Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Florida Gator fans (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

College football’s best of the rest for week 7.  On Thursday, I posted 3 big games for tomorrow, here are a few more games and nuggets.

Last 2 undefeated teams in Big-12 square off in TCU and Oklahoma State

The last two undefeated Big 12 teams meet in Fort Worth on Saturday as TCU hosts Oklahoma State (3:30 ET on ABC). The winner will have a big leg up on the race to the Big 12 championship game.  Interestingly, this is the first Big 12 conference game involving teams both 5-0 or better since 2015 between TCU and Oklahoma State.  The Cowboys won that game 49-29.

UCLA & USC are flying high, both starting 6-0 for the first time since 2005

USC has garnered a fair amount of attention this season, given the arrivals of head coach Lincoln Riley,  QB Caleb Williams and a host of other talented transfers. But its crosstown rivals from UCLA have been right there with them. Off to a 6-0 start, the Bruins have won 9 straight dating back to last season. Only Clemson has a longer active win streak among FBS teams (Coastal Carolina also has won 9 straight). Given the pedigree of head coach Chip Kelly, it’s no wonder UCLA has been winning with its offense.  UCLA is off this upcoming week, but USC will have a challenge at Utah.  That game is 8pm on Fox.

(15) NC State at (18) Syracuse, 3:30 ET on ACC Network

Syracuse entered the season with a 39% chance to reach bowl eligibility, the 3rd-lowest in the ACC according to FPI. The Orange have a 59% chance to beat NC State this week, which would be their 6th win and clinch their 2nd bowl game in the past 9 seasons. Entering the season FPI projected Syracuse with a 9% chance to win its first 5 games and a 4% chance to start 6-0 or better.

LSU at Florida, 7 ET on ESPN

The two first-year SEC coaches – LSU’s Brian Kelly and Florida’s Billy Napier – meet for the first time on Saturday. Florida leads the all-time series 33-32-3, but LSU has won three straight meetings and is 13-7 against the Gators since Steve Spurrier left Gainesville.  Napier is the sixth full-time Gators head coach since Spurrier left the program. Only one of the previous five won his first game against LSU: Dan Mullen – who had plenty of experience against the Tigers at Mississippi State –won 27-19 in 2018.

(16) Mississippi State at (22) Kentucky, 7:30 ET on SEC Network

Mississippi State holds a 25-24 advantage in the all-time series, but the home team has won each of the past seven meetings.  This is the first time that the teams have met when both were ranked in the AP Poll.  Will Rogers has seven 400-yard passing games in his career, tied with former Wildcat Tim Couch for the most in SEC history. The common denominator is that both played for Mike Leach (current head coach at Mississippi State, offensive coordinator while Couch was at Kentucky).

College Football’s best of the rest Week 7 CFB Fun Fact

James Madison is ranked in the AP Poll for the first time in program history thanks to its 5-0 record, matching the best start by a program in its first FBS season since the 1978 FBS/FCS split. The other teams to start 5-0 in their FBS debut (UTSA in 2012 and FAU in 2004) both did so with the benefit of multiple games vs non-FBS teams; JMU has played just one.

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