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2021 College Football Viewing Guide: Week 7

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A look at the top games across all television windows for Week 7.

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College football is back, and that means our college football viewing guide is back to help you navigate the busy schedule ahead.

Each week we will do the heavy lifting, and figure out the top games that will be playing during each television window across college football. Week 6 was one of the wilder college football weekends in some time, so it will be hard to top, but Week 7 has some intriguing matchups to watch.

Thursday, October 14

Navy (1-4) at Memphis (3-3) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Not a great matchup for a Thursday night, but both teams have had recent success in the AAC. Memphis is favored in this game, but maybe Navy can keep it interesting?

Friday, October 15

Clemson (3-2) at Syracuse (3-3) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

The Carrier Dome is a weird environment to play in, and with Clemson struggling with a slew of injuries Syracuse could pull of the upset. Clemson is rightfully the favorite in this game, but I do think it could be a really fun contest.

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse
Syracuse could make things interesting with Clemson on Friday night.
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Cal (1-4) at No. 9 Oregon (4-1) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

I don’t necessarily think that this is even the best game on Friday night that kicks off at 9:30, but Oregon has looked shaky recently and is a top-10 team. With The Ducks missing some key pieces, Justin Wilcox and the Golden Bears will have to play a nearly perfect game, but it’s not impossible. Honestly, the SDSU and SJSU game is probably better if you are into good G5 football.

Other Friday night games of interest:

  • No. 24 San Diego State at San Jose State on CBSSN at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 16

Morning games

No. 12 Oklahoma State (5-0) at No. 25 Texas (4-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

This conference class features two teams that are winning in entirely different ways. Oklahoma State has a great defense and a below average offense, while Texas has a high-powered offense but is susceptible on defense. I expect a close contest throughout.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Texas
Texas running back Bijan Robinson will go up against a tough OK State defense this weekend.
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No. 10 Michigan State (6-0) at Indiana (2-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on FS1

Most people have already written off Indiana this season, but all three Hoosier losses have come against highly ranked opponents (Iowa, Cincinnati, Penn State). Coming off of a bye week, maybe Indiana has something up their sleeves against Kenneth Walker and the undefeated Spartans. There are a lot of solid games during the morning window, this one included.

Other morning games of interest:

  • UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati on ABC at 11 a.m. CST
  • Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas on CBS at 11 a.m. CST
  • No. 20 Florida at LSU on ESPN at 11 a.m. CST
  • Nebraska at Minnesota on BTN at 11 a.m. CST
  • No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri on SECN at 11 a.m. CST
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Both Georgia and Auburn have ranked opponents on Saturday following their matchup a week ago.
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Afternoon games

No. 11 Kentucky (6-0) at No. 1 Georgia (6-0) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS

The new No. 1 team in the land, Georgia, will welcome undefeated Kentucky to Athens this weekend. Chris Rodriguez and Wandale Robinson give Kentucky a formidable one-two punch, but can the Wildcats put up points on Georgia’s excellent defense? This is the best game (on paper) of the afternoon slate.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • Purdue at No. 2 Iowa on ABC at 2:30 p.m. CST
  • No. 19 BYU at Baylor on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Miami at North Carolina on ACCN at 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Pitt at Virginia Tech on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. CST

Primetime games

Army (4-1) at Wisconsin (2-3) —> 7 p.m. CST on BTN

The biggest game of the weekend for Wisconsin fans will kickoff under the lights. Both teams want to run the ball and are at their best defensively stopping the run. This could be a quick game with limited possessions, but the Badgers absolutely need a win for bowl game purposes.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Illinois
Paul Chryst and the Badgers will look to get back to .500 on the season with a win over Army.
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Other primetime games of interest:

After dark

No. 18 Arizona State (5-1) at Utah (3-2) —> 9 p.m. CST on ESPN

Jayden Daniels has Arizona State playing some good football, but Utah has also won back-to-back games. With the Pac-12 South up for grabs, this is a very important game. With multiple late-night games happening, this is probably the best one to stay up for.

NCAA Football: Utah at Southern California
Utah quarterback Cameron Rising has played well this season since taking over as QB1.
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Other late-night games of interest:

  • UCLA at Washington at 7:30 p.m. CST on FOX
  • Air Force at Boise State at 8 p.m. CST on FS1