After another crazy week of college football filled with upsets and stellar games, Week 7 is upon us. While we will all have to wait one more week until the Badgers kick things off in the Big Ten, there is plenty of football to watch this week.
Without further ado, here are the best games to watch this weekend across all of the days and TV windows.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Coastal Carolina (3-0) at No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette (3-0) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
Rarely do fans get to experience solid, undefeated college football teams on a Wednesday night, but here we go.
The Sun Belt has been a lot of fun this year, and both Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette are a big reason why. Coastal Carolina upset Kansas, and has averaged a balmy 44 points per game this season, and Louisiana-Lafayette is the only ranked team in their state. After beating Iowa State by multiple scores in week one, they have a transitive win over Oklahoma, if you are into that kind of thing.
Chanticleers versus Ragin’ Cajuns, hell ya.
Thursday, Oct. 15
Georgia State (1-1) at Arkansas State (2-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
Since their win over Kansas State, Arkansas State has cooled off a bit thanks to the aforementioned Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Another Sun Belt battle, this game doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the Wednesday night contest, but if you are itching for some football on Thursday, look no further.
Friday, Oct. 16
No. 17 SMU (4-0) at Tulane (2-2) —> 5 p.m. CST on ESPN
The first game in a double-header on ESPN, SMU and long standing quarterback Shane Buechele head to New Orleans in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs are a heavy favorite, but maybe Tulane can make it interesting.
No. 14 BYU (4-0) at Houston (1-0) —> 8:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
BYU has been one of the more surprising teams in the country, and will have another opportunity to prove themselves. Houston has only played one game this year due to COVID, but Dana Holgorsen coached teams generally have some offensive firepower. This Cougar on Cougar battle could be worth keeping an eye on Friday night.
Saturday, Oct. 10
No. 15 Auburn (2-1) at South Carolina (1-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN
The morning TV window is fairly weak. The main game on ABC has a 27-point spread in favor of Clemson, and the the morning FOX game involves Kansas.
So...this game is probably the top overall Power-5 game on TV in the AM. With better games kicking off later in the day, if you need to hit up Costco...do it in the morning.
No. 8 Cincinnati (3-0) at Tulsa (1-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2
An exciting Group of Five game is actually my favorite watch in the morning. Cincinnati has shot up the rankings, but Tulsa is probably their biggest test yet. The Bearcats are currently the highest ranked G5 team, and with a lot of chaos abound in the country, they hope finagle their way into playoff conversation. However, Tulsa has looked great in their two games this year. The Golden Hurricane kept it close with Oklahoma State, and knocked off UCF in their only two games this year. Maybe they can take down another ranked team.
Other morning games of interest: No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami, Auburn at South Carolina, Kentucky at Tennessee
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Louisville (1-3) at No. 4 Notre Dame (3-0) —> 1:30 p.m. CST on NBC
Louisville has struggled to start the season. Their new conference opponent, Notre Dame, has fared much better. The Fighting Irish are fairly heavy favorites here, but maybe Louisville can keep it close, and regain some of their magic from a year ago.
UCF (2-1) at Memphis (1-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
Another really good Group of Five game, UCF and Memphis has been a nice rivalry the past few seasons in the American. Both teams have lost a game earlier than anticipated, but this is a game that could light up the scoreboard.
LSU (1-2) at No. 10 Florida (2-1) —> 3 p.m. CST on ESPN
Prior to the season and this was a game that was circled on the calendar. After a ho-hum start for LSU though the game has lost some of its luster. Florida suffered their first loss of the season last week, and their championship aspirations took a big hit. There are some questions surrounding this game after a whole bunch of Florida players testing positive this week for COVID-19, but if it goes on without a hitch LSU will look to take down the shorthanded Gators.
Other afternoon games of interest: Duke at NC State, Ole Miss at Arkansas, No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State.
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No. 3 Georgia (3-0) at No. 2 Alabama (3-0) —> 7 p.m. CST on CBS
The biggest game thus far in the season highlights the primetime window in Week 7. Two of the top programs in the SEC, and the country, showdown in a potential preview of the SEC Championship Game. Each team sits atop their respective division and are considered potential candidates for the College Football Playoff.
Can Kirby Smart exorcise the demon that is Nick Saban, or will Alabama continue to roll through their schedule? This should be an awesome game.
Other primetime games of interest: No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State, Boston College at Virginia Tech