5 things to know: Week 7 in college football

Updated at: 10/11/2013 1:05 PM
By RALPH D. RUSSO

The college football season hits the midway point this weekend, still waiting for a major shake-up in the national championship race.

The top five teams in the AP college football poll haven’t moved the last four weeks. While there have been plenty of great games, there have been few upsets. The good teams are losing to good teams. At some point, some surprises and separation would be nice.

Maybe this Saturday. Five things to know about Week 7 of the college football season.

ALL EYES ON TEXAS. Specifically, Longhorns coach Mack Brown, when Texas (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) plays Oklahoma (5-0) in the Red River Rivalry in Dallas. The best way for Brown to stop _ or at least curtail _ the speculation about whether this will be his last season in Austin is for him to snap a three-game losing streak against the Sooners. Oklahoma has won the last two against Texas by a combined 118-38.

LAST STEP. Most everyone already is looking toward Oct. 19 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, when No. 6 Florida State plays at No. 3 Clemson. The Seminoles are off this week. The Tigers have a home game against Boston College (3-2, 1-1), a team that gave the `Noles a tough time a couple of weeks ago and has shown much improvement under first-year coach Steve Addazio. Eagles running back Andre Williams leads the nation in rushing (153.6 yards per game). BC could take a lot of luster off what would be the biggest game in the ACC in more than a decade.

K-STATE’S REVENGE. Last season, Kansas State seemed headed toward a spot in the national championship game when its undefeated season ended _ emphatically _ at Baylor. The Bears beat the Wildcats 52-24. This year No. 15 Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) comes to Manhattan unbeaten, with big dreams and a ridiculous offense that’s averaging 779 yards per game and is led by quarterback Bryce Petty. Kansas State (2-3, 0-2), the defending Big 12 champion, can turn around its season with an upset.

HUSKIES FOLLOW-UP. Washington (4-1) put up a great fight before falling to Stanford last weekend. This week, the 16th-ranked Huskies play No. 2 Oregon at home. The Ducks have won nine straight against their rivals to the north, most in dominating fashion. If you’re looking for a top-five team to lose this weekend, this is the best bet. Marcus Mariota and the Ducks have yet to face any opponent nearly as good as Washington.

MACTION. Searching for a potential Mid-American Conference upset this week? How about Bowling Green (5-1) at Mississippi State (2-3)? The Falcons feature Travis Greene, who is 12th in the nation at 118 yards per game.

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