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College Football Week 7 Picks and Predictions

Week 7 predictions for every D-I/FBS college football game

By Ryan Fowler and Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
UPDATE: October 10, 2012

Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com's NCAA college football simulation engine will provide you with game predictions for every D-1 FBS game that upcoming week. The college football simulation engine generates detailed information for each game including each team's chances of winning (Win%) and the average points scored for both teams. Make sure to share the college football information you gained here with your friends by either checking out our NCAA football widgets on the WhatIf To Go page or clicking on the social networking share bar at the top and bottom of this article.

Check out our 2012 College Football Season-to-Date page to follow our accuracy and for Upsets of the Week available on Wednesdays.

The statistical inputs to the thousands of college football simulations are based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth charts and statistically based player rankings. Roster modifications are made in cases of injury or suspension and those players are removed from their team's game simulation for that week.

Game of the Week: Texas vs. Oklahoma

The Red River Rivalry (say it five times fast, I'll wait) returns for its 107th installment. The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners both enter the game with one loss and BCS bowl game aspirations far from a certainty.

Mack Brown's boys are coming off a tough loss to West Virginia at home, 48-45. There's little doubt that the Longhorns can score points at a rapid rate. Their 46.8 points per game is the sixth-most in the country. However, with the potent offense comes a defense that mimics a sieve. Over their last three games, the Longhorns have allowed 31 or more points (Ole Miss, OK State and Geno Smith's Mountaineers). Texas ranks 86th in the country in rush defense behind Texas State and 56th in pass defense behind Virginia. The defense is helping put the “burnt” in burnt orange.

It's not all bad; David Ash has thrown for over 1,200 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception. Texas boasts a three-headed monster in the backfield with Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray all with over 240 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns.

Bob Stoops' Sooners were thinking BCS title before the season started, but Kansas State emerged as an early-season roadblock to that goal. The Wildcats outscored OK 14-6 in the fourth quarter en route to the upset win. Three turnovers by the Sooners ultimately cost them the game.

There were also some whispers for Landry Jones as a top Heisman candidate heading into the season, but those have evaporated – mostly because of Geno Smith – but 1,032 passing yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions don't garner a lot of attention either. Damien Williams is averaging 7.8 yards per rush with five touchdowns through the first four games.

The Sooners are 59th in rush defense, but ninth in pass defense, which will force Ash into his stiffest test of the season.

We simulated the Sooners and Longhorns and Oklahoma comes away with the win 52.5 percent of the time by an average score of 26-23.

Please note: The Oregon State-BYU and Stanford-Notre Dame games were resimulated on 10/10 to account for injuries to Oregon State's Sean Mannion and Stanford's Ty Montgomery.

College Football Week 7
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Boston College Eagles11.917Boxscore
@ Florida State Seminoles88.130 
Duke Blue Devils39.624Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies60.428 
Maryland Terrapins49.522Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers50.523 
North Carolina Tar Heels50.527Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes49.525 
Fordham Rams 5.08Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats95.051 
Syracuse Orange39.620Boxscore
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights60.423 
Temple Owls40.620Boxscore
@ Connecticut Huskies59.422 
Louisville Cardinals66.326Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Panthers33.721 
Illinois Fighting Illini21.316Boxscore
@ Michigan Wolverines78.725 
Iowa Hawkeyes42.622Boxscore
@ Michigan State Spartans57.423 
Wisconsin Badgers54.526Boxscore
@ Purdue Boilermakers45.525 
Northwestern Wildcats69.826Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers30.220 
Ohio State Buckeyes80.230Boxscore
@ Indiana Hoosiers19.817 
Akron Zips17.817Boxscore
@ Ohio Bobcats82.229 
Buffalo Bulls19.817Boxscore
@ Northern Illinois Huskies80.227 
Western Michigan Broncos39.127Boxscore
@ Ball State Cardinals60.928 
Miami (OH) RedHawks46.523Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons53.524 
Navy Midshipmen56.426Boxscore
@ Central Michigan Chippewas43.624 
Toledo Rockets78.228Boxscore
@ Eastern Michigan Eagles21.818 
Utah Utes45.021Boxscore
@ UCLA Bruins55.023 
California Golden Bears56.426Boxscore
@ Washington State Cougars43.625 
USC Trojans82.235Boxscore
@ Washington Huskies17.823 
Arizona State Sun Devils82.231Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes17.819 
Kentucky Wildcats31.716Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks68.323 
South Carolina Gamecocks46.518Boxscore
@ LSU Tigers53.521 
Auburn Tigers46.519Boxscore
@ Mississippi Rebels53.522 
Tennessee Volunteers48.521Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs51.522 
Florida Gators73.324Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores26.716 
Alabama Crimson Tide84.229Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers15.815 
Utah State Aggies55.429Boxscore
@ San Jose State Spartans44.627 
Texas A&M Aggies57.428Boxscore
@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs42.625 
Idaho Vandals62.925Boxscore
@ Texas State Bobcats37.121 
Oregon State Beavers32.719Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars67.324 
Stanford Cardinal35.620Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish64.425 
Kent State Golden Flashes50.020Boxscore
@ Army Black Knights50.019 
Texas Longhorns47.523Boxscore
vs. Oklahoma Sooners52.526 
TCU Horned Frogs47.524Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears52.525 
Kansas State Wildcats57.425Boxscore
@ Iowa State Cyclones42.623 
West Virginia Mountaineers71.335Boxscore
@ Texas Tech Red Raiders28.729 
Oklahoma State Cowboys79.232Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks20.822 
UTEP Miners25.720Boxscore
@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane74.330 
Southern Miss Golden Eagles29.720Boxscore
@ UCF Knights70.326 
Memphis Tigers32.221Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates67.828 
UAB Blazers35.624Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars64.431 
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners39.124Boxscore
@ Rice Owls60.927 
Southern Methodist Mustangs82.229Boxscore
@ Tulane Green Wave17.816 
Fresno State Bulldogs31.725Boxscore
@ Boise State Broncos68.330 
Colorado State Rams40.620Boxscore
@ San Diego State Aztecs59.423 
Air Force Falcons51.524Boxscore
@ Wyoming Cowboys48.523 
New Mexico Lobos53.523Boxscore
@ Hawaii Warriors46.522 
Nevada Wolf Pack81.230Boxscore
@ UNLV Rebels18.819 
South Alabama Jaguars14.416Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves85.630 
Florida Atlantic Owls14.917Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks85.131 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders37.124Boxscore
@ FIU Golden Panthers62.931 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers66.329Boxscore
@ Troy Trojans33.724 
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Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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