It was a wild week 6 across the college football world and if you don’t believe us, just go look at this week’s rankings. Oklahoma fell out of the top 10 with a huge loss against Texas, who along with UCF, find themselves ranked at 9 and 10. In addition, we see Colorado, NC State, South Florida, and Cincinnati all landing spots in the top 25.
In total, three top ten teams stumbled.
Week 7 is shaping up to be just as eventful, with three top 25 matchups in Georgia vs. LSU, Washington vs. Oregon, and Michigan vs. Wisconsin.
With that in mind, here is our list of the top 5 games to watch for Week 7.
5) No. 22 Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
After working their way back into the top 25 with a win over No. 18 Kentucky, the Aggies hit the road for their first of three straight road games against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks will be looking to sort out their quarterback situation with Jake Bentley eligible to return from injury this week and they’ll be leaning on him heavily if he does as they take on an Aggie defense that has stifled opposing rushers this season. That being said, South Carolina has also flaunted a more than capable secondary this season and A&M quarterback Kellen Mond has thrown 5 interceptions over the last three games.
While the Gamecocks may struggle to move the ball on offense, if they can win the turnover battle, they will have a good chance to keep themselves in this game and give the No. 22 Aggies a good battle.
4) No. 19 Colorado vs USC
Colorado finds themselves ranked in the top 20 this week as they head to USC Saturday night to face a struggling Trojan team. Undefeated on the season, the Buffaloes are the exact opposite lifetime against USC as they have failed to secure a win in any of their previous seven matchups. If the Trojans want to continue their winning streak in this series, they will have to find a way to get what has been a lack-luster running game off the ground as well as find a way to generate some turnovers.
The Buffaloes haven’t made many mistakes on the season, and have been led by stellar quarterback play from Steven Montez along with a solid defense. If they continue to play their game, this could be the weak they finally break USC’s unbeaten streak against them.
3) No. 7 Washington vs No. 17 Oregon
The No. 7 Huskies are coming into this game battle tested and ready for war. With more than a couple of close games under their belt, Washington will be looking to continue generating more big plays while riding the back of what has been a stellar defense for the most part. Oregon, on the other hand, will come into this game riding the back of quarterback and a potential top pick in next year’s NFL Draft Justin Herbert.
Herbert has been excellent for the Ducks this season and against a Washington defense that hasn’t gotten to the quarterback too many times this season, he should have plenty of opportunities to make some big plays for this Oregon offense which will be looking to start climbing back into contention for the PAC-12 title.
2) No. 2 Georgia vs No. 13 LSU
This will truly be a classic case of offense versus defense. On one side we have Jake Fromm, who, although he hasn’t been talked about as much this season, has been outstanding for the Bulldogs and has even worked his way into the Heisman conversation. On the other side of things, LSU boasts one of the nation’s best defenses and one that has stifled opponents all season long.
That being said, the Georgia defense is no joke either, and if the Tigers want to have a chance in this one, they will need quarterback Joe Burrows to step up in a big way. The LSU defense will be able to limit Georgia’s high powered offense, but if Burrows can’t keep the ball moving on offense, I don’t love LSU’s chances in this one.
1) No. 12 Michigan vs No. 15 Wisconsin
A battle of two star running backs in Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor and Karan Higdon, who have both anchored their respective team’s offenses throughout this season, may just be the reason that this game could be determined by quarterback play. While it is assumed that Jonathan Taylor will do his thing, and set the tone for the Badger on the ground, the Wolverine defense is no joke against the rush.
The Badger defense is banged up, which means Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson should have plenty of opportunities to make the big plays. On the other side of things, while we said we believe Taylor will still be effective, he likely won’t be able to do it himself, which is why Alex Hornibrook is going to have to step up if Wisconsin wants to walk out of this one with a win.
Our game of the week, this primetime matchup is sure to be a well-fought game from both sides.