What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 7


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 7 of the college football season.


Everything You Need To Know About Week 7

Scroll down for What You Need To Know about every conference.

Week 7 Rankings & Quick Takes

ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | SEC

Week 7 Team Predictions & Scores
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 |  SEC

Week 7 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings
Purdue fires Darrell Hazell, who might replace him?

What It All Means 
Vanderbilt-Georgia | Alabama-Tennessee
Clemson-NC State | Ohio State-Wisconsin

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ACC

Louisville struggled way too much against Duke coming off the bye week, but don’t read too much into it. The Cardinals didn’t have the ball enough, but they still got out with a double-digit win. The defense was solid, and Lamar Jackson ran for 144 yards and two scores. … Clemson should’ve lost to NC State. The Wolfpack placekicking woes were the difference, missing a game-winning shot in the final moments of regulation. The Tiger O line didn’t blast away, but Deshaun Watson was good enough throwing for 378 yards – Mike Williams caught 146 of them. … The score might not have been impressive, but Florida State was better than 17-6 against Wake Forest. Travis Rudolph was magnificent catching 13 passes for 238 yards. … Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas has had his ups-and-downs this year, but he was terrific in the win over Georgia Southern. The Yellow Jacket passing game clicked just enough. … The Pitt defense is still a problem, but it created the mistakes early on against Virginia to get out with a two touchdown win.

American Athletic

Memphis, just take it and move on. The Tigers struggled to put away Tulane, but the D held the Green Wave ground game to 169 yards. The two teams each gave it up three times – the Tigers did more with their chances. … If HoustonTulsa wasn’t the best AAC game of the year, it wasn’t far off. The Golden Hurricane came within inches of possibly sending the game into OT, but the Cougars came up with a goal line stop on a pass play in the final seconds. Dane Evans threw for 365 yards and a score for Tulsa, while Greg Ward was Greg Ward, throwing for 254 yards and running for 142. He didn’t account for a touchdown, though. … South Florida keeps on crushing everyone and everything. It was yet another double-digit win, dominating UConn with a terrific day from Quinton Flowers, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for 157 yards and three scores. … Temple came up with a 26-25 stunner over UCF, and now getting into the bowl picture might be tough. The Owls got an eight-yard touchdown pass with one second to play to cap off an amazing run of 19 unanswered points.

Big Ten

Ohio State’s overtime win over Wisconsin was everything the Big Ten could’ve asked for in a showcase game. The Badgers looked great, the Buckeyes looked like a playoff team, Corey Clement ran for 164 yards behind a renewed UW line, and J.T. Barrett came up with a grinding Heisman performance. … Nebraska just keeps on winning. There’s nothing fancy about what the Huskers are doing, but Tommy Armstrong is solid, clutch, and doing just about everything right when he needs to. Indiana’s defense continues to be a positive. … Rutgers finally scored again. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, but the Scarlet Knights came up with a real, live touchdown. Illinois got the first real win over the Lovie Smith era out of the way with a strong defensive performance. … Mitch Leidner was out for Minnesota, but Conor Rhoda was just good enough – he didn’t throw any picks against Maryland. The Gopher D and ground game took over, with Rodney Smith cranking out 144 yards and two scores. … Iowa didn’t get Darrell Hazell fired, but the 49-35 win over Purdue was enough to end the era. The Boilermakers are still only 303, and David Blough threw for 458 yards, but that was it for Hazell with Nebraska up next. The Hawkeye ground game finally got moving with Akron Wadley and LeShun Daniels combining for 336 yards. … All of a sudden, Michigan State’s defense has gone bye-bye, while Northwestern’s offense found a shocking spark. Justin Jackson was the workhorse for the Cats with 188 yards, but Clayton Thorson was the key hitting 27-of-35 passes. The MSU passers combined for 424 yards and four scores, and the Spartans still got torched. The big problem? The Spartans allowed the Cats to convert 10-of-19 third down chances.

Big 12

And that’s the Baylor we all know and love – sort of. And that’s the Kansas we all know and love. The Bear passing game was inconsistent and all over the place, but the running game made up for it. The BU defense did its part against a Jayhawk O that gave it up five times. … Samaje Perine had a minor injury for Oklahoma in the win over Kansas State, but the Sooners were sharp from the start and never let the Wildcats get going. Baker Mayfield has been red hot, throwing for 346 yards, while Dede Westbrook is playing like the best receiver in the country at the moment catching nine passes for 184 yards and three scores. … Is West Virginia the best team in the Big 12? It played like it in a dominant performance over Texas Tech in a 48-17 win. Skyler Howard outplayed Patrick Mahomes, the Mountaineer defense did its part, and now this might be a real, live challenger for the Big 12 title – and maybe more. WVU is the real deal. …. Exhale, Texas. If took a half to get going against Iowa State, but the defense was terrific throughout, Shane Buechele took over, D’Onta Foreman ran for 136 yards, and the Longhorns got past the ugly losing stride.

Conference USA

WKU came up with a blocked extra point in the second overtime against Middle Tennessee for a special 44-43 win. All the stars came out with WKU QB Mike White throwing for 391 yards and two scores, Anthony Wales running for 158 yards and three scores, and Taywan Taylor catching 12 passes for 197 yards and a score. Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill threw for 434 yards and three scores, I’Tavius Mathers ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Richie James caught 16 passes for 223 yards and two TDs. … Louisiana Tech got the offense revved up against a decent UMass defense. Ryan Higgins threw for 484 yards, while Carlos Henderson caught 12 passes for 326 yards and five TDs. … FIU has its spark. It won three straight now since firing Ron Turner, getting two touchdowns and a scoring run from Alex McGough in a comeback win over Charlotte. … Is UTSA on its way to a bowl game? Rice might be the only winless team left, and the Roadrunners only won 14-13, but the D continues to be terrific. … Southern Miss hung around for a half against LSU, and then the defense got rolled over. That’s fine, but the O had better get rolling again against a miserable Marshall D in two weeks.

Independents

And there’s the Taysom Hill game. Mississippi State focused on stuffing Jamaal Williams, and Taysom Hill came through with three touchdown passes and a touchdown run, carrying BYU to the overtime win. If you had told BYU before the season that the Cougars would be 4-3 after this brutal stretch going into Boise State game, they’d take it. … There’s what you do in a tune-up week if you’re Army. The Black Knights got carries out of 15 players on the way to 537 yards and six scores, while the D held Lafayette to ten rushing yards in the 62-7 win. … Really, Notre Dame? Now DeShone Kizer is a problem? The threw two big picks and came up with just 154 yards against the Christian McCaffrey-less Stanford, and Malik Zaire provided no spark whatsoever in the 17-10 loss. The Irish defense finally worked, and it didn’t matter.

MAC

How about some love for the Western Michigan defense? Zach Terrell threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the win over Akron, and Jarvion Franklin ran for 281 yards and a score, but this was about the D that shut out the high-powered Zips and didn’t allow a thing for their passing game. … You live in a world where Eastern Michigan is 5-2. Brogan Roback threw for 347 yards and three scores in the win over Ohio. … Ball State’s defense has been okay, but it struggled in the 31-21 win over Buffalo. UB’s Tyree Jackson looks like a keeper, throwing for 306 yards and three scores, but Ball State got 264 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries from James Gilbert, and Riley Neal ran for two touchdowns to make up for two picks. … Finally, the Bowling Green offense is starting to show up, but the D is still a disaster. Toledo almost blew the layup, beating the awful Falcons 42-35 on a Kareem Hunt TD in the final seconds. James Morgan threw five touchdown passes for the defending MAC champs, while Toledo got 322 yards and four scores from Logan Woodside. … Central Michigan might be a little shaky, and it might have needed three overtimes to get by Northern Illinois, but it was able to overcome three turnovers with 100-yard rushing days from Devon Spalding and Jahray Evans, and three TD passes from Cooper Rush.

Mountain West

San Diego State might not be all that impressive, but it still has just the one loss, and it shut down a punchless Fresno State team cold in a 17-3 win. Donnel Pumphrey ran for 220 yards and continues to be brilliant. He’s not going to be a Heisman finalist, but he should be. … Boise State almost biffed it. It had Colorado State dead and buried, helped by Jeremy McNichols and his 217 yards and two scores on 40 carries, but the Rams came up with 20 fourth quarter points to make it way too close. … Didn’t you used to be Air Force? The run defense has fallen off the map, giving up 373 rushing yards to New Mexico in a stunning loss that might have killed the season. The Falcon offense was fine, but it couldn’t rally back late, even with the passing game rolling with Jalen Robinette catching seven passes for 182 yards and a score. … Nevada needed the win over San Jose State, and it didn’t get it. Malik Roberson ran for 139 yards for the Spartans, while the defense came up with one of its best performances of the season. The Wolf Pack O is punchless with nothing working in a season that’s quickly sinking into the abyss. … Just when it seems like UNLV is done, and just when it seems like Hawaii is about to be something solid, the Rebels get a late field goal from Evan Pantels to change everything around. It was a terrific 41-38 game with both teams cranking up a dead even back-and-forth fight.

Pac-12

Utah might not have been impressive, but considering it brought back Joe Williams out of the mothballs to carry the ball again, it was a good enough road win over Oregon State to get by. It wasn’t an impressive 19-14 Ute win, but 6-1 is 6-1. … Arizona doesn’t have any quarterbacks left, and USC took advantage of the punchless Wildcats in an easy win. Sam Darnold continues to be brilliant, throwing for five scores with JuJu Smith-Schuster catching nine passes for 132 yards and three scores. … Who cares that Stanford’s offense was a disaster against Notre Dame? It did enough in the second half to get the win, helped by a big day from the defense that stuffed the Irish over the last 30 minutes. In place of an injured Christian McCaffrey, Bryce Love ran for 129 yards. … Manny Wilkins was able to go for Arizona State, but he only completed 13-of-35 passes in the 40-16 loss to Colorado. The Sun Devils were held to 50 rushing yards by a brilliant day from the Buff D. Phillip Lindsay ran for 219 yards and three scores, while Sefo Liufau completed 23-of-31 passes for 265 yards and ran for a score. … Josh Rosen wasn’t able to go for UCLA against Washington State, and while Mike Fafaul was okay completing 24-of-40 passes for 258 yards and three scores with two picks, it wasn’t enough to overcome a worthless ground game. Wazzu wasn’t all that great, but it closed out drives by punching them in for rushing scores. Luke Falk didn’t throw any scoring passes and came up with just 261 yards in the 27-21 win.

SEC

Give Mississippi State some credit for fighting hard to get to overtime on the road against BYU, but the offense just isn’t good enough. The defense did its job, but there weren’t any second half points in the 28-21 double OT defeat. … This just in: Alabama is pretty good. Tennessee was too hurt, too outmanned, and too weak against the nasty and physical Crimson Tide lines that did whatever they wanted. This was the Jalen Hurts game, throwing for 143 yards and rushing for 132 yards and three scores. …. Arkansas is better than you think. It’s solid, tough win over Ole Miss was exactly what it was supposed to be, with Rawleigh Williams taking off for 180 yards, and now building up the resume with the only losses so far coming to Alabama and Texas A&M. … The Florida defense might be just good enough to carry the team to an SEC East title. It held Mizzou QB Drew Lock to 39 yards and two picks on just 4-of-18 throws, while giving up just two meaningless second half scores. Luke Del Rio returned and threw for 236 yards, but he only completed 18-of-38 passes with three picks. … So how did Vanderbilt beat Georgia? LB Zach Cunningham’s 19 tackles and fourth down stop to all but end the game was a big part of it, but it was the clock-grinding drive after drive – even though the offense didn’t go anywhere – that did it. Georgia’s running game didn’t work, but Jacob Eason threw for 346 yards and a score. … It took a half, but LSU finally got rolling in a 45-10 win over Southern Miss. With Leonard Fournette out, Derrius Guice ran for 162 yards and two scores on 16 carries.

Sun Belt

Louisiana-Lafayette just isn’t that good. The lines had no hope whatsoever slowing down the Appalachian State defensive front in the 24-0 loss at home. … Georgia Southern hung around with Georgia Tech, but the running game just wasn’t as good. The Eagles ran for 167 yards, the D gave up 265 rushing yards and four scores, and the secondary got hit too hard by the Tech passing game at the worst times. … Just when it seems like Troy is about to slip, it comes back late against Georgia State with two Brandon Silvers touchdown passes. The secondary got hit for 381 yards and three scores by the terrific Panther QB Conner Manning, but the Trojans survived to go 5-1. … Idaho beat New Mexico State to get to 4-3, helped by 476 yards and four touchdown passes from Matt Linehan – three different Vandals caught over 100 yards of passes. Larry Rose III has yet to get going for NMSU, running for just 32 yards on 11 carries. … ULM put up 33 first half points, and almost blew it against Texas State, hanging on late for the 40-34 win. The Warhawks ran for 301 yards and three scores. … All of a sudden, Arkansas State has stepped up. After starting 0-4, it won its last two games with the D dominating South Alabama in a 17-7 win. ASU outrushed USA 204 yards to 61.

Week 7 Rankings & Quick Takes
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | SEC

Week 7 Team Predictions & Scores
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 |  SEC

Week 7 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings
Purdue fires Darrell Hazell, who might replace him?

What It All Means 
Vanderbilt-Georgia | Alabama-Tennessee
Clemson-NC State | Ohio State-Wisconsin


Source: College Football News

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