Week 6 showed that there is no conference immune to the weirdness that is 2021. Here is a look at the Week 7 AP Top 25.
The SEC finally felt the wrath of the weirdness the rest of college football is feeling this year, so let’s start with Alabama.
The Crimson Tide went into College Station with a double-digit point spread and facing a backup quarterback so, naturally, they laid an egg. Had they not dug themselves a 28-7 hole, this game would have been a wrap, as most people thought it would. But Calzada, who as recently as last Saturday, looked like a backup out of his element, threw for three TDs and 285 yards, maybe winning over the hearts and minds of the 12th man.
The meat of the day, though, was Iowa playing Penn State. The Hawkeyes showed… heart? against the Nittany Lions who just couldn’t overcome the loss of Sean Clifford. Iowa won their biggest game since Brad Banks was donning the Black and Yellow. It was a game that feature no elite quarterback play, but it was one that would make Brad Johnson proud. Both teams let their defenses do the talking, and now Iowa finds themselves in control of their destiny in second place this week.
Now, back to the SEC. Did you ever know a kid growing up who, when they got put in their place, went and immediately picked a fight with a smaller kid? Well we got to see that on Saturday when Arkansas traveled to Ole Miss. They were two teams coming off of “Nah” games looking to make a statement, and it showed. After exchanging haymakers, the game came down to a failed two-point conversion (props to Arkansas, by the by), and the Rebels came away with the win.
For a moment, in the Red River Rivalry, it looked like Texas was back. But, as the narrator told us, it was Oklahoma’s offense that was back.
Finally, and this comes with great sadness, America’s sweethearts the BYU Cougars lost to Boise State. But not all is lost, mid-majors fans. We still have Coastal Carolina and the impending Cincinnati snubbing to look forward to.
And now, here are this week’s AP Top 25.
College Football Rankings: AP Top 25 poll, Week 7
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Coastal Carolina
- Wake Forest
- Arizona State
- Texas A&M
- NC State
- San Diego State
Well. How very strange a Top 25. Buckle up.