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Week 7 Playoff and Heisman Watch

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)

Last Week: W – @ Tennessee (49-10)

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The Volunteers were supposed to be Alabama’s biggest competition this year, but the Crimson Tide completely rolled over them and did it in Knoxville. The Crimson Tide held Joshua Dobbs to just 92 yards passing with no touchdowns and picked him off. They held Tennessee to only 32 yards on the ground. The Volunteers may not have been playing all that well this year, but they were still ranked No. 9 in the country and got dominated.

2. Clemson Tigers (7-0)

Last Week: W – NC state – 24-17 (OT)

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It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Clemson Tigers did what they had to do to beat a tough NC State team. Deshaun Watson put his team on his back and threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns. The running game got contributions from all over and totaled 117 yards. In overtime, they scored and then picked Ryan Finley off to secure the victory.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)

Last Week: W – @ Wisconsin – 30-23 (OT)

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Another win that wasn’t really pretty, but it got the job done. And while Wisconsin has lost back-to-back games, they are still one of the toughest teams in the country and pushed the Buckeyes. It just showed how good Ohio State is that they were able to survive the threat and win. The Badgers had the early lead, but JT Barrett led Ohio State to the comeback with 226 yards passing, 92 yards rushing and three total touchdowns, including on in overtime to win the game.

4. Michigan Wolverines (6-0)

Last Week: Bye Week

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Michigan had a bye week, but when you compare what they did against Wisconsin and what Ohio State did, it is still impossible to separate the two great rivals. The Wolverines held Wisconsin to seven points last week and won by seven points. Ohio State had a big more offensive success, but were taken into overtime, where they won by seven points. The second half of the year is going to be tremendous with these two teams fighting for supremacy.

Rose Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0) vs. Washington Huskies (6-0)

Nebraska had a tough fight at Indiana, but still proved to be the better team and remained unbeaten as they rushed for 152 yards. Terrell Newby had 102 of those yards and a touchdown. The Huskies had a bye week, but are still the elite team in the Pac 12.

Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies(6-0) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (4-2)

It will actually be pretty interesting to see if a week off will help the Aggies against Alabama next week. But that should be a great game between the two best teams in the SEC. The bigger thing here is Oklahoma jumps back into the Sugar Bowl, over two undefeated teams in the Big 12. The reason is strength of schedule. Oklahoma may have two losses, but they are one of the three unbeaten teams in conference play in the Big 12 and their non-conference schedule just blows the cupcake filled ones of West Virginia and Baylor away. They get the reward for the risk even though they lost their two biggest games.

Orange Bowl: Louisville Cardinals (5-1) vs. Florida Gators (5-1)

Louisville is still hoping Clemson will slip up, but if the Tiger’s don’t the Cardinals are still having a great season and will be an easy pick as the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl. Maybe it was a little bit more of a battle than expected against Duke, but they got a double-digit win. The Gators, meanwhile, will have to make up their game against LSU still, but with their win over Missouri and Tennesse’s second loss of the year, they are in great position to win the SEC East, which gives them a pretty solid shot at a big bowl game.

Cotton Bowl Bowl: Navy Midshipmen (4-1) vs. Baylor Bears (6-0)

Navy will have to make up their game against ECU next month, but their win over Houston still is the best win of any “Group of Five” contender. They aren’t the highest ranked team right now out of those teams, but if they stay unbeaten they certainly will have to be. Baylor meanwhile, rides their week non-conference schedule and their perfect record into one of these games because the selection committee is going to value the good looking overall record.

Dropping Out

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Wisconsin Badgers (4-2): It really isn’t fair to take Wisconsin out of one of the big Bowl games when their only two losses are by a combined 14 points to two of the four best teams in the country. They easily could be in the Cotton Bowl over Baylor and if they keep playing like one of the elite teams in they should get back into a big game.

Tennessee Volunteers (5-2): The Volunteers had a lot of hype behind them this year but haven’t really lived up to it. Their only two losses this year are to two of the best teams in the country, No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M, but they haven’t played all that well and don’t seem like they should be considered for one of the big selected bowl games.

On the Cusp

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Boise State Broncos (5-0): Once again, Boise State is on the outside looking in at the Group of Five spot. Their poor schedule has a lot to do with that, but at the end of the year it depends on who is ranked the highest. If they go unbeaten, they should have a great shot.

Houston Cougars (5-1): Houston’s defense struggled for a second week in a row, but this time they got a win and are still the highest-ranked Group of Five school. That means if the season ended today they would be in the Cotton Bowl. It’s not over for them by any means.

West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0): West Virginia’s poor schedule holds them back, but they are playing well and if they start picking up some bigger wins in the conference they could slip into one of the spots for a Big 12 team.

Key Week 8 Games

Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (4-2): Iowa is always as tough as they come, especially in conference play. They could end Wisconsin’s chances in the selections if they win, but the Badgers could get right back in if they get a big road win.

Navy Midshipmen (4-1) vs. Memphis Tigers (5-1): Navy couldn’t play this past weekend, but they’ll be able to show if they are truly worthy of being the ‘Group of Five’ front-runner if they beat a very tough and talented Memphis team.

Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (6-0): Right now these are clearly the two best teams in the SEC and it should be a great game between them. Then again, we said Tennessee could contend with Alabama at least a little bit and they got beat by 39 points. How great are the Crimson Tide? This game will tell us that.

Heisman Watch

lamar-jackson Lamar Jackson – QB, Louisville

114/196 (58.2%), 1,806 Pass Yards, 15 Pass TDs, 4 INTs, 832 Rush Yards (7.4 YPC), 15 Rush TDs

Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson

164/258 (63.6%), 1,950 Pass Yards, 20 Pass TDs, 8 INTs, 279 Rush Yards (3.9 YPC), 1 Rush TD

JT Barrett – QB, Ohio State

96/152 (63.2%), 1,207 Pass Yards, 16 Pass TDs, 4 INTs, 434 Rush Yards (4.8 YPC), 6 Rush TDs

Jake Browning – QB, Washington

104/144 (72.2%), 1,418 Pass Yards, 23 Pass TDs, 2 INTs, 3 Rush TDs

Jabrill Peppers – LB, Michigan

33 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 98 Rush Yards (6.3 YPC), 2 Rush TDs

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