College Football 2016 Week 7 Preview

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As the seventh weekend of the 2016 college football season approaches, there are two key things to note. Now is the time to take a serious look toward the playoff contenders and Heisman hopefuls. The playoff committee won’t make their first formal selection for a few more weeks. However, halfway through the season is a good time to start considering such things. We’re seeing teams rise and fall as the competition increases, and with a contending teams fortunes so go those of a player hoping to hoist the Heisman Trophy at the end of the season. The Houston Cougars and Greg Ward, Jr. are a prime example of a loss knocking out both team and player in their 46-40 loss to Navy. Tennessee ran out of pixie dust, but crawled out of another large hole to take Texas A&M into double overtime before losing 45-38. Perhaps Washington is for real after all as they vanquished Oregon 70-21 in Eugene. North Carolina’s stock fell after a humiliating 34-3 loss at home to Virginia Tech. Florida State held off their demise with a 20-19 victory over hated rival Miami. Let’s hope the seventh week is just as exciting, but there aren’t many games on paper.

*All times United States Eastern Standard.

Saturday, October 15

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) @ #9 Tennessee Volunteers (5-1)

3:30 PM on CBS from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN

Where you live depends on the biggest game of the weekend. If you live in the South, this is it. Can Butch Jones replenish the pixie dust? If Tennessee drops Alabama, it’s a huge shake up in the SEC. It also creates huge waves in the national poll. We’ve seen Alabama loss and bounce back. It’s getting late in the year. It’s interesting. At this point, you can’t say this is a sure Alabama win as we’ve seen Tennessee come back from the brink of death too many times. I’ve said from the start this isn’t the Alabama team we’re used to seeing. Tennessee, as much as I don’t want to admit it, might have a chance.

#12 Ole Miss Rebels (3-2) @ #22 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-2)

7:00 PM on ESPN from Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, AR

Another big battle in the SEC. An Alabama loss gives this game a different view. It becomes more important. The winner still has an outside shot at the SEC West if Alabama stumbles, but both teams have lost to the Tide. They’ll need luck, and help. Chad Kelly can make a strong case for a Heisman look with a big game.

Stanford Cardinal (3-2) @ Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish (2-4)

7:30 PM on NBC from Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN

A big rivalry game, and both teams aren’t having the season anyone thought they would. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey may not play. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s seat is getting red hot with each uninspired effort leading to a loss. Which team can turn things around and begin to salvage their season? I hope it’s my Fightin’ Irish.

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) @ #8 Wisconsin Badgers (4-1)

8:00 PM on ABC from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI

If you live in the Midwest, this is the biggest game of the weekend. It’s a coin flip between the two, and it’s creepy how similar this game and Alabama/Tennessee game are. If you can only watch one of them, try like hell to watch them both. Under the bright lights of prime time, I think most people expect Ohio State to run away with it. Wisconsin took it to Michigan in “The Big House,” but lost a close game 14-7. I expect nothing less in this game.

My Heisman Hopefuls (Not Ordered)

J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State Buckeyes

Jake Browning QB Washington Huskies

Lamar Jackson QB Louisville

My Top Four Playoff Teams

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Washington Huskies
  4. Texas A&M Aggies

AP Top 25

  1. Navy Midshipmen
  2. Western Michigan Broncos
  3. Auburn Tigers
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks
  5. Utah Utes
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers
  7. Oklahoma Sooners
  8. Florida Gators
  9. Virginia Tech Hokies
  10. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
  11. Boise State Broncos
  12. Florida State Seminoles
  13. Houston Cougars
  14. Ole Miss Rebels
  15. Baylor Bears
  16. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  17. Tennessee Volunteers
  18. Wisconsin Badgers
  19. Louisville Cardinals
  20. Texas A&M Aggies
  21. Washington Huskies
  22. Michigan Wolverines (1)
  23. Clemson Tigers (2)
  24. Ohio State Buckeyes (2)
  25. Alabama Crimson Tide (56)

Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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