Five Potential Top 25 Upsets For Week 7
- 12th Oct 2017
- Lyle Harrison
Last Updated: 2017-10-12
When there are zero matchups featuring Top 25 teams facing each other, the college football weekend can enter like a dud. Unfortunately, Week 7 is one of those weeks, so there won’t be much hype surrounding many games. However, Week 7 also has a chance to produce the most upsets of the season. As a result, you may not know where the great games are coming from, but rest assured, there will be plenty of intense action to watch once Saturday rolls around.
Out of the 22 Top 25 matchups this weekend, ranked teams are double digit favorites in 13 of the games. Meaning, nine games currently have single digit point spreads. Yet, it is still too early to tell which teams are great and which teams are just pretty good. Eleven of the games feature ranked teams on the road. The No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners are in a neutral site matchup with the Texas Longhorns. That means 10 ranked teams get a shot to protect the home turf. However, playing at home doesn’t matter if your defense falls by the wayside. Last weekend, the Sooners lost a double digit lead as a 30 point favorite at home.
Here are the five most interesting point spreads of Week 7
Utah Utes (4-1)
No. 13 USC Trojans (5-1) -13
The USC Trojans bounced back from their only loss to defeat the Oregon State Beavers, 38-10. Now, the Trojans have their biggest game of the season in Week 7. Right now, the Utah Utes are the biggest threat to the Trojans in the PAC-12 South. If the Trojans win, they will have a three-win lead on the Utes. However, if the Trojans lose, they will fall a game back in the loss column with the tie breaker going to Utah. The Utes’ only loss came by three points to the Stanford Cardinal. Yet, the Trojans are double digit home favorites in prime time. The Utes are giving up 18.4 points per game. Interestingly enough, they have given up double digit points in every game.
Boise State Broncos (3-2)
No. 19 San Diego State Aztecs (6-0) -7
Boise State doesn’t have much offense this season. They have been held under 30 points in 4 of the 5 games in 2017. When they did score 44 points against the Washington State Cougars, the Broncos let a huge lead get away. Otherwise, the Broncos might be seen in a different light. At their best, they should be able to compete. Still, the San Diego State Aztecs have defeated two PAC-12 schools, including the Stanford Cardinal. However, the Aztecs are only seven point favorites early in the week. Keep in mind, this could be the first matchup if the teams meet in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. Rashaad Penny has an opportunity to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the Aztecs. He enters the week with 993 yards and 11 total touchdowns.
No. 10 Auburn Tigers (4-2)
LSU Tigers (5-1) +6.5
The Auburn Tigers have quickly become a point of emphasis in the conversation about College Football Playoff contenders. Earlier in the season, the Tigers couldn’t block Clemson. Their quarterback was sacked 11 times. Since then, Auburn is averaging 48 points per game against SEC competition. Meanwhile, the LSU Tigers are still struggling to score. They have split the last four games, including losses to Mississippi State and Troy. Yet, their win over Florida has given the Bayou Bengals some confidence. Is it false confidence? This LSU team is only 6.5 point underdog. Keep in mind, Auburn has won all five of their games by at least 14 points. This is also LSU’s last chance to remain in the SEC West race. With a conference loss already on their resume, they need to win out.
If you’re looking to find a Top 25 team that isn’t the favorite to win, here it is. The West Virginia Mountaineers lost by seven points to the TCU Horned Frogs. The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost by seven points to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Now, both teams are trying to remain in the Big 12 race by winning out. This has a chance to be one of the highest scoring games of the day. Both teams average over 43 points per game. Therefore, this may come down to which defense can get a critical stop. Remember, the Red Raiders have forced 14 turnovers in five games. They must continue that trend to get the road upset as the higher ranked team. Quarterbacks Nic Shimonek (1,840) and Will Grier (1,742) are in the top 11 of passing yards. They have also combined to throw 30 touchdown passes this season. Grier has the slight lead with 16 touchdown passes.
If the Miami Hurricanes lost to the Florida State Seminoles last week, would they be a slight favorite over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets? Miami produced a last-second thrilling win over the Seminoles and kept their undefeated season intact. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets have bounced back from their season-opening loss to the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams enter Week 7 with (2-0) conference records. As a result, the winner has a clear advantage to win the Coastal division of the ACC. Georgia Tech averages 396 rushing yards per game. The Hurricanes give up 4.0 yards per carry and 152 rushing yards per game. The winner in the trenches will win the game. Keep in mind, running back Mark Walton is out for Miami with an ankle injury.