Week seven college football’s Winners and losers Tennessee wins over Alabama; Michigan is awash; Utah beats USC

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Nearly 900 yards of offensive play with seven touchdowns between quarterbacks.

Lang scoring games, prolonged scoring drives, numerous lead changes, and a game that was not decided until the last second.

The well-known SEC as well as Bowl Subdivision juggernaut was wobbled and later recovered, held the lead, but then gave the lead away. It had opportunities but was bludgeoned by mistakes, penalties and field goals that were missed.

The rival who has suffered for years was able to get it, then took it off the table and got it back which could signal a change of the guard in power rankings for the conference.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee were able to play an instant classic that, at a minimum, can be described as a watershed event in the SEC as well as the larger Bowl Subdivision. The winning of the Volunteers 52-49 is the first win for the team in the last two years since Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide in 2007 and the result will be heard throughout the regular season.

The previous Year’s Heisman trophy winner Bryce Young, returned from a one-game absence . He did not show any signs of a shoulder injury He threw at 455 yards with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Tide came back from an early 28-10 deficit in the opening half to take a 49-42 lead during the 4th quarter.

The season’s Heisman Co-Leader, Hendon Hooker, ran for three85 yards and five touchdowns with all of them going towards the wide receiver Jalin Hyatt. After a controversial pass interference penalty was averted by an Alabama interception that could have been the end of the game, Hooker tossed the game-tying score with just 3:26 remaining and then led to the Volunteers to 45 yards within 15 seconds to make the game-winning field goal of 40 yards at the end of time.

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Tennessee is a serious candidate for the national title at the halfway point of the second year of coach Josh Heupel’s. Alabama cannot stop committing costly penalties and won’t stop failing to score field goals. But considering how lucky they were to be able to defeat Texas A&M and Texas A&M, the Tide could be much worse than 6-1.

The Volunteers are co-favorites within the SEC and are a College Football Playoff frontrunner. The division even if lost to Georgia may not completely remove Tennessee in the long run, particularly when the Tide take home their SEC West.

A record-setting day in program history Tennessee is the leader for the biggest winners and losers:

Winners

Michigan

The No. 4 Wolverines were able to outmuscle a string of teams that were overmatched to begin the season, which included some of the nation’s most mediocre team in the non-conference. This raised the question whether Michigan is as good as Michigan in actual terms? The answer is likely to be obvious following a 41-17 victory over Penn State. 10 Penn State. On defense they Wolverines were able to hold PSU to an unseasonally low 268 yards which included 62 yards on one playand 1 offensive score. As QB J.J. McCarthy tossed his first interception of the season, Michigan scored 418 yards of total offense and scored four times with 7.6 yards per run in this game, which was the Nittany Lions’ worst showing against the run in almost 10 years. The victory helps to answer: Michigan can really be praised.

Utah

In the fourth quarter, No. 19 Utes victory over No. Six Southern California was epic: Utah ran for 79 yards in just 10 plays to force 35-35, USC went 90 yards in 11 play to put the score at 42-3 and Utah then rolled 75 yards in just 15 plays and was capped off by a shrewd two-point conversion to gain the lead with only 48 seconds remaining. The quarterback Cam Rising had 475 yards of offense, and five scores, which included the game-winning one and also scored on the two-point conversion. With the victory, Utah moves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 to remain alive in the New Year’s Six race.

LSU

LSU will not be able to claim any major prizes in the first season of Brian Kelly’s tenure and especially when you consider Alabama as well as No. nine Ole Miss coming up next However, the Tigers might be able to get nine wins after beating Florida 45-35 on the road in Gainesville. Five wins in six games after a loss that was a struggle against Florida State to get started The main thanks to the defense that has put a stop on all opponents this side of Tennessee. This includes some pretty impressive performance in the face of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who had an incredible 81-yard touchdown but was mostly held by the defense.

Kentucky

After a series of losses to Ole Miss and South Carolina made a poor start to the season with a win, No. 22 Kentucky was able to rely upon the quarterback Will Levis and running back Chris Rodriguez to pull out an important win of 27-17 over No. 17 Mississippi State. The two teams to be within the same defensive backfield was difficult. Levis did not play in the loss to the Gamecocks while Rodriguez has been suspended the initial four games. With both of them in the starting lineup and playing together, the Wildcats scored 300 yards from Levis and 2 scores from Rodriguez and 196 yards of rushing. scores from Rodriguez as the offense added 478 yards, which was the season’s best against FBS opposition.

Oklahoma

The Sooners recovered after three straight losses to begin Big 12 play by outscoring the No. 20 Kansas 52-42. Positively, this win was marked by a significant improvement in the offensive game thanks to an able quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who threw 403 yards and will put Oklahoma on a more solid footing for the postseason under the guidance of first-year coach Brent Venables. There are some issues in defense, however it was evident that the Sooners allowed 6.9 yards per game as well as more than 40 point in the fourth time in an row. However, for the moment the problem in Norman is over.

Illinois

With victories over Iowa, Wisconsin and now Minnesota, Illinois has taken control of the Big Ten West in coach Bret Bielema’s second season. The loss to Minnesota’s Golden Gophers included another outstanding performance by the nation’s most neglected defense, which made three mistakes and gave up just 38 yards of passing in addition to 4.3 yards per game. After sustaining an injury to his ankle in the win last week against the Hawkeyes the player Tommy DeVito threw for 252 yards and scored. The team’s progress under the direction of Bielema is putting him in the top of the list as the national coach for the season as we approach the midway point of the regular season.

TCU

The No. 15 Horned Frogs will be to make to be in the Top 10 of this year’s USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll after having overcome a series of double-digit deficits in order to beat No. 7 Oklahoma State 43-40 in double overtime. Unbeaten through the course of the debut season under Sonny Dykes, TCU has tremendously benefited from quarterback Max duggan’s return to the starting line-up after beginning the season in a backup position. Duggan scored three touchdowns against the Cowboys and one of them was through the air, and has scored 20 total points in his five appearances.

Arkansas

Arkansas kept the pace established by the quarterback K.J. Jefferson and picked up a solid 52-35 victory over Brigham Young to snap a three-game losing streak. The last three weeks had been an uphill battle for Jefferson who made an expensive mistake during defeat at Texas A&M, was outplayed by Alabama’s two quarterbacks during the defeat at the Tide and did not play in the loss last week to the No. 17 Mississippi State entirely. He threw for 367 yards, setting a new record for his career against FBS opponents, and scored five touchdowns that were career highs. Arkansas improved to 4-3 going into a very welcoming second-half schedule.

CORVALLIS, OR – OCTOBER 15: Linebacker Ron Stone Jr. #10 of the Washington State Cougars reacts with his team after a tackle during the first half of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Ali Gradischer/Getty Images)

Losers

Southern California

No. 6 USC returned to the offensive after an inconsistent stretch, scoring 556 yards for the season and 28 first-downs, but the defense was shaky during a defeat that removes the Trojans from the list of undefeated FBS teams. Caleb Williams had his best game since joining the team with five touchdowns, turning around the slump that started at the beginning of conference games. There are more questions about defense after allowing 562 yards, and not achieving some crucial defenses in place on the third and fourth down. This was the first defeat of that Lincoln Riley era resembled his loss at Oklahoma.

Notre Dame

You could have believed that Notre Dame had turned a turn. At the very minimum you believed that there was no chance the rest of the season could have the same level of difficulty as the September 26-21 defeat at home to Marshall who was followed by three losses in a row in the last three games against FBS opponents. Then , this happened: Stanford 16, Fighting Irish 14. A mere 1-4 and among the worst in the Power Five entering the game The Cardinal had a lead of 13-0 in the second quarter , and managed to hold Notre Dame’s offense in an ugly, but essential victory. What is the story of the Irish doing, then? It was Ohio State tight, lost to Marshall and beat three decent opponents in a rowthree pretty good opponents – California and the No. 25 North Carolina and Brigham Young — before falling against the Cardinal. It sounds like a team struggling to establish a consistent approach under the guidance of coach Marcus Freeman, which may not be shocking.

Penn State

There was a Nittany Lions’ brief lead at the beginning of the third quarter ended up being destroyed by the Wolverines in the second half with a flurry of points. There are two immediate lessons to be learned from the loss of 24 points two things: PSU isn’t able to take on the No. three Ohio State, with that game coming up right prior to Halloween. And two the offense continues to be wildly predictable, particularly when it comes to passing. It’s also a question of how this defense can rebound after being battered by the Wolverines running game, which racked up 418 yards. Nittany Lions had given up 399 yards in the ground all season leading up to the weekend.

Oklahoma State

The Cowboys led 14-0, 24-7, 27-13 and 30-16. What is the place this loss ranks among the worst of Mike Gundy’s career? Although it’s not up as high as the standard set by the defeat against Iowa State in 2011 that ended their BCS championship game spot This is an opportunity missed given the stakes involved starting with the massive advantage a win over TCU could have given Oklahoma State in the Big 12 race. Although not a huge loss in the playoffs as they could easily top through the table and be in great condition in the early months of Decemberdefeats like this frequently last well past the weekend and can affect the whole season.

Coastal Carolina

A loss of 49-21 against Old Dominion puts a huge impact on Coastal Carolina’s chances of making the New Year’s Six as the best team in the group of Five. They were unbeaten heading into the weekend, however, it appears they are being on borrowed timefive of the six victories came by fewer than 12 points and there were no wins overall against teams that currently have winning records — the Chanticleers were smashed in the scrimmage which allowed the Monarchs to score 324 rushing yards and an impressive 10.5 yards per run while they ran for only 42 carries, 88 yards.

North Carolina State

It’s not going to be the greatest season in the program’s history. The team is weakened by lack of the quarterback Devin Leary, who is out for the remainder of the season due to an injured pectoral muscle the 13th-ranked Wolfpack fell 24-9 to No. 18 Syracuse and is currently 5-1 with more games to play against No. 14 Wake Forest and UNC. Leary’s substitute, Jack Chambers, averaged just 5.3 yards per try when the Orange came down hard on an offense that seemed to be a one-dimensional affair.

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