Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs have seen better days.
For the first time this season, one of college football’s Top 5 teams fell victim to an upset on Saturday as South Carolina snapped an 11 – game losing streak vs. Top 25 teams with a 20 – 17 double overtime shocker in Athens.
“We turned the ball over four times and got none,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “When you get the ball from the other team four teams, one of them scores, when a team scores on defense it’s like a 90 percent chance they’re going to win, and we still almost overcame that. ‘t turn the ball over four times and win.
“There’s a lot of things we can clean up.”
Gamecocks cornerback Israel Mukuamu recorded three interceptions, including onefor a 53 – yard touchdown in the second quarter
Other important games during Separation Saturday in college football included Oklahoma’s win over Texas, Alabama’s convincing win in College Station, LSU’s shootout victory over Florida in Baton Rouge and Penn State’s getaway at Iowa.
Several unbeatens fell in Week 7, including Wake Forest and Memphis.
Here’s our best guess at Sunday’s Week 8 AP Top 25 featuring major changes after Saturday’s results, including several a huge upset to shakeup the Top 5:
25. Tulane (5-1, beat UConn)
24. Mizzou (5-1, beat Ole Miss)
23. Iowa (4-2, lost to Penn State)
22. Appalachian State (5-0, beat Louisiana Lafayette on Wednesday)
21. Minnesota (6-0, beat Nebraska)
20. Cincinnati (5-1, beat Houston)
19. Baylor (6-0, beat Texas Tech)
The word: Too close to call in many of these spots with several games not yet final on Saturday, one team that will be moving up is Baylor after holding off Texas Tech in double overtime to record its sixth straight victory to open the season. After holding the Red Raiders to a field goal, the Bears scored a walk-off touchdown near the goal line to prevail, 33 – 30. This is the best start of Matt Rhule’s tenure in Waco and makes Baylor a legitimate Big 12 threat at midseason .
18. SMU (6-0, open)
17. Texas (4-2, lost to Oklahoma)
16. Arizona State (5-1, beat Washington State)
The word: How far will the Longhorns drop from No. 11 following a single-possession loss to Oklahoma? It depends if AP Poll voters still respect Texas as a Top 20 team (they should). Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Saturday’s loss was Oklahoma’s ability to keep Sam Ehlinger, a Heisman candidate, out of the end zone.
We knew how good they were, “Texas coach Tom Herman said.” We knew that their defense had improved, and we certainly saw the things that they were doing offensively. “
SMU will move up at least three spots after several teams ahead of the Mustangs lost in Week 7 to fall out of the Top 25.
15. Michigan (5-1, beat Illinois)
14. Utah (5-1, beat Oregon State)
13. Boise State (6-0, beat Hawai’i)
The word: For the first time this season against quality competition, Michigan’s defense did what it wanted during Saturday’s win at Illinois as Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes and the Wolverines rushed for 295 yards, an average of 6.1 yards per rush.
“We scored 42 points. We were tested and we put in some hard work, “Jim Harbaugh said after Michigan stayed in the Big Ten title race. “They made some good adjustments and we just kept fighting. We didn’t flinch.”
If Boise State beats Hawai’i in Saturday’s late game, the Broncos will continue their march toward the New Year’s Six as the highest-ranked Group of 5 team.
12. Oregon (5-1, beat Colorado on Friday)
11. Auburn (5-1, open)
The word: There will be noticeable shifting here just outside the Top 10 after two unbeatens from the SEC went down, but Auburn should move up a spot or two during its open week as well as Oregon, who recorded its fifth consecutive victory since a season- opening loss to the Tigers. Senior quarterback threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns during an easy 42 – point victory over Colorado in Pac – 12 play.
“We talked about starting fast and moving the ball, and that’s something we did today,” Herbert said. “We got the ball spread around and guys made plays. It was fun to watch.”
10. Florida (6-1, lost LSU)
9. Georgia (5-1, lost to South Carolina)
8. Penn State (6-0, beat Iowa)
7. Notre Dame (5-1, beat USC, 30 – 27)
6. Wisconsin (6-0, beat Michigan State, 38 – 0)
The word: In college football’s biggest upset this season, Georgia turned it over four times during a double-overtime loss to South Carolina, who recorded its first win over a nationally-ranked team since Will Muschamp’s first campaign in 2016. Reliable kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 42 – yard field goal try to tie the game in the second extra session as the Gamecocks rushed the field for the memorable win. … Wisconsin’s blowout victory over Michigan State should push the Badgers closer to the Top 5. Florida’s result in Baton Rouge pending.
“That was a great college football game, and you hate for anyone to lose in that situation, especially the way it happened,” South Carolina Will Muschamp said, referring to Rodrigo Blankenship’s final miss in the second overtime . “My heart goes out to him in losing in that fashion.”
Penn State remained unbeaten with a hard-fought, 17 – 12, victory at Iowa, holding off the Hawkeyes with a complete defensive effort in prime-time on the road.
Week 7 result: Beat Texas, 34 – 27.
The word: Jalen Hurts overcame a couple red-zone turnovers early to lead the Sooners to a win in their biggest game of the regular season at the Cotton Bowl with three touchdown passes to All-American wideout CeeDee Lamb. Hurts also finished with 131 yards rushing. Oklahoma never trailed in the showdown and Alex Grinch’s new-look defense held Sam Ehlinger without a touchdown, dropping him behind the line of scrimmage nine times for sacks – a jaw-dropping performance.
“I would say I didn’t put the team in the greatest and best situation,” Hurts said. “Not a complete game, but a step in the right direction.”
Week 7 result: Open
The word: Fueled by 172 yards from JK Dobbins and a couple touchdowns from Justin Fields, the Buckeyes remained unbeaten last week with a blowout win over Michigan State, who in turn was shut out on Saturday at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes will likely fall a game back inside the Top 5 if LSU dominates Florida. Entering the weekend, Justin Fields and the Buckeyes were one of four Big Ten unbeatens remaining along with Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It’ll be interesting to see if Ohio State continues its momentum next week coming off a bye. Fields has been nearly unstoppable during the first half of Ryan Day’s first campaign.
Week 7 result: leading Florida, 42 – 28.
The word: In one of college football’s best games this season, LSU is leading the Gators in a battle of unbeatens in Baton Rouge, the backbreaker for Florida coming on Joe Burrow’s 54 – yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase late in the game on a drive that followed Kyle Trask’s interception in the end zone. One of the nation’s top Heisman candidate, Burrow was superb against the best defense the Tigers have faced all season, completing 21 – of – 24 passes for 293 yards and three scores. Trask was equally effective, but his lone turnover proved fatal for the Gators. LSU could move into the No. 2 spot depending on voters.
Week 7 result: Beat Florida State, 45 – 14.
The word: Clemson bounced back from a lackluster effort two weeks ago vs. North Carolina with a blitzkrieg of a win over Willie Taggart and Florida State, leading 42 – 0 at one point during a blowout victory. Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdowns passes, Travis Etienne rushed for 127 yards and the Tigers limited two Seminoles quarterbacks – James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook – to QBRs of 7.7 and 4.6, respectively. It was Clemson’s most impressive defensive effort of the season. Coming off an open week, it was obvious early the Tigers did their homework against a Florida State offense that never got going.
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