College Football Recap: Week 7
Written by: Jacob Hollander
Did someone say more cowbell?? The Mississippi State Bulldogs are known for their famous cowbells, but they are now famous for another thing…their football team. The state of Mississippi may be witnessing their best college football year in a century as Ole Miss Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs stay undefeated. #3 Ole Miss defeated #14 Texas A&M 35-20, and one thing that stood out was Bo Wallace and Ole Miss’s stout defense. The Bulldogs also downed #2 Auburn behind the defense forcing four turnovers and Dak Prescott is still on fire. It is unbelievable that both these teams are undefeated and are arguably still the best in the country.
Switching gears to other teams across the country, #7 Alabama squeaked by Arkansas in a defensive battle and scores in the fourth quarter to win 14-13.
Now talking about the ACC, Florida State and “Famous” Jameis Winston handed Syracuse its 4th loss by a score of 38-20. Fellow ACC opponent North Carolina gave the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame a huge scare in South Bend, but came up short behind an Everett Golson rally, as the Irish beat the Heels 50-43. Staying in the ACC, the Duke Blue Devils defeated #22 Georgia Tech by a score of 31-25. Miami rolled past Cincinnati 55-34 and Clemson stopped Louisville to win 23-17. Boston College, one of Pitt’s former opponents, beat NC State 30-14. Pitt had a bye this weekend, as they prepare for Virginia Tech this Thursday night.
Moving towards the Big Ten, #8 Michigan State pummeled Purdue 45-31, but you have to be worried about the defense giving up 31 points to a not so great Purdue offense. Wisconsin got a scare from Illinois in the fourth quarter, but sealed the victory with an interception and wins 38-28 behind Melvin Gordon’s 4 TD’s. Michigan got back on track and beat Penn State 18-13.
Going across the country to the Pac-12, the key matchup was Oregon against UCLA. Marcus Mariota bounced back and defeated the Bruins by a count of 42-30 despite an attempt to come back by the Bruins in the fourth quarter. And how about USC, who could possibly be the most inconsistent team in the nation, stunned #10 Arizona 28-26.
That really wraps up the big games this weekend in college football. The big story line is that Georgia is now without Todd Gurley, who handled #23 Missouri a shutout by a score of 34-0. It seems like if Melvin Gordon keeps running like he has been, he may become the front-runner in the Heisman race if Gurley is off the field. Let it be noted, though, that #19 Eastern Carolina is 5-1, and seems like they can win out if they keep up the outstanding play with throwing the ball. That wraps up the seventh week in college football, stay tuned!