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College Football Week 7 recap: USC a fluke, Michigan overrated, Washington wins thriller

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It’s been the story of college football all year, but the Pac-12 once again stole the majority of the headlines this past weekend. The league had the game of the year and two of the most covered teams being exposed. Not bad for a conference that won’t be here next year. Here’s a look at those and our other takeaways from Week 7.

1. Washington beats Oregon in best game of the year

Two undefeated top 10 teams in the Pacific Northwest didn’t disappoint. The Huskies held on for a 36-33 win because Ducks head coach Dan Lanning went for the win late in the game on the road in the red zone. I don’t mind the call at all. He made mistakes on fourth down earlier in the game, but in this situation, you go for the win based on the odds.

2. USC exposed as a fluke

A week after needing multiple overtimes to beat the Arizona Wildcats, the USC Trojans lost in a blowout to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Caleb Williams’ Heisman hopes came crashing down. Williams was bad, and USC was bad. It was more that than Notre Dame good. Remember, it was midterm week for the Irish, and they just lost to the Louisville Cardinals, who suffered a bad loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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3. Pac-12 is still wide open

Even with USC being overrated, they are in the Pac-12 race. Washington and Oregon could meet for a rematch in the Pac-12 title. Arizona proved itself by beating the Washington State Cougars. The Oregon State Beavers beat the UCLA Bruins in a battle of one-loss teams. Oregon State, Oregon and the Utah Utes all just have one league loss, and Washington and USC are still undefeated in league play.

4. Colorado’s momentum comes to a screeching halt

By far the biggest story of college football has finally hit reality in a horrible way. The Colorado Buffaloes blew a 29-0 lead to lose to a bad Stanford Cardinal team Friday night. They are now 4-3 with their first bad loss, and they will be underdogs in at least four more games. Coach Prime has still done an amazing job, but Deion Sanders inherited a really bad team, so there’s still work to do.

5. ACC down to two undefeated teams

We mentioned Louisville’s bad loss to Pitt. Well, the Florida State Seminoles managed to blow out the Syracuse Orange, proving they’re legit, and the North Carolina Tar Heels remain the one basketball school still dominating after the Kansas Jayhawks’ loss Saturday. UNC piled on the Miami Hurricanes after last week’s loss, so for now, an FSU-UNC showdown could be the story of the conference.

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6. Big Ten top three clear, but Michigan still overrated

Everybody’s high on the Michigan Wolverines for blowing out the Indiana Hoosiers, but they still haven’t played one decent team. Jim Harbaugh’s program doesn’t even deserve to be top 10 as a result. Still, they are undefeated, the Ohio State Buckeyes remained undefeated by beating the Purdue Boilermakers, and the Penn State Nittany Lions beat the UMASS Minutemen 63-0. Those three sit atop the league.

7. Georgia among four SEC teams with title hopes

From B1G to the SEC, the Georgia Bulldogs are a top one. Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide had to survive an ugly one, and the Tennessee Vols scored an ugly win over the Texas A&M Aggies. With the Missouri Tigers beating the Kentucky Wildcats in a battle of one-loss teams, there are four teams in the league still alive for the College Football Playoff. The Big 12 has two, but neither of them played.

8. Hot seats the storyline of SEC coaches

Jimbo Fisher losing to UT on the road in another hard-fought game once again has his program reeling. He’s stuck in perpetual mediocrity. Sam Pittman’s seat is getting hotter with the Arkansas Razorbacks, who cover every week but don’t win. Meanwhile, Billy Napier saved his position with the Florida Gators beating the South Carolina Gamecocks, but did it put Shane Beamer in trouble?

9. Heisman race in College Football after Week 7

1. Michael Penix Jr.

2. Dillon Gabriel

3. Jayden Daniels

4. Bo Nix

5. Drake Maye

10. Top 10 in College Football after Week 7

1. Oklahoma

2. Washington

3. Florida State

4. Ohio State

5. North Carolina

6. Texas

7. Oregon

8. Alabama

9. Georgia

10. Penn State

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