College Football Picks: Week 7 Predictions and Analysis
After a disappointing week, going 4-8 against the spread, our predictions for Week 7 are here. Despite the setbacks, there were some bright spots, such as correctly picking Mizzou to defeat Tennessee. However, there were also some misses, like predicting Tulane to blow out Tulsa and Texas to dominate TCU. Let’s dive into this week’s matchups and make our picks.
No. 3 Michigan (-19.5) at Maryland, noon (Fox)
Despite the absence of Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines are still a force to be reckoned with. Their physicality will overpower the Terps, leading to a comfortable victory for Michigan.
Prediction: Michigan 35, Maryland 20
Pick: Maryland +19.5
No. 10 Louisville at Miami (pick ’em), noon (ABC)
Miami showed great resilience in their close battle against Florida State last week. We believe they will carry that momentum into this game and put pressure on the Cardinals. Louisville, coming off a disappointing performance against Pitt, will struggle on the road.
Prediction: Miami 20, Louisville 17
No. 22 Utah at No. 17 Arizona (-1), 2:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Under the guidance of Jedd Fisch, the Wildcats have displayed a high level of confidence. With a more dynamic offense, they will have the upper hand against the Utes, even away from home.
Prediction: Arizona 24, Utah 17
Pick: Arizona -1
No. 1 Georgia (-9.5) at No. 18 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee suffered a heavy defeat against Mizzou last week, but they will be better prepared for Georgia. However, the Bulldogs’ physicality will still prove too much for the Vols. Tennessee’s running game has been explosive in non-conference matchups, but it struggles in SEC play. Georgia’s defense will contain them effectively.
Prediction: Georgia 37, Tennessee 17
Pick: Georgia -9.5
No. 21 Kansas State (-9.5) at No. 25 Kansas, 7 p.m. (FS1)
The Jayhawks are dealing with injuries and face a team that dominated them last year. Although Kansas will put up a fight, Kansas State will come out on top, albeit with a narrower margin than in 2022.
Prediction: Kansas State 28, Kansas 17
Pick: Kansas State -9.5
Florida at No. 9 Missouri (-11.5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Mizzou’s offense is firing on all cylinders, with running back Cody Schrader leading the charge. The visiting Gators have struggled on the road this season and will struggle to contain Mizzou’s attack. Florida’s defense has allowed a significant number of rushing yards in recent games, and now they face the SEC’s top running back in Schrader.
Prediction: Missouri 31, Florida 17
Pick: Missouri -11.5
No. 5 Washington at No. 11 Oregon State (-2), 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
The Beavers are formidable at home, boasting a strong rushing attack. Oregon State’s defense poses significant challenges for opposing quarterbacks, with a low completion rate and a high interception rate. Over the past three seasons, visiting quarterbacks have struggled against them. We expect Oregon State to come out on top in this closely contested matchup.
Prediction: Oregon State 30, Washington 24
Pick: Oregon State -2
No. 7 Texas (-7.5) at Iowa State, 8 p.m. (Fox)
The young Cyclones have been a pleasant surprise this season, and their defense has the potential to slow down Texas’ speed. While an upset is tempting, we believe the Longhorns’ strength in the trenches will secure them a victory in Ames.
Prediction: Texas 24, Iowa State 20
Pick: Iowa State +7.5
Feldman’s Upset Special: Colorado at Washington State (-4), 10:30 p.m. Friday (FS1)
Both teams are struggling, but we predict an upset in this game. Despite being the away team, Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders has the ability to exploit Washington State’s defense, which has struggled in recent games. Expect a high-scoring affair with Colorado coming out on top.
Prediction: Colorado 42, Washington State 40
Pick: Colorado +4
These predictions are based on careful analysis and consideration of each team’s performance. As always, college football can be unpredictable, so tune in to see how these matchups unfold.