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Sports College football winners and losers from Week 7 include Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee

05:25  18 october  2020
05:25  18 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Complete college football scoreboard and schedule for Week 7 . While LSU was busy with quick (Of course, Georgia would add victories over Florida, Auburn and the SEC West champion if it were to Clemson has won five in a row against its ACC Atlantic Division rival, and the gap between the two

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Conference-only schedules continued to chew up several of the leading contenders in the SEC, leaving the league hinging its College Football Playoff hopes on a select few only four games into the regular season.

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So Clemson is 7 -0, unlikely to lose any ground in the rankings and gets a much-needed bye week with some key Here are the rest of Saturday’s winners and losers in college football Tennessee did some nice things and played hard against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide are just better under any

After a tough Saturday, the SEC has just four teams with fewer than two losses and a dwindling list of options for the national semifinals.

This isn’t to say the SEC champion isn’t a lock for the top four, or even that the conference won’t again have a case for making up half of the playoff field, especially during this unique regular season.

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And the SEC still has a monopoly on the college football spotlight. Saturday night's meeting of No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia is one of the most anticipated games of the regular season and perhaps the most important matchup in terms of its impact on the playoff.

a man in a baseball uniform: Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyb celebrates with quarterback Feleipe Franks after rushing for a touchdown during the first quarter against Ole Miss. © Nelson Chenault, USA TODAY Sports Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyb celebrates with quarterback Feleipe Franks after rushing for a touchdown during the first quarter against Ole Miss.

In advance of the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, however, Auburn and Tennessee fell to 2-2 after losing as favorites against long-suffering opponents — the Tigers to South Carolina and Tennessee at home to Kentucky.

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The Tigers and Volunteers join LSU, Florida and others in struggling with the conference-only scheduling model that eliminated the warm-up period of non-league games against pushovers and forced teams to step right into more demanding matchups against SEC opponents.

Saturday wasn't a complete disaster. Texas A&M moved to 3-1 after beating Mississippi State 28-14, the Aggies' second win in a row after a lopsided loss against Alabama to start October. Arkansas is now a very impressive and unexpected 2-2 after beating Ole Miss 33-21.

Here are the rest of Saturday's winners and losers in college football:

WINNERS

Clemson

The list of eye-popping numbers from Clemson's 73-7 rout of Georgia Tech includes 17 players who made at least one reception, which is absolutely ridiculous. (Both of coach Dabo Swinney's kids, Will and Drew, made a catch.) Behind Trevor Lawrence's 404 passing yards and five touchdowns, the Tigers remained unbeaten and made a case for staying at No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

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Week 7 raised the bar and might have been the best week of the 2013 college football season. It won't be an easy road, as USC will continue on its three-week trip next week against Tennessee , then ESPN's College GameDay will be in Death Valley next week when Clemson takes on Florida

The College Football Playoff committee released its first rankings of the seasons. Here are the winners and losers from Tuesday’s debut rankings In the end, Clemson remains in position to replace the loser of Alabama and LSU in next week 's top four and then even move up again based

Kentucky

The Wildcats have followed two close losses, to Auburn (29-13) and Ole Miss (42-41), with back-to-back wins against Mississippi State and Tennessee. Both wins have been paced by the defense. The Wildcats returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the game's first five minutes and held Tennessee to just 287 yards of offense in winning 34-7, the program's first victory in Knoxville since 1984.

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Miami

There was understandable concern over how well the Hurricanes would bounce back after losing to Clemson, especially against a motivated opponent in Pittsburgh looking to rewrite its season after losing two straight games by a single point. Not that it was a banner performance: Miami's 31-19 win didn't include much from the running game (2.6 yards per carry) and saw quarterback D'Eriq King throw two interceptions for the second game in a row. But King tossed a season-high four touchdowns and the Hurricanes held on to remain in the thick of the New Year's Six bowl conversation.

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Arkansas

The Razorbacks are the biggest surprise in the Bowl Subdivision and one of the great success stories in recent SEC history. After picking off six Ole Miss passes in the 12-point win, Arkansas is sitting at 2-2 under first-year coach Sam Pittman after being picked in some circles to win no more than once against this SEC-only schedule.

LOSERS

Auburn

South Carolina had never beaten Auburn as a member of the SEC. The Tigers hadn't lost to the Gamecocks, period, since 1933. It's been that kind of year. After spotting Auburn a 16-7 lead in the second quarter, South Carolina went on a 23-6 run to win 30-22 and knock the Tigers out of the playoff chase. Auburn lost despite running for 209 yards on the ground, marking the program’s first loss when cracking the 200-yard mark since early in the 2016 season.

Notre Dame

Here's where we nitpick a win, which is unfair given how many other preseason contenders have already suffered one, two or even three losses. But the Fighting Irish were uninspiring in a 12-7 win against Louisville, which had allowed 38.7 points per game and 6.8 yards per play in losing three straight in ACC play. While able to dominate the clock, run the ball effectively and avoid any crucial turnovers, Notre Dame's overall listlessness doesn't breed confidence in how the Irish will fare against Clemson next month.

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Central Florida

Needing a win to stay within range of Cincinnati and SMU in the American, UCF coughed up leads of 21, 14 and 12 points in the second half and missed the potential game-winning field goal with 19 seconds left to lose 50-49 to Memphis. For the Tigers, who were led by senior quarterback Brady White's 486 passing yards and six touchdowns, the win snaps a 13-game losing streak to the Knights dating to 1990. After seeing its slim hopes of making the playoff outright eliminated in a loss earlier this month to Tulsa, falling to Memphis endangers UCF's chances of claiming the access-bowl bid given to the best team in the Group of Five. Combined, White and UCF sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel accounted for 1,034 passing yards and 11 scores.

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