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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 7 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 9-11

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 9

7:30 pm Brigham Young at UCF (-3 1/2, 46 1/2) - Central Florida has had a tough go of it from the start of the season, when they lost to Penn State in Ireland, 26-24, and then were destroyed at Missouri, 38-10. The Knights have polished their armor with two straight wins and host the Cougars coming off a 35-20 loss to Utah State.

UCF is not nearly the team they were last season, but BYU is better than the 2013 version and should regain their winning tradition with a nice road conquest. Neither of these programs are anything special, though BYU looks like a middle to high bowl selection down the road.

Prediction: Cougars 24 Knights 17

Friday, October 10

9:00 pm Washington State at Stanford (-17, 55 1/2) - Despite its 3-2 record, Stanford's losses have come by narrow margins to quality teams (13-10 to USC, 17-14 at Notre Dame, last week) and the Cardinal remains the #1 defense in the country, stingy at 8.6 ppg.

2-4 Washington State is still mired in mediocrity, and won't be able to muster much against the staunch Stanford defense. Maybe there are better ways to spend a Friday night? No cougars for you?

Prediction: Cardinal 34 Cougars 10

10:00 pm Fresno State (-10, 66) at UNLV - Fresno State appears to be the class of the Mountain West, and this looks like a walkover for the Bulldogs, but, beware of 1-5 UNLV.

The Rebels have been pounded without mercy by most opponents, and are coming off three consecutive road games - all losses. They can make amends here with a good showing. They are 1-1 at home and should make this one more interesting than it looks.

Prediction: Bulldogs 30 Rebels 23

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Saturday, October 11

12:00 pm Texas vs. Oklahoma (-14 1/2, 46 1/2) - The Red River Rivalry has lost most of its luster over the years, as the Longhorns have not kept up talent-wise in the Big 12, though they still possess a respectable defense, allowing 19.2 points per game, despite a 2-3 record.

The Sooners enter the fray coming off their first loss of the season, a 37-33 defeat at TCU and will enjoy playing a Texas team with limited offensive weapons. The site is neutral, and the Sooners will be looking to avenge last season's 36-20 loss to the Longhorns.

even though it remains a big rivalry, Oklahoma should silence the pro-Texas crowd early and often.

Prediction: Sooners 45 Longhorns 17

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12:00 pm Georgia (-3, 62) at Missouri - A serious game for control of the SEC East pitting two 4-1 teams in a pivotal meeting.

Missouri's last outing was September 27, when they prevailed at South Carolina, 21-20, on a late TD. Georgia has been having difficulties on defense, but perhaps their three straight wins, including last week's 44-17 drubbing of Vanderbilt, has them on the right track.

The Bulldogs are still under consideration for a spot in the national playoff, and a win here is critical to that undertaking.

Prediction: Bulldogs 27 Tigers 21

12:30 pm Duke at Georgia Tech (-4, 58) - Duke needs to recover from its 22-10 loss at Miami two weeks ago and has had an additional week in which to prepare, but they are on the road again and that spells trouble.

The 5-0 Yellow Jackets are in the sweet spot of their schedule and can take aim at an eventual meeting with Florida State in the ACC title game down the road.

While neither an offensive powerhouse nor a defensive stalwart, Georgia Tech has the makings of a very dangerous team that runs the triple option offense to perfection. A win at home is almost guaranteed after they handled the Blue Devils, at Duke, 38-14, last season.

Prediction: Yellow Jackets 42 Blue Devils 21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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