Two undefeated top ten teams coming in as 3 score+ favorites were upset by unranked opponents. And that was just Friday night. Friday night, as it turned out, was merely foreshadowing for one of the craziest college football weekends in recent memory. Here is a look back at the winners, losers, dogs, dudes, a reoccurrence of the number 8, and a look at 2nd year coaches from Week 7…
Ranked Teams Beaten by Unranked: 8
- #1 Clemson @ Syracuse – 24-27
- #5 Washington @ Arizona State – 7-13
- #8 Washington State @ Cal – 3-37
- #10 Auburn @ LSU – 23-27
- #19 San Diego State vs. Boise State – 14-31
- #24 Texas Tech @ West Virginia – 35-46
- #25 Navy @ Memphis – 27-30
Undefeated Teams Remaining: 8
- Alabama, Penn St, Georgia, TCU, Wisconsin, Miami, South Florida, UCF
2nd Year Coaches Who Have Revitalized Programs: 8
Mike Norvell, Memphis: 5-1, with wins over ranked UCLA & Navy
Scott Frost, UCF: 5-0, have gained 500+ yards of offense 3 straight games
Mark Richt, Miami: 5-0, best start in 5 years, first win over FSU in 8 years
Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia: 5-1, last time they were 5-1 was 2007
Kirby Smart, Georgia: 7-0, last 7-0 start for the Dawgs was 2005
Will Muschamp, South Carolina: 5-2, best start since 2013 (went 11-2, best record in school history)
Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech: 5-1, best start since 2011
Matt Campbell, Iowa State: 4-2, beat #3 OU, 4 wins is more than ISU has had in a season since 2012
________ IS BACK???
No – Miami is better than they have been in a long time and the program is in better shape with Mark Richt at the helm than they have been since Larry Coker was winning National Championships. But Miami, The U, doesn’t squeak out wins against a 1-3 Florida State team playing their backup QB or only beat a 3-2 Georgia Tech team by 1 point thanks to a tipped ball to keep their last minute drive alive. They’re closer to being Miami than they have been and are moving the right direction but remember what The U was before you start throwing that around to describe this team.
Maybe? – LSU is a different team than what they looked like in losses against Mississippi State and Troy just a few weeks ago. Credit to Coach O and his two Coordinators for righting the ship. This LSU team has lost games they should not have and now won a game no one thought they would. They’ve had a good running game, an inconsistent QB who hasn’t been able to utilize his talented WR’s too often, a defense with NFL talent that can play with anyone but at times looks asleep at the wheel. That describes this team as well as every Les Miles team from the past 4 years. That team never left so I don’t know if you’d say they’re back or they’re just still here? They’re a far cry as far as talent, especially, on D from the 2007-2011 Miles teams and Nick Saban teams that preceded them. But like Miami, they’re on the right track and after 2 straight wins with their backs against the wall, LSU fans feel better about their team than they have in the last 2 years.
Ridiculous Tennessee Coaching Rumors
Yes – if Butch Jones didn’t seal his fate getting stomped by Georgia, failing to score a TD for the second straight game and losing at home to a pretty good, not spectacular South Carolina team did. John Gruden spotted in Knoxville??? Chip Kelly has expressed interest??? We’ve reanimated Vince Lombardi and Tennessee’s AD has reached out to his agent???? I’ll take a kid with Aspergers who is like top 5 in the world in Madden over the Butch Jones experience (if you question or disagree, read this) but can we at least get rid of him and start talking seriously instead of Leroy from Big Sandy, TN calling into Finebaum and telling us he knows for a fact Gruden or Bob Stoops will be taking the job?
DUDES from Week 7
Eric Dungey (Syracuse, QB): Led Syracuse to 27-24 win over Clemson | 20-32, 278 yards, 3 TD’s passing; 21 rushes, 61 yards (91 yards w/o sack yardage subtracted)
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin, RB): the Freshman turned his 3rd 200+ yard rushing game carrying 30 times for 219 yards in a win over Purdue (767 yards, 9 TD’s, 7.9 YPC in 6 career games)
Khalil Tate (Arizona, QB): a week after rushing for 327 yards and 4 TD’s (FBS record for QB’s), he turned in a 230 yard, 2 TD rushing performance in a win over UCLA. He is also 21/26 for 302 yards passing with 2 TD’s and no INT’s in his last two games
DJ Chark (LSU, WR/PR): 5 catches for 150 yards and a punt return TD in LSU’s win over Auburn
Darrell Langham (Miami, WR): Caught the game winning 23 yard TD to beat Florida State last week, had 5 catches for 100 yards in Miami’s win over Georgia Tech including a 32 yard catch off a tipped ball in double coverage that kept the game alive for Miami and led to their go-ahead FG.
John Kelly (Tennessee, RB): Tennessee has gotten the ball 1st and goal inside the 5 in game deciding situation now twice (Florida & South Carolina). They’ve elected to throw the ball on 4 straight or 3 straight occasions instead of giving the ball to possibly the best running back’s in the SEC (not my words). Despite no passing game to speak of and some of the worst coaching ever seen, Kelly has rushed for 500 yards and is the lone bright spot for the Vols (besides Butch’s looming unemployment). God forbid this guy gets the ball in a goal line situation: