College football tip 25 scores, overreactions, Week 7: Clemson, Alabama are fast clinching playoff spots

This time subsequent week, a Big Ten will have played a initial line-up of games in a 2020 season. Another integrate of weeks after that, a Pac-12 and a rest of a FBS will have assimilated a party. It’s a sign that there’s a lot of football that not customarily has to be played, nonetheless a lot of football that hasn’t even started. 

And nonetheless a biggest diversion of a year feels like it customarily took place. Alabama and Georgia faced off in primary time with both teams perplexing to infer they are one of a best teams in this year — if not the best team. It’s a uncanny juxtaposition. A small over half of a FBS is now playing, nonetheless in some respects, a deteriorate is holding critical shape. With that comes new takeaways from Saturday’s action. Here are a large overreactions from a Week 7 slate. 

Two playoff spots are already filled

I routinely refrain from creation College Football Playoff predictions [/checks calendar] 9 weeks out, nonetheless wins by Alabama and Clemson struck a chord with me. Take Clemson’s 73-7 win over Georgia Tech. It’s eye-popping and a small startling, nonetheless it’s not startling that a Tigers had their approach with their opponent. Clemson hasn’t mislaid a discussion diversion in 3 years, and have now won their final 10 by during slightest 3 scores. Coach Dabo Swinney has grown a murdering machine. Can anyone in a ACC plea them? Notre Dame? Virginia Tech? Sure, Clemson could have an “off” day, nonetheless that’s about a border of my certainty in anyone holding down this group on a given Saturday. 

Alabama looks a bit some-more unsure on a defensive side, nonetheless cruise what their 41-24 win over Georgia means. The Bulldogs are a Tide’s many challenging SEC adversary. They get a form of blue-chip talent required to go hat-on-hat opposite Alabama. They’re well-coached. They have substantially a best invulnerability in a country. And Alabama put a 40-burger on ‘em to a balance of 24 unanswered points and kick them by 17. 

It’s a prolonged season. we get that. Alabama and Clemson might not play good any week. They might even remove a diversion along a way. But in an ungainly year when resumes will be nowhere nearby comparable, how do we demeanour during possibly of these teams and contend they’re not one of a 4 best in a country? we know, we know … what’s changed, right? Nothing, really, nonetheless after examination them play, we’re not relocating towards a four-team playoff, we’re relocating towards dual open spots in a four-team playoff. 

UCF sharpened itself in a feet like no other

The Knights should substantially be 4-0, nonetheless after dropping a thriller of a diversion to Memphis 50-49, they’re 2-2. This diversion was all it was billed to be — a customarily thing blank were inhabitant rankings trustworthy to any team. 

The common thesis for UCF early this season, though? Mistakes and blown leads. The Knights were literally a many penalized group in a nation entering Saturday during an strange 15 penalties per game. UCF was *slightly* softened opposite Memphis with 10 penalties for 96 yards. However, a Knights also blew a 21-point second-half lead to a Tigers. That’s on tip of a 18-point lead they blew to Tulsa dual weeks ago. There’s no denying a talent and speed of a offense, nonetheless these collapses and self-inflicted wounds are gripping UCF from being one of a 10 or so best teams in a country. They’re means of it, they customarily can’t govern like it. That’s on manager Josh Heupel. 

Tennessee needs a quarterback

It’s customarily not satisfactory to pin any descent problem on a quarterback, nonetheless it’s tough to demeanour during Tennessee’s 34-7 detriment to Kentucky and not notice how bad a QB play was in a initial half. Just take a demeanour during this array of events from Jarrett Guarantano and J.T. Shrout. 

That’s one approach to get into a hole quickly, and to give full credit, Kentucky has a good defense. The Wildcats were means to gaunt on that invulnerability and their belligerent diversion to tighten out a win. Granted, Tennessee’s pass insurance didn’t concede any quarterback to get going. and blindside insurance was quite bad. But when mistakes get we into a hole that big, a one thing we can rest on — a using diversion — becomes many harder. Coach Jeremy Pruitt has built adult a good module in Knoxville, nonetheless a high-ceiling quarterback has to be his subsequent recruiting mission. 

Liberty is a fun group no one’s articulate about

Full disclosure: we don’t know how good Liberty indeed is as a Flames changed to 5-0 after violence Syracuse 38-21. On one hand, that’s good! Any time a Group of Five group can kick a Power Five team, generally on a road, it’s a badge even if a Power Five group isn’t a world-beater. On a other hand, Liberty’s wins have come opposite Western Kentucky, FIU, North Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, and now a Orange. But here’s what we do know: quarterback Malik Willis is a ideal fit and there are playmakers everywhere on offense. They’re averaging 34.4 points per diversion and good over 400 yards of offense per game. Upcoming matchups opposite Virginia Tech, NC State and Coastal Carolina (!!!!) will give a softened sign of how good a Flames are, nonetheless they’re creeping adult a list of teams to compensate some-more courtesy to. 

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Mississippi State’s can’t get protection 

Mississippi State’s descent woes given startling LSU are well-documented. In a 28-14 detriment to Texas AM on Saturday, a Bulldogs scored customarily one descent touchdown. That means Mike Leach’s offense has scored 21 descent points in a final 3 games — all losses. 

If you’re wondering why, demeanour no serve than a insurance adult front. The pretence — if we wish to call it that — for defenses confronting Mississippi State has been dump 7 or 8 into coverage while rushing with customarily 3 or four. Yes, it’s worked opposite a Bulldogs offense, nonetheless that’s since teams like Kentucky and Arkansas, and now Texas AM, are indeed removing home with that pass rush. The Aggies, for example, got all kinds of vigour on Mississippi State’s quarterbacks: 

It’s a contrition since Mississippi State’s invulnerability has indeed been personification good adequate to win games. But that win over LSU to open a deteriorate looks some-more like an misconception by a week. 

Barry Odom for a Broyles Award

Arkansas’ 33-21 win over Ole Miss was another instance of a Razorbacks being a many softened group in a SEC — if not in a whole FBS. The biggest alleviation has been on a defensive side of a ball, namely in takeaways. Arkansas notched 7 takeaways opposite Ole Miss, including 6 interceptions opposite quarterback Matt Corral. Some of those interceptions were a outcome of poor/desperate throws from Corral, nonetheless credit Odom for sketch adult nonetheless another good diversion devise on defense. 

About a customarily thing Arkansas did “wrong” was get gassed in a second half. The Razorbacks are fun to watch again, and Sam Pittman and his staff have finished a good pursuit branch things around forward of schedule. But if Pittman’s not going to get Coach of a Year in a SEC (he should), afterwards during a really slightest Odom should be adult for a Broyles Award for tip assistant. 

Virginia Tech’s offense is frightful good

It didn’t get a lot of courtesy since it was in a same time container as Georgia-Alabama, nonetheless Virginia Tech’s 40-14 win over Boston College was another arrangement of considerable offense. The Hokies, opposite a flattering decent defense, put adult 350 yards rushing during 8.5 yards per attempt. Leading a approach were using behind Khalil Herbert and quarterback Hendon Hooker, who had 307 yards on a belligerent total and 3 touchdowns. Tech was helped out by 5 Boston College turnovers, nonetheless when this offense is humming, it’s one of a hardest rushing attacks to stop in a country. Watch out for Virginia Tech. The Hokies have flown underneath a radar since they haven’t been during full strength, nonetheless they’re disreputable good. 

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