With Week 7 approaching in college football, there are some marquee matchups to look out for this week, including the Red River Showdown of Texas versus Oklahoma, the primetime showdown of Florida versus LSU, and more.
No. 6 Oklahoma Versus No. 11 Texas
The Red River Showdown never seems to disappoint each year, and this one has the potential to be one of the best games so far this season. The Longhorns beat the Sooners last year in a last second field goal by Cameron Dicker, and the Sooners are looking for revenge. This will be Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts’ first real test of the year, and don’t expect him to slow down his run for the Heisman Trophy. Hurts has 14 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns so far this season, leading fans wondering if the Longhorn defense can hold Hurts back throughout the game. Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns’ offense, sporting a total of 17 touchdowns and 1448 passing yards, so it’s clear both teams have powerhouse offenses. However, the defenses in the Big 12 have never been known to be a threat. I see the teams combining for over 130 points and the Sooners overpowering the Longhorns in a classic Red River Showdown.
No. 7 Florida Versus No. 5 LSU
In one of the most exciting SEC games of the year, the Gators and Tigers will battle in a top ten showdown. The Gators are coming off a victory over the No. 12 Auburn Tigers where their defense dominated freshman quarterback Bo Nix. This week, the Gators defense must face an even greater test in LSU quarterback Joe Burrow who is already having an exceptional year, passing for 1864 yards and 22 touchdowns. Kyle Trask has led the Gators to a 3–0 record since Felipe Franks was injured against Kentucky and has shown he can lead the Gators in almost every environment. Trask is going to have to protect the ball in this game, as he fumbled twice against Auburn last week. LSU is favored in this game, and it’s almost impossible to steal a game against the Tigers in Baton Rouge. I do think, however, the Gator’s defense is strong enough to put up a fight against a top-notch LSU offense and outlast the Tigers on Saturday.
No. 1 Alabama Versus No. 24 Texas A&M
ESPN says Alabama has an 83.7 percent chance of winning this game, and honestly, I’m surprised it isn’t higher. Jimbo Fisher has done a good job in College Station, but no one is better than Alabama — no, not even Clemson. The Tide are coming off a National Championship loss and will stop at nothing to reclaim their fifth National Championship in the past ten years. Tua Tagovailoa has played like a Heisman front-runner all year, and don’t expect him to stop any time soon. Even though the Tide has to play at the 12th Man, expect the Tide to breeze through the Aggies.
No. 10 Penn State Versus No. 17 Iowa
Iowa always competes in the Big Ten and plays exceptionally well at home when ranked teams travel to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes fell to Michigan last week 10–3 at the Big House but are looking for revenge, as they fell to Penn State last year by a single touchdown. Penn State blew Maryland out of the water two weeks ago and cruised to a 35–7 win over Purdue. But a win at Iowa could prove that the Nittany Lions are a playoff team. Quarterback Sean Clifford is having a solid year for Penn State, and a win on the road at Iowa could show he can lead a top ten team to the college football playoffs.
Florida State Versus No. 2 Clemson
This is the first week this season that Clemson is not ranked No. 1 in the country. Barely defeating North Carolina 21–20 two weeks ago, the Tigers fell to second in the rankings. Although this game may be one-sided, if the Noles can put up a fight in Death Valley, Willie Taggart may be coaching for one more week. However, don’t expect the Seminoles to put up too much of a fight against Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers.