College football Week 7 overreactions: Big Ten can get two playoff teams. Oregon is the Pac-12 favorite.

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In college football it’s easy to get too high or too little after each week’s results. The nature of the game is such that every Saturday triggers emotional reactions depending on whether it is positive or negative.

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That’s why we are here. A step back from action can provide a perspective that will rightly quell some misplaced enthusiasm from positive performance and elevate those feeling in the dumps after negative results from the weekend.

Week 7 had a lot of examples on both sides of the coin. Here are the five biggest exaggerations from the action on the field.

The Big Ten Could Still Get Two Teams in the Playoffs


The weekend began with four Big Ten unbeaten and one-loss defeats to Penn State, who were among the top 11 teams in the poll. So with that strength at the top, the prospect of producing two teams capable of being in the semi-finals of the league began to generate some buzz. Theories centered around two possibilities – Iowa winning the West while an unbeaten Michigan or Michigan State met in the title game and a loser Ohio State or Penn State beating an unbeaten Iowa for the conference title. They were both long shots, but not far-fetched given the unpredictable nature of the season.

The surprising loss by Iowa at the hands of Purdue largely erases any possibility of this happening. Yes, the league could possibly inject the needle with Iowa beating an unbeaten Michigan or Michigan State in the title game and then hoping to be a two-loss champion with Cincinnati losing in a doubles league and Georgia losing the SEC title game. defeated Alabama. It just seems remote at this point and not worth discussing until we get to November.

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Clemson will change his crime

Put all the Tigers players in another uniform and you’ll have no hope it can be an offense capable of winning the ACC. So why should they be able as they play for Clemson? After six games it is the bitter truth that he has only scored 123 points – barely 20 points per contest on average. This is who they are – a team that scored just 17 points on Friday at Syracuse and needed their defense to come up with another stand to seal a win.

There are many problems. DJ Uigalelli isn’t able to take the baton and commit this crime like Trevor Lawrence or Deshan Watson. He is struggling to generate big plays in the passing game. He has only had four touchdown passes throughout the year, compared to four touchdowns in his two starts last season. The offensive line is not making lanes for the ongoing game. Justin Ross hasn’t been a big deal in his return after surgery last year. There is no depth in the position behind Ross and Joseph Nagata. This shapes up to a year with more close games and a few losses starting next week in Pittsburgh.

Caleb Williams is a Heisman Contender

This possibility came up during a Saturday night broadcast as Oklahoma was racing up and down the field against TCU. And during a season where most presidential favorites have fallen by the wayside, including quarterback Williams had been backing for the first six games, it would stand that there would be few potential contenders. It’s hard to count Williams in that group.

That doesn’t lessen his impact on the Sooners, who have spent six full quarters watching what looks like an entirely different team that the true freshman is running the offense. He has scored 87 points in that period and Williams has thrown for 507 yards and six touchdowns. He can continue to have such numbers in the last five matches. It’s hard — if not impossible — to imagine him getting more votes than other contenders, such as Alabama’s Bryce Young and Mississippi’s Matt Coral. On the bright side, Williams is sure to enter Heisman as one of the favorites in 2022.

Oregon is the favorite in the Pac-12

The same thing happened in the preseason. After beating Ohio State on the road, the Ducks’ chances got even stronger. Since that big win, things have gone south for Mario Cristobal’s team. It struggled at home against Arizona in the fourth quarter. After this Stanford had to face defeat. And then another close win against California. Injuries have been a major factor for the season, with several key players losing. The offense has not been consistent and the defense has taken too many yards.

With the trip to UCLA ahead this week, the chances of a second defeat in the conference are high. Utah has emerged with the Bruins in the south, and Arizona State is still a potential contender, despite a loss to the Utes. The weakness of the North Division still benefits Oregon, so the trip to the Pac-12 title game should be. You don’t like duck chances unless something serious changes.

Arkansas was never as good as it seemed

The Razorbacks posted four consecutive wins to start the season, including a loss to the then-unbeaten Texas A&M. This earned him a high rank as number 11 in a survey of coaches. Then there was a demoralizing loss in Georgia. This was followed by a loss in Mississippi that ended when Arkansas coach Sam Pittman went for a two-point conversion after time ran out. Saturday’s loss to Auburn was another disappointment as the Razorbacks overtook the Tigers, but the second-half lead vanished in three minutes in a double-digit deficit.

Arkansas are out of the rankings for the first time since Week 2. So the easy assumption is that the Razorbacks were simply overrated and that victories against Texas and Texas A&M were a mirage. That initial applause was submerged in water as they now sit in the basement at SEC West. But the loss is really just a reflection of life in the country’s toughest convention. Was winable against Ole Miss and Auburn. Aside from the trip to Alabama, the rest of the game is winnable and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Razorbacks finished 9-3 and returned to the top 25.

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