5 Games to Watch - NCAA Week 7
25 Navy (5-0) @ Memphis (4-1)
Saturday 10/14, 3:45 PM ET
Liberty Memorial Bowl Stadium
This matchup will be a blast. Navy just beat fellow military academy rival, Air Force, 48-45 in dramatic fashion. They are full of confidence and that triple option is a beauty to watch. Memphis blasted UConn 70-31 last week. Both teams average over 500 yards of offense per game. Navy is No. 1 in the nation rushing the ball with 414 yards per game. Memphis is No. 15 passing the ball at 316 yards per game. Both offenses are built to exploit the opposing team’s weakness on defense. Vegas has the over/under for points at 75 and I’m taking the over.
Prediction- Navy 45, Memphis 35
Utah (4-1) @ 13 USC (5-1)
Saturday 10/14, 8 PM ET
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This game will be a big one in determining who has control of the Pac-12 South division. Last week Utah lost to Stanford at home 23-20. They also were missing starting QB Tyler Huntley. However, USC has looked vulnerable every game this season. Sam Darnold is mistake prone and this Utah defense is really good at capitalizing on those mistakes. They are at the top of the Pac-12 in almost every category. Also, both backup QBs for Utah have beaten USC before in their careers. Troy Williams beat them last year and Cooper Bateman beat them while he was QB at Alabama.
Prediction- Utah 24, USC 21 (I know I’m going out on a limb here)
24 Texas Tech (4-1) @ West Virginia (3-2)
Saturday 10/14, 12 PM ET
Milan Puskar Stadium
The Big 12 is wide open. Texas and TCU are both 2-0, then there are six teams that are 1-1 in conference. While both of these teams are 1-1 in conference, their loses very easily could have been wins. WVU QB Will Grier has thrown for at least 334 yards every game this season. Texas Tech’s defense has given up 60% completion percentage every game this season except one, Kansas. Texas Tech’s defense has been solid this season. They have won the turnover battle in every single game this season. This game is most likely a title game eliminator and should be a fun back-and-forth battle.
Prediction- West Virginia 40, Texas Tech 34
Georgia Tech (3-1) @ 11 Miami (4-0)
Saturday 10/14, 3:30 ET
Hard Rock Stadium
This game is a big one for both teams in the ACC. They both need this to stay on track for the ACC title game. The biggest keys to stopping the triple option, GT’s offense, is to be assignment sound and get into the backfield as much as possible. Miami already has 36 tackles for loss on the season. They will need to be disruptive against the No. 1 team in the nation in time of possession. Georgia Tech averages almost 37 minutes of possession a game. Miami is also banged up after losing its starting RB for the year and a slew of other top players.
Prediction- Georgia Tech 24, Miami 17
12 OU (4-1) vs Texas (3-2)
Saturday 10/14, 3:30 PM ET
I love this game. It is one of the best rivalries in college football. This is the first time coaching in it as head coaches for both Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley. I hope and expect this to be the first of many battles between these two great, young coaches. Oklahoma lost to Iowa State, 31-point underdogs, last week. Texas and TCU are currently tied at the top of the Big 12, Texas would love nothing more than to set the Sooners back another game in this Red River Rivalry. The Texas run defense has been shutting down opposing running backs all season.