Down goes Bama… Down goes the Trojans… 

Massive games headline Week seven



WSU linebacker Kyle Thornton tackles Oregon running back Bucky Irving during an NCAA college football game, Sep. 24.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

Week seven has concluded and it was a crazy week. Three top 10 teams fell and the playoff picture has slowly begun to present itself.

In the biggest and most anticipated matchup of the week,  No. 3 Alabama headed to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams came into the week undefeated, and both teams had quarterbacks at the helm in the heart of the Heisman race.

Bryce Young was a game time decision coming off a shoulder injury that sidelined him last week. He looked ready to go and Nick Saban gave him the go-ahead to play. From the jump, it was obvious the game was going to be an offensive shootout.

Young finished with 35 completions on 52 attempts for 455 yards and two touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Tennessee QB and fellow Heisman contender Hendon Hooker went 21/30 for 385 yards, five touchdowns and he threw a pick.

There was one more Heisman contender on the field in for Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr, who had by far his worst weekend of the season finishing with three total tackles and only one solo tackle.

Hooker’s efforts outshined that of Young and Anderson Jr, as the Volunteers stuned the Crimson Tide with a game-winning field goal as time expired to win 52-49.

It was a game that had massive playoff implications and was the most exciting game of the weekend. But earlier in the day, No. 5 Michigan hosted No. 10 Penn State.

It was the other top 10 matchup between two undefeated teams that could have massive implications as we move forward in the season. The winner of this game could potentially afford a loss to Ohio State or control their destiny into the Big 10 championship.

The anticipation came from the fact that the Nittany Lions have one of the most stout rushing defenses in the country and Michigan has a two-headed monster of a rushing attack.

Offense beat defense as the Wolverines broke-out multiple house-calls on the ground of 50+ yards. Blake Corum finished with 166 yards with two touchdowns and Donovan Edwards added 173 yards with two touchdowns of his own.

J.J. McCarthy took the backseat as he did not have to use his arm much to win the game.

For the Nittany Lions, it was once again proven that Sean Clifford is not the answer at the QB position and he should not have started the season being QB No. 1.

Michigan took the win handily by a score of 41-17.

Late-night Pac-12 action saw No. 20 Utah host No. 6 USC. The Utes honored two late teammates with custom painted helmets worn by each player.

The tribute was a beautiful showing of the power of sports and the impact the lives of the players had on one another with their bonds, and the Utes played a wonderful game of football in their teammates honor.

With under two minutes remaining, Utah scored a touchdown to make the score 42-41 in favor of the Trojans. But, instead of taking the tie to go to overtime, they went for two. The gamble worked off and QB Cameron Rising made a magnificent play to take the lead and eventually the game 43-42.

It was just another example of the Pac-12 self-imploding to prevent the conference from being represented in the college football playoff as every week passes it becomes less and less likely.

Syracuse’s undefeated run this season is reminiscent of their strong start to the 2018 season. Coming in ranked No. 18, they had a match to prove themselves against the No. 15 ranked NC State Wolfpack.

The defense was dominant by the Orange, as they held Jack Chambers and the Wolfpack offense to only nine points. The game ended in a 24-9 score and Syracuse proved themselves to be a dark horse contender.

Oklahoma State’s amazing season has seemingly crashed and burned in the blink of an eye. Playing No. 13 TCU, it was a close game to the end, but the Cowboys could not get it going when it truly mattered most.

The Horned Frogs won it in double overtime by a score of 43-40, and now they are a dark horse in the same vein as the Orange of Syracuse.

There are only four spots available in the college football playoff, but at the moment there are seven to eight teams that could be fighting for spots after next week.

Currently, the top six teams look to be Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson, TCU, Syracuse and the winner of the Oregon and UCLA matchup. On top of that, you can’t really count out a one-loss Alabama team from getting some love from the voters.

The season is truly wide-open for one of the first times in the college football playoff era.