This chaos is dangerous for any team. Except for Georgia.
The Bulldogs are the class of the Football Bowl Subdivision — and it’s not even close. Georgia was able to deal with Kentucky without any problems and is now cruising into half-time of the regular season.
But Iowa? After a shock loss to Purdue in which the Hawkeyes lost to one of its best pass defenses, the team will not be at the top of the Big Ten.
The last few games of Week 7 seemed like a calm slate before the wild rush for the College Football Playoff. It’s usually at this point that college football becomes crazy.
This week’s winners and losers include Georgia, Iowa, and other states:
Georgia defeated Kentucky’s offensive, made some huge plays in the air behind Stetson Bennet, and easily defeated the Wildcats. They won 30-13 over the second-best SEC East team. In spite of being among a number of lame playoff hopefuls, the Bulldogs remain the clear favorite for the National Championship.
Ed Orgeron will be given a break from the hot chair after LSU beat Florida 49-42, snapping a two-game losing streak. One of the nation’s worst running teams heading into Saturday, the Tigers exploded for 321 rushing yards on 7.1 yards per carry, with Tyrion Davis-Price doubling his season output with 287 yards and three scores. Beating the Gators doesn’t launch LSU back into SEC contention — Florida has more than enough problems, as we’ll see below — but it may provide a spark as the Tigers go through this gauntlet of SEC competition: Ole Miss is next, then Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
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The Cowboys defeated Texas 32-24, thanks to a remarkable defense. They are now in prime position for the Big 12 title game. OSU held Texas to 317 yards and scored on a pick-6 in the second quarter to overcome a 17-3 deficit. UT was able to dominate the second half with six drives of total 14 yards. Steve Sarkisian is the new coach.
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After beating Arkansas 38-23, the Tigers are back in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. This was perhaps the most impressive performance by quarterback Bo Nix. Auburn led after Arkansas took the lead in the third quarter, but Auburn was able to pull off a win in the second half. Nix ran 42 yards and completed 21 out of 26 attempts for 292 yard.
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Central Florida was not the only team that struggled. Cincinnati led 35-0 at intermission and cruised into a win of 56-21. Cincinnati forced three turnovers to score a touchdown and ran for an impressive 336 yards. The Bearcats, who lost to Iowa, are now the No. 2 team. The Bearcats are currently No. 2 in Coaches Poll and they’re still on the verge of a playoff appearance despite wild unpredictable events in several Power Five leagues.
Iowa lost 24-7 at Purdue one week after its biggest win in Big Ten history. All of the tricks behind the unbeaten start — an unbelievable pass defense, an ability to force turnovers and enough of an offense to take advantage of friendly field position — ran dry against the Boilermakers, who got 240 receiving yards from David Bell and held the Hawkeyes to just 4.4 yards per play. Iowa continues to be the favorite of the Big Ten West. However, Iowa will have to beat the table in order to make it into the playoff discussion.
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One problem is the run defense. Defense as a whole presents another problem. Then there’s the mismanagement of the quarterback position, with Dan Mullen still leaning on Emory Jones despite the clear difference in overall production with Anthony Richardson under center. The Gators, once a contender for the New Year’s Six are now unable to win three against top-ranked opponents and have quickly become one of the most disappointing teams in the Power Five.
After several losses, the Cornhuskers were seen as one team that could turn the corner under Scott Frost. The 30-23 loss at Minnesota was a huge disappointment. Now Nebraska is at 3-5, with Ohio State and Wisconsin still on their schedules, which means that another season of eligibility for bowl play could be in the offing. Frost’s Frost era has seen the loss of one-possession games as a hallmark. This era has also been marked by wild inconsistency, inability to seize opportunities and inconsistency.
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