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October 10, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Seven

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Oregon vs. Washington
Patrick Says: This has the potential to be one the best games of the season. Oregon and Washington are among the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 -- a conference that's asserted itself as arguably the second-best in the country. Expect the contest to be full of scoring: the Ducks are putting up 59 points per game and the Huskies average about 37. I think the difference Saturday will be decided on the ground. Oregon's prolific running attack is averaging 336 yards per game and Washington is surrendering an average of141 yards. While I don't think necessarily think the Ducks will run all over them (star running back De'Anthony Thomas' status remains questionable), expect Oregon's running attack to amass chunks of yardage. Besides, quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has casually thrown for 1358 yards, 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions, can take over the game if he needs to. Washington is a very solid football team but I'm not sure they have the firepower to compete with Oregon just yet. Oregon 49 Washington 31
Missouri vs. Georgia
Andrew Says: College football almost had its first big upset of the season last weekend, as Tennessee went toe-to-toe with Georgia for 60 minutes and forced overtime. But Aaron Murray came through in the clutch (very surprising) and Georgia escaped Knoxville. I don't expect a similar performance from the Bulldogs this week. Georgia got its scare out of the way, and they'll have little trouble putting away the yet-to-be-beaten Missouri Tigers. Only one undefeated SEC team will survive this weekend, and it's not Missouri. Georgia 35 Missouri 24
Florida vs. LSU
AndyMac Says: I think the Gators may have found their quarterback, post Tebow. After years of rotating between Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett and John Brantley, a former two-star project in Tyler Murphy has been the most impressive among the bunch and has jump-started an offense that has under-achieved for nearly four years. LSU did everything but win last year in Gainesville and will be hungry to avenge their loss from a year ago. The difference maker Saturday will be Jeremy Hill, who is becoming one of the best backs in the SEC. LSU 27 Florida 20
Oklahoma vs. Texas
Noon Says: Texas and Oklahoma both have 2-0 records in the Big XII and that is where the similiarities end with these two teams. Texas is ultimately playing out the string while OU is hoping to be one of the last unbeatens standing at the end of the year. Bob Stoops has never been shy about hanging a lot of points on the Horns with 63 and 55 in past meetings and if there is a chance to do it again, they will. Mack Brown will suffer what could be his worst defeat in a Red River Shootout as the Sooners roll Oklahoma 56 Texas 13
Michigan vs. Penn St.
Tom Says: Michigan versus Penn State is a difficult pick this week. In my opinion, neither team is playing sound fundamental football. While TSUN beat Minnesota 42-13, it was closer than the final score and Devin Garner has not looked sharp, nor has the Wolverine Offensive line. Defensively, the Wolverines have lost starting defensive tackle, Ondre Pipkins from a defense that ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total defense. Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg will have some success throwing to Allen Robinson, but will continue with his freshman mistakes. Penn State, with their backs against the wall and while playing at home in Happy Valley, will give TSUN a close game, but will lose for the second week in a row. Michigan 31 Penn State 24
Northwestern vs. Wisconsin
Marc Says: Why waste time researching a game when you can just let Vegas do all of the work for you? Wisconsin a 10.5 point favorite? Wow. Vegas apparently knows something here as that line seems awfully high for a couple of teams that appear to be pretty evenly matched. Northwestern's struggles in stopping the run against Ohio State last week will likely carry over to Wisconsin's tremendous running game and the Badgers have had two weeks to recover from the tough loss in Columbus while the Wildcats are likely still stinging from letting one slip away last Saturday. Wisconsin 38 Northwestern 31
Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss
Indiana vs. Michigan St.
Rutgers vs. Louisville
South Carolina vs. Arkansas

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