Week 7 in college football was a wild one for some of the national title contenders. For others, it was a little less stressful, and some even enjoyed the action from their couch. As we reach the halfway point of the season, the College Football Playoff picture is coming slightly more into focus.
Let's start with the obvious. No. 2 Iowa suffered the most stunning loss of the week against Purdue at home -- one week after topping Penn State. No. 1 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama cruised to easy wins, while No. 3 Cincinnati told the world that the target on its back isn't going to slow it down from making a playoff push.
Now the we've tied a bow on everything, it's time to hand out some grades in our weekly report card.
College football grades: Week 7 report card
|13/10||A||The Bulldogs didn't cover -- gasp! Granted, it was because of a 22-play Kentucky drive that culminated in a touchdown with four seconds to play. In reality, this was a typical dominating Georgia performance.|
|2-1||A+||A 49-9 win over Mississippi State will work nicely after suffering a stunning loss to Texas A&M last week. Bryce Young's four touchdowns and Jordan Battle's two interceptions showed the world that the Crimson Tide haven't gone anywhere.|
|9-1||n/a||The Buckeyes had a bye; however, Iowa's loss didn't exactly help them if the two meet in the Big Ten Championship Game.|
|15-1||A+||Caleb Williams got the start over Spencer Rattler at quarterback, and he promptly threw four touchdowns and ran for another in a 52-31 win over TCU. The Sooners needed more explosiveness offensively, and they found it in Williams. These are the Sooners we are used to seeing.|
|25-1||A+||The pressure of the No. 3 ranking didn't faze Luke Fickell's crew, which cruised to a 56-21 win over UCF in a game that was over shortly after kickoff. The Bearcats are getting wins and style points, which have been rare for national title contenders this season.|
|25-1||D-||One loss won't necessarily kill the Hawkeyes' national title chances, but the way they lost -- at home to Purdue, with little offense and no turnovers to bail them out -- doesn't make a turnaround seem likely. Iowa is one-dimensional by necessity, which makes it nearly impossible to win it all.|
|40-1||n/a||Michigan was off on Saturday and chills atop the Big Ten East with an unblemished record.|
|50-1||C+||The ugly 24-17 win over Cal on Friday night was ... well ... a win, but it didn't exactly instill faith in a Ducks program that has to run the table in order to get a chance at the national title. Simply put, this isn't a title-worth team quite yet.|
|80-1||n/a||The Nittany Lions were off on Saturday after falling to Iowa on the road last weekend.|
|80-1||B-||Michigan State had been a joy to watch this season, but Saturday's five-point win over Indiana was rough. The offense couldn't get going at all because star RB Kennth Walker III was kept in check. That made this team look a lot like a pretender. Still, it found a way to win.|
|100-1||C+||I'm still not sure how the two-loss Tigers even have national title odds, but an incredibly ugly 17-14 win over Syracuse on Friday night confirmed what we already knew: this offense isn't championship-caliber.|
|100-1||F||The Longhorns suffered their third loss of the season on Saturday, this time to Oklahoma State. Yes, this is a weird season, but not weird enough for Texas to have a chance at the national title.|
|100-1||n/a||The Fighting Irish were off on Saturday.|
|100-1||F||The Sun Devils suffered their second loss of the season and first in Pac-12 play. Utah came back from a 21-7 deficit to win 35-21 and ended any chance that Herm Edwards' crew had of winning it all.|
|100-1||B+||The Rebels found a way to to top Tennessee 31-26 in one of the wildest games of the year. Quarterback Matt Corral stayed in the Heisman conversation and the defense stood strong at the end. Lane Kiffin's crew survived and advanced under some very bizarre circumstances.|
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