Week 7 means we are in the business finale of the college football season. Time to find out who is a contender, who is a suitor, and who really belongs in the Top 10. The season continues its trend of something insane, but it suddenly looks quite chalky as we round the curve into Playoff qualifying season in a bit. more than two weeks.
1. Georgia (7-0)
Last game: beat Kentucky 30-13
Next game: in Florida (October 30)
Dawgs at the top once more. You might have considered this game to be over once Georgia was up 14-0, but a good series of touchdowns from Kentucky left open the opportunity for intrigue at the third quarterback before UGA really put things away. Stetson Bennett played impressively again with star first-year tight end Brock Bowers leading the way for Georgia’s passing attack. But with the Dawgs, it’s all about defense and there was little to no room for the visiting Wildcats’ joy against Jordan Davis and his friends.
2. Cincinnati (6-0)
Last game: beat UCF 56-21
Next match: in Navy
Sure, Gus Malzahn thought he could hide from the likes of Jerome Ford, but Alabama’s lone transfer did its part to make the little Iron Bowl side-story unhappy for Malzahn. With 189 rushing yards, including a 79-yard rush, Cincinnati never let UCF off the canvas in a game that was supposed to be the jewel in the conference crown. One team is the class of the league and the other has a lot of work to do to get back to where it wants to be.
3. Oklahoma (7-0)
Last game: beat TCU 52–31
Next game: in Kansas
After a week of manufactured quarterback controversy, Oklahoma did exactly what everyone knew they would do and put Caleb Williams in place of Spencer Rattler. Williams gave the OU offense a new dimension in the running game and used it to drop bombs overhead. The Sooners reignited their explosive offense that eluded them for most of the season before Williams unleashed it last week against Texas. TCU held out, but it wasn’t enough in the end, and Lincoln Riley has never lost to Horned Frogs.
4. Alabama (6 to 1)
Last game: beat Mississippi state 49–9
Next match: vs. Tennessee
It’s never a great idea to be Alabama’s opponent after a loss. Magically, the bugs are fixed and Bama comes out hungry. The state of Mississippi was simply on the receiving end of ire this time. It had to be someone.
5. Ohio State (5–1)
Last game: beat Maryland 66-17 (October 9)
Next game: in Indiana
6. Penn State (5-1)
Last game: lost at Iowa 23-20 (October 9)
Next game: vs. Illinois
7. Michigan (6–0)
Last game: beat Nebraska 32-29 (October 9)
Next game: against Northwestern
8. Michigan State (7–0)
Last game: defeated Indiana 20-15
Next game: against Michigan (October 30)
Don’t look now, but Mel Tucker has these Spartans buzzing. The Spartans appear to win in every possible way, but this time it was largely due to defense, which turns out to be Tucker’s calling card. They have a week off until a big battle for Paul Bunyan.
9. Oklahoma State (6–0)
Last game: beat Texas 32-24
Next game: at Iowa State
Steve Sarkisian has Texas looking up, but they retired in the second half against an Oklahoma State team that came back in the second half. Spencer Sanders may not be playing at the highest level in QB, but enough defense and a punishing, fast attack were enough to set the pace for the Pokes.
10. Oregon (5-1)
Last game: beat Cal 24-17 (October 15)
Next game: at UCLA
The Ducks survived at home against a highly prepared Cal team. It took everything they had, including a fourth stop at the goal line, but Oregon won the day. Cal remains arguably the toughest in the conference with four of his five losses in one-score games.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.