USA TODAY Sports’ George Schroeder breaks down the best matchups to watch this week.
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The USA TODAY Sports college football staff — Nicole Auerbach, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder and Dan Wolken — weighs in with some bold predictions for Week 7 of the college football season:
West Virginia will fall from the ranks of the unbeatens with a loss in Lubbock in what will be a high-scoring, largely defense-optional affair.
This will leave Baylor as the Big 12’s last real Playoff hope, which is pretty much a nightmare scenario for the league and the CFP selection committee, which would have a very hard time justifying leaving out the scandal-plagued Bears if they remain undefeated.
I believe that both No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State will be scoreboard watching this weekend. No, not with the rest of the SEC and Big Ten, respectively, but with each other — with the Tide checking to see how the Buckeyes fared in their matchup against a top-10 opponent and vice versa.
Any doubt these are the best two teams in the country? Both will be looking for style points on the road: Alabama against Tennessee and Ohio State against Wisconsin.
Ole Miss and Arkansas will go into overtime. On fourth-and-forever, Chad Kelly will fire to tight end Evan Engram, who will hurl a wild lateral backward. It’ll be scooped up by — oh, never mind, no one would ever believe something like that could happen.
But Ole Miss and Arkansas will go into overtime in Fayetteville. Like last year, the road team gets the win; Ole Miss, which has been largely overlooked since early losses to Florida State and Ole Miss, will continue its trek back onto the national radar.
This is the week the national race gets upended and everything we think is thrown into question. That’s how it usually works when the schedule is seemingly benign, as it is this week. Alabama will only lose to a Tennessee team with its back against the wall, and Ohio State’s joyride will come to an abrupt end in Madison.
By the end of the weekend, Clemson will be the No. 1 team in the country and it will set up an absolute must-win for Alabama next weekend in Tuscaloosa against Texas A&M. Every team this year has some flaws, and I don’t think one loss will necessarily eliminate anyone, and this is the weekend where both Alabama and Ohio State face tough enough opponents on the road to win.
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