No team is safe in this chaos. Well, with the exception of Georgia.
Bulldogs are the class of the Football Bowl subdivision – and it’s not even close. Georgia had no problem with Kentucky and is heading into the second half of the regular season.
But Iowa? The Hawkeyes will no longer be atop the Big Ten after a shocking loss to Purdue, which went straight to one of the nation’s best pass defenses to deliver one of the biggest upsets of the year.
On paper, Week 7 looked like the last calm game list before a wild push for the college football playoffs. This is usually when the craziness comes in college football.
Georgia, Iowa and others make up this week’s winners and losers list:
The last test was anything but: Georgia swallowed the Kentucky offense, found some big plays in the air behind quarterback Stetson Bennett, and simply overwhelmed the once-unbeaten Wildcats, winning 30-13 against the runner-up. SEC East team. Amidst a host of flawed playoff contenders, the Bulldogs have shown no weak spots in seven games and are clear favorites for the National Championship heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
Ed Orgeron will get a reprieve after LSU dominated Florida 49-42 to end a two-game losing streak. One of the worst running teams in the country before Saturday, the Tigers exploded for 321 rushing yards with 7.1 yards per carry, Tyrion Davis-Price doubling his production this season with 287 yards and three scores. Beating the Gators doesn’t revive LSU in the SEC challenge – Florida has more than enough problems, as we’ll see below – but it can provide a spark as the Tigers go through that gauntlet of SEC competition: Ole Miss is next, then Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
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Another stellar performance from a vastly underrated defense saw the Cowboys pass Texas 32-24 and move into the top spot to secure a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. OSU kept the Longhorns down. 317 yards, scored on a pick of six to come out of a 17-3 hole in the second quarter and dominated the second half: UT ran six drives for 14 yards to lose two straight games under the first . Coach of the Year Steve Sarkisian.
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The Tigers will return in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaching poll after defeating Arkansas 38-23 behind perhaps the career-best performance of quarterback Bo Nix. Nix completed 21 of 26 attempts for 292 yards and ran 42 yards with three combined touchdowns, helping Auburn walk away in the second period after Arkansas briefly took the lead early in the third quarter.
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As expected, it wasn’t a fight against Central Florida: Cincinnati led 35-0 at halftime and climbed to a 56-21 win, breaking the 50-point mark for Game 2 back-to-back by forcing three turnovers and battling for a season high. 336 meters. With the loss to Iowa, the Bearcats are the next team for No.2 in the coaching poll as they continue to head for a playoff berth amid wild unpredictability in multiple Power Five leagues. .
A week after one of the biggest wins in program history, Iowa’s run to the top of the Big Ten came to an abrupt end with a 24-7 home loss to Purdue. All the tricks behind the unbeaten start – incredible passing defense, an ability to force turnovers and enough offense to enjoy a friendly position on the field – fell apart against the Boilermakers, who got 240 receiving yards. of David Bell and held the Hawkeyes to just 4.4 yards per game. Iowa remains the favorite in the Big Ten West, but will now have to lead the table to accommodate the playoff debate.
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Running defense is a problem. Defense as a whole is another. Then there’s the mismanagement of the quarterback, with Dan Mullen still relying on Emory Jones despite the clear overall production difference with Anthony Richardson in the middle. Once a true contender for the New Years Six, the Gators are winless in three games against ranked contenders and are quickly turning into one of the Power Five’s biggest disappointments.
Losing 30-23 to Minnesota is a huge disappointment after several competitive losses painted the Cornhuskers as a team ready to step up under coach Scott Frost. Instead, Nebraska now sits at 3-5 with Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa still on the schedule, meaning another shy bowl-eligibility season is a distinct possibility. Losing games to one possession became the hallmark of the Frost era, which was defined by savage inconsistency and the inability to capitalize on opportunity.