Could there be a shift in power happening in college football? We are all accustomed to the dominant schools coming from Power Five conferences. Yet near the midpoint of the 2020 season, we are also seeing schools from 'The American' and 'Independent' conferences take their rightful spots in the Top 25. With schools from the Big Ten Conference set to make their debuts next week, it should only add to the intrigue of the season.
What Did We Learn In Week 7?
At halftime, it seemed as if Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, was on route to finally beating Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide. The keyword is "seemed", because Smart received a rude awakening, as they were shutout 21-0 in the second half. What we also learned how gifted a receiver Devonta Smith really is. Though his teammate Jaylen Waddle gets most of the attention, Smith is an incredible talent continues to get better with each game he plays. | Alabama -> 4-0, Georgia -> 3-1
The only thing noteworthy about Clemson's domination over Georgia Tech, is the fact that quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw his first interception in over a year. Aside from that, the Tigers are the best team in college football and Lawrence is destined to be the no. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft. | Clemson -> 5-0 , Georgia Tech -> 2-3
If Tennessee has any aspirations of making this year's playoffs, quarterback Jarrett Guarantano showed that he is not the answer. That said, the Kentucky defense played a masterful game, accounting for three interceptions and a forced fumble. It is inevitable that the Volunteers will be out of the top 25 after this weekend.
Kentucky -> 2-2, Tennessee -> 2-2
South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn made a strong case as the best cover corner in college football, after his performance against Auburn. His two interceptions and pass coverage abilities, made it difficult for the War Eagles to generate consistent offense.
Auburn -> 2-2, South Carolina -> 2-2
When comes to Florida State, you can immediately predict what happens when they have a lead at halftime. As expected, North Carolina put together a furious comeback attempt, threatening their once comfortable lead. Yet this story has a happy ending for the Seminoles; they actually won. Considering they beat the no. 5 team in the nation, this could be the start of greater good things to come.
North Carolina -> 3-1, Florida State -> 2-3
Remember when K.J. Costello and the Mississippi State offense were the darlings of college football? That was three weeks ago and since that time, he and his offense have fallen in a big way. In their contest against Texas A&M, it got so bad for Costello, he was replaced for freshman Will Rogers after fumbling the ball on a sack in the third quarter. What started out as promising season, has become a disaster for Mike Leach and co. | Texas A&M -> 3-1, Mississippi State 1-3
A win is a win no matter how it looks. Quarterback D'Eriq King and his Miami Hurricanes may not receive style points in their victory over the University of Pittsburgh, but they got it done. For the Panthers, not having quarterback Kenny Pickett will be an obstacle they will need to overcome, if they want to stay relevant in the ACC.
Miami -> 4-1, Pitt -> 3-3
When you post a completion percentage of over 71%, it means you are very good at what you do. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson accomplished this feat against Houston, in addition to passing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson is the truth and should not be ignored in the Heisman conversation. | BYU -> 5-0, Houston -> 1-1
If you haven't heard of Coastal Carolina, you should definitely take time and learn about them. They are undefeated and they knocked off Louisiana, who is a top 25 team. Their football team has only in existence since 2003, but they seem to get better with every season. Watch out for them! | Coastal Carolina -> 4-0, Louisiana -> 3-1
Even with the loss of star receiver Reggie Robertson Jr. for the year, quarterback Shane Buechele his SMU offense was still in top form in their victory against Tulane. In all, the Mustangs produced 581 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.
SMU -> 5-0, Tulane -> 2-3
Week 7 Honor Roll
Trevor Lawrence - Clemson Jason Bean - North Texas
Jonathan Adams Jr. - Arkansas St. Grant Morgan - Arkansas
Dax Milne - BYU DeAndre Torrey - North Texas
Dahu Green - Arkansas St. Marlon Williams - UCF
Mac Jones - Alabama Jeffery Pooler Jr. - West Virginia
Zach Wilson - BYU Shane Buechele - SMU
Devonta Smith - Alabama Danny Gray - SMU
Shedro Louis - Liberty Sam Pinckney - Georgia St.
Dillon Gabriel - UCF Rashee Rice - SMU
Leddie Brown - West Virginia Layne Hatcher - Arkansas St.
Jaylon Robinson - UCF Jaycee Horn - South Carolina