College Football Week 7

In Entertainment by Tanner Allen

As we approach the half-way mark on current college football season, the slate of college football games this weekend are among the best we’ll see all season long. There are a few top 25 match ups that have conference championship implications within the Southeastern Conference. Lets’ take a look at some of the key match up for this weekends slate of games.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers

The Tennessee Volunteers have their hands full, as the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide roll into Knoxville for the annual rivalry game, which have a lot of implications for the SEC Championship picture.

The Volunteers have the home crowd on their side, but they’re coming off their first loss of the season to the Texas A&M Aggies. It will be interesting to see how the Vols respond, as they look to avoid their second straight loss. If the Volunteers happen to drop this game to the Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators will be sitting among the top of the SEC East with one loss, and will be the front runners to win the SEC East and represent the conference in Atlanta for the SEC Championship in December.

Prediction

Alabama 32 – Tennessee 20

Ultimately, the Crimson Tide are the superior team, as they have mastermind head coach Nick Saban at the helm. The Volunteers have been surprising so far this season, but I think they’ll face more adversity with the Crimson Tide coming to town.

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks are red hot. Arkansas has one loss to the Texas A&M Aggies, but other than that loss, they have been very dominant in the run game. Not to mention, the Arkansas passing game has been somewhat existent, unlike previous years under head coach Bret Bielema.

The Ole Miss Rebels started off the season very slow, losing two games after a more than 14-point lead in both of those contests. Luckily for Ole Miss, they picked up steam and their defense has been outstanding since those losses. If the Rebels can slow down the Arkansas running game, the Rebels will make Arkansas one-dimensional on offense, which will cause issues for the offense.

Prediction

Arkansas 27 – Ole Miss 20

The Razorbacks are known for pounding the ball down their opponents’ throats, and I believe they will continue to do so, even against a stout Rebels’ defense. This game can go either way, but ultimately, Ole Miss will be physically abused by the rushing attack of Arkansas.

Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators

This match up isn’t one of the most intriguing match ups on the weekend, but after having a week and a half off of playing, the Gators are looking to get back on track after two sloppy performances. Luckily for the orange and blue faithful, the Gators have starting quarterback Luke Del Rio back under center at quarterback.

The Gator offense has been abysmal under back up quarterback Austin Appleby, but it’s not just that position that has struggled. The offensive line for Florida has been banged up and have some key injuries, giving the Gators fits in their last two games.

The Mizzou Tigers haven’t been great this season. One statistic playing into account — the Tigers ran 100 plays on offense and only produced 11 points against a terrible West Virginia defense. Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock has improved from last season to this season, but he will have to go against a very talented Florida Gators secondary, which doesn’t play into the passer’s favor.

Prediction

Florida 17 – Missouri 9

Ultimately, this game will be ugly and won’t be fun to watch, as both teams have struggled against competition so far this season. This game really depends if the Florida defense can cause pressure on the Mizzou offensive line, along with the Florida offensive line and how well they can protect quarterback Luke Del Rio from taking hits.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Since Urban Meyer has been at the helm, Ohio State has been consistently top five in the rankings. The Badgers have made a splash and have shocked college football fans this season, especially after a win against the LSU Tigers.

The Badgers have looked competitive and have a great opportunity to take down the undefeated Buckeyes in front of a home crowd on Saturday.

Michigan wasn’t able to move the ball much on this Badgers’ defense, as they played amazing all season long, but the Ohio State offense can make a team like Wisconsin pay if they aren’t running the correct scheme against a spread offense.

Prediction

Ohio State 37 – Wisconsin 23

About the Author

Tanner Allen

Tanner is a senior at the University of Florida and is studying telecommunications. He covers Florida Gator football for InsideTheGators.com, affiliated with Rivals.com and the Yahoo! Sports Network.