Week 7 of the college football has all the makings of a blockbuster, with the top two teams in the country set to return to action after a week 6 bye.
There are four meetings between Top 25 teams on Saturday, with No. 1 ranked Alabama returning from its bye to face No. 24 Texas A&M on the road, while No. 6 Oklahoma also travels to the Lone Star State to take on No. 11 Texas.
No. 5 ranked LSU, meanwhile, welcomes No.7 Florida, while No. 8 Wisconsin hosts Michigan State and No. 2 Clemson returns from its bye to play Florida State at home.
LSU’s offense continued to roll as the Tigers thrashed Utah State 42-6 on Saturday, with Joe Burrow completing 27 of his 38 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns. The senior signal caller has now amassed 1,864 passing yards so far this season at an average of 11.5 yards per play, with 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
The ESPN College GameDay crew is double-dipping with Florida for Week 7.
After watching the Gators take down Auburn in Week 6, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and the crew head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to watch the seventh-ranked Gators clash with the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers.
The implications don’t need much of an explanation. Both teams are undefeated, have passed some noteworthy tests and stand ready to offer up what could be the game of the year.
College GameDay Week 7 Info
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time (ET): 9 a.m. to noon; game is at 8 p.m.
Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Live Stream: ESPN+
Understandably, the conversation here might center on the defenses.Florida boasts arguably the nation’s best. The unit lets up just 9.5 points per game and has 26 sacks. Don’t forget 12 interceptions.
This talent was on display for the College GameDay crew in Week 6, when Auburn went to Florida and mustered just 13 points in a 24-13 Gators win. That is borderline incredible considering the Tigers had put up 56 points the week prior and had scored at least 24 points in every game this season.
However, the Florida defense picked off Bo Nix three times and held the Auburn rushing attack to just 3.6 yards per carry on 34 attempts. Meanwhile, Kyle Trask, despite an injury scare, tossed two touchdowns, and the ground game behind him managed 132 yards.
Florida can’t let the feel-good vibes last too long, though, and head coach Dan Mullen is already throwing out caution flags about LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
“I said this earlier in the week, he’s easily the best guy we’ve played, at quarterback, this year,” Mullen said, according to Amos Morale III of WWL Radio. “He can make all throws. But he also now has the experience, the pocket presence, the decision-making to get the ball to where it needs to get too.”
This one doesn’t just file under coachspeak, either. Burrow has smoothly completed 78.4 percent of his passes, with 22 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He’s averaging 11.5 yards per pass attempt. Behind him, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has five scores on a 5.5 average. Three Burrow targets have six or more touchdowns.
Florida, meanwhile, was the big mover in the Associated Press rankings in Week 6, climbing three spots after beating Auburn 24-13 at home on Saturday. Kyle Trask went 19-of-31 for 234 yards and two touchdowns and Lamical Perine rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown over 14 carries as the Gators improved to 6-0, while the Tigers slipped to 5-1 and dropped from five slots in the rankings to 12th.
Florida wasn’t the only team to climb up the rankings, as Ohio State moved up a spot to tied third alongside Georgia after beating Michigan State 34-10 courtesy of a monster performance from J.K. Dobbins.
The Buckeyes running back rushed for 172 yards and one score over 24 carries as Ohio State improved to 6-0, while the Spartans slipped to 4-2 and dropped out of the Top 25.
Along with Auburn and Southern Methodist University, Ohio State won’t be in action in Week 7.
Previously unranked SMU was arguably the story of the weekend, forcing its way to No. 21 after coming back from 30-9 with one quarter left to beat Tulsa 43-37 in triple overtime to improve to 6-0.
Elsewhere, No. 6 Oklahoma beat Kansas 45-20 on the road to move to 5-0, the same record held by No. 3 ranked Georgia, who thrashed the Volunteers in Tennessee 43-14.
The Bulldogs host South Carolina in Week 7, while No. 9 ranked Notre Dame welcomes Southern California. A week after beating then-No. 20 ranked Virginia, the Fighting Irish put 52 unanswered points past Bowling Green.
When does Week 7 start?
Week 7 begins on Wednesday, October 9, when Appalachian State travels to Louisiana. Two games are on the slate for Thursday with Syracuse taking on North Carolina State on the road, while Texas State hosts UL Monroe.
Friday sees two Top 25-ranked teams in action as No. 20 Virginia takes on the Hurricanes in Miami, while No. 13 Oregon hosts Colorado.
There are no fewer than four meetings between Top 25 teams on Saturday, including two huge matchups in Texas as No. 1 Alabama faces No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 6 Oklahoma takes on No. 11 Texas.
No. 8 Wisconsin welcomes Michigan State, while No. 10 Penn State takes on No. 17 Iowa on the road and No. 5 LSU welcomes No. 7 Florida.
As usual, coverage of the college football season is to be split across a variety of networks. ABC broadcasts games in the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
Games in the latter three conferences will also be broadcast on FOX and ESPN, with ESPN carrying matchups from the ACC, American, Mountain West, SEC and Sun Belt conferences.
CBS broadcasts SEC conference games, while NBC retains exclusive broadcasting rights to Notre Dame’s home games.
Live streams throughout the season will be available via the broadcasters’ digital platforms, as well as fuboTV and DirecTV.