College football is back. While not all teams are back, a lot of teams are preparing for week 7. Here are five things to watch for in college football week 7.
1. Alabama vs. Georgia
The biggest game of the season so far features the top team from each division in the SEC. Georgia will head to Tuscaloosa after already defeating Auburn and Tennessee this season. The Bulldogs and Stetson Bennett bring in an offense that scores 36 points per game, but really turns it on in the second half. On defense, the secondary leads the way, as they allow 12.3 points per game.
Alabama’s offense is playing ridiculously well to start the season. They are averaging an FBS-best 51 points per game. Mac Jones has thrown for 1,101 yards and will have to make smart decisions against the Georgia secondary. The Crimson Tide defense will have to step up their game and make life tough for the inexperienced Bennett. Alabama is favored, but if Bennett plays well, it could be a close game.
2. Cincinnati Being Tested
The Cincinnati Bearcats were a darkhorse to make the CFP entering the season and have started off the season undefeated. They won games against Austin Peay, Army and USF. Army was ranked at the time Cincinnati beat them. The defense has been leading the charge as the Bearcats allow 12.3 points per game. On offense, quarterback Desmond Ridder and the running game haven’t been consistent yet, but need to soon.
Tulsa is 1-1 this season, with a win over UCF. It was an impressive win, but they were also able to take Oklahoma State to the wire. They have a leader at quarterback in Zach Smith, who has 438 passing yards and four touchdowns this year. Their defense has plenty of NFL-level players on the team. Tulsa is fully capable of going on the road and pulling off the upset.
3. AAC Shootout
Another AAC game to watch this weekend features Memphis and UCF. The Golden Knights enter the game after losing to Tulsa, but still have a great offense. Dillon Gabriel has passed for 1,155 yards and nine touchdowns in three games. He has led the offense to average 42 points per game.
Memphis, on the other hand, is 1-1 wit ha win over Arkansas State and a loss to SMU. They average 32 points per game behind the arm of Brady White. He has 576 passing yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Both offenses will make this game an exciting one to watch.
4. Can BYU Stay Undefeated?
So far this season, BYU has won each game on their schedule to be 4-0. They blew out their first three opponents, who were Navy, Troy and Louisiana Tech. The Cougars struggled, but prevailed over the UTSA Roadrunners 27-20.
This week BYU takes on Houston in the battle of the Cougars. Houston won their lone game of the season over Tulane 49-31. Their 49 points per game ranks third in the country. They have the 312 passing yards, which ranks 12th on a per game basis. If BYU plays like they did against UTSA, Houston could pull off an upset and ruin BYU’s perfect season.
5. Undefeated Sun Belt Matchup
*This was in last week’s article, but the game has been rescheduled for this week.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns shocked everyone when they defeated Iowa State in their opener. Since that point, they have won two close games against Georgia State and Georgia Southern. Levi Lewis has thrown for 723 yards and four touchdowns this season. They have good skill position players and a solid team overall. If they can win this week and go 4-0, they will be the favorites to win the Sun Belt and could even make a New Year’s Six Bowl.
Coastal Carolina also had an upset win over a Big 12 team. For the second straight season, Coastal Carolina beat the Kansas Jayhawks. The Chanticleers also beat FCS-level Campbell and Arkansas State, who beat Kansas State for another Sun Belt over Big 12 upset. Grayson McCall has led the team well with 728 passing yards and nine touchdowns.
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