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- Put the Minnesota Gophers in the College Football Playoff - November 11, 2019
- College Football Players to watch in Week 11 - November 8, 2019
- Minnesota Gophers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Game Preview - November 7, 2019
Labeled as the greatest week in college football so far, Week 7 didn’t disappoint. We saw upsets, close games, and outstanding performances. The big matchups were thrilling and close, and we learned quite a bit from teams this week. One contender fell, while two others strengthened their resume. A couple undefeated teams closed down applications for their bandwagons too. Here’s what we learned from Week 7 of college football?
Even elite college football teams have flaws
We saw a number of upsets in Week 7 of college football, but there were also closer than expected games. Florida gave LSU all it could handle, while Iowa pushed another ranked opponent to the brink before falling short. Texas Tech had Baylor right where they wanted them before slipping up in double overtime, and Notre Dame had to recover an onside kick to hold off USC. The close games raised concerns, but the upsets produced the most noise.
Georgia played its sloppiest game under Kirby Smart, and lost to South Carolina in overtime on a missed field goal. Jake Fromm struggled mightily, throwing three interceptions. Temple continues to be the most bipolar team in the country with their upset win over Memphis, and Louisville took down Wake Forest by putting up 62 points. The biggest stunner of them all was a 1-4 UNLV team stomping Vanderbilt by a score of 34-10. The Rebels won’t be a good team this year, but the SEC looks like it’s headed for a down year. Tennessee lost to Georgia State, and Ole Miss lost to Memphis earlier too.
Joe Burrow’s a legit NFL Draft prospect
LSU knew they had a solid quarterback, but fans didn’t expect this. Joe Burrow’s 293 yard, three touchdown performance added to a phenomenal start for both the Tigers and him. He already has 25 touchdown passes this year, and the school record of 28 in a season is in serious jeopardy. The Tigers took care of business at home against Florida, and their star quarterback is a huge reason why. NFL Scouts are now looking at him as a serious NFL quarterback prospect, but Burrow and the Tigers have their eyes on other goals before that happens.
College football surprise: Louisville
Things weren’t good in the last years of Bobby Petrino’s tenure with the Cardinals, but Scott Satterfield’s fixed that. Louisville’s 62-59 win over #19 Wake Forest was surprising, and has fans excited about the future. Satterfield took over after leading Appalachian State to a 47-16 record in his five years, he now has the Cardinals at 4-2. Louisville won just two games last year, and underachieved with one of the most electric quarterbacks in college football, Lamar Jackson. Satterfield’s changed culture, and his team’s one of the biggest surprises in the country.
Minnesota and Baylor are legit
If you didn’t jump on the bandwagon’s earlier, it’s too late. Baylor and Minnesota are proving to be competitors in their respective conferences. Matt Rhule’s Bears are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the conference (Oklahoma), and they won a thriller on Saturday. Sure, Baylor had to hang on in overtime to beat Texas Tech, but every team has a game or two that they need to find ways to win. Just ask Minnesota.
The Gophers first three games produced plenty of doubt to start the season, but they found ways to win those games. Now, they’re 6-0 for the first time since 2003, and it wouldn’t surprise many if they got to 8-0 heading into the game against Penn State. You can hate on PJ Fleck if you want, but his turnaround with the Gophers can’t be denied. He knows how to build winners, and this team is the latest (and maybe greatest, we’ll see).
Clemson’s just fine
Concerns about the Clemson Tigers died down Saturday with their 45-14 win over Florida State. Like I said, every team has a letdown game, just like the Tigers had against North Carolina. Many put Clemson outside of the Top 4, and they must prove they belong in that conversation. It’s still too early to discuss playoff teams, but they’re driving plenty of debate right now. Trevor Lawrence and the offense looked better, but there are still mistakes that need to be fixed. For now, Tigers fans can take a deep breath and relax.