Each week, The Game Haus will preview every college football game featuring teams in The Associated Press Top 25. We’ll also give an expanded look at three Top 25 matchups especially worth watching.
Here we go with those Top 25 games for Week 7 (all times Eastern):
No. 2 Georgia (6-0) at No. 13 LSU (5-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Scouting the Bulldogs: Meeting LSU for the first time since 2013, Georgia last played in Baton Rouge in 2008. Florida rushed for 215 yards in beating the Tigers last week. The Bulldogs rank 16th in the nation, averaging 245.2 yards on the ground.
Scouting the Tigers: Since 2010, LSU is 13-4 when hosting SEC teams in the Top 25. However, the Tigers face a daunting task while trying to avoid losing back-to-back league contests in a season for the first time since Nov. 2015.
No. 7 Washington (5-1) at No. 17 Oregon (4-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Scouting the Huskies: The best team in the Pac-12 will try for a sixth consecutive victory. Washington yielded 24 points to winless UCLA last week, including 17 in the second half. The Huskies might not be able to get away with that happening again this week.
Scouting the Ducks: Don’t think they forgot about the last time Washington visited Eugene in 2016 and came away with a 70-21 throttling of the hosts. That was a 4-8 Oregon team, this one has a Heisman candidate in quarterback Justin Herbert. The Ducks also have something to prove after letting a late lead slip away against Stanford in their last home game.
No. 15 Wisconsin (4-1) at No. 12 Michigan (5-1), 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Scouting the Badgers: Winners of two straight following what now might be considered a bad home loss to BYU, Paul Chryst’s group appears to be back on track. So is running back Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska last weekend. Michigan, though, is yielding just 2.6 yards per carry this season.
Scouting the Wolverines: They’re aiming for a sixth straight victory while hoping to snap a four-game losing streak against Top 25 opponents. Michigan has also dropped three of the last four at home versus Top 25 teams – the lone win coming against then-No. 8 Wisconsin in 2016.
No. 23 South Florida (5-0) at Tulsa (1-4), 7 p.m., Friday
The Skinny: The Bulls make their season debut in the Top 25 while trying to go 6-0 for the second consecutive season. Florida transfer Jordan Cronkrite is a name to remember after rushing for a school-record 302 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries versus UMass last week.
Winner: South Florida
Tennessee (2-3) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2), Noon, Saturday
The Skinny: The Tigers’ shot at a College Football Playoff berth pretty much ended with a 23-9 loss at Mississippi State last weekend. For the second time in three games, Jarrett Stidham did not throw a touchdown pass. However, expect Auburn to pound the ball against a Vols defense that yielded 452 rushing yards to Florida and Georgia in the last two games.
Minnesota (3-2) at No. 3 Ohio State (6-0), Noon, Saturday
The Skinny: A decisive victory over Indiana opened a favorable four-game stretch for the Buckeyes that continues with this contest, then features tilts against Purdue and winless Nebraska. Minnesota has dropped 11 in a row against teams in the Top 25.
Winner: Ohio State
No. 14 Florida (5-1) at Vanderbilt (3-3), Noon, Saturday
The Skinny: With four straight wins, and the last two over Top 25 teams, Florida should feel good about things. It also may be walking into a trap this weekend. Sure, the Gators have won 21 of the last 22 meetings between the schools, but Vandy played Notre Dame tough earlier this season and might have the talent to knock Dan Mullen’s boys down a peg.
Pittsburgh (3-3) at No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0), 2:30 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: It looks like quarterback Ian Book will play, which obviously is good news for the Irish. Then again, the way they are rolling it might not matter who is under center. Pitt is hard to figure out. It’s pummeled by Penn State and UCF, but beats improved teams in Syracuse and Georgia Tech.
Winner: Notre Dame
No. 10 UCF (5-0) at Memphis (4-2), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: Yes, the Knights are in the top 10 and winners of 18 in a row, but stop the College Football Playoff talk, please. What should be the focus is Memphis, which has won 12 straight regular-season games at home and is averaging 58 points against sub-par competition in four there this season.
Michigan State (3-2) at No. 8 Penn State (4-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: Back from their open week, the Nittany Lions have had plenty of time to regroup after that frustrating defeat to Ohio State. Since 2010, they’ve lost four of five against Michigan State. However, Sparty comes in damaged after losing at home to Northwestern.
Winner: Penn State
No. 22 Texas A&M (4-2) at South Carolina (3-2), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: The last time the Aggies were in the Top 25, they lost to Alabama by 22 points in their only other true road game. Though this test is not as difficult, the Gamecocks are no slouch despite losing four straight in the series. This will again show whether or not we should take A&M seriously.
Winner: South Carolina
Baylor (4-2) at No. 9 Texas (5-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: Tied with West Virginia for the Big 12 lead at 3-0, the Longhorns are showing the form that many felt was possible in the preseason. With five total touchdowns during Texas’ epic victory over rival Oklahoma last week, quarterback Sam Ehlinger solidified himself as a true leader. Baylor has dropped three straight to Texas.
Missouri (3-2) at No. 1 Alabama (6-0), 7 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: It’s got to the point where Alabama is concerned about scoring too quickly. The Crimson Tide have outscored their opponents 124-21 in the first quarter this season. Mizzou has allowed 117 points while losing two of its last three contests.
No. 6 West Virginia (5-0) at Iowa State (2-3), 7 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: For the second time in two years the Mountaineers are eyeing a 6-0 start. They’ve won four in a row over the Cyclones, and the last three in Ames. That being said, Iowa State just went into Stillwater and beat then-ranked Oklahoma State. Might be crazy, but this smells like an upset.
Winner: Iowa State
No. 16 Miami, FL (5-1) at Virginia (3-2), 7 p.m., Saturday
The Skinny: A 21-point second-half helped the Hurricanes rally by rival Florida State for their fourth straight victory. They could have receiver Jeff Thomas healthy while trying for a fourth consecutive win over the Cavaliers. However, after that comeback victory, there might be reason for concern at Miami
No. 19 Colorado (5-0) at USC (3-2), 10:30 p.m. Saturday
The Skinny: The Buffaloes haven’t gone 6-0 since 1994 and have never defeated the Trojans in 12 tries. However, USC has never faced an undefeated Colorado squad this late in the season. With a trip to Washington next week, this two-game stretch should tell a lot about the Buffaloes.