College Football’s Top 25 Scores, Overreaction, Week 7: Clemson, Alabama Quickly Getting Playoff Spot

This time next week, the Big Ten will play its first slate in its 2020 season. A few weeks after that, Pac-12 and the rest of the FBS joined the party. It reminds that there is a lot of football that not only has to be played, but a lot of football has also started.

And yet the biggest game of the year feels like it just happened. Alabama and Georgia faced both teams in prime time and tried to prove that they are one of the best teams of this year – if not The Best Team. This is weird jokes. Currently half of the FBS is in play, but in some cases, the weather is taking serious form. With this, Saturday’s action brought new avenues. There are major overreactions from the Week 7 slate here.

Two playoff spots are already full

I usually avoid making college football playoff predictions [/checks calendar] Nine weeks out, but Alabama and Clemson hit a cord with me. Get Clemson’s 73-7 win over Georgia Tech. It’s eye-popping and a bit shocking, but it’s not surprising that the Tigers made their way along with their opponent. Clemson hasn’t lost a conference game in three years, and has now won its final 10 by at least three points. Coach Dabo Swine has developed a killing machine. Can anyone challenge them in the ACC? Notre Dame? Virginia Tech? Certainly, Clemson may be an “off” day, but it’s about the extent of my confidence in having someone take this team down this Saturday.

Alabama looks a bit more volatile on the defensive side, but consider what their 41-24 win over Georgia is. The Bulldogs are TEC’s most formidable SEC SEC. He gets the type of blue-chip talent needed to go hat-on-hat against Alabama. They are well trained. He has possibly the best defense in the country. And Alabama gave him 40 burgers to the tune of 24 unanswered points and beat them to 17.

It is a long season. I get it Alabama and Clemson cannot play brilliantly every week. They can also lose a game along the way. But in a strange year when the résumé will be comparatively nowhere, how will you look at any of these teams and say that they are not one of the four best in the country? I know, I know … what has changed, right? Nothing, really, but after watching them play, we’re not heading to the four-team playoffs, we’re moving to two open spots in the four-team playoffs.

UCF is shooting in the foot like no one else

The Knights probably should have been 4–0, but after dropping the game thriller to Memphis 50–49, they went 2–2. The game was everything it was billed to do – the only thing missing was the national rankings associated with each team.

Common topic for UCF early this season, though? Mistakes are blown further. The Knights were literally the most punishing team in the country, scoring an astonishing 15 penalties per game on Saturday. UCF was * slightly * better against Memphis with 10 penalties for 96 yards. However, the Knights blew the Tigers 21 points in the second half as well. This is why Tulsa gained 18 points two weeks ago. There is no denying the brilliance and speed of the offense, but these collapse and self-inflicted wounds are preventing UCF from being one of the 10 best teams in the country. They are capable of it, they simply cannot execute it. He is on coach Josh Hoopel.

Tennessee needs quarterback

It is generally not fair to fix every offensive problem at quarterback, but it is hard to see Tennessee’s 34-7 loss to Kentucky and how bad the QB game was in the first half time. Take a look at this series of events from Jarrat Guaranty and JT Shrout.

There is a way to get into a hole quickly, and to full credit, Kentucky has a big defense. The Wildcats were able to close that defense and win on their ground game. Granted, Tennessee’s pass protection did not allow any quarterback to go. And blind protection was particularly poor. But when a mistake gets you into that big hole, the thing you can count on – that running game – becomes very difficult. Coach Jeremy Pruitt has built a good program at Knoxville, but a high-ceiling quarterback has his next recruiting mission.

Liberty is the funniest team nobody is talking about

Full disclosure: I don’t know how good Liberty really is as the Flames go 5-0 after defeating Syracuse 38-21. On one hand, it is good! At any given time a group of five teams can beat a Power Five team, especially on the road, even if the Power Five team is not a world-batsman. On the other hand, Liberty’s wins have come against Western Kentucky, FIU, North Alabama, Louisiana-Munro and now Orange. But here’s what I know: Quarterback Malik Willis is a perfect fit and plays everywhere on offense. He is averaging 34.4 points per game and more than 400 yards of offense per game. The upcoming matches against Virginia Tech, NC State and Coastal Carolina (!!!!) will give a better gauge of how good the Flames are, but they are crawling the teams list to get more attention.

Mississippi State could not get protection

Surprisingly LSU has been well documented since Mississippi State’s offensive offensive. In a 28–14 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, the Bulldogs scored just one offensive touchdown. That means Mike Leach’s offense has scored 21 offensive points in their last three matches – all losses.

If you are wondering why, then look no further than further conservation. The trick – if you want to call it that – has seven or eight left in coverage when rushing with only three or four to defend facing Mississippi State. Yes, it has worked against the Bulldogs offense, but that’s because teams like Kentucky and Arkansas and now Texas A&M are really getting home with that pass rush. For example, the Aggies put all kinds of pressure on Mississippi State’s quarterback:

It’s a shame because Mississippi State’s defense is playing well enough to actually win the game. But a win over LSU to open the season has seemed like the culmination of more than a week.

Barry Odom for Briori Award

Arkansas’ 33-21 win over All Miss was another example of the Razorbacks being the best team in the SEC – if not the entire FBS. The biggest improvement has been made on the defensive side of the ball, namely the takeaway. Arkansas made seven tackles against Ole Miss, including six interceptions against quarterback Matt Corral. Some of those inhibitions were a result of poor / desperate throws from the Corals, but credit Odom for devising another great game plan for the defense.

The only thing Arkansas did was “wrong” about what was gained in the second half. The Razorbacks are fun to watch again, and Sam Pittman and his staff have done things before time. But if Pittman isn’t getting the Coach of the Year in the SEC (he should), there should be very little Odom for the Broyles Award for top assistant.

Virginia Tech’s crime is scary

It did not receive much attention as it was in the same time slot as Georgia-Alabama, but Virginia Tech’s 40–14 win at Boston College was another display of impressive performances. The Hokies, against a pretty decent defense, put up 350 yards on 8.5 yards per attempt. By this route Khalil Herbert and quarterback Hendon Hooker were returning, having combined for three touchdowns with 307 yards on the field. Tech was helped by five Boston College turnovers, but while this offense has been lukewarm, it has one of the toughest crowds in the nation. Watch out for Virginia Tech. The Hokies have flown under the radar as they have not gone full force, but they are good.