Week 7 of the college football season has arrived, and the College Football Playoff race will only heat up from here going forward. Many of the top contenders will be in action on Saturday, with No. 3 Ohio State taking the stage early as it looks to remain unbeaten against Minnesota. In midday action, No. 2 Georgia heads out on the road to the hostile environment of Death Valley to take on No. 13 LSU, and No. 1 Alabama will take the field later in Week 7 on Saturday as it tries to earn another dominant win, this time over visiting Missouri. A cross-divisional Big Ten showdown also highlights the prime time slate as No. 15 Wisconsin heads to The Big House to square off with No. 12 Michigan.
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Week 7 college football schedule, scores
All times Eastern
Tennessee 30, No. 21 Auburn 24 —
No. 14 Florida 37, Vanderbilt 27 —Box score
No. 3 Ohio State 30, Minnesota 14 — Box score
No. 5 Notre Dame 19, Pitt 14 —
No. 17 Oregon 30, No. 7 Washington 24 (OT) —
No. 13 LSU 36, No. 2 Georgia 16 —
Michigan State 21, No. 8 Penn State 17 — Box score
Missouri at No. 1 Alabama — ESPN — GameTracker
No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan — ABC —
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Alabama is doing Alabama things again; Tua Tagovailoa leaves game
The Crimson Tide lead Missouri 32-10, which is not something that’s out of the ordinary given how dominant the Crimson Tide have been. However, the story now is the health of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The sophomore came into Saturday with a sprained knee and exited the game in the third quarter after sliding on a run. He was led to Alabama’s tent with team trainers and was at one point joined by his parents. After several minutes, Tagovailoa left the tent but remained on the sideline and is questionable to return to the game, according to ESPN.
Old school slugfest in Ann Arbor
Michigan and Wisconsin are slugging it out under the lights in the Big House. Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson broke loose for an 81-yard run early in the second quarter that set up a Karan Higdon touchdown for the game’s first points. Kendric Prior answered back with a 33-yard scamper of his own on the ensuing drive. Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook is just 3 of 7 with a pick, and hasn’t loosened up the Wolverines defense at all.
Miami in trouble
Virginia leads Miami 13-6 in the second half, and the Hurricanes look completely lost on offense. N’Kosi Perry started 3 of 6 for 30 yards and two picks, and was pulled for Malik Rosier. Rosier didn’t fare much better. The former starter is 2 of 7 with no touchdowns, but hasn’t thrown a pick yet. The bright side for Mark Richt’s crew has been running back Travis Homer, who busted out a 70-yard run and has 80 total yards on just five carries.
West Virginia and Iowa State in a tight one
Iowa State was just a touchdown underdog against undefeated West Virginia, and showed why in the first half. The Cyclones jumped out to a 20-7 lead midway through the second quarter, led by freshman quarterback Brock Purdy’s two touchdown passes. The Mountaineers got a spark later in the second, when Kenny Bigelow blocked a field goal and Derrek Pitts returned it 72 yards for the score to cut the lead to 20-14 at the break.
UCF moves its winning streak to 19 games
The defending Colley Matrix champions had their first real test of the 2018 season on the road against Memphis, and the Knights nearly saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end. However, UCF came back from a 30-14 deficit in the third quarter to win 31-30. The series that will be talked about is Memphis’ final couple of plays as time was winding down. With zero timeouts and 18 seconds remaining, the Tigers faced a first-and-10 from the UCF 35-yard line. However, a false start not only knocked them out of field goal range, but took 10 seconds off of the clock. Memphis then completed a 9-yard pass to Tony Pollard, who was unable to get out of bounds before the clock expired.
Pac-12 North is up for grabs
One of the more intriguing games of Week 7 was Washington’s trip to Oregon, and it didn’t disappoint. The Ducks came out victorious in overtime 30-27 thanks to a 6-yard CJ Verdell touchdown. That puts Oregon at 2-1 in conference play, tied with the Huskies and Stanford. Recall, too, that Oregon fell short against Stanford in overtime earlier this season. Still, the Ducks are 5-1 and probably feel like they should be undefeated. It’s certainly possible they’re around the top 10 once the polls come out Sunday.
Ehlinger banged up as Texas avoids letdown
Texas’ game against Baylor was a natural letdown spot following the Longhorns’ huge win against Oklahoma. The Longhorns struggled offensively and were completely shut out in the second half. Still, the defense was able to hang on to give Texas a 23-17 win without the talents of starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who had to leave the game early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.
Michigan State upsets Penn State in thriller
Wonder what Penn State coach James Franklin is going to say following his team’s second straight loss? The Nittany Lions dropped a heartbreaker to Michigan State 21-17 with the Spartans throwing the go-ahead touchdown with just 19 seconds left on the clock. Penn State held just a 14-7 lead at the half and were unable to keep the chains moving, going just 3-of-14 on third downs for the day. The loss, coupled with Ohio State’s win, leaves the Buckeyes and Michigan State as the only two Big Ten East teams undefeated in conference play for now.
Notre Dame avoids upset against Pitt
If there’s one thing Pitt can do, it’s ruin your season, and the Panthers nearly did so to Notre Dame on Saturday. The Irish improved to 7-0 on the season with a 19-14 win over the Panthers, but the Irish didn’t take their first lead until there were fewer than six minutes left to play in the game.
Tennessee breaking a lot of SEC losing streaks
It’s been a rough go for the Vols lately, but quietly, first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt has been making strides in Knoxville. That finally paid off as Tennessee beat a struggling Auburn 30-24. That breaks a streak of 11 straight conference losses by the Vols. The last time Tennessee got a conference win was against Missouri in November of 2016. The last time it beat a SEC West team on the road? 2007. Celebrate this one, Vols, because they’ve absolutely earned it.
Florida roars back against Vandy; sidelines clear in scuffle
Apparently, the Gators didn’t get the wake up call in Nashville, because they slept through the first half against the Commodores. Feleipe Franks was picked off at the 2-yard-line and Vandy promptly went on a 98-yard drive to paydirt. The ensuing drive went for 16 plays, but Vandy held the Gators to a field goal. The ‘Dores answered right back, when Kyle Shurmur hit Ke’Shawn Vaughan for a 75-yard touchdown on a screen pass. However, Florida came roaring back and scored 24 unanswered points to take a 27-21 lead and eventually a 37-27 win.
However, Florida also had a complete meltdown near halftime. James Houston launched himself into Dare Odeyingbo to draw a targeting. While Odeyingbo was down on the ground, the sidelines cleared and Florida coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham jawed with Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. After the madness subsided, Houston was disqualified for targeting and star Gator linebacker Vosean Joseph was tossed for his second unsportsmanlike penalty. On his way off the field, he punched a white board because clearly it was the white board’s fault.
Nebraska nearly pulls out first win
Scott Frost has been searching for his first win as the coach of the Cornhuskers, and they had a chance against Northwestern. The Huskers led the Wildcats 31-21 following a strong second half. Unfortunately for Frost and the Huskers, though, Northwestern fired back and was able to pull out the 34-31 win in overtime. That first victory for Frost will have to wait a little longer.
Ohio State pulls away from Minnesota in a dog fight
Ohio State found itself in a tight battle at home against Minnesota. The Buckeyes needed a second half surge to win 30-14 following a sluggish first half. The Gophers found a secret to moving the ball on the Buckeyes thanks to a healthy combination of power running plays and slants over the middle. The result? Two scoring drives of a combined 20 plays, 150 yards and 9:33 of game time. However, credit to Ohio State for holding the Gophers scoreless after that point. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes got a huge 36-yard touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins to K.J. Hill.
Boston College without star RB AJ Dillon
For the second week in a row, the 4-2 Eagles will be missing one of their top offensive weapons in sophomore running back AJ Dillon, whose ankle injury will keep him sidelined vs. Louisville, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel. A potential Heisman candidate entering the year, Dillon went off for 272 yard and four scores against the Cardinals a year ago, but he went down in late in Boston College’s Sept. 29 win over Temple and hasn’t returned since. Ben Glines is set to start in his place.
Pitt going retro for Notre Dame matchup
Pitt broke out the retro home uniforms last weekend for its win over Syracuse, and the Panthers are hoping the magic can strike again as they go on the road to South Bend to take on No. 5 Notre Dame. On Friday, Pitt revealed it will be wearing the retro away uniforms for its matchup with the Irish. Many are of the opinion that Pitt should go back to these uniforms on a full-time basis, and if an upset of the Irish should occur on Saturday, they might want to seriously consider that option.