The college football season is moving along quickly. Week 7 is primed to be one of the biggest weeks of the year. There are four games between ranked opponents and multiple matchups that will set up this year’s Conference Titles and College Football playoff berths. There are no small games. Keep reading for my must-watch College Football Week 7 games!
College Football Must Watch Games Week 7
No. 16 Michigan (4-1) at Illinois (2-3)
12:00 PM ET on ABC
Sure, 16th-ranked Michigan looked mediocre at best in their uninspiring 10-3 win over Iowa this past weekend, but I’m expecting Jim Harbaugh’s squad to dominate an Iowa team that has dropped three in a row, including their embarrassing 40-17 defeat against Minnesota on Saturday.
South Carolina (2-3) at No. 3 Georgia (5-0)
12:00 PM ET on ESPN
Spread: Georgia -24½
South Carolina managed to snap a two-game skid by subduing Kentucky 24-7 this past weekend, but the Gamecocks really have no chance of upsetting Jake Fromm and a third-ranked Georgia team that is ranked an impressive 12th in scoring (42.8 ppg) and a dominating seventh in points allowed (10.8 ppg).
No. 3 Oklahoma (5-0) at No. 11 Texas (4-1)
12:00 PM ET on FOX
Spread: Oklahoma -9½
Texas will be looking to record consecutive Red River Showdown wins after upsetting Oklahoma at home in the regular season a year ago, but there’s a reason why Jalen Hurts, and the Sooners are favored in Week 7 despite being on the road, and it’s because the reigning Big 12 champs look virtually unstoppable this season (53.4 ppg, 2nd) in Lincoln Riley’s explosive, Heisman Trophy-producing offense.
Florida State (3-2) at No. 2 Clemson (5-0)
3:30 PM ET on ABC
Spread: Clemson -26
Sure, the unranked Seminoles have won two straight for Willie Taggart, but Florida State has lost four straight in this ACC rivalry, including their historical 59-10 home loss against the Tigers a year ago. While second-ranked Clemson has struggled this season, the Tigers have plenty of motivation as they look to distance themselves from their head-scratching 21-20 win over North Carolina the last time out.
Michigan State (4-2) at No. 8 Wisconsin (5-0)
3:30 PM ET on BTN
Spread: Wisconsin -10
The Spartans got dominated and could barely move the ball in their Week 34-10, 6 loss against Ohio State and now, things don’t look good for the Spartans as they get set to face a Wisconsin team that is limiting the opposition to a mind-boggling 5.8 points per game (first) while putting 43.4 points per game on the board (11th). Oh…did I forget to mention that Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor is a superstar of the highest order? Well, there’s that too!
No. 1 Alabama (5-0) at No. 24 Texas A&M (3-2)
3:30 PM ET on CBS
Spread: Alabama -17½
Ho-hum…despite their annual exodus of elite players that bolt for the greener pastures of the NFL, top-ranked Alabama looks as dangerous as ever in ranking third in scoring (51.8 ppg) and 13th in points allowed (14.8 ppg). Unfortunately for Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies look like they’re primed to suffer their third loss this season against a Top 10 opponent after falling to Clemson in their opener and Auburn in Week 3.
Texas Tech (3-2) at No. 22 Baylor (5-0)
4:00 PM ET on FS1
Texas Tech recorded a fine, 45-35 upset win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, but Baylor is really underrated right now under widely-respected head coach Vern Rhule. The Bears are putting up a stellar 38.8 points per game (19th), but more importantly, the Big 12 title hopefuls have been playing some phenomenal defense in limiting the opposition to just 15.4 points per game (15th) while not allowing more than 21 points in any game this season.
USC (3-2) at No. 9 Notre Dame (4-1)
7:30 PM on NBC
Spread: Notre Dame -11½
USC has lost two of their last three, including a humbling 28-14 road loss at Washington two weeks ago. The Trojans and young quarterback that certainly doesn’t bode well Kedon Slovis are facing an uphill battle as they take on a Notre Dame squad that is ranked inside the top 15 in scoring and points allowed and whose only loss came against a Georgia team that looks like a legitimate national championship contender.
No. 10 Penn State (5-0) at No. 17 Iowa (4-1)
7:30 PM on ABC
Spread: Penn State -3
No Trace McSorley and no Saquon Barkley? No problem for James Franklin’s Penn State squad apparently. The Nittany Lions have limited their opponents to a stupendous 7.4 points per game to rank second in points allowed nationally. Iowa got dominated in their 10-3 loss to Michigan this past weekend, and now the Hawkeyes will have an even tougher way to go getting in the end zone in Week 7.
No. 7 Florida (6-0) at No. 5 LSU (5-0)
8:00 PM on ESPN
Spread: LSU -13
Seventh-ranked Florida recorded one of the most impressive wins on the entire Week 6 docket by taking out previously unbeaten Auburn 24-13 at home on Saturday. Now, the Gators and their stellar fifth-ranked defense (9.5 ppg) will be tested on the road against an LSU team that is looking for revenge for last year’s loss in this rivalry and one that leads the nation in scoring (54.6 ppg) thanks mostly to the heroics of quarterback Joe Burrow (22 TDs, 3 INTs).