Holy crap, can you believe it's already Week 7? The college football season is already more than halfway done! Dahhhhhh!!!
While the Bears hit the road for a night game to Pullman, I put my 31-17 record to the test with this week's games. I had a much better 4-1 week last week, but am looking for perfection. This could be difficult with some pretty difficult to predict matchups. Which Stanford will show up against Notre Dame? What will OSU's offense look like without Sean Mannion? Will UCLA get back to its winning ways after embarrasing themselves against Cal?
Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) at Colorado (1-4, 1-1)
The Sun Devils haven't been nearly as sharp on the road as they have been at home, and never, I mean never, discount the difficulty of winning on the road. With that said, ASU's aggressive defense is going to cause all sorts of issues for the Buffs. Put simply, I'm wondering how a CU defense that's giving up 39.4 points a game will handle an ASU offense that's averaging 38.4 ppg. Actually, I guess that means ASU will score 38.9 points. Well that was easy.
Prediction: Arizona State 38 Colorado 17
Utah (2-3, 0-2) at UCLA (4-2, 1-2)
I'm thinking UCLA bounces back in a strong showing at home. While the Bears played out of their minds against UCLA, they shot themselves in the foot time and time again with 6 turnovers and 9 penalties. I don't think they play nearly as sloppy at home. Utah's defense should do a decent job against Jonathan Franklin, but their defense will struggle against UCLA's spread attack on their passes and tosses out to their backs and fly sweepers. Utah's offense has still yet to find an answer or any type of rhythm, which will be tough against UCLA's aggressive front seven.
Prediction: UCLA 35 Utah 20
No. 10 Oregon State (4-0, 3-0) at BYU (4-2)
A week ago I would have predicted the Beavers to improve to 5-0 without really thinking twice. I still have no idea what this offense will be like though without Sean Mannion. He's the biggest reason this offense has complemented the Beavers' stout defense. Also, throw on the fact that it's on the road at Provo, where BYU's defense hasn't allowed an opponent to go over 13 points and we could very well be looking at an upset here.
Prediction: BYU 20 Oregon State 17
No. 17 Stanford (4-1, 2-1) at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0)
For as good as Notre Dame has looked so far, I'm not quite as impressed by their record of knocking off some Big 10 teams and a Miami team that's in disarray. With that said, Notre Dame's offensive line is pounding opponents into the ground, and their defense is doing some special things as well(not having allowed a TD in their last three games). Then you have the questions with Stanford: how will their defense rebound after having surrendered over 600 yards and 48 points to Arizona? Also, which Josh Nunes QB will show up? The one that made critical plays against the Wildcats or the one that sucked it up against the Huskies?
I've been going back and forth here, but ultimately, I have to think that Notre Dame's defense gives them the edge here. The Cardinal haven't played consistently enough on offense either to make me think they can get it done on the road. Notre Dame pulls off a close one.
Prediction: Notre Dame 24 Stanford 20
No. 11 USC (4-1, 2-1) at Washington (3-2, 1-1)
The fact that this game is in Seattle has to be encouraging for the Huskies who have played far better in state. With that said, I think this is right about the time USC starts turning it up and begins wearing down opponents with big play after big play, and some physical defense. Keith Price will have his moments, but will be hardpressed to push around a USC defense that is quietly playing very well.
Prediction: USC 31 Washington 21