Written By: William Buchert
Lack of defense has been a theme this season. Week 7 of this College Football season produced some statement games showing the truth about some teams.
Top-ranked Clemson has proved their dominance in an absurd 73-7 whooping on Georgia Tech. Clemson’s youth has proven to not be a factor as their phenom defensive lineman, Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee have dominated thus far. Trevor Lawrence threw his first interception in 363 days however that didn’t stop him from tossing 5 touchdowns and recording 400 yards in ONE HALF. Clemson’s punter played a drive at Quarterback in the 2nd Half. Punter at Quarterback, you can just see the type of game it was.
In a more meaningful matchups between the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams in the country, Alabama topped Georgia 41-24. Alabama had questions about their defense coming into the game and Georgia’s defense was deemed the best defense in the country. Alabama proved that their defense is elite and Georgia got torn apart by Alabama QB Mac Jones. Alabama wideouts DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle ran past the Georgia DBs and accounted for 167 yards and 161 yards respectively. The duo made history becoming the first Alabama receivers to each have over 150 yards in the same game. Smith is 5 touchdowns away from breaking the Alabama school record for receiving touchdowns. He currently has 27 touchdowns and Amari Cooper is the current leader with 31 touchdowns. Mac Jones has had some fun with all of his weapons and tossed for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns. Najee Harris also ran for 152 yards and reached pader once. Meanwhile for Georgia, Stetson Bennett is not the answer if they want to win the championship. Yes, he can win 10 games this season, however his play style just won’t be able to keep up with other elite offenses. Georgia should begin to look to USC transfer J.T. Daniels to takeover the role and ignite the offense a little more. This game will not have a huge impact on Georgia’s playoff chances as the two teams will likely meet one more time in the SEC championship. Alabama and Clemson so far this season have been the two most dominant teams and are the favorites right now.
Meanwhile down in Tallahassee, Florida State threw a knot into 5th ranked North Carolina’s playoff hopes. Many people including myself deemed UNC as the most overrated team in the country and they proved it on Saturday night. However, this game cannot be remembered as UNC not coming to play or that UNC is overrated. Florida State is developing into a good football team. Jordan Travis has proved to be able to lead the Noles with not only his arm but also his legs. Travis ran all over the Tarheels defense for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Noles did enough damage in the first half to hold off the UNC comeback. They led at half 31-7, and failed to score in the second half. The Florida State defense played really well slowing down the high powered UNC offense just enough to escape 31-28.
As mentioned earlier, defense seemed to be played occasionally. Notre Dame and Louisville proved that was not the case. Points had to be fought for and 5th ranked Notre Dame sneaked past a Louisville team that was 1-3. Both defenses were so stout and made it tough for anyone to gain yards. Notre Dame made 2 field goals in the first quarter to push the lead to 6-0. Louisville QB Micale Cunningham responded in the 3rd Quarter with a touchdown pass to Marshon Ward. Ian Book was able to escape from the pressure and dive into the endzone on the next drive pushing the lead to 12-7 after the 2-point conversion was failed. Book’s touchdown proved to be enough as Notre Dame improved to 4-0 and is now ranked 3rd in the country.
Auburn was gifted a win from the refs last week against Arkansas, this week though, Auburn was exposed, proving that they aren’t a good football team. Bo Nix continues to prove that he is inconsistent and just not a good quarterback. He threw 3 interceptions against a below average South Carolina defense. Auburn’s offense has no great playmakers besides Tanks Bigsby and sometimes Seth Williams. Williams is not a great route runner and has made himself out to be just a guy who catches jump balls. Don’t get me wrong, he is the best receiver in the country when it comes to 50/50 balls, but his offensive line doesn’t give Bo Nix enough time to even throw Williams a jump ball. Gus Malzahn is starting to get on the hot seat and will need to figure out something in order to make his team better. Collin Hill and South Carolina defeated Auburn 30-22 as both teams head to 2-2.
Another SEC matchup between Kentucky and 18 Tennessee was a blowout. Tennessee QB, Jarrett Guarantano, threw 2 bad interceptions and got himself benched. Tennessee fans were waiting for this to happen because of how bad he was. The Harrison Bailey era is starting in Knoxville and Vols fans are excited. Kentucky came to play and dominated all day, winning the game 34-7.
Speaking of bad quarterback play, Mississippi State has already benched K.J. Costello who threw for 623 yards just a few weeks ago. Costello was being brought up as a heisman candidate not long ago, but defenses have figured out how to guard the Mike Leach air raid system. Texas A&M has bounced back well after their loss to Alabama picking up a great win against Florida and a 28-14 win against Mississippi State. They seem to have found their identity offensively by focusing on running the football and making Kellen Mond a game manager but also being aggressive. Texas A&M actually has a chance to make the playoffs. They have a favorable schedule the rest of the way and if they win out they would be 9-1 with their only loss being against unbeaten Bama. Could the Aggies sneak into the playoffs?
Over in the ACC, the conference boasts 6 ranked teams, the most out of any conference. Miami bounced back from their loss against Clemson with a solid overall game against Pittsburgh. D’Eriq King tossed 4 touchdowns and had over 200 yards passing. Miami still has a long way to go and a lot of things to fix if they want to compete with Clemson for the ACC championship, but they still are a very good football team.
Virginia Tech ran all over Boston College. Hendon Hooker returned for his 2nd game of the year and dominated. Hooker and running back Khalil Herbert accumulated 307 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. This is one of the best backfields in the ACC.
During the week nights, 5 unbeaten Group of Teams played and they were all great matchups. On Wednesday, 2 unbeatens in the Sun Belt faced off, Coastal Carolina and 21st ranked Louisiana. It was a great QB battle between Grayson McCall and Levi Lewis but Grayson McCall and Coastal Carolina came out on top 30-27, thanks to a game winning field goal.
Friday night featured SMU and their high powered offense, facing off against Tulane. Former Texas QB, Shane Buechele, has been torching defenses left and right in the AAC for SMU. Buechele threw for 384 yards and 2 touchdown passes against Tulane and squeaked by Tulane in overtime, 37-34.
The nightcap on Friday night featured 14th ranked BYU, who was tested by the unbeaten Houston Cougars. Houston started off the game strong taking a 20-14 lead going into halftime. BYU QB, Zach Wilson, went crazy in the fourth quarter leading BYU to 22 unanswered points and carrying BYU to a 43-26 win and improving to 5-0. Wilson had 400 yards and 4 touchdowns in this game and continues to make a case for himself to be a 1st Round Draft Pick.
Overall, this weekend consisted of a lot of competitive football and will be the same next weekend as Big 10 football returns! Gameday will be headed to Minnesota next week for a ranked matchup between the #21 Golden Gophers and the #18 Michigan Wolverines in what will be a great matchup. Looking forward to next Saturday and the return of Big 10 Football!
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