NCAA Week 7 Early Lookahead: Georgia-LSU Showdown in Spotlight

Friday, October 5, 2018 1:41 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 1:41 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 7 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

Appalachian State at Arkansas State

5Dimes summer line: Pick’em

You know we are starting to get deep into the college football season when we have a Tuesday game! That’s the case here between Sun Belt contenders. This could be a preview of the conference title game between very well-coached teams.

Appalachian State probably should have knocked off Penn State in Happy Valley in Week 1 but lost a 45-38 thriller to the then-No. 10 Lions. The Mountaineers haven’t been challenged since – they had a game vs. Southern Miss canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Arkansas State also has played a powerhouse: losing 57-7 at top-ranked Alabama in Week 2.

Just the third meeting between the schools – they have split -- as App State hasn’t been an FBS program that long. They last met in 2015. Look for a preview of this Monday.

Air Force at San Diego State

5Dimes summer line: NA

Friday action from the Mountain West. San Diego State could win the West Division but will be missing top running back Juwan Washington for a while as he broke his collarbone in the Aztecs’ overtime win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 22. Washington is expected to miss six weeks.

That’s a big loss because SDSU has always depended on a star running back. A few years ago, it was Donnel Pumphrey and then Rashaad Penny. Both those guys would lead the nation in rushing and reach 2,000 yards rushing, with Penny doing so last year. He’s now with the Seahawks. We all know that Air Force is run-heavy with its option offense.

San Diego State has won the past seven in this series. It was 28-24 last year in Colorado Springs. Penny rushed for 128 yards and three scores, including the 53-yard winning TD with 5:39 to go. Washington had 68 yards on 14 carries. AFA attempted just six passes, completing two for 33 yards.

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No. 2 Georgia at No. 5 LSU

5Dimes summer line: NA

SEC Championship Game preview? It would be a major upset if Georgia didn’t win the East Division again. LSU obviously has the misfortune of playing in the same West Division as unstoppable Alabama but already has beaten Auburn. LSU does host the Tide, for what that’s worth, on Nov. 3. It’s rather unlikely that UGA loses in the regular season after this one as it has just one true road game remaining at (improved) Kentucky. The Dawgs do play Florida in Jacksonville and host Auburn, though.

Georgia’s crossover opponent from the West Division is Auburn, so the Dawgs haven’t played LSU since 2013; Florida is LSU’s crossover foe from the East and they just played Saturday in Gainesville. LSU is 16-13-1 all-time vs. Georgia including three SEC Championship Game matchups. The last time these teams meet, Georgia won a 44-41 shootout in Athens. Aaron Murray threw a 25-yard touchdown to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 left.

No. 16 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan

5Dimes summer line: UM -3

Big Ten Championship Game preview? The loser here can kiss the College Football Playoff goodbye for sure since each already has a non-conference defeat.

Wisconsin is the clear class of the West Division again, but the Badgers have to visit both the Wolverines and Penn State from the much better East. Probably still wouldn’t matter if UW lost both those as it should beat every West foe.

Michigan, meanwhile, has been mostly rolling since its close loss at Notre Dame in Week 1. This starts a murderous three-game stretch for Jim Harbaugh’s club as it visits No. 20 Michigan State next and then hosts No. 11 Penn State (Sparty and PSU play Week 7 too). Rather doubt UM gets to the Big Ten title game for the first time because I don’t see it winning at Ohio State to close the regular season.

It’s the third straight season the Badgers and Wolverines meet and they’ve split low-scoring games, each winning at home. Last year, Wisconsin prevailed 24-10. It was 7-7 at the half. Badgers star Jonathan Taylor rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries. Meanwhile, UM was held to 58 total yards rushing on 37 carries.

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