College football week 7 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 7.
1. Auburn Has Issues
Auburn started off the season with high expectations. The offense was supposed to be firing on all cylinders with playmakers like Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz on the outside. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Bo Nix has struggled this season and it has resulted in two losses in four games.
Against South Carolina, Nix threw three interceptions and completed just over half of his passes. There was a heated argument on the sidelines involving Williams and Nix. Gus Malzahn, who always seems like he is on the hot seat, could be looking for a new job soon.
2. All Streaks Come to an End
Tennessee and Kentucky play every season as members of the SEC East. It is a one-sided rivalry, as Kentucky hadn’t won in Knoxville since 1984. That all changed this weekend when Kentucky won 34-17 behind a fantastic defensive performance.
Kentucky’s defense is coming on strong, as they have nine interceptions in the last two games. It may shake things up in the SEC East. Tennessee looked strong to start the season, but ended up benching starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.
3. Coastal Carolina Takes Control of the Sun Belt
In a matchup between undefeated Sun Belt teams, Coastal Carolina came out on top. The Chanticleers beat Louisiana 30-27 in a thrilling game. With notable wins over Kansas and now Louisiana, Coastal Carolina is the only undefeated team in the Sun Belt.
The Chanticleers should be ranked when the polls open up. Grayson McCall leads the Chanticleers and passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns this week. If McCall and the Chanticleers keep up the good play, they could be the Group of 5 conference representative in the New Year’s Six Bowl Games.
4. There is a Clear Gap Between Alabama and the Rest of the SEC
After the last two weeks of football, it is clear that there is a gap between Alabama and the rest of the SEC. Florida was in the top five and lost to Texas A&M, a team that Alabama has already beaten. LSU isn’t good this season and Alabama started running away in the second half against Georgia.
Behind the good play of their offense, Alabama won the game 41-24 . Looking at the rest of their regular-season schedule, the Crimson Tide should be favored in all of their remaining games. If Georgia can improve, maybe they can have a closer game in the SEC Championship.
5. Florida State is Still Capable of Upsets
Florida State has had a rough start to the season. They came into this week at 1-3 and were preparing to play the fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Although UNC made a great comeback attempt, the Seminoles held them off to win 31-28.
North Carolina got off to a really rough start, but Florida State deserves a lot of credit for playing tough throughout the game. At 2-3, they may not compete for the ACC, but they can still pull off some upsets, like this one, the rest of the way.
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