10 Must-Watch College Football Games In Week 7
10 Must-Watch Week 7 College Football Games
With Week 7 of the college football season coming up, we are almost officially halfway through the 2013 season and are entering the most entertaining part of the schedule. During the second half of the schedule, we can expect to see schedules laden with a host of rivalry games, and to see the epic moments that go on to decide who will win championships such as the Heisman Trophy Award and Biletnikoff Award.
In addition to providing deciding matches for rivalries and awards, the second half of the season also promises to entertain because nearly every remaining game throughout the country comes in the form of inter-conference games, which in turn will lead to a host of upsets and the deciding of every conferences' winners. In past years, it has become almost a ritual that BCS contenders are exposed by their biggest rivals late in the season, and there is no reason to expect that 2013 will be different in this regard. There is no doubting that this period can make fans pull the hair out of their heads as they watch impeccable seasons get washed down the drain, but it is also the reason why many people love college football so much in the first place.
Keeping in mind this nerve-wracking, yet exciting period of college football, I have compiled a list of the 10 games that any college football must watch in Week 7. This list includes games that are composed of rivalries, conference games and even matches that will have National Championship implications.
10. California vs. UCLA
On paper, it would appear that the 1-4 California Bears have no chance of winning against 11th-ranked UCLA, but that does not give due diligence to the factors of the in-state rivalry. After all, these two teams played in under very similar circumstances just last season, and the game turned into a 43-17 California victory. Expect this one to go down to the wire on Saturday night, making it a wise decision to turn your television to ESPN2 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
9. East Carolina vs. Tulane
East Carolina will travel to Tulane on Saturday afternoon to face off in what could turn out to be a prelude to the 2013 Conference USA championship game. The two teams currently have the best records in the conference at 4-1 and 4-2, and have also looked the part of the strongest teams in the league. When tuning into this match at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, expect to see a shootout.
8. Rutgers vs. Louisville
In what could turn out to be their toughest matchup of the 2013 season thus far, the Louisville Cardinals will host Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. While it is likely that the no. 8 ranked cardinals will not be especially challenged by their American Athletic Conference foe, this one will be a joy to watch if only because of the Teddy Bridgewater. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound quarterback has an absolute cannon for an arm, and after watching him, many fans will be shaking their heads at how he got away from their favorite programs.
7. Northwestern vs. Wisconsin
Northwestern will travel to Wisconsin at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday in a matchup of teams that have an outside chance of winning the Big Ten. Both teams will feel that this game a must-win, and considering both rank in the top-22 in the country in rushing yards, it will likely be a war in the trenches. Tune into ABC to check this game out.
6. Arizona State vs. USC
On Thursday night ,USC will host Arizona State in the first game of the post Lane Kiffin era. While both teams are winless in Pac-12 play, there is no doubt that this game will have an be an entertaining affair if only for how the fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum take their anger out with Kiffin out the door. Check this game out at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
5. Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss
In Week 7, the proverbial Johnny Manziel show heads on over to Oxford, Mississippi as Texas A&M takes on Ole Miss. While Texas A&M will surely be the favorite in this match, there is no doubting that tuning into the team's games is always a show with Manziel behind center. Tune into this matchup on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
4.Missouri vs. Georgia
This weekend, Missouri will travel to Georgia in what is shaping up to be a surprisingly competitive matchup. Through their first five games, 25th-ranked Missouri is a perfect 5-0, while the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are 4-1. A loss for either side will put a serious dent in any aspirations of winning the SEC East, making this matchup a must-watch on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
3. Oklahoma vs. Texas
In what is always one of the most anticipated matchups in college football, the Oklahoma Sooners will travel to face the Texas Longhorns this weekend. This game could have long-term implications as Texas head coach Mack Brown could be a single loss away from losing his job. Tune into ABC at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday to check this game out.
2. Florida vs. LSU
In yet another inter-conference matchup, 17th ranked Florida Gators will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to take on 10th-ranked LSU Tigers in Week 7. With each team already having lost one game during 2013, a loss in this game will effectively be a death blow to any national championship aspirations, making this a huge game. Tune into CBS this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET to check out this pivotal matchup.
1. Oregon vs. Washington
The second-ranked Oregon Ducks will receive their first serious test of the post-Chip Kelly era when they travel to Seattle, Washington, to face the 16th-ranked Washington Huskies in Week 7. A loss in this game would effectively show that the loss of Kelly is having a serious impact on Oregon's program and could set the team back for the rest of the 2013 season. Tune into Fox Sports 1 at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to check this one out.