Week 7 of the 2014 college football season saw several teams make big statements, and was another great week for the state of Mississippi. Let’s recap last week and look ahead…
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Ole Miss|
|3||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Mississippi State|
|5||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Baylor|
|13||Ohio State||Ohio State||Notre Dame|
|14||Kansas State||Kansas State||Michigan State|
|15||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Ohio State|
|17||Arizona State||Arizona||Kansas State|
|18||East Carolina||Arizona State||Clemson|
|21||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||USC|
No Gurley? No problem. Nick Chubb carried the ball 38 times for 143 yards in Gurley’s absence, and the Georgia defense forced five turnovers as the Dawgs showed the Missouri Tigers how grown man football is played, pounding the Tigers 34-0. It was UGA’s first road shutout against a ranked team in school history.
Fell Out: #18 UCLA, #22 Georgia Tech, #23 Missouri
Newcomers: #22 USC, #24 Clemson, #25 Marshall
#4 Baylor. Yes, Baylor is still undefeated after beating TCU, who was ranked ninth at the time. However, Baylor gave up 58 points at home to the Horned Frogs and needed a furious rally in the fourth quarter to keep their undefeated season alive. The Bears defense needs to improve if they have aspirations of going undefeated in the regular season.
#3 Ole Miss. It’s hard calling the third ranked team in the nation underrated. However, the Rebels should feel slighted. After being tied for third last week with in-state rival Mississippi State, the Rebels remained at number three after their victory at Texas A&M, while Mississippi State vaulted up to #1. The Rebels should be ranked #2 ahead of Florida State.
This Week’s Top 25 Matchups
#5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State
#14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma
#21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama
#15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU
#23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State
Both teams on upset alert last week, Georgia Tech and Arizona, saw their undefeated seasons come to an end. This week, I’m putting #4 Baylor on upset alert as they travel to West Virginia. The Mountaineers are much improved in 2014, and Baylor is primed for a letdown after that thrilling 61-58 victory against TCU. West Virginia over Baylor.