2019 Week 7 Preview

Well, we are about to the midpoint of the regular season. Week six gave us some interesting results, the most surprising to me was Stanford beating Washington. Florida beat Auburn in the biggest game of the week and Michigan held on to beat Iowa 10-3 in a painfully Big 10-esque football game. UCF was knocked out of the top 25 after losing to Cincinnati and SMU overcame a huge deficit to come back and beat Tulsa in triple overtime to stay unbeaten. Week 7 is primed to be the most exciting week of the season so far, let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

I’m headed to Lexington, Kentucky this weekend to cross off my 10th SEC football stadium! I’m excited this will be a night game so I can watch all of the Red River game.

My Record: 2-4 last week, 25-11 overall

Notable Games
1Alabama at 24Texas A&M
This will be Alabama’s first real test of the season. Both teams are coming off a bye week and should be well rested and ready for this game. I am confident that Alabama will win this game, but I also know Texas A&M is a scrappy team that won’t go down without a fight. This could be an interesting game early on, but I don’t think the Aggies will be able to hang with the Tide for a full four quarters.
I am picking Alabama

7Florida at 5LSU
For the second week in a row, the Florida Gators will be playing in the marquee matchup. They were able to take down Auburn last weekend with a strong performance on both sides of the ball. Maybe strong isn’t the right word since the Gators lost 4 fumbles. Lucky for them, Auburn only scored two field goals off all of those 4. The Tigers will be looking to get to UF QB Trask, as he fumbled the ball 3 times last week. I don’t think that Florida will be able to score enough points to beat LSU. This is also a night game in Death Valley, one of the most hostile environments in college football. I just don’t see the Gators leaving with a win.
I am picking LSU

11Texas vs 6Oklahoma (Dallas)
I am very excited to watch this game. Both of these teams are very good. Texas hasn’t had the defense that we are used to seeing in Austin, but that could make this game all the more fun. I am expecting a ton of points in this game. I think this one will come down to the wire and I am mainly picking Oklahoma in this one because I hate Texas.
I am picking Oklahoma

10Penn State at 17Iowa
Iowa was unable to get their offense going against Michigan last week, but their defense played well. Penn State will be a much better team than the Wolverines. The Nittany Lions have blown everyone out this year except Pitt (but that’s an outlier, Pitt is just a weird team every year). I don’t see this as being too much of a game. Even though PSU hasn’t faced a good team yet, I think they will continue their offensive dominance against a good Iowa defense. We should learn a lot about Iowa from this game.
I am picking Penn State

Hawaii at 14Boise State
These teams are a combined 9-1 so far this season, with Hawaii’s loss coming on the road to Washington. The Broncos don’t seem to have missed a step moving from longtime starting QB Brett Rypien to freshman Hank Bachmeier. Though I think Boise State will win this game, I think Hawaii has a good chance to scare them early on. I’ve seen a little bit of Hawaii (live!) and they are a good team. They are coming off a bye week but having to travel to the mainland is difficult. I think they put up a fight early, but the final score won’t be close.
I am picking Boise State

23Memphis at Temple
There are three teams from the American that are ranked this week and none of them are UCF (SMU and Cincinnati are the other two). Memphis began the season with a very strange 15-10 win over Ole Miss, but they have stepped on the offensive gas since then. Temple’s only loss has been on the road at Buffalo. Besides that game, the Owls haven’t given up more than 17 points, but they also haven’t scored more than 27 points against FBS opponents. I think Memphis has the better chance to win this game, but the Owls have played very well at home so far this season. I think this will be a close game.
I am picking Memphis\

Arkansas at Kentucky
Both of these teams are coming off a bye week. Neither team is very good, and both have QB injury issues. If Arkansas plays like they did against Texas A&M, I think they will win this game. I think this one will be sloppy, but in an exciting kind of way. Expect some turnovers and penalties and dumb plays. I will be at this game, seeing my Hogs live for the first time this season (and possibly the only time this season). Maybe Arkansas can get the elusive first SEC win under head coach Chad Morris.

Top 25
1Alabama at 24Texas A&M
Florida State at 2Clemson
South Carolina at 3Georgia
3Ohio State BYE
7Florida at 5LSU
11Texas vs 6Oklahoma (Dallas)
Michigan State at 8Wisconsin
USC at 9Notre Dame
10Penn State at 17Iowa
12Auburn BYE
Colorado at 13Oregon (Friday)
Hawaii at 14Boise State
15Utah at Oregon State
16Michigan at Illinois
Washington State at 18Arizona State
Louisville at 19Wake Forest
20Virginia at Miami (Friday)
Texas Tech at 22Baylor
23Memphis at Temple
25Cincinnati at Houston

Other Games
UNLV at Vanderbilt
Iowa State at West Virginia
Ole Miss at Missouri
Nebraska at Minnesota
Navy at Tulsa
Washington at Arizona

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CFP Top 25

1. Georgia
2. Michigan
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati

5. Oklahoma State
6. Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
8. Ole Miss
9. Baylor
10. Oregon
11. Michigan State
12. BYU
13. Iowa
14. Oklahoma
15. Pittsburgh
16. Wake Forest
17. Utah
18. NC State
19. San Diego State
20. Clemson
21. Houston
*23. Kentucky
*24. Louisiana
25. Texas A&M

Dropped Out: 14Wisconsin, 22UTSA

Poll released on Tuesdays

AP Top 25

1. Georgia (12-0,8-0)
2. Michigan (11-1,8-1)
3. Cincinnati (12-0,8-0)
4. Alabama (11-1,7-1)
5. Oklahoma State (11-1,8-1)
6. Notre Dame (11-1)
7. Ohio State (10-2,8-1)
8. Ole Miss (10-2,6-2)
9. Baylor (10-2,7-2)
10. Oregon (10-2,7-2)
11. Michigan State (10-2,7-2)
12. BYU (10-2)
13. Oklahoma (10-2,7-2)
14. Utah (9-3,8-1)
15. Iowa (10-2,7-2)
16. Houston (11-1,8-0)
17. Pittsburgh (10-2,7-1)
18. Wake Forest (10-2,7-1)
19. San Diego State (11-1,7-1)
20. Louisiana (11-1,8-0)
21. NC State (9-3,6-2)
*22. Clemson (9-3,6-2)
23. ARKANSAS (8-4,4-4)
24. Texas A&M (8-4,4-4)
*25. Kentucky (9-3,5-3)

Dropped Out: 15UTSA (11-1,7-1), 19Wisconsin (8-4,6-3)

Bowl Eligible Teams

SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M
Big 10: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big 12: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia
ACC: Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Pac12: Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah
Independents: Army, BYU, Liberty, Notre Dame
American: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulsa, UCF
Mountain West: Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Louisiana, Western Kentucky
C-USA: Marshall, MTSU, North Texas, Old Dominion, UAB, UTEP, UTSA
MAC: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan,

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