After an already crazy season, Week 7 turned the College Football world on its’ collective head. #2, #6, #7, and #8 in the AP poll all fell this weekend. Now, the debate on who should be in and who should be out will ramp up as 1 loss teams with quality wins make cases against undefeated teams with a low strength of schedule. If the rest of the season continues on this track, it should be a wild second half of 2018.
Teams that Disappointed
Auburn- All aboard the Fire Gus Bus, in all seriousness though this bus may have already run out of available seats. It seems like every year a small portion of Auburn fans complain about Gus and demand for his firing. Originally, I thought that this was pure ignorance from a few ill informed fans. Now, I’m beginning to see why they were calling for his head. After being soundly outperformed last week, the Tigers came in and did everything they needed to win this game at home against an inferior opponent, minus the 3 turnovers. Now with two straight losses Gus’s seat is beginning to get a little toasty.
Miami- I for one thought that Miami was on the upswing this year, with Head Coach Mark Richt just now getting a few of his own recruits and a fairly lackluster conference schedule. Boy was I wrong with that assumption. After narrowly coming back to beat a dismal FSU team, the Canes came out this weekend and lost to Virginia. It was an ugly game, but one Richt must win if he ever wants to even dream of bringing “The U” back.
Nebraska- Boy oh boy, I’m sure that Scott Frost wishes he was back in sunny Orlando right about now. Beyond the fact that it snowed in Nebraska this weekend (it’s not even Halloween) the Cornhuskers are off to their worst start in the history of the program. They’re currently sitting at 0-6 after an overtime loss to Northwestern while UCF is 6-0 and currently ranked 10th in the country. Don’t worry Nebraska, your buyout for Frost is only 26 million.
Teams that Impressed
Iowa State- Shoutout to my dad, because Iowa State is his second favorite team and he told me that they were going to beat the Mountaineers on Saturday. The Cyclone defense was stifling, holding West Virginia to a total of 152 yards for the game which is no small feat with Will Grier at the helm. Not only did the defense perform, but the rushing attack showed out by racking up nearly 250 yards on the ground. Beware to the rest of the Big 12, Ames can be a wild place to play.
LSU- How does LSU respond to the close loss last week in Gainesville? Only by beating the #2 team in the country by 20 points. Death Valley came ready to rock and the Tigers did not disappoint. The Tigers outgained Georgia 475 to 322 and the defense was able to hold the Dawgs to only 16 points. With the remaining schedule, LSU may have just ended Georgia’s attempted return to the title game and subsequently given themselves an outside shot at the Playoff.
Michigan- I’ll fully admit that I was shocked when I looked to see that Michigan had handled Wisconsin by 25 points. The Wolverines dominated throughout and should see themselves move up into the Top 10 this week. With games against ranked Michigan State, Penn State, and the Buckeyes left on the schedule, Michigan could make the playoff if they ran the table.
Nosebleed Offensive Player of the Week
We’re taking this week’s award out to the Big 10, where Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson absolutely shredded the Nebraska defense through the air. Thorson finished 41-62 for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns in a close win over the Cornhuskers.
Nosebleed Defensive Player of the Week
We typically go with a single player, but this week I’m going with the entire Iowa State defense to accept this award. The Cyclones defenders played out of their minds, holding Heisman hopeful Will Grier to 100 yards passing and keeping the Mountaineer rushing attack at 52 yards for the entire game.
Record through Week 7 :
Games we’re looking forward to in Week 8: