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College Football Random Thoughts From Around the Country: Week 7

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Kevin C. Cox

Another big week of football around the country resulted in a few more eliminations.

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Mississippi State 38 Auburn 23

Dak Prescott's talents were on full display for the Heisman Trophy voters as the Bulldogs jumped out to a big first quarter lead. However, State allowed Auburn to hang around and get back in the game as the Tigers scored the next 13 points sparked by a head-scratching move by MSU coach Dan Mullen. Up 21-0 in the first quarter on a 4th and 2 on their own 28 yard line, Mullen called for a fake punt which was intercepted by Johnathan Ford and led to an Auburn field goal. Fortunately for the Clanga-clangs, it only cost them 3 points.

While there is a sense that this team is the best in the land, it has to be disconcerting to Mullen and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins that their defense has given up 29, 31, and 23 points in three SEC games. If Prescott gets injured, trouble will follow.

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"Good Bo" (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ole Miss 35 Texas A&M 20

Much like many other observers around the country, I was wrong about this game. I thought certainly Ole Miss was going to be Ole Miss and lay a big ol' egg at College Station. However much like their rivals down state, the Rebs jumped out to a three touchdown lead and did not look back. Bo Wallace has quite a Jeckyll & Hyde reputation but for the second straight game, he was "Good Bo" running for two scores and throwing for another with no turnovers. That said, I have a hard time believing he does not have another "Bad Bo" in him.

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Bryce Petty (Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Baylor 61 TCU 58

Texas Christian's Cinderella season hit midnight as the Frogs defense could not hold off the Bears' Bryce Petty and Shock Linwood no longer. Behind Petty's 510 yards passing and 6 TDs and Linwood's 178 rushing yards, Baylor stormed back from a 58-37 deficit to score the game's final 24 points including a 28 yard field goal at the buzzer.

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GRAB BAG

Oregon 42, UCLA 30 - The Bruins lose two in a row and join the eliminated.
Georgia 34, 23 Missouri 0 - Without Todd Gurley, true freshman Nick Chubb had 42 touches including 38 rushes for 143 yards.
LSU 30, Florida 27 - In a crazy whirlwind of late game mistakes, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye hit a 50-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining to take the game.
Florida State 38, Syracuse 20 - Are you just an underwhelmed by this Seminoles team as I am?
Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43 - see above. Thanks goodness the Irish face FSU on Saturday.
Oklahoma 31, Texas 26 - There used to be a time when this was an important game. This year, hardly anyone noticed. You have to wonder if Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby is paying attention.
Duke 31, Georgia Tech 25 - The Yeller Jackets found themselves ranked for the first time since 2011. It took one week to drop back out. I called this one.
So Cal 28, Arizona 26 - The media could not stop drooling over the 'Cats after they beat the Ducks last week. It's good to have the old RichRod back.
Michigan 18, Penn State 13 - Is the honeymoon over for James Franklin in State College? The magic sure is.
Vanderbilt 21, Charleston Southern 20 - The 'Dores are quite possibly the worst Power 5 team.

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THE LITTLE GUYS

Troy 41, New Mexico State 24 - Troy claws their way out of the basement with win #1.
UAB 56, North Texas 21 - Don't look now but the Blazers are 4-2. They have not been to a bowl since 2004.
Georgia Southern 47, Idaho 24 - Without a one-point loss to NC State and a 4-pt loss to Ga Tech this team would be undefeated.

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BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

West Virginia 37  Texas Tech 34 - WVU improves to 4-2.
Southern Miss - bye.
FAU bye but... FAU!

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ELIMINATED:

TEXAS A&M
FLORIDA
MIZZOU
UCLA
LOUISVILLE
PENN STATE
Arkansas
Boise
Boston College
Byu
Cal
Clemson
Colorado
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa State
Kansas
Lose-iana State
Maryland
Miami (FL)
Michigan
Navy
NC State
Northwestern
Pitt
Purdue
South Carolina
Southern Cal
Stanford
Syracuse
Tennessee
Texas
Texas Tech
UNC
Vanderbilt
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
Washington State
West Virginia
Wisconsin

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Heisman Hype

  • The Bulldogs Dak Prescott has bust this thing wide open with another strong performance accounting for 246 passing yards while running for another 121. He had one passing TD and 2 rushing but was also intercepted twice. Those missteps were overlooked by MSU's 38-23 defeat of then #2 Auburn.
  • Oregon QB Marcus Mariota rebounded after a bad game against Arizona the week before. He was only 17 of 27 for 210 passing yards and 2 TDs but also ran 18 times for an additional 121 yards and two more scores and no turnovers against UCLA.
  • Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah had a bye week to recover from his awful performance against Michigan State.
  • UGA running back Todd Gurley did not play against to Mizzou because he was thinking only of himself. This could hurt him among voters.
  • Bama's Amari Cooper was held to 2 catches for 22 yards and no scores.

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Extra Points

  • SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced that he will retire in July 2015 to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. Many people were a bit apprehensive about the hiring of the native New Yorker and former Conference USA Commissioner in 2002 but those fears were unfounded. Slive, 74, took the SEC to unprecedented heights that includes 77 national championships in 17 sports and 7 straight football championships. He also brokered the gargantuan TV rights deal, oversaw the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, and the creation of the SEC Network. We thank him, wish him the best, and we're pulling for a successful fight against cancer.
  • Jameis Winston's wrap sheet continues to grow as stories surface of him being paid for autographs. Coach Jimbo Fisher continues to defend his quarterback in a going-for-broke way that makes me feel like he is looking to bolt Tallahassee after this season. Hey, it worked for Pete Carroll.
  • A Tennessee fan, who had been sitting on an alleged picture of Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche allegedly taking a big ol' hit off an alleged bong, released it this week in hopes that the Rebel would be suspended for the game with the Vols. That is pretty pathetic.
  • Colorado State (5-1) running back Dee Hart had 23 rushes for 90 yards and 1 touchdown as the Rams hold off Nevada, 31-24.

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Krazy Kristi's "SHUT UP!" of the Week goes to Penn State. Two straight losses after gettin' all uppity for being 4-0.

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  • Amari Cooper has been limited at practice and is wearing a brace on his right knee.
  • DT D.J. Pettway has been limited as well.
  • TE Brian Vogler is wearing a walking boot but is probable for Saturday.
  • Starting guard Arie Kouandjio was not participating in individual drills. Leon Brown worked at left guard while Alphonse Taylor manned the right guard position.
  • Linebacker Denzel Devall (high ankle sprain) and starting center Ryan Kelly (sprained knee) will continue to be out as they rehab.
  • Starting Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand. They expect him to be back at some point this season.

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY:

There are games on these days but none of SEC or national significance.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4:

SEC

Furman at South Carolina 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET SEC Network- SC really needs to win this game by 40+.
Georgia at Arkansas 3:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM ET SEC Network- I could see this game go either way.
Tennessee at Ole Miss 6:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM ET ESPNESPN- If this game was in Knoxville, maybe it'd be competitive. But it's in Oxford.
Missouri at Florida 6:00 PM CT/ 7:00 PM ET ESPN2ESPN2- two teams circling the drain.
Kentucky at LSU 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET SEC Network- This would be a humiliating loss for LSU.

NATIONAL
(some games to keep an eye on)

Baylor at West Virginia 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET FOX Sports 1 - So many reason to root for WVU.
Kansas State at Oklahoma 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET ESPNESPN- Can K-Sate end the Sooners' season?
Virginia at Duke 11:30 AM CT / 12:30 PM ET local channels CW, MyTV - This game actually has ACC implications!
Rutgers at Ohio State 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET ABC or ESPN2ABCESPN2Go, New Jersey!
Utah State at Colorado State 06:00 PM CT / 07:00 PM ET CBS Sports Network - The McElwain & Dee Show rolls on!
Notre Dame at Florida State 07:00 PM CT / 08:00 PM ET ABCABCGAME OF THE WEEK We are truly blessed to have this game so that one of these teams can go bye-bye.

Nothing else really worth mentioning, except...

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(Photo by CB969)

#ALABAMA

Texas A&M at Alabama 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET CBSUnka Verne, Gary, and Allie LaForce.

ROLL TIDE!