Week 7 Predictions: AP Top 25

Posted: October 15, 2010 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football
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Ok, I know, there was already a top 25 game Thursday night and now its Friday. But I was busy with work, and it was the least predominate team of the bunch #25 West Virginia facing South Florida. Snooze.

Last week was a very good week for me. Here are the highlights and not so much picks from last week.

The good:
Nebraska vs Kansas State
Oregon State vs Arizona
Indiana vs Ohio State
USC vs Stanford

The not so good:
Alabama vs South Carolina
Florida vs LSU
Miami vs Florida State

This week only features 2 games with both ranked opponents. There are, however, many potential upsets this week.

Without further ado…

#24 Oregon State at Washington – Oregon State is coming off the “upset” over #9 Arizona last week. Although Arizona was highly overrated at 9, they are much better than the Huskies and Oregon State should win 31-17.

#23 Air Force at San Diego State – Talk about a tough one to call. Air Force has been on a tear recently. San Diego State also looked good until last week losing to a down BYU team on the road in Provo. Even though Air Force will be on the road, San Diego State couldn’t even accomplish the task of stopping BYU RB JJ DiLuigi  when Utah State could. How the heck are they gonna stop Air Force’s run game? Air Force wins 35-21.

Mississippi State at #22 Florida – Florida, florida, florida…how far you have fallen. LSU’s defense is top notch, no question. But Tennessee played as well against this terrible Tiger offense. Thats inexcusable for a Florida defense. Good thing it’s Mississippi State at home. Gators win 38-14.

#21 Missouri at Texas A&M – This will be the week that Mizzou gets exposed. Not that anyone expected greatness. Aggies win 28-21.

#20 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech – This game is another hard one to call. I think Texas Tech can win, but they won’t. Cowboys take it 42-31.

#19 Nevada at Hawaii – Nevada runs a fast paced offense that puts up numbers on teams fast. Hawaii doesn’t have anything to stop them and no weapons to match in a shootout. Nevada wins 35-24

#17 Arizona at Washington State – Arizona got a little reality check last week. They are not PAC-10 contenders like they thought. They will, however, beat lowly Washington State this Saturday. 24-17

Boston College at #16 Florida State – Florida State proved they’re for real as they demolished the Hurricanes of Miami. They’ll have no problems here, winning 38-10

#15 Iowa at Michigan – The Wolverines let me down last week. Michigan State did well shutting down Denard Robinson for the first time this season. Iowa has a good defense, so even in the “Big House”, Iowa pulls this one out 31-28.

Illinois at #13 Michigan State – Michigan State have shown they are for real. They have beaten Notre Dame and Michigan and this week, they’ll beat Illinois 35-17.

#11 Utah at Wyoming – Utah is back in conference play this weekend when they take on the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie, WY. Utah absolutely embarrassed Iowa State this week and Wyoming was absolutely embarrassed by TCU 45-0. This should be a great chance for Utah to use this game as a measuring stick to where TCU is playing. Utah wins this game in cruise control 49-10.

#10 South Carolina at Kentucky – Now, keep in mind, this is the same Kentucky team that almost beat Auburn last week. South Carolina could find themselves in a trap game. That said, I think they get the “W” 27-24.

McNeese State at #9 LSU – Congratulations LSU! You won cupcake of the week. McNeese State? Who? Man, LSU wins in a barn-burner 38-7.

Mississippi at #8 Alabama – I wanna be the first to welcome Alabama back to Earth. Hope you had a blast on the #1 train again. Now that South Carolina put you in your place last week, you can get back to beating on your opponents. Alabama wins 42-17.

#12 Arkansas at #7 Auburn – This game is interesting. It will definitely be a shootout. Whichever QB can pull out a Heisman performance should pull the victory. Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton are 2 electrifying gun slingers. With Newton’s agility and threat as a runner, I give the home team the advantage here. Auburn 42-35.

Iowa State at #6 Oklahoma – This is yet another measuring stick game. The #11 Utes crushed the Iowa State Cyclones 68-27. If Oklahoma doesn’t dominate this game, we should have a better idea how good the Utes are. Oklahoma should win this one. I’m thinking 45-21.

Texas at #5 Nebraska. I think Nebraska is overdue for a surprise upset. Even though Nebraska has revenge on their minds with last year’s heartbreaking loss to Texas in the conference championship game, being ranked #6 and Texas needed a big win to turn their season around, it has the makings of a trap game. Texas shines and wins the shocker 35-24.

BYU at #4 TCU – BYU was riding high after beating tough San Diego State last week. TCU is riding even higher after crushing Wyoming 45-0 and retaining their #4 rank. BYU has struggled against TCU the last 2 years. This year will be even worse as TCU has one of the fastest running games in the country. BYU might be within a TD of TCU until the Horned Frogs get 2 possessions. TCU wins 45-17.

#3 Boise State at San Jose State – This should be a cake walk for Boise. Broncos win easily 50-10.

#1 Ohio State at #18 Wisconsin – Ohio State is finally clicking better on offense. Wisconsin has been lucky not to have 2 or 3 losses already. Ohio State wins 38-28.

Bye weeks – #2 Oregon, #14 Stanford

There you have it. Let me know your upset picks in the comments below. (if any)

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