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College Football's Games To Watch: Week 7 Preview

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Last week was a roller coaster of chaos and this week may be more of the same. This time around we tackle: Pac-12 officials, Faygo and "Bad" Bo Wallace.

Stacy Revere

No. 13 Georgia @ No. 23 Missouri  12 PM, CBS

At the risk of using a Frank Beamer cliche, Georgia is just a couple of plays away from being undefeated. The Bulldogs have the talent and the schedule to be in the running for one of the four slots in the college football playoff at year's end. After this one there's a game with No. 2 Auburn and No. 22 Georgia Tech, but it's a pretty tame SEC slate. Todd Gurley is a terror to opposing defenses which has him atop many mid-season Heisman ballots and Hutson Mason has does a solid job managing the offense. Still, Missouri is no pushover. They're also 4-1 with a reasonable schedule left. The winner of this game should win the SEC East—which is an absolute disaster compared to the dominant West division.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Todd Gurley is averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Also averaging 50 yards per pass. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gurley4Heisman?src=hash">#Gurley4Heisman</a> <a href="http://t.co/D45gFw47xV">pic.twitter.com/D45gFw47xV</a></p>&mdash; UGA Football News (@UGAfootballLive) <a href="https://twitter.com/UGAfootballLive/status/518807604592926720">October 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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No. 12 Oregon @ No. 18 UCLA  3:30 PM, FOX

Both teams are coming off losses in this one and playing catch-up in their respective divisions of the Pac-12. It's possible the notoriously atrocious Pac-12 officiating crew will be a bit sharper than usual, but that may be hoping for too much.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pac-12 announces that officiating coordinator Tony Corrente has resigned citing &quot;personal and professional reasons.&quot;</p>&mdash; Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) <a href="https://twitter.com/BruceFeldmanCFB/status/520054050021470208">October 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Knowing them, they'll actually regress and call this one poorly. Both teams got beaten at home last week which is a bit surprising. Marcus Mariota Vs. Brett Hundley is reason enough to watch what should be a wide open high-scoring affair. I favor Mariota just slightly.

No. 9 TCU @ No. 5 Baylor  3:30 PM, ABC/ESPN2

A battle of unbeatens makes for an interesting Big 12 match up. Baylor is 5-0 but largely untested to this point. Bryce Petty has been putting up strong numbers, but you know your team hasn't played anyone when backup quarterback Seth Russell has 647 yards and seven touchdowns in one start and some mop-up duty. Gary Patterson's TCU squads always play good defense and this year's group is currently ranked No. 7 in total defense. This is a very stiff test for Baylor and I favor the Horned Frogs at least in part because it's a far superior mascot to a bear.

No. 2 Auburn @ No. 3 Mississippi State  3:30 PM, CBS

Yeah, you're going to wear out your remote during the 3:30 time slot. This is the big one on Saturday and will go a long way to deciding who represents the insanely deep SEC West in the conference championship game. While Auburn has been scoring points and playing an exciting brand of offense, Mississippi State actually ranks No. 12 in the nation in total offense versus No. 24 for the Tigers. Dan Mullen was given time to get the players he needed in Starkville and it's paying dividends. Auburn is a much better defensive club though so it will be fun to see if they can slow down Dak Prescott.

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No. 4 Ole Miss @ No. 14 Texas A&M  9 PM, ESPN

After a dinner break, we come back for a couple of nightcaps starting with another huge SEC West clash. Ole Miss proved last weekend that they're a legitimate threat to win the SEC this season by knocking off Alabama and making Nick Saban even grumpier than usual. You always wonder when the bad Bo Wallace will show up but fortunately for him, the Aggies don't play defense (75th in total defense).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SECHonors?src=hash">#SECHonors</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/OleMissFB">@OleMissFB</a> Bo Wallace named <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SEC?src=hash">#SEC</a> Offensive Player of the Week: <a href="http://t.co/bseqK42ooc">pic.twitter.com/bseqK42ooc</a></p>&mdash; SEC Sports (@SEC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SEC/status/519266554274648065">October 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Southern Cal @ No. 10 Arizona  10:30 PM, ESPN2

I've had terrible luck picking against USC several times early in the year but I'll try again with the exciting and trendy Arizona Wildcats. Rich Rodriguez has turned that program completely around and has Michigan fans already wallowing in self-pity switching from Faygo to Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Rich Rod's offenses are fun to watch and the 'Zona defense is actually really strong. That seems to be the difference this year and while the Trojans probably have more overall talent, the Wildcats have the schematic advantage that is Rich Rod.