leading the group with five, and have only allowed 81 rushing yards per game. When Penn State faced Auburn, they shut Tank Bigsby down as he only had 39 yards. It won’t be easy, but they can get the win over Michigan as long as they slow Corum down.

Penn State 27 Michigan 24

 

#3 Alabama @ #6 Tennessee

Matt: This is one of the biggest games of the season so far. Alabama has had some lackluster performances of late but found ways to pull the games out. Tennessee is clicking on all cylinders and seems ready to go head-to-head with the SEC giants. The offense for the Volunteers can score on just about anyone and is lethal. This will be a major test for them as they welcome the Crimson Tide to their home field. Alabama needs to shake off whatever rust they have going on because Tennessee will beat them if they play like they did last week against Texas A&M. Normally Alabama wins this game but this season has a different feel to it. Give me the Volunteers to upset the Tide and grab this massive win.

Tennessee 34 Alabama 31

Marissa: The common theme for Tennessee has been re-establishing themselves with victories over teams they hadn’t beat in a while. That continued last week as they got a 40-13 victory over LSU in Baton Rouge, they will now look for that to continue against Alabama, who they have lost the last 15 games to. Hendon Hooker is a main factor for this, he has been extremely efficient on offense as the Volunteers currently rank seventh in passing yards per game with 340. With a defense like Alabama has with players like Will Anderson, and Dallas Turner, they will have to continue to get into the backfield to make Hooker uncomfortable. The biggest factor in this game is Bryce Young. After suffering a sprained AC joint against Arkansas, he missed last week’s game against Texas A&M. With Young out, there is more focus on the run game with backup quarterback Jalen Milroe and running back Jahmyr Gibbs. Tennessee is good at stopping the run, and if they do that and force Milroe to throw more than he likes, that is what could lead to the Volunteers getting a close upset.

Tennessee 38 Alabama 35

 

#7 USC @ #20 Utah

Matt: One of the biggest games in terms of how the PAC-12 will shake out. These are two of the teams in the hunt for the PAC-12 South, alongside UCLA. USC has a chance to somewhat bury the Utes as this would hand them their third loss of the season. However, going into Salt Lake City won’t be an easy task. The Utah defense was gassed last week in their loss to UCLA and now will be facing off against an even tougher offense in the Trojans. USC has shown the ability to score quickly and often so it’ll be a tough task for the Utes. Give me the Trojans to keep their undefeated season alive here as they pick up a huge road victory.

USC 40 Utah 30

Marissa: With how both defenses have looked, both offenses should be clicking in this matchup. Washington State found a way to slow Caleb Williams down as he had his lowest yardage of the season with 188. Still, Williams has 1,590 total yards on the season and facing a Utah defense that showed cracks last week allowing UCLA to pass for 299 yards, they will need to rebound quickly. To slow down this passing attack, the top two players in the secondary in Clark Phillips and R.J. Hubert will have to be playing their best. For Utah, their passing attack can find ways to score on a USC defense that has allowed a total of 1,193 yards through the air. Cameron Rising last week passed for 287 yards, and while he didn’t pass for any touchdowns, he does have 13 on the season. Due to how back and forth this game should be with both passing attacks, it’ll make for an exciting one. USC though has the edge offensively to edge out the win. 

USC 45 Utah 33

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