Week 7 of the College Football Season was a week of upsets and near upsets. Critical losses by teams and of VIP players marked the week as one of turning points. Top Ten teams Stanford and Georgia lost and Clemson and Texas A&M had close calls. The rest of the teams weren’t immune from upsetitis either. #18 Michigan and #19 Northwestern went down to unranked opponents. As a result, this week’s rankings will see a lot of shuffling going on.
The numbers on the right are for the Associated Press, the Coaches’ Poll, the BCS standings and the CBSSports.com 126. NR means that the team was Not Ranked by that particular poll.
1/1/1/1 Alabama (6-0) The Crimson Tide got off to a slow start going scoreless in the first quarter (for the first time all season) but so did the Kentucky Wildcats (1-5). The difference is the Tide then began to click as they went on to rout the Wildcats 48-7. AJ McCarron was 21 of 35 passing for 359 yards but just one TD as the Tide scored from the ground. T.J. Yeldon had 16 carries for 124 yards and two TDs and Kenyan Drake had 14 carries for 106 yards and two TDs.
2/2/3/2 Oregon (6-0) The Ducks played the # 16 Washington Huskies (4-2) in an early game that allowed everyone to see what they are about. And that would be plenty as they manhandled a good Huskie team 45-24. Marcus Mariota showed why he should be on a lot of Heisman ballots with a 24 of 31 day for 366 yards and three TD passes AND 13 rushes for 88 yards and one rushing TD. Byron Marshall rushed for 106 yards and two TDs and Bralon Addison had 8 catches for 157 yards and two TDs for the Ducks. Bishop Sankey carried the ball 28 times for the Huskies gaining 167 yards and scoring two TDs on runs of 60 and 25 yards but it wasn’t nearly enough.
3/4/4/5 Clemson (6-0) The Tigers came from behind with a 14-0 fourth quarter to beat the Boston College Eagles (3-3) 24-14. Tajh Boyd scored the go ahead TD and then Vic Beasley scooped up a BC fumble and returned it 13 yards to seal the deal for the Tigers. Although the Eagles gave up twice as many first downs and net offensive yards, the defense bent but didn’t break for much of the game. Boyd was 30 of 44 for 334 yards but just one TD through the air. Clemson may have been looking ahead to this weekend’s game against #6 Florida State.
4/3/6/4 Ohio State (6-0) The Buckeyes had the weekend off.
5/5/2/3 Stanford (5-1) The Cardinal fell to the Utah Utes (4-2) 27-21. The Utes took a 21-14 lead into the halftime locker room and then held on for the win. Travis Wilson completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 234 yards and two TDs and James Poole had 22 carries for 111 yards and 7 catches for 75 yards for the Utes. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 16 times for 108 yards and a TD while Ty Montgomery returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD. Montgomery also had 8 catches for 131 yards in the losing cause. Stanford will be dropping in the polls this week. The question is, how far.
6/6/5/6 Florida State (5-0) The Seminoles had the weekend off.
7/7/7/7 Georgia (4-2) The Bulldogs were upset by the #25 Missouri Tigers (6-0) 41-26. The Tigers may have won the battle but lost the war as starting QB James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder late in the game. Georgia has suffered from injuries itself but Aaron Murray has been masterful in keeping things going. Yesterday the hole was just too deep. Even so, Murray went 25 of 45 for 290 yards and three TDs. The niftiest play of the day belonged to the Tigers. After Franklin left the game, Maty Mauk came in as QB. On the Georgia 40 yard line, he tossed an overhand lateral to Bud Sasser on the right sidelines. He, in turn, tossed the first pass of his career to L'Damian Washington in the end zone for a TD. It was Washington’s second TD catch of the day. Michael Sam returned an Aaron Murray fumble 21 yards for a TD.
8/8/10/8 Louisville (6-0) The Cardinals beat the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (4-2) 24-10 on Thursday night with a strong defensive performance. Playing in front of dozens of NFL scouts and on a national stage, Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t terribly impressive. Sure, he completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns but he fumbled and was intercepted late in the game to keep Rutgers alive. It was the defense that stepped up. They snatched four interceptions from RU’s Gary Nova and sacked him eight times.
9/9/12/12 Texas A&M (5-1) The Aggies squeeked by the Ole Miss Rebels (3-3) 41-38 on a last second 33-yard field goal by Josh Lambo. The Aggies also survived a scare when Johnny Manziel rolled on the turf in apparent pain and clutching his knee early in the game. No worries, Manziel came back to throw for 346 yards on 31 completions out of 39 attempts and score two rushing TDs while rushing 18 times for 113 yards. Bo Wallace went 22 of 36 for 301 yards and three TDs for the Rebels
10/11/9/11 LSU (6-1) The Tigers beat the #17 Florida Gators (4-2) 17-6 behind a strong defensive performance that held Florida to just two field goals and the running of Jeremy Hill (19 carries for 121 yards).
11/13/11/9 UCLA (5-0) The Bruins beat the California Golden Bears (1-5) 37-10 in the late night, west coast contest that saw Brett Hundley go 31 of 41 for 410 yards and three TDs. UCLA Will be moving on up the charts this week…if anyone was able to watch them in action.
12/10/8/10 Oklahoma (5-1) The Sooners were finally beaten by the Texas Longhorns (4-2) and in convincing fashion 36-20. The Red River Rivalry. Texas’ Case McCoy (I mistakenly said his older brother, Colt, would start but he’s in the NFL now.) tossed two TD passes for the Longhorns. He also tossed and INT that was returned 54 yards by Geneo Grissom for a late Oklahoma score. The Longhorns’ defense also got an INT that Chris Whaley returned 31 yards for a TD and had Daje Johnson return a punt 85 yards for a TD. Texas held Oklahoma to just 263 yards net offense and 13 first downs while limiting the Sooners to 2 of 13 on third down conversions.
13/14/14/13 Miami (Fla.) (5-0) The Hurricanes had the weekend off.
14/12/13/18 South Carolina (5-1) The Gamecocks played on the road and routed the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4) 52-7. Connor Shaw ran for one TD and threw for three more before giving over the helm to Dylan Thompson who also tossed a TD pass. Mike Davis rushed for 128 yards and a TD on 19 carries for the Gamecocks. Arkansas had just 30 yards passing and managed just 7 first downs. South Carolina also dominated the clock, holding the ball for 43:25 compared to Arkansas’ 16:35.
15/15/15/14 Baylor (5-0) The Bears had to come from behind—the first time they’ve trailed anyone this year—to beat the Kansas State Wildcats (2-4) 35-25. K-State held Baylor to just half its scoring average over the first four games. K-State held the ball for 39:24 compared to Baylor’s 20:36. K-State had 23 first downs to Baylor’s 15. K-State ran 80 plays to Baylor’s 59. BUT, Baylor doesn’t care about time of possession or any of the rest—and why should they, when the Bears’ Bryce Petty can connect with receivers like Tevin Reese (TDs of 93 and 54 yards) and Antwan Goodley (one TD of 72 yards) and hand off to Glasco Martin (one TD from 21 yards out). The longest Baylor drive was the first of the game and resulted in a 1-yard TD run by Bryce Petty. Daniel Sams didn’t throw a TD pass for K-State but he did rush 30 times for 199 yards and three TDs.
16/19/17/15 Washington (4-1) The Huskies host the #2 Oregon Ducks (5-0). Ducks over the Huskies.
17/17/19/19 Florida (4-2) The Gators fell to the #10 LSU Tigers (6-1) 17-6. See above for more.
18/16/16/16 Michigan (5-1) The Wolverines were upset by the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2) 43-40 in a game that went to four (4) overtime periods. With Michigan ahead by 7 and Penn State without a time out and only second remaining, 18 year-old Christian Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions on an incredible comeback drive with completions to Allen Robinson that put the ball on the Michigan one. From their Hackenberg dove in over right tackle for the tie. The OT sessions were nail biting too. Missed (by both Sides) and blocked field goals (Michigan by PSU), lost fumbles (PSU) going for it on fourth down instead of kicking (PSU)….they had it all. Hackenberg ended the night 23 of 44 for 305 yards and three TD passes AND that QB sneak for a TD as time was running out. And the kid’s only a freshman? Devin Gardner was 15 of 28 for 240 yards and three TD passes and rushed 24 times for 121 yards for Michigan but he also tossed two INTs.
19/18/21/17 Northwestern (4-2) The Wildcats went on the road to face the Wisconsin Badgers (4-2) and probably wish they hadn’t. The Badgers schooled the Wildcats 35-6. Melvin Gordon rushed for 172 yards on 22 carries including a 71-yard TD run for the Badgers and Joel Stave tossed three TD passes while going 17 of 28 for 241 yards.
20/21/18/23 Texas Tech (6-0) The Red Raiders beat the Iowa State Cyclones (1-4) 42-35. Freshman Davis Webb started in the place of injured Baker Mayfield for the Red Raiders. All the kid did was throw for 415 yards and three TDs while completing 35 of 56 attempts. DeAndre Washington (13 carries for 88 yards), SaDale Foster (9 for 87), Kenny Williams (17-80) provided ground support and each scored a TD for the Raiders. Jarvis West returned a kickoff 95 yards for the Cyclones.
21/22/23/21 Fresno State (5-0) The Bulldogs had this weekend off.
22/20/24/24 Oklahoma State (4-1) The Cowboys had the weekend off.
23/23/22/25 Northern Illinois (6-0) The Huskies managed to hold off the Akron Zips (1-6) 27-20. The Huskies were just 1 of 15 on third down conversions. This one was all Jordan Lynch for NIU. He completed just 16 of 35 for 220 yards but two were for TDs. He also led the Huskies in rushing with 83 yards and one TD. Jawon Chisholm rushed for two TDs for the Zips whose 10 penalties for 91 yards certainly hurt their chances for an upset.
24/25/25/NR Virginia Tech (6-1) The Hokies had to fight off a determined Pitt Panther team (3-3) but emerged victorious 19-9 in a defensive battle. The Hokies held Pitt to just 210 yards net offense while recording eight sacks. Pitt officially had just 23 yards rushing thanks to those sacks. Cody Journell’s four field goals (23, 37, 42 and 47 yards) proved the difference as Pitt also proved tenacious on defense.
25/NR/20/NR Missouri (6-0) The Tigers headed east to play the #7 Georgia Bulldogs (4-2) and came away with the upset 41-26. See above for more.
NR/24/NR/NR Nebraska (5-1) The Cornhuskers were on the road to play the Purdue Boilermakers (1-5). The Huskers won 44-7. Ameer Abdullah rushed 20 times for 126 yards and a TD for the Huskers who had 251 yards on the ground.
NR/NR/NR/20 Arizona State (4-2) The Sun Devils trounced the Colorado Buffaloes (2-3) 54-13. Taylor Kelly completed 9 of 19 pass attempts for 233 yards and two TDs while running for a third to lead the Sun Devils.