Another week in college football. Another major upset. The Iowa Hawkeyes appeared poised for a spot in the college football playoff. The Hawkeyes season derailed big time in a loss to one of their Big Ten foes. Top ranked teams continued to shine while the Crimson Tide moved their way back into the top four on the AP Poll. Check out what happened this week in college football.
College Football Week 7 Recap
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12. Ole Miss
17. Texas A&M
Georgia proves it’s the best team in the nation
On Saturday, Georgia faced their toughest opponent so far this season, undefeated and then #11 ranked Kentucky. The Wildcats headed to Athens a week after destroying LSU. All the Dawgs did was dominate overmatched Big Blue, beating Kentucky 30-13 as a -13.5 home favorite. For their efforts, Georgia received all 63 first-place votes on the AP Poll. It makes sense to rank Georgia first in the nation.
That doesn’t mean the Bulldogs will stand up against a team like Alabama in the SEC Championship. It does mean Georgia should run over any team left on their schedule, including the Florida Gators on October 30. Georgia will go undefeated and land in the SEC title contest ranked first in the country, which means even a loss may not keep them out of the SEC Championship.
Purdue upsets Iowa
Then #2 Iowa entered their battle with the Purdue Boilermakers a -11.5 favorite. It made sense that Iowa would cover. The Hawkeyes had beaten a supposedly much better team, the Penn State Nittany Lions, in a tough game the week before. But not only did Iowa fall to Purdue, but the Boilermakers easily beat the Hawkeyes.
Purdue poured it on in a 24-7 victory. The win shocked so much that Iowa fell out of the top ten to eleventh. The Boilermakers are a decent team. The victory pushed them to 4-2. Don’t sleep on Purdue to upset even more opponents. The Boilers will have a shot versus both Ohio State and Michigan State the two highest-ranked teams remaining on their schedule.
Oklahoma State outduels Texas
It’s time to start paying attention to the Pokes. Oklahoma State entered Austin a 5-0 team. Mike Gundy’s squad left Austin with a 6-0 record. Oklahoma State is for real.
The Cowboys dusted #25 Texas 32-24, sending the Longhorns to their second straight loss and out of the Top 25. Gundy’s squad is at Iowa State and at West Virginia before hosting #3 Oklahoma at home in their final game of the regular season. Based on how the Pokes beat the Horns, Oklahoma State has a shot to run the table and enter the Big 12 Championship undefeated.
Cincinnati, Oklahoma, and Alabama roll to easy wins
#2 Cincinnati beat UCF 56-21, #3 Oklahoma blasted TCU 52-31, and then #5 Alabama destroyed Mississippi State 49-9. Cincinnati and Oklahoma were big favorites. They both impressed. Bama is the team to watch, though.
The Crimson Tide are now back in the top four. It will be very hard to keep Alabama from the CFP should they run the table and beat Georgia in the championship. Michigan ranks sixth while Ohio State ranks fifth. Some team from the Big Ten, unless the conference implodes, should make it to the CFP, which means, yep, the Cincinnati Bearcats could once again end up the team left out of the playoff.
That would be a shame because Cincinnati right now is the most impressive team in the nation. Can Cincinnati hang with teams like Georgia, Oklahoma and Alabama? We don’t know for sure, but the way they’ve beaten teams suggests they’d have no problem, which means once they go undefeated, they deserve a chance.
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