CFB Week 7 Recap

A few top 10 teams had a well-deserved break this week, while two top college football sides were pushed to the limit in Week 7. Here’s how the Top 25 fared this week:

#1 Alabama – WEEK 7: W vs #9 Tennessee 49-10

In a game that could potentially be this year’s SEC Championship Game, Alabama dominated Tennessee for the 10th straight season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 143 yards and ran for 132 yards and 3 TDs. He had more yards than the entire Volunteers side (163 total yards). Running back Bo Scarborough had 109 yards on 5 carries, which included an 85 yard TD. Damien Harris added 94 yards on the ground. The Crimson Tide take on another top 10 side next week in Texas A&M.

#2 Ohio State – WEEK 7: W vs #8 Wisconsin 30-23

It took overtime for Ohio State to escape Madison with a 30-23 win over Big 10 rivals Wisconsin in a game that had big College Football Playoff implications. The Buckeyes are now 6-0 this year and have won their 20th straight road game. JT Barrett threw for 226 yards and a TD, while also running for 92 yards and 2 scores on the ground. His game-winning touchdown to Noah Brown in overtime also moved Barrett past Braxton Miller as the all-time touchdown leader in Ohio State history. Running back Mike Weber, who averaged 113.2 rushing yards a game heading into Week 7 was limited to just 46 yards. The Buckeyes move on to face Penn State in Week 8.

#3 Clemson – WEEK 7: W vs NC State 24-17

With their playoff hopes on the line, Clemson watched as NC State kicker Kyle Bambard missed a game-winning field goal to send the contest into overtime. There, the Tigers showed their class as they survived a stout test against the Wolfpack for their 20th consecutive home win. Deshaun Watson completed 39-for-52 for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns. Watson added 35 yards and 1 TD on the ground. Wide receiver Mike Williams had a career-high 12 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. The running game struggled after starter Wayne Gallman was taken off at the end of the first quarter, which allowed NC State to work their way back into the game. Clemson have now won 13 straight conference games and 43 straight against unranked teams. They face Florida State in two weeks.

#4 Michigan – WEEK 7: BYE

Michigan faces Illinois in Week 8.

#5 Washington – WEEK 7: BYE

Washington takes on Oregon State in Week 8.

#6 Texas A&M – WEEK 7: BYE

Texas A&M faces #1 Alabama in Week 8.

#7 Louisville – WEEK 7: W vs Duke 24-14

Despite Duke attempting to keep the ball away from Lamar Jackson for as long as possible, the Cardinals managed to come away with their 20th consecutive home win. Lamar Jackson had 325 total yards (144 rushing, 181 passing) and 2 touchdowns, which takes his total tally to 30 touchdowns for the year. Running back Jeremy Smith had 97 rushing yards on 4 carries, which included an 80-yard score. Louisville takes on North Carolina State in Week 8, who troubled #2 Clemson this week.

#8 Wisconsin – WEEK 7: L vs #2 Ohio State 23-30

After having control for most of the game, the Badgers weren’t able to put away the Buckeyes in overtime, with Alex Hornibrook swarmed by the Ohio State defense on 4th down. Hornibrook had a solid game, throwing for 214 yards and 1 TD. Corey Clement ran for a career-high 164 yards against a Buckeyes defense that only allowed 98 rushing yards a game. Wisconsin takes on Iowa in Week 8.

#9 Tennessee – WEEK 7: L vs #1 Alabama 10-49

The Volunteers struggled against the #1 team in the nation. Joshua Dobbs was limited to 92 passing yards and 1 interception, while Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara failed to get anything going in the running game, although Kamara did score a touchdown. Tennessee will rest up in Week 8 before taking on South Carolina the week after.

#10 Nebraska – WEEK 7: W vs Indiana 27-22

Nebraska improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2001 after a narrow victory over Indiana. The game was sealed when safety Aaron Williams picked off Richard Lagow as the Hoosiers were trying to win the game. Tailback Terrell Newby ran for 102 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr threw for 208 yards and 1 score, but also threw 2 interceptions. Nebraska takes on Purdue in Week 8.

#11 Baylor – WEEK 7: W vs Kansas 49-7

The Bears continue to dominate the Big 12 with a strong homecoming win over Kansas. Seth Russell had 212 total yards and 4 touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). Receiver KD Cannon had 3 catches for 75 yards and a score. On defense, the Bears forced five turnovers. Standouts included Bears cornerback Ryan Reid, who had 116 return yards and a touchdown on two interceptions and Raaquan Davis, who had a personal-best 15 tackles. Baylor takes on Texas next week.

#12 Ole Miss – WEEK 7: L vs #22 Arkansas 30-34

In a back-and-forth SEC battle, the Rebels went down to rivals Arkansas. Chad Kelly threw for 253 yards and 1 touchdown, while also rushing for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Evan Engram had 7 catches for 111 yards and 1 score. Ole Miss’ SEC hopes seem to be over, but they’ll look to bounce back against LSU in Week 8.

#13 Houston – WEEK 7: W vs Tulsa 38-31

Following a loss last week that put them out of College Football Playoff contention, Houston just managed to edge Tulsa after stopping them at the 1-yard line on the last play of the game. Greg Ward Jr threw for 254 yards and ran for 142 yards, but did not record a touchdown. Running back Dillon Birden ran for a career-high 82 yards and 3 TDs, while receiver Linell Bonner caught a career-high 13 passes for 97 yards. Cornerback Howard Wilson recorded his conference-leading 4th interception of the season. The Cougars take on SMU in Week 8

#14 Florida State – WEEK 7: W vs Wake Forest 17-6

Even with four turnovers, the Seminoles took down Wake Forest 17-6. Deondre Francois threw for 319 yards and 1 touchdown, while also adding 1 score on the ground. Wideout Travis Rudolph caught 13 passes for 238 yards, which was 22 yards off the Florida State record. Dalvin Cook ran for 115 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, the Noles defense sacked Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford 5 times and picked him off twice. DeMarcus Walker had 2 sacks, giving him 8.5 sacks total for the season. The Seminoles face a tough challenge from Clemson in two weeks.

#15 Boise State – WEEK 7: W vs Colorado State 28-23

Boise had to hold off a late Colorado State comeback to stay undefeated for the year. Brett Rypien threw for 207 yards and 1 touchdown. Running back Jeremy McNichols had 40 carries for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also adding 47 receiving yards. Wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck caught 5 catches for 72 yards and a score and also threw for an 11-yard touchdown. Boise look to stay undefeated against BYU next week.

#16 Miami (FL) – WEEK 7: L vs North Carolina 13-20

After a promising start to the year, Miami have had their second straight setback going down to North Carolina. Brad Kaaya threw for 224 yards but lost the ball in the crucial stages of the game following a strip sack which cemented the Tar Heels’ victory. Kaaya was visibly upset after this error. The Hurricanes take on Virginia Tech in Week 8.

#17 Virginia Tech – WEEK 7: L vs Syracuse 17-31

Virginia Tech went down to a determined Syracuse side that previously had lost 12 straight to ranked teams. Tech quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 307 yards and 2 TDs, while also throwing a pick – only his 2nd interception of the season. Evans also led the team in rushing with 61 yards. Star receiver Isaiah Ford had 83 receiving yards and a score. The Hokies take on Miami in Week 8.

#18 Florida – WEEK 7: W vs Missouri 40-14

The Gators’ secondary made life miserable for the Missouri offense, helping to lead Florida to a 40-14 win. Both Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned interceptions for touchdowns. Luke Del Rio threw for 236 yards and 1 touchdown, but threw 3 picks in the process. Running backs Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett ran for 106 and 101 yards respectively, with Scarlett getting into the end zone. Florida takes on Georgia in two weeks.

#19 Oklahoma – WEEK 7: W vs Kansas State 38-17

The Sooners had over 500 yards of offense as they defeated Big 12 rivals Kansas State and did so without their starting running back Semaje Perine for most of the game. In his place, Joe Mixon ran for 88 yards and threw for a 26-yard touchdown on a trick play. Baker Mayfield threw for 346 yards and 4 TDs, with receiver Dede Westbrook catching 9 passes for 184 yards and 3 TDs. Westbrook now has 574 receiving yards and 8 scores over his last 3 games. Oklahoma face Texas Tech next week.

#20 West Virginia – WEEK 7: W vs Texas Tech 48-17

West Virginia had over 600 yards of offense as they took down offensive powerhouse Texas Tech. Quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 318 yards and 1 score, while also running for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rushel Shell II ran for 104 yards and 2 TDs and Kennedy McKoy rushed for 99 yards. Daikiel Shorts Jr caught 3 passes for 100 yards. The Mountaineers take on Pac 12 rivals TCU next week.

#21 Utah – WEEK 7: W vs Oregon State 19-14

The Utes held off a second half rally from Oregon State to win in a close encounter. Troy Williams only threw for 42 yards and ran for 40 yards. Running back Joe Williams led the way with 179 yards and 1 TD. Utah have a game against UCLA in Week 8.

#22 Arkansas – WEEK 7: W vs #12 Ole Miss 34-30

Arkansas once again had Ole Miss’ number with a tight victory over the Rebels. Austin Allen threw for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running back Rawleigh Williams III ran for 180 yards. The Razorbacks take on Auburn next week.

#23 Auburn – WEEK 7: BYE

Auburn takes on Arkansas in Week 8.

#24 Western Michigan – WEEK 7: W vs Akron 41-0

Western Michigan had 585 yards of offense in their dominant win over Akron to go 7-0 for the year. Zach Terrell threw for 207 yards and 2 TDs, while also rushing for 34 yards and 2 scores. Running back Jarvion Franklin ran for 281 yards and 1 TD. The Broncos face off against nearby rivals Eastern Michigan next week.

#25 Navy – WEEK 7: BYE

Navy face Memphis in Week 8.

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