The week 7 college football schedule will be extremely important for the top programs. The first 2010 BCS rankings come out on Sunday, Oct. 17, making this the last week of games before we get a look at the BCS standings. It all makes this an extremely important week for teams to make a statement in the college football rankings, because first impressions in the BCS could prove to be crucial. Not only that, but some of these schools are going to have to prove they are better than the pack, and that they should stand out as one of the two best teams in the country.
It seemed like the Texas vs. Nebraska game on Saturday was going to be the game of the week, right up until Texas lost its second game of the season and fell out of the college football rankings. Now Texas will look to play spoiler against a Nebraska team that has made it all the way up to No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. That game is going to be replaced by another key SEC match-up at the top of the docket, though, as Arkansas vs. Auburn could have a huge impact on the rankings and standings. Auburn is trying to remain undefeated, while Arkansas wants to get back into the race, and could with a win of this caliber.
Another game that is worth keeping a close eye on in week 7 is Iowa vs. Michigan, as these are two great teams in the Big Ten Conference this year. Michigan lost to Michigan State this past weekend, and that caused them to fall right out of the AP Top 25. Michigan is still just 5-1 and has a chance to make noise in the Big Ten if they can knock off some of the top teams. One of those teams is Iowa, coming into this game ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 and posting a nice 4-1 record of their own in 2010. It’s a game that will be watched very closely by the rest of the conference.
The final thing that college football fans should really keep an eye on this week has to do with two teams ranked near the bottom of the college football polls. Both Oklahoma State (No. 20) and Missouri (No. 21) are sporting undefeated records of 5-0, and are tied for first place in the Big 12 Conference. Both schools aren’t ranked as high as they should be, and now they both have a tough opponent in Texas and on the road this week. Oklahoma State has to play Texas Tech and Missouri has to play Texas A&M. Both games will be extremely competitive, but if Oklahoma State and Missouri can both head into the first BCS rankings undefeated, things are going to get very interesting.
Week 7 College Football Schedule
No. 25 West Virginia vs. South Florida (Thursday Night Game / 4:30 p.m. PT)
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 18 Wisconsin (4 p.m. PT)
No. 3 Boise State vs. San Jose State (5 p.m. PT)
No. 4 TCU vs. BYU (1 p.m. PT)
No. 5 Nebraska vs. Texas (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Iowa State (4 p.m. PT)
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 Arkansas (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 8 Alabama vs. Mississippi (6 p.m. PT)
No. 9 LSU vs. McNeese State (4 p.m. PT)
No. 10 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (3 p.m. PT)
No. 11 Utah vs. Wyoming (3 p.m. PT)
No. 13 Michigan State vs. Illinois (9 a.m. PT)
No. 15 Iowa vs. Michigan (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 16 Florida State vs. Boston College (9 a.m. PT)
No. 17 Arizona vs. Washington State (4:30 p.m. PT)
No. 19 Nevada vs. Hawaii (8:30 p.m. PT)
No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 21 Missouri vs. Texas A&M (9 a.m. PT)
No. 22 Florida vs. Mississippi State (4 p.m. PT)
No. 23 Air Force vs. San Diego State (5 p.m. PT)
No. 24 Oregon State vs. Washington (7:15 p.m. PT)