TigerSportsDigest Week 7 staff picks

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict the winners of this week's games

Randy Rosetta

Randy Rosetta
Last week:
17-3 (.850)
Season: 89-31 (.742)

LSU at Tennessee: Let's see. Best quarterback out, best running back out and one of your top two receivers out. Facing a tenacious defense. Yeah, all that trumps whatever extra incentive the Volunteers might have simmering from last year's win-then-a-loss…LSU 35, Tennessee 17

Florida at Auburn: Now that the shock of facing Alabama and LSU back-to-back has worn off, can the Gators rediscover some offensive success? Won't hurt to take on an Auburn defense nowhere close to those last two…Florida 30, Auburn 24

South Carolina at Mississippi State: About time somebody from the SEC got a chance to prove it can handle a little off-the-field controversy. Here's betting the Gamecocks manage their sudden QB change as well as LSU has…South Carolina 28, Miss. State 21

Alabama at Ole Miss: Much to Nick Saban's chagrin, the Rebels have had a week off to prepare for the Crimson Tide. Unless that week included Ole Miss finding a rules loophole that allows it to play Alabama 14-on-11, it's not going to make much difference…Alabama 41, Ole Miss 13

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Might be a little too soon to say Georgia has turned its season around or that Vanderbilt has resumed being Vanderbilt. Maybe not after this week, though…Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 10

Michigan at Michigan State: The Wolverines avoided the indignity of a loss to Notre Dame, which handed Sparty its only loss. That's not the only difference between the two. Michigan's offense is on a different level than State's and that will be the difference…Michigan 27, Michigan State 13

Baylor at Texas A&M: The Aggies might've gotten their legs back under them against Texas Tech, but the Bears are a much different challenge. Baylor's offense is in the same neighborhood as Arkansas and Oklahoma State and those games didn't turn out too well for A&M…Baylor 41, Texas A&M 38

USC at Cal: Defense doesn't figure to factor in much here. The Trojans have allowed 84 points in two Pac-12 games and the Bears have surrendered 31 or more in their three league games. Little more talent for Troy equals a needed road win…USC 38, Cal 35

Miami at North Carolina: Two losses by seven points combined in the last three weeks have stained the Hurricanes' season. UNC is in much better shape, with just one loss to surprising Georgia Tech. Tar Heels stay in ACC contention…North Carolina 23, Miami 20

Ohio State at Illinois: The Buckeyes had a chance to resurrect their season in Lincoln last week and frittered it away. Doesn't get any easier at a more familiar road venue, where Ohio State has struggled before…Illinois 24, Ohio State 14

Oklahoma State at Texas: Surely somebody will figure out how to slow down the Cowboys offense at some point this season. Won't be the Longhorns, although they'll do some damage on the scoreboard as well…Oklahoma State 49, Texas 35

Arizona State at Oregon: This is the second of four road games in five games for the Sun Devils and clearly the toughest. It may also be the first chapter of the series this season if both teams advance to the new Pac-12 Championship Game…Oregon 41, Arizona State 31

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: It seems like the Hokies lose one game early in the season and then gain a head of steam. That doesn't bode well for Demon Deacons, whose big win against Florida State won't carry much weight this week…Virginia Tech 31, Wake Forest 17

Central Florida at SMU: The Mustangs run of 40-plus point games will likely finish this week against a Knights' defense ranked second nationally in scoring defense, but that won't keep the Ponies from staying hot…SMU 32, Central Florida 24

North Texas at ULL: The Mean Green has allowed only 19 points a game in two Sun Bent games. Anywhere close to that against the Cajuns might give UNT a chance, but don't count on it…ULL 42, North Texas 21

Kansas State at Texas Tech: Somehow the Red Raiders are favored against the Wildcats. It may be time for the odds makers and anybody else who doesn't believe in K-State to rethink that position…K-State 38, Texas Tech 31

Stanford at Washington State: The Cougars have thrived offensively with 40.6 points a game this season and have even scored 24 points or more in their two losses. Yeah, that won't matter a whole lot against a Stanford defense that gets overlooked…Stanford 48, Washington State 19

Clemson at Maryland: The Tigers have managed to steer clear of every pothole in their path so far, and this represents a trick test because Maryland's defense has been halfway decent. Not enough to bother Clemson, though, as the Tigers keep barreling ahead…Clemson 31, Maryland 24

BYU at Oregon State: Unlike its past, BYU doesn't pass that well and doesn't score a lot of points. Instead the Cougars lean on defense and ball control and it's got them sitting at 4-2 and a whisker away from 5-1. The Beavers got their first win last week and helped expedite Mike Stoops' exit at Arizona. That might be the season highlight for OSU, though…BYU 27, Oregon State 17

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State: The Lions' offense is among the more productive in the Southland Conference, averaging 431 yards and 32.5 points a game. Those stats figure to take a hit against a stingy Demons' defense, though. Northwestern State is allowing only 12 points a game in league play and had six picks…Northwestern State 42, Southeastern 31

Shea Dixon

Shea Dixon
Last week:
17-3 (.850)
Season: 91-29 (.758)

LSU at Tennessee: The Volunteers can't run the football, are without star wide receiver Justin Hunter and now minus starting quarterback Tyler Bray. Easy sledding, eh?…LSU 38, Tennessee 14

Florida at Auburn: Both teams are struggling at quarterback, but perhaps Barrett Trotter is the lesser of two evils? Who would have thought that would ever be the case…Auburn 28, Florida 27

South Carolina at Mississippi State: No Stephen Garcia in the huddle or Ron Morris in postgame interviews? Maybe Dan Mullen will take advantage of a busy week for Steve Spurrier. Or maybe Marcus Lattimore will run wild instead…South Carolina 24, Mississippi State 20

Alabama at Ole Miss: The Crimson Tide hasn't had any trouble yet, and a trip to Oxford shouldn't bring any this week. Run the ball, drain the clock and get out of town. Methodical football minds, tune in…Alabama 49, Ole Miss 13

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Upset watch. This one will be closer than people expect. But the Bulldogs are the more talented team and are rolling hot after winning four straight…Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 17

Michigan at Michigan State: Denard Robinson will throw a couple of interceptions, but he'll also throw a couple of touchdowns when it matters most…Michigan 35, Michigan State 31

Baylor at Texas A&M: Right when the Aggies have you where they want you, the grip slips loose. Robert Griffin III will evoke memories of the Arkansas and Oklahoma State games with his comeback performance this weekend…Baylor 38, Texas A&M 35

USC at Cal: Trojans' quarterback Matt Barkley is playing good football right now. This weekend, he takes that one step further with a road win over the Golden Bears…USC 42, Cal 31

Miami at North Carolina: The stat that will win it for UNC: First-quarter scoring. The Tar Heels have outscored opponents 42-3 in the first quarter, while the Hurricanes have managed only 17 points combined…North Carolina 31, Miami 24

Ohio State at Illinois: The Illini has not been 7-0 since 1951. With a 3-3 Ohio State team headed to town, this is as good a time as any to snap the streak…Illinois 30, Ohio State 21

Oklahoma State at Texas: It's going to be back-to-back weekends of extra drinking for Longhorns fans…Oklahoma State 38, Texas 20

Arizona State at Oregon: With LaMichael James sidelined, it's time to get a closer look at Deanthony Arnett, aka The Black Mamba. Thomas + Arnett = lots of yards…Oregon 45, Arizona State 31

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons snuck a big win over Florida State last weekend. The Hokies will come in a little more focused…Virginia Tech 28, Wake Forest 24

Central Florida at SMU: Mustangs coach June Jones will squeak this one out, but only by a field goal…SMU 27, Central Florida 24

North Texas at ULL: It's homecoming for the Ragin' Cajuns, and a packed house will be eager to see the hometown boys get a win over the Mean Green...ULL 31, North Texas 27

Kansas State at Texas Tech: The undefeated Wildcats have climbed all the way to No. 17 in the polls, but a trip to Lubbock is never easy – no matter if it's Mike Leach or Tommy Tuberville…Texas Tech 31, Kansas State 28

Stanford at Washington State: Time for Andrew Luck to pad his stats for the Heisman Trophy…Stanford 42, Washington State 21

Clemson at Maryland: The Terrapins' offense has been bad under first-year offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. Clemson should have no trouble here…Clemson 35, Maryland 24

BYU at Oregon State: It's time for Jake Heaps to step up and win for BYU. That starts with a win in his native Pacific Northwest…BYU 34, Oregon State 28

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State: The week off gave Southeastern plenty of time to game plan for the Demons, but the home team takes this one…Northwestern State 27, Southeastern 14

Emily Villere

Emily Villere
Last week:
17-3 (.850)
Season: 91-29 (.758)

LSU at Tennessee: The Tigers will take their No. 1 ranking on the road for the first time this week and put up a much better showing against the Volunteers than last year. LSU will win this game outright and Derek Dooley will once again lose to his former team…LSU 41, Tennessee 13

Florida at Auburn: Both teams are coming of SEC losses, but Florida has gotten beat bad two weeks in a row by Alabama and LSU. A trip to Auburn possibly without its starting quarterback again and a less than stellar backup offense doesn't sit well with the Gators. Auburn's offense is by no means great, but the Tigers are at home…Auburn 21, Florida 17

South Carolina at Mississippi State: The Bulldogs got a win last week only putting 21 points against UAB. State is still winless in the conference and a visit from the Gamecocks, who put up 54 points last week against Kentucky (obviously not missing a beat without Stephen Garcia), will extend the Bulldogs' losing streak…South Carolina 35, Mississippi State 21

Alabama at Ole Miss: Through six games, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to a total of 42 points. There is a possibility Alabama could put up 42 points against the Rebels' on their home turf this weekend. A week off won't rest up Ole Miss enough for when Bama comes to town…Alabama 31, Ole Miss 6

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Are Georgia and South Carolina really tied for the lead in the East? Who would have thought this was the case a few weeks back? Mark Richt got his Bulldogs in shape and has won the last four games after a shaky start. Hitting the road to Vandy will be another confidence-booster for the Bulldogs…Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 10

Michigan at Michigan State: The Spartans have won the last three matchups in this in-state rivalry and this year they boast a defense that is ranked No. 1 in the FBS. The 11th-ranked Wolverines have Denard Robinson. So, does defense win games?... Michigan State 27, Michigan 24

Baylor at Texas A&M: The Aggies have had a rough couple weeks. Even though they won last week, it was barely and against Texas Tech. After two weeks on the road they come back home to Kyle Field to face the Bears, who are led by explosive quarterback in Robert Griffin III. Texas A&M is having a hard time in the second half and the Aggie defense will have to produce all four quarters to stop the Baylor offense…Texas A&M 35, Baylor 31

USC at Cal: The Bears gave Oregon a run for its money last week leading after the first half. That didn't last long and the Ducks put up their usual 40 points plus on the Bears. This Saturday will be a much closer game when USC comes to town…USC 31, Cal 24

Miami at North Carolina: The Tar Heels are 5-1 but really don't have any impressive wins to brag about. They hung with Georgia Tech but that didn't last until the end, and they only beat Louisville 14-7 last week. The Hurricanes on the other hand are sputtering and a road trip won't help them get back on track, but it could be close…North Carolina 27, Miami 24

Ohio State at Illinois: My, have the mighty fallen – and where did this Illinois team come from? The 16th-ranked Fighting Illini are tied with Penn State in the top spot in the Leaders Division and Ohio State is winless in the conference. Illinois hasn't won seven straight games to start the season since 1951, but looks like the Buckeyes will be their lucky charm this year…Illinois 33, Ohio State 24

Oklahoma State at Texas: The Longhorns could only stay unbeaten for so long. Starting last week against Oklahoma, the back end of Texas' schedule will show what kind of team they really are, and in my opinion, that's not a ranked team. The Cowboys will have no problem handling the Longhorns even if it is on the road…Oklahoma State 41, Texas 27

Arizona State at Oregon: The Ducks got off to a sluggish start against Cal last weekend but then really opened it up in the second half. Arizona State is their first ranked opponent since the season opener against LSU and they look to roll over the Sun Devils just like they have done to every other team since the Tigers…Oregon 41, Arizona State 27

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: Besides their season opening loss to Syracuse, the Damon Deacons haven't looked too bad this season including their win over FSU last week (but really, how good are the Seminoles this year?). However, the Hokies are a different ballgame and it will be hard for Wake to win this one…Virginia Tech 31, Wake Forest 24

Central Florida at SMU: With only a loss to Texas A&M, the Mustangs have been pretty sharp this season even beating a then-ranked TCU team and have two conference wins under their belt. They welcome the Knights hoping to extend their Conference USA win streak…SMU 35, Central Florida 27

North Texas at ULL: The Ragin' Cajuns have won five games in a row under first-year head coach Mark Hudspeth and their only loss this season is to Oklahoma State. Not too shabby, and with a not very good North Texas team visiting, ULL will make it six in a row…ULL 31, North Texas 17

Kansas State at Texas Tech: The Wildcats take their 5-0 record on the road this week hoping to snap a five-game losing streak to the Red Raiders. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Dodge has been right on point this year and doesn't want Kansas State to win on Tech's turf…Texas Tech 31, Kansas State 27

Stanford at Washington State: No one in the Pac 12 can stop Andrew Luck and the Cardinal right now. Stanford is averaging 46.2 points per game and Luck is looking to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games on Saturday when Stanford heads up north to face Washington State. This should not be a problem at all…Stanford 45, Washington State 21

Clemson at Maryland: These Tigers have definitely been a surprise this year vaulting to the No. 8 in the national rankings after beating three ranked teams this season. Then there is Maryland which has pretty much been a disappointment. Look for Clemson to remain unbeaten after Saturday…Clemson 35, Maryland 27

BYU at Oregon State: This is the type of game that ruins your picks for the week because it could be a tossup. A 4-2 Cougar team on the road verse the 1-4 Beaver. Let's pick the home team…Oregon State 27, BYU 23

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State: It's been an up and down and back and forth season for the Demons so far, but hosting a 1-4 Southeastern team should give them two wins in a row for the first time this season…Northwestern 27, Southeastern 21

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