College football Week 7 preview

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Area games

Navy at Central Michigan

When » Friday, 8 p.m.

Where » Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

TV/radio » ESPN2, 1500 AM

With Trey Miller sidelined with an ankle injury, freshman Keenan Reynolds gets the call at quarterback for Navy (2-3), the first start of his college career. Reynolds led a stirring rally last week in a 28-21 overtime victory at Air Force. In the offensive-minded Mid-American Conference, Central Michigan (2-3) has surrendered 50 points in road losses the last two weeks. This is the third meeting between the teams and first in Michigan. Navy won 38-37 in Annapolis two years ago.

Duke at Virginia Tech

When » Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Where » Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.

TV/radio » Fox 5, 106.7 the Fan

The records for Duke (5-1, 2-0) and Virginia Tech (3-3, 0-1) are typically reversed. But the Blue Devils are off to their best start since 1994, while the Hokies are off to their worst start since 1992. Line play has been horrendous for Virginia Tech, which was outrushed 339-40 in last week's 48-34 loss at North Carolina. Duke sophomore Anthony Boone replaced Sean Renfree at quarterback last week and threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 42-17 romp over Virginia.

Lehigh at Georgetown

When » Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where » Multi-Sport Field

Georgetown (3-3) opens play in the Patriot League against perennial conference power Lehigh (6-0), ranked 10th in the FCS. After it was victimized last week in a 38-31 loss at Fordham, the Hoyas' defense looks to disrupt dual-threat quarterback Mike Colvin, who has rushed 59 times for 300 yards and six touchdowns and completed 124 of 199 passes for 1,578 yards and eight scores. The Mountain Hawks have beaten the Hoyas 10 straight times.

Howard at North Carolina A&T

When » Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Where » Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

Howard (4-1, 3-0) is one of four teams that remain unbeaten in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. Last year, Bison quarterback Greg McGhee led Howard past N.C. A&T 35-28 in overtime, throwing for 242 yards. Both league losses for N.C. A&T (2-3, 0-2) have come to MEAC unbeatens. Aggies quarterback Lewis Kindle (three interceptions) and running back Mike Mayhew (13 carries, 35 yards), the school's all-time rushing leader, look to make amends for subpar performances in a loss to Bethune-Cookman.

Top five games

5 No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech » Sophomore running back Andrew Buie carried for 207 yards in the Mountaineers' 48-45 win at Texas. His emergence completes an offense powered by quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege will try to keep pace as the Red Raiders (4-1) look to rebound from a loss to Oklahoma. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

4 No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 23 Louisiana Tech » Hurricane Isaac washed out their scheduled opener six weeks ago. Now they play as ranked teams for the first time. Balanced Louisiana Tech (5-0) of the Western Athletic Conference plays it Big 12-style, ranking third in the nation in scoring (53.2 ppg) and 109th in scoring defense (35.8 ppg). Texas A&M (4-1) has won all 10 games in the series. (Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPNU)

3 No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma » The annual Red River clash finds the teams ranked but in survival mode as both have a league loss. This is the 14th meeting between Mac Brown and Bob Stoops, who have combined to win nine of the last 13 Big 12 titles. This is a high-level quarterback matchup as well with Texas' David Ash dueling Oklahoma's Landry Jones. (Saturday, noon, ABC)

2 No. 17 Stanford at No. 7 Notre Dame » This is a battle of first-year starting quarterbacks who have been up to the task. The Cardinal's defense should give Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson his toughest test to date. The same goes for Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes, who will try to solve a Notre Dame unit that has surrendered three touchdowns. Stanford (4-1) has won the last three meetings. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., NBC)

1 No. 3 South Carolina at No. 9 LSU » The Gamecocks, at their highest rank since reaching No. 2 in 1984, are in the middle of a brutal three-game stretch -- Georgia, at LSU and at Florida. After gaining only 200 yards in a 14-6 loss at Florida, LSU (5-1) must solve some fundamental problems on offense to keep its 21-game home winning streak alive. (Saturday, 8 p.m., ESPN)

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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