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College football viewing guide, Week 7

USC quarterback Sam Darnold (14) loses his grip on the ball as he goes back to throw in the second quarter against Oregon State at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The host Trojans won, 38-10. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

USC quarterback Sam Darnold (14) loses his grip on the ball as he goes back to throw in the second quarter against Oregon State at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The host Trojans won, 38-10. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Must-see and meh time frames Saturday for college football:

Lamest time window: Late. No top-25 matchups, and upsets seem more likely in the early games.

Noon: Kansas State seems good enough to ruin someone's season. Is that someone No. 6 TCU Saturday in Manhattan?

3:30: Texas-No. 12 Oklahoma is one of the best rivalries in sports, but keep an eye on No. 11 Miami trying to slow down tricky Georgia Tech (which is coming off a bye, no less).

7: The pressure will crank up for whichever coach loses the Texas A&M-Florida game.

7:30: No. 18 USF has a chance to put up style points at home against Cincinnati.

8: Utah is no longer perfect, but its top-20 defense can mess up No. 13 USC and golden-armed QB Sam Darnold.

10:30: Two of the best Group of Five programs (Boise State and No. 19 San Diego State) face off in a key Mountain West game, if you can stay up this late.



Heisman watch

5. North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb: The best defensive player ranks third nationally in sacks (6 ½), second in tackles for a loss (13) with a blocked kick, too.

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4. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: Hard to see him winning it, but he's on pace for 5,000 total yards and 42 touchdowns.

3. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield: Losing at home to Iowa State is bad. Throwing 15 touchdown passes with no interceptions is very, very good.

2. Stanford RB Bryce Love: Bryce Love U's 1,240 rushing yards would rank No. 27 nationally.

1. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley: My eyes say he's still the best player in the country, although Love's numbers are closing the gap.



Eye on the NFL draft

LSU RB Derrius Guice has been banged up during a disappointing season. He's still not 100 percent, but he still has the chance to help change the Tigers' season (and impress the NFL) against Auburn and its loaded defense.

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'GameDay' breakdown

With no marquee game, ESPN is headed to a Division I-AA matchup between James Madison and Villanova, which has a local wrinkle. James Madison has a 17-game win streak thanks to an offense that's averaging almost 42 points per game. Villanova CB Trey Johnson will try to slow it down; the Steinbrenner High alumnus had three pass breakups and an interception last week against Maine.

College football viewing guide, Week 7 10/13/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:37pm]
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