Georgia and Alabama headline the college football Week 7 schedule that’s been pared down due to a pair of games getting postponed due to COVID protocols.
While it’s not the most compelling slate, we get arguably the best college game of the year in Week 7 with No. 2 Alabama hosting No. 3 Georgia. This feels like an early 2020 SEC Championship Game being played in Tuscaloosa in the middle of October. If they split the “series” and don’t lose another game this year, both the Dawgs and the Tide should get in.
The schedule has been pared down a bit with LSU and Florida and Baylor and Oklahoma State having their games postponed due to COVID protocols.
College football Week 7 schedule and predictions (winner in bold)
Friday, Oct. 16 (6:00 p.m. ET)
- No. 17 SMU Mustangs at Tulane Green Wave – ESPN
Friday, Oct. 16 (9:30 p.m. ET)
- No. 14 BYU Cougars at Houston Cougars – ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 17 (12:00 p.m. ET)
- No. 1 Clemson Tigers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – ABC
- No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats at Tulsa Golden Hurricane – ESPN2
- Pittsburgh Panthers at No. 13 Miami Hurricanes – ACC Network
- No. 15 Auburn Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks – ESPN
- Kentucky Wildcats at No. 18 Tennessee Volunteers – SEC Network
Saturday, Oct. 17 (2:30 p.m. ET)
- Louisville Cardinals at No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish – NBC
Saturday, Oct. 17 (4:00 p.m. ET)
- No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs – SEC Network
Saturday, Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m. ET)
- No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels at Florida State Seminoles – ABC
Saturday, Oct. 17 (8:00 p.m. ET)
- No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide – CBS
- Boston College Eagles at No. 23 Virginia Tech Hokies – ACC Network
The only upset I am taking is for the Houston Cougars to defeat the No. 14 BYU Cougars on Friday night. BYU has marveled us in the early part of the season out of the Group of 5, but Houston seems to be chomping at the bit to play this year. The Cougars have had so many games postponed and canceled on them, it’s ridiculous. U of H will get to 2-0 after a narrow victory.
If we’re looking at an early-window game on Saturday where an upset can be had, keep an eye on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to potentially stun the No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats. Tulsa played the Oklahoma State Cowboys hard in Stillwater weeks ago and dominated the UCF Knights to kick off AAC play. The American remains the strongest Group of 5 conference in college football today.
And since we only have five games featuring ranked teams after the early-afternoon window, I’m going to group them all together and see where an upset can be had. The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies could lose a dud on the road to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The No. 23 Virginia Tech Hokies could fall at home to potentially an on-the-rise Boston College Eagles team.
And yes, there is absolutely a chance Georgia could knock off Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The last time the Dawgs played at Bryant-Denny, Mark Richt‘s team defeated Nick Saban in his first year at Alabama. Though Saban has never lost to a disciple before, Kirby Smart is the most likely guy to end that in 2020. His Georgia defense is nasty, but the offense may not keep pace with the Tide.
Will we have more than one top-10 team fall this weekend in college football?