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5 Things Learned From College Football Week 7

5 Things Learned From College Football Week 7

College football week 7 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are 5 things learned from college football week 7.

1. Georgia’s Defense is Championship-Level

Georgia had another tough matchup this week against an undefeated Kentucky team, but came out on top. As is usually the case for the Bulldogs, the defense stood out. They allowed just 13 points, but this number is a little inflated after Kentucky scored at the very end of the game after taking a timeout near the goal line. Their offense doesn’t have to do much with a defense that good.

Even after allowing two touchdowns, which matched their entire season total, Georgia’s defense is allowing just 6.6 points per game. They have their game against Florida coming up in two weeks, but otherwise have a schedule that should help them improve this number. College defenses aren’t often remembered like the great NFL defenses (ex: 85 Bears, 00 Ravens), but Georgia has every opportunity to finish out the season in a similar fashion to those of the pros.

2. Iowa’s Playstyle is not Sustainable

While Iowa had an easier schedule for the rest of the season than most, they proved that their playstyle is not sustainable. They dropped a game to Purdue by 17 points. Iowa struggled to stop wide receiver David Bell and they also couldn’t force turnovers like they usually did. They also only rushed for 76 yards.

The Hawkeyes showed that defenses can’t just rely on forcing turnovers if they want to win every game. Forcing turnovers helps, but they really need to cover better on a more consistent basis. On top of that, being relatively one-dimensional on offense also doesn’t help things. If they get down early, it is harder for them to come back because they don’t have a great passing offense. Iowa will still win more games down the stretch, but they need to figure things out heading into the back half of the season.

3. Caleb Williams Looks Great as Oklahoma’s Starter

Last week, it was mentioned that Caleb Williams saved Oklahoma’s season because he helped them come back against Texas. That comeback would mean a lot less if Williams didn’t play well following that game. He looked incredible in Oklahoma’s 52-31 win over TCU, throwing for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 18/23 passing. Williams also rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown.

With Williams at the helm, the Sooners offense is rolling. He is passing well and running the ball solidly for himself, but having him as a threat to run is really opening up the running game for the running backs as well. Kennedy Brooks had 20 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in the TCU game. If Oklahoma can continue running the ball well, the Sooners could make the CFP.

4. Cincinnati is Passing the Eye Test

Cincinnati played some tough games early in the season and came out on top against Notre Dame and Indiana. Their schedule won’t be as hard moving forward, so Cincinnati will have to play well and run up the score to impress the CFP Committee. The Bearcats did just that this weekend, beating UCF 56-21.

After Iowa lost this weekend, Cincinnati is projected to move up to no. 2 in the polls this week. They really need to keep their foot on the gas, as they don’t have many big games left. SMU is a team that will present challenges as a team that is currently undefeated, but other than that the schedule is thin. Winning big and hoping for a little help is still necessary for the Bearcats.

5. Oklahoma State has a Chance to Shake Things Up

Oklahoma got a lot of headlines with their quarterback change, but Oklahoma State had a good weekend themselves. They defeated Texas to stay undefeated on the year. The Cowboys are winning in a way that may seem unusual for a Mike Gundy-coached team, but their ability to find ways to win is more important than the way in which they do so.

There are two undefeated teams in the Big 12 right now: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Many expect Oklahoma to run rough-shot over the Big 12, but Oklahoma State’s season has also been good. When the two meet later in the year in their annual rivalry game, “Bedlam” could definitely happen.

 

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