Two Top Ten Matchups Highlight Week 7 In College Football
Heading into week 7 the college football playoff picture is starting to clear up somewhat. Preseason favorites FSU and LSU are both essentially eliminated, as is Stanford.Houston’s loss to Navy all but eliminates a group of 5 participant, and Louisville - the darling of the first month of college football - now finds themselves on the outside looking in. Week 7 has two matchups that will help narrow the field even more as #2 ranked Ohio State faces #8 ranked Wisconsin and #1 Alabama visits #9 Tennessee, coming off of their first loss of the season. While the Volunteers have already lost a game and are certainly on the outside looking in at this point, SEC and Big Ten champions can probably afford one loss unless the other power 5 champions are all undefeated, which is unlikely. Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006 and will need to capture some of the magic that has helped them win (or tie) games late in the season thus far.
#2 Ohio State vs #8 Wisconsin
This game, at least on paper, doesn’t look like it should be very close. Ohio State has far more talent and is far more productive. Wisconsin, however, beat LSU on opening week and LSU might have the most talent in the country. The Badgers play a physical brand of defense and are difficult to run against, as are the Buckeyes. Both teams are in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense. Which suggest that the passing games will be more important and that is where Ohio State has a clear advantage. Although both offenses are fairly similar in their yardage, Ohio State’s passing defense is far superior to Wisconsin. OSU also leads the Big Ten in turnover margin which makes for a difficult task for the Badgers. Ohio State 34 Wisconsin 17
#1 Alabama vs #9 Tennessee
Alabama should win this game, they almost always do. This Alabama team isn’t without flaws though and playing in Neyland Stadium against a top 10 Vols team could cause some problems. Tennessee is banged up but running back Jalen Hurd returns which should allow the Vols to not have to rely exclusively on the passing of Joshua Dobbs. If Dobbs turns the ball over, as he frequently does, this game will get out of hand. If not, Tennessee could keep it close and seize momentum late in the game. It’s a fairly safe bet that Alabama will not make the same mistakes that Texas A&M made last week though. Alabama 38 Tennessee 34