2012 College Football’s Seventh Weekend: Picks and Predictions

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Florida pulled off the upset I predicted this past week but Georgia lost its “battle” with South Carolina. For the week I ended up going 13-4, pushing my overall record to 80-13. This week’s slate of games is highlighted by South Carolina at LSU and Stanford on the road against Notre Dame.

(1) Alabama at Missouri

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Alabama will be the fresher team coming off a bye, and is easily the more talented team. Alabama wins 45-10.

(2) Oregon – BYE

(3) South Carolina at (9) LSU

LSU is obviously coming off a devastating loss to Florida and will be hungry in a game of revenge, especially playing the No. 3 ranked team in the country. I don’t think LSU is that good, but I do believe they are a back-end top 10 team. As for South Carolina, I think they’re a back-end top 10 team as well. I didn’t think Marcus Lattimore would be able to run on LSU’s defense a week ago, but after seeing Florida running back Mike Gillislee run for 146 yards and two touchdowns, I have a feeling Lattimore can do the same.

What will be the difference maker in this game is whether South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will be able to get anything going through the air. Being on the road in a hostile territory at night, I doubt Shaw’s abilities in this game. That’s the only reason I’m choosing LSU. If South Carolina were at home, the outcome would be different. If South Carolina is a serious national title contender, they can prove it this week. LSU wins 24-17.

(4) Florida at Vanderbilt

The Gators pulled off the upset last week, so it’d be a classic letdown game if they lost on the road here. I don’t think it happens though. Quarterback Jeff Driskel didn’t have a great game against LSU, but he will here against the Commodores. Florida wins 38-14.

(5) West Virginia at Texas Tech

Texas Tech is 4-1 and at home, but let’s be serious. Can they keep up with West Virginia’s offense? I doubt it. West Virginia wins 56-42.

(6) Kansas State at Iowa State

Iowa State is also 4-1 and at home, but will they be able to stop Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein? Again, I doubt it. Kansas State wins 31-17.

(7) Notre Dame vs (17) Stanford

I don’t believe in Stanford being that good, which forces me to choose Notre Dame here. The Fighting Irish do have a good defense to fall back on, which is why they’re undefeated at this point. Because they’re at home, and Stanford isn’t as good as advertised, I think Notre Dame remains unbeaten another week. Notre Dame wins 31-14.

(8) Ohio State at Indiana

My Buckeyes have had an impressive past two weeks and get an easier game here. After beating Michigan State and Nebraska, Ohio State now has a rather easier schedule until the final two weeks of the season when they face Wisconsin and Michigan. Until then, I expect Urban Meyer to keep his perfect record intact. Ohio State wins 42-14.

(10) Oregon State at BYU

Oregon State isn’t the 10th best team in the country, but they are the more talented team here. The Beavers will remain unbeaten for now. Oregon State wins 34-21. Read more…

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