College football’s Week 7 arrives, with more interesting games, including matching top-25 teams. South Carolina at LSU. OU-Texas. Stanford at Notre Dame. And the rescheduled classic — Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La.
OU vs. Texas at Dallas: Sooners 34-24. Always pick the winner from the year before. I think it was Mack Brown who articulated the reasoning for my system: “It usually goes in cycles because the fans of the losing team are so hard on the kids and the coaches that they get a little bit uptight, then you’ve got to figure out how to win it again, get it back, and then the ballgame is the same way. It’s just a game that goes back and forth because whether we like it or not, it’s one that is really, really important to the fans, and therefore it’s important to the coaches and the players because they live with this game.”
OSU at Kansas: Cowboys 44-24. Charlie Weis has taken to practicing underclassmen only on Sundays. Reminds me of another odd-fit coach, Howard Schnellenberger, who didn’t beat OSU in his first year.
Texas-El Paso at Tulsa: Golden Hurricane 45-19. Boy, we had high hopes for the Miners after their spirited performance against the Sooners, but the truth is, UTEP mostly stinks.
Kansas State at Iowa State: Cyclones 26-24. Big 12 Upset special. KSU has won four straight in the series, by scores of 38-30, 24-23, 27-20, 30-23. And none of those games were in Ames. Is there some reason this game won’t be close, too?
West Virginia at Texas Tech: Mountaineers 51-31. Wouldn’t have shocked me to see a shocker here. Then I saw Texas Tech play live. Not a bad team. An improved team, over last season. But not all that spirited.
TCU at Baylor: Bears 37-21. Casey Pachall’s demise has answered the question of who will finish ninth in the Big 12. So now we know the bottom in the Big 12. It’s the top eight that gets confusing.
Iowa at Michigan State: Spartans 19-17. Here’s how bad the Big Ten is. These two cruddy teams have a combined winning record in conference play: 2-1.
Wisconsin at Purdue: Badgers 30-20. The Leaders Division title game. (No, I didn’t know that it was the Leaders Division; I had to look it up.) With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible, one of these two will be in Indianapolis in December.
Northwestern at Minnesota: Wildcats 34-23. Northwestern let one get away at Penn State, but the Big Ten’s Legends Division is still anybody’s ballgame. Anybody but Minnesota.
Illinois at Michigan: Wolverines 37-20. Illinois isn’t awful, but Tim Beckman’s first Illini team isn’t very good.
Ohio State at Indiana: Buckeyes 49-30. What a win this would be for Kevin Wilson, who almost got one last week against Michigan State.
Duke at Virginia Tech: Hokies 35-31. I actually thought about the Blue Devils for a minute. Really.
North Carolina at Miami: Hurricanes 37-34. Miami has been blown out at Kansas State (52-13) and against Notre Dame in Chicago (41-3). But only three teams remain unbeaten in ACC play — Duke, Maryland and Miami, which is 3-0.
Maryland at Virginia: Terrapins 21-19. Talk about hard games to pick. Bad on bad.
Boston College at Florida State: Seminoles 48-10. Florida State still smarting from its loss at N.C. State, but don’t expect the Seminoles to win out.
Temple at Connecticut: Owls 26-17. Did OU really play Connecticut in a Fiesta Bowl?
Louisville at Pittsburgh: Cardinals 28-20. Louisville’s run to a perfect season continues. That’s the best thing the Cards could do to drum up Big 12 interest.
Syracuse at Rutgers: Scarlet Knights 23-17. Greg Schiano left Rutgers in excellent shape. That’s the mark of a good coach.
Florida at Vanderbilt: Gators 26-21. You know what game looks really interesting right now? Opening night, Aug. 30, a Thursday. South Carolina rallied for a 17-13 victory in Nashville. Watch out, Florida.
Auburn at Ole Miss: Rebels 21-20. What a train wreck of a season in Auburn. The Tigers are 1-4, and their lone victory came in overtime at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
Alabama at Missouri: Crimson Tide 27-10. Can I be honest? My favorite score of last week was Vanderbilt 19, Mizzou 15.
Tennessee at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 35-33. The Volunteers have lost to Mississippi State just once in a quarter century, and that was in 1994. But the world is changing.
South Carolina at LSU: Gamecocks 14-13. Did you see Mike Gundy’s quote about the SEC eventually going to spread offenses? I don’t think he meant LSU. Les Miles will be the last holdout.
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La.: Aggies 31-30. When scheduled, this looked like a automatic victory for the Ags. Then Hurricane Isaac postponed the game, and La Tech has won at Houston, Illinois and Virginia to crack the top 25.
Kentucky at Arkansas: Razorbacks 35-17. Hogs getting well against the dregs of the SEC.
Fresno State at Boise State: Broncos 27-24. Too bad these schools are reuniting in the Mountain West for just one year. Much better matchup than Boise State-SMU.
Southern Cal at Washington: Trojans 33-30. Too old Pete Carroll lieutenants square off. SC’s Lane Kiffin and UW’s Steve Sarkisian. Tell the truth, USC fans. Don’t you wish Sarkisian was your coach?
Oregon State at Brigham Young: Beavers 13-0. Both teams will be sporting backup quarterbacks. BYU couldn’t score with its starter.
Stanford at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish 16-13. Notre Dame should be ineligible for the BCS simply because of its helmets. Please, please, please, Irish, wear the old Golden Domers.
California at Washington State: Golden Bears 25-24. Cal might be best 2-4 team in America. Close loss at Ohio State, respectable loss (27-9) at Southern Cal.
Utah at UCLA: Bruins 36-10. Utes have not been a stellar addition to the Pac-12.
Last week: 20-17. Season: 114-59.