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Games to watch in Week 7:

No. 2 Ge­or­gia at No. 12 LSU

Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Ge­or­gia by 7

LSU’s first loss of the sea­son at Flor­ida last week was sig­nif­i­cant on sev­eral lev­els within the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. It was a set­back for the Tigers, who have plenty of chal­lenges left in their quest to con­quer the hy­per-com­pet­i­tive West Divi­sion. But it was also a sig­nal that Ge­or­gia’s re­main­ing trek through the East might not be a cake­walk, ei­ther. The Bull­dogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) still have that slight mar­gin for er­ror, but they’d rather not take a loss if they can avoid it.

Up un­til the fi­nal mo­ments against the Ga­tors, LSU QB Joe Bur­row had made all the nec­es­sary plays to win. He still isn’t al­ways ac­cu­rate, how­ever, and that could be prob­lem­atic against the Bull­dogs. The other bad news for LSU (5-1, 2-1) com­ing out of the Swamp was the suc­cess Flor­ida had in the se­cond half pow­er­ing the ball on the ground. Ge­or­gia, which is av­er­ag­ing 6 yards per rush­ing at­tempt with RB Eli­jah Holy­field lead­ing a deep ro­ta­tion, will look to take charge of the line of scrim­mage.

Pre­dic­tion: It will be a tight af­fair for four quar­ters, but the Bull­dogs will seal it with a cou­ple of late scor­ing drives.

Ge­or­gia, 30-20

No. 7 Wash­ing­ton at No. 17 Ore­gon

Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ ESPN2

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Wash­ing­ton by 31⁄2

The Huskies (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) en­tered the cam­paign as the fa­vorite to claim the Pac-12 North. They still might, but the resur­gent Ducks have emerged as for­mi­da­ble chal­lengers. One needed piece has al­ready fallen into place for Ore­gon (4-1, 1-1) in Stan­ford’s loss to Utah. A Ducks win against Wash­ing­ton on their home field would fur­ther en­hance their po­si­tion.

With the ex­cep­tion of the BYU game, the Huskies have strug­gled to put op­po­nents away. The vet­eran duo of QB Jake Brown­ing and RB Myles Gask­ins have been steady if un­spec­tac­u­lar. Ore­gon QB Justin Her­bert has been bril­liant at times as his com­ple­tion per­cent­age has climbed, though there are a few plays in the Stan­ford game he’d like to have back.

Pre­dic­tion: The Ducks have had a win at Cal­i­for­nia and a bye week to re­cover from the col­lapse against the Car­di­nal. This time they won’t let a highly ranked vis­i­tor es­cape Autzen Sta­dium.

Ore­gon, 35-27

Michi­gan State at No. 8 Penn State

Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Penn State by 131⁄2

This one lost a bit of its lus­ter as Michi­gan State (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) all but ex­cused it­self from the Big Ten East race with last week’s loss to North­west­ern. But the Spar­tans have been known to play spoiler, and the Nit­tany Lions (4-1, 1-1) will be tak­ing the field for the first time since the Ohio State game got away from them two weeks ago.

The Spar­tans have been un­able to es­tab­lish any con­sis­tency on the ground, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for QB Brian Lew­erke to fin­ish drives with points de­spite re­spectable pass­ing stats. The MSU ground de­fense is solid, but Nit­tany Lions QB Trace McSor­ley will be dif­fi­cult to con­tain for 60 min­utes.

Pre­dic­tion: Af­ter let­ting the Buck­eyes get away, the Nit­tany Lions will be in no mood to let the Spar­tans hang around.

Penn State, 38-17

No. 10 Wis­con­sin at No. 13 Michi­gan

Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Michi­gan by 71⁄2

This cross-di­vi­sional Big Ten clash isn’t an elim­i­na­tor in the con­fer­ence race. It might be, how­ever, as far as the quest for the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off is con­cerned since it will be a se­cond loss for some­body. The Badgers’ non-league set­back to BYU hasn’t aged as well as the Wolver­ines’ open­ing-day loss at Notre Dame, but nei­ther team wants to put such com­par­isons in the hands of the com­mit­tee.

The Wolver­ines (5-1, 3-0) have per­formed much bet­ter at home in 2018. That has been es­pe­cially true of QB Shea Pat­ter­son, who has thrown all 10 of his TD passes this year in friendly sur­round­ings. The Badgers (4-1, 2-0) will do their best to keep the ball out of his hands, which will likely mean a heavy work­load for stand­out RB Jonathan Tay­lor.

Pre­dic­tion: Wis­con­sin is good when it takes care of the ball. But the Badgers will have a cou­ple of in­op­por­tune turnovers that will help the Wolver­ines build an in­sur­mount­able lead.

Michi­gan, 31-23

No. 18 Colorado at South­ern Cal­i­for­nia

Oct. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1 Danny Sheri­dan’s line: South­ern Cal by 7

Colorado (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) re­mains some­thing of a mys­tery team. The Buffs an­swered some ques­tions by out­last­ing Ari­zona State at home to keep their record clean, and they’ll look to an­swer some more in their first Pac-12 road test. It’s equally hard to know what to make of the Tro­jans. They had last week off and en­ter this date with CU on a two-game win­ning streak. Both those wins were squeak­ers, but they fol­lowed a loss to Texas that might not have been as bad as it ap­peared.

USC fresh­man QB JT Daniels con­tin­ues to have ups and downs, though his most re­cent home out­ing in which he ral­lied the Tro­jans to vic­tory against Wash­ing­ton State was a huge boost. Colorado’s combo of QB Steven Mon­tez and WR Laviska Shenault, how­ever, is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing an an­swer­ing score at any time.

Pre­dic­tion: Even if the Tro­jans are out of the Play­off pic­ture, Los An­ge­les Me­mo­rial Coli­seum is a hard place to win for visi­tors. If the Buffs can pull it off, the Pac-12 South might just be theirs.

Colorado, 34-31


Colorado re­ceiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (2) scored four touch­downs, two on runs and two on re­cep­tions, Satur­day against Ari­zona State. He has 10 to­tal TDs this sea­son.

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