College Football 2023 Preview Week 7. Last year, the Red River Showdown was a blowout win by Texas, 49-0. This year’s game was a close back-and-forth battle, with the Sooners leading most of the game and the Longhorns taking the lead with 1:17 left. But Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel drove down the field in the final minute to score the winning touchdown with 15 seconds left.
Oklahoma was in top form, while Texas was not so much. The Longhorns had nine penalties for 70 yards and three turnovers, two of which were uncharacteristic interceptions from Quinn Ewers. The outcome of the game was a considerable movement in the rankings. Texas dropped to No. 9, and Oklahoma rose to No. 5. The Sooners have now taken over the top spot in the Big 12.
Ranked Games for Week 7
It looks like Georgia just needed to go against a ranked team to play at their best. They blasted No. 20 Kentucky, 51-13. Since Vanderbilt is not ranked, the Bulldogs might slow things down again for Week 7.
Three teams have a bye this week: No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 9 Texas, and No. 13 Ole Miss.
Saturday, October 14
- 1 Georgia (6-0) at Vanderbilt (2-5) Georgia (-31.5, 57)
- 2 Michigan (6-0) vs. Indiana (2-3) Michigan (-34.5, 34.5)
- 3 Ohio State (5-0) at Purdue (2-4) Ohio State (-20.5, 51.5)
- 4 Florida State (5-0) vs. Syracuse (4-2) Florida State (-18, 56.5)
- 6 Penn State (5-0) vs. UMass (1-6) Penn State (-42, 58)
- 7 Washington (5-0) vs. No. 8 Oregon (5-0) Washington (-3, 67.5)
- 10 USC (6-0) at No. 21 Notre Dame (5-2) Notre Dame (-2.5, 62.5)
- 11 Alabama (5-1) vs. Arkansas (2-4) Alabama (-20, 49.5)
- 12 North Carolina (5-0) vs. No. 25 Miami (Fla.) (4-1) North Carolina (-3.5, 56
- 14 Louisville (6-0) at Pitt (1-4) Louisville (-9.5, 47.5)
- 15 Oregon State (5-1) vs. No. 18 UCLA (4-1) Oregon State (-4.5, 53)
- 16 Utah (4-1) vs. Cal (3-3) Utah (-13.5, 45)
- 17 Duke (4-1) vs. NC State (4-2) Duke (-3.5, 48.5)
- 19 Tennessee (4-1) vs. Texas A&M (4-2) Tennessee (-3, 56)
- 19 Washington State (4-1) vs. Arizona (3-3) Washington State (-9.5, 60.5)
- 22 LSU (4-2) vs. Auburn (3-2) LSU (-3, 63.5)
- 23 Kansas (5-1) at Oklahoma State (3-2) Kansas (-3.5, 58)
- 24 Kentucky (5-1) vs. Missouri (5-1) Kentucky (-2.5, 53.5)
The Cardinals are on the Rise
Louisville is 6-0 for the first time since 2013 and is one of only 14 undefeated teams left. First-year coach Jeff Brohm has done a stellar job with the Cardinals, who pulled off a massive win against then-ranked No. 10 Notre Dame. Their defense kept the Fighting Irish from making any headway on the ground while harassing quarterback Sam Hartman with five sacks and three interceptions.
Coach Brohm says the team keeps improving and won’t expect an easy game against Pitt, who had a bye in Week 6 and is eager to stop a four-game slide. Expect Louisville to win and cover now that their confidence is high after the Notre Dame win.
The Aggies Hope to Reverse the Slide
Texas A&M had a disastrous loss to Alabama in Week 6 and want to put that behind them with a win against Tennessee. The Volunteers are coming off a bye, which gave them recovery time and a chance to study the Aggies’ defense. Tennessee lost quarterback Hendon Hooker, who is off to the NFL. His replacement, Joe Milton, isn’t as good but has been up to the task so far.
The Aggies have won both of their matchups with Tennessee since joining the SEC in 2020, but they’ll need to do better than last week’s performance, especially their defense if they want to be the victors. Expect the Volunteers to win and cover.
LSU’s Defense Needs an Upgrade
Who knows how well the LSU Tigers could do if their defense were improved. Defensive coordinator Matt House has not done well, giving up 527 total yards to Missouri in Week 6. Quarterback Jayden Daniels has been the primary reason the Tigers have prevailed in most games, but it would be easier if he didn’t have to compensate for a lousy defense.
The key to winning this game for Auburn is to keep Jayden Daniels off the field as long as possible. Auburn could then overtake LSU’s defense. But expect LSU to win this one.
The Crimson Tide Need to Lay Off the Penalties
Alabama won’t need to worry about their penalties against Arkansas on Saturday, but they have to get them under control for upcoming games against Tennessee, LSU, and Kentucky. Arkansas is an unranked team at the bottom of the SEC West, so the best they can hope for is to keep Alabama from covering. That will only happen if the Tide keeps getting double-digit penalties.
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