Week 7 ended this past weekend with five victories and three losses. Including two head to head matchups.
The Utah Utes scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions in a 52-7 win at Reser Stadium in Corvallis against Oregon State. The Beavs running game struggled against Utah. The Utes had not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season and that streak is still intact. OSU finished the game with only 48 rush yards on 22 attempts. At the moment, it looks like Oregon and Utah are the Pac-12′s two best teams.
The Colorado Buffaloes went to Autzen Stadium last Friday to face the Oregon Ducks without a clue of what was about to happen. The Ducks won the opening toss and elected to receive, leading to a 21-yard return from Travis Dye. Starting on their 25, Oregon was able to earn their first 1st down by handing off the ball to CJ Verdell on back-to-back plays. Jacob Breeland then caught his first pass of the game, a 24-yard pass near the middle of the field set up by a fake screen. On the Colorado 9-yard line Verdell ran for a short gain and then Herbert threw an incomplete pass well defended by Buffalo, but on the next play the Herbert-Breeland connection once again came up big for a touchdown. The final score was Colorado 3 - Oregon 45, with this victory Oregon is now 5-1 for the year and Colorado dropped to .500 with an overall record of 3-3.
Michigan defeated Illinois 42-25. The Michigan defense seemed poised to pitch a shutout early, holding Illinois scoreless through its first seven possessions. Then the Illini scored 25 points on their next four drives. The Wolverines mostly shut down the run, but Illinois found success in the passing game. The Illinois Illini are down 2-4 now in the standings.
Florida State visited the undefeated Clemson Tigers on Saturday and lost 14-45. Clemson controlled the action from the start. Seven of Clemson’s nine drives with Lawrence on the field ended up in the red zone and six were converted into touchdowns. Clemson has positioned themselves in a good position to contend again this year with a 6-0 record.
Boise State continues to impress with a victory over Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 59-37 to remain undefeated this season. The Broncos played their most complete game of the season, and did so without Bachmeier whom left the contest early in the second quarter when he was scrambling for a first down. Hawaii finished with four turnovers, which proved costly in the second quarter when Boise State blew open a tight game to take command. That's exactly the kind of performance Boise State coach Bryan Harsin has been pleading for from his team, and the type of play it will need if the Broncos intend to stay in the driver's seat for a New Year's Six bowl game berth among the Group of 5 schools.
The Missouri Tigers have won five straight matchups to improve to 5-1 in the standing by defeating The Ole Miss Rebels 38-27. The Mizzou are also in sole possession of first place of the SEC East, and more than any team in the division, control their own destiny. Pen State gave the Iowa Hawkeyes their second straight loss 17-12 dropping them to an overall record of 4-2. The Hawkeyes need to try to bounce back against Purdue next Saturday if they hope to compete this year.
Week 8: Marshall at FL Atlantic, Purdue at Iowa, Wisconsin at Illinois, Iowa State at Texas Tech, Clemson at Louisville, NC State at Boston College, Central MI at Bowling Green, TCU at Kansas State, Northern IL at Miami OH, Oregon State at California, Coastal at Georgia Southern, New Mexico at Wyoming, Oregon at Washington, Missouri at Vanderbilt, Arizona State at Utah, Tulane at Memphis, Western MI at Eastern MI, Kansas at Texas, Colorado at Washington ST, Nevada at Utah State, Boise State at BYU.