Conference races are starting to get interesting and we’re only a few games into conference play.
It seems like even the favorites aren’t coasting through and the old adage of getting every team’s best game seems to be ringing true. Such was the case last week for Stanford and Georgia, which both had tough contests to stay atop their respective conferences.
Here’s a look at what you might have missed last week:
This guy took a cheap shot:
And then wouldn’t shut up about it:
Mike Davis: "If we have another run-pass situation, I'd do the same thing. If the DB's loafing, he deserves to get cut." — Mike Finger (@mikefinger) October 7, 2013
And then had to issue a ridiculous canned apology:
Speaking of canned, this guy was the latest to get fired:
This guy is on the outs with his coach:
This was the best picture of the week:
This was the most controversial play of the week:
Which means these two are no longer besties:
And this was the greatest play of the past weekend:
Or maybe it was this one:
OK, that’s your review. Here’s what to watch in Week 7:
Game of the week:
No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia, 12 p.m. ET
There are two undefeated teams in the SEC right now – Alabama and Missouri. Yes, the Tigers have skated under the radar thanks to a mediocre nonconference schedule, but last week’s 51-28 drubbing of Vanderbilt piqued the nation’s interest. Now, the Tigers head to the Hedges to face a beaten up Georgia team with the promise of knocking the Bulldogs from the national championship conversation and the top of the SEC East. Georgia needed a come-from-behind win to beat Tennessee last week and suffered some major injuries in the process. This game is going to be a lot tougher than it originally looked.
Game to watch:
No. 2 Oregon at No. 16 Washington, 4 p.m. ET
Washington gave Stanford all it could handle last week, which is what makes this game one to watch in Week 7. Both of these teams like to run an up-tempo offense, so expect some points and expect them quickly. The question will be whether Washington can keep up with the Ducks? Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been spectacular this season, but this might be one of the rare times he actually has to play a complete game. This is Oregon’s first real test of the season, will they stay at No. 2?
Also check out…
No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m. ET
Ole Miss is reeling after losing two straight, but A&M’s defense has a way of curing offensive woes. The Aggies are not good defensively, but whether Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense can keep up with Johnny Football is a different story. Remember, a couple weeks ago Wallace went on record as saying his receivers were better than A&M’s. Trust that A&M remembers that little sound byte and will be out to prove Wallace wrong.
Don't waste your time with:
No. 12 Oklahoma at Texas, 12 p.m. ET
There was a time when this was one of the great rivalries in college football, but it’s been awhile since this game was competitive. Oklahoma has won the past three games by a score of 146-58. The Sooners have scored 55 and 63 points respectively in the past two contests. And now the Sooners face a Texas team that has been mediocre most of the year and is playing with its backup quarterback. This is a recipe for another blowout. Texas quarterback Case McCoy said earlier this week that this was the type of game that would make him a legend in Texas football lore. Or it could make him and coach Mack Brown the most hated people in all of Austin. We’re all going to watch this game, but no one expects it to be close.
Keep an eye on:
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Seastrunk is the best player people are whispering about, but haven’t seen enough of to actually declare a Heisman contender. In four games (and not complete games because they were all blowouts), Seastrunk has 589 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He hasn’t rushed for fewer than 111 yards all season and each week his yardage has gone up. He had 172 yards and three touchdowns in the Big 12 opener last week against West Virginia. Kansas State isn’t exactly the upper echelon of the Big 12, but it’s a decent opponent and a chance for Seastrunk to continue to pad his Heisman resume. He’ll be our player to watch later in the season, but this week will be a good showcase of his greatness.
Pitt (+8.5) vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech, 12 p.m. ET
Pitt has won the last four games in this series, including a decisive 35-17 victory a year ago. In those games, the Panthers rushing offense has worn down the Virginia Tech defense, but this game is probably going to come down to the play of quarterback Tom Savage. Savage, a veteran, had an extra week to heal from a concussion he suffered against Virginia two weeks ago. He’s thrown for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Virginia Tech has won five in a row, but there’s something about Pitt that gives the Hokies fits.