Games to watch in Week 7

Hannah Williford, Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as part of the October 15 Double Coverage flipbook.

No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia

Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS

SEC East powerhouse Georgia has worked its tail off this season to get ahead of the pack, and Saturday’s game against No. 11 Kentucky will be a test of just how elite the team truly is. In Week 5, Kentucky knocked off No. 10 Florida and continues to rise in the ranks. The Bulldogs  have  held their  opponents to an average of 5.5 points per game, while the offense hasn’t scored below 30 points since the season opener against Clemson. Undefeated Kentucky has proved to be a force to be reckoned with this season, averaging 31 points per game. This SEC showdown will either prove the Wildcats’ legitimacy and undermine No. 1 ranked Georgia’s power or will amplify the SEC’s continued possession of the No. 1 spot.

No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas

Oct. 16, 11 a.m. CT, FOX

The Longhorns could not ask for a better matchup in a week where they are searching for redemption. After Texas’ narrow loss to Oklahoma at Red River, all eyes will be on head coach Steve Sarkisian and team to see how they respond. Undefeated Oklahoma State has found itself in close calls with unranked teams, including scraping by a 28-23 win against Tulsa in Week 2. Saturday’s morning matchup will be an opportunity for both teams to prove themselves as candidates for the Big 12 Championship in December.

TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. CT, ABC

The two-loss Horned Frogs have shown promise this season. After losing a narrow game to Texas in Week 5, TCU rallied back with a triumphant victory over Texas Tech in Week 6. While the Horned Frogs have struggled on defense, their offense has averaged 38.4 points per game. No. 4 ranked Oklahoma will look to see if freshman quarterback Caleb Williams was a one-hit wonder last week against Texas, or if Williams will become the new heartbeat of the Sooners offense. Oklahoma has all the momentum in the world after a thrilling win over their biggest rival and is in the hunt for the College Football Playoffs.

California at No. 9 Oregon

Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

The Pac-12 often gets left behind in top 10 rankings, but Oregon has found its way in. The Ducks fell to Stanford in Week 5 with an overtime thriller and dropped five spots to No. 9. A strong victory is essential for the Ducks this weekend against the unranked Golden Bears, who haven’t been able to come up with a conference win all season. Yet as Week 6 and recent history have it, it doesn’t take much for a ranked, top-10 team to fall apart to the underdog mentality of unranked teams.

No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State

Oct. 16, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN

Alabama shocked college football fans nationwide in Week 6 when the Tide fell to an unranked Texas A&M team on the road. Head coach Nick Saban and team’s last loss before last Saturday came to Auburn in 2019. The Tide fell to No. 5 in the AP Poll and relinquished their No. 1 position for the first time in two years to the Georgia Bulldogs. Saban does not take kindly to a team following a weak Alabama performance, but Mississippi State beat out the Aggies in Week 5, breathing hope into the Bulldogs’ effort.