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Eddie’s Week 7 College Football Recap

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On Tuesday night we learned that Appalachian State is a serious New Year’s contender with a defense that can test anyone and a run game that can stretch the field. Arkansas State, who was predicted to win the Sunbelt prior to the season was dead on arrival settling for field goals. App State eventually found their offensive firepower.

On Thursday we learned that TCU might not have any kind of offense and that Texas Tech can win a game with its defense. Gary Patterson has the kind of defense that will win you close games but an offense that will lose you some as well.

We learned on Friday that Utah is completely legit for the second week in a row scoring 40 and blowing out the opposition. They had the defense all along and have now opened up the playbook. Big test this Saturday night. But if they can defeat USC, they’ll be in prime position to win the Pac-12 South.

Later in the night we saw SDSU improve to 5-1 and they have not eclipsed 28 points in a game this season. Rocky Long football is alive and well. Missing their starting quarterback and running back, they win with an offensive line and a system on defense. How he has not been looked at for Power 5 jobs is beyond me.

Rutgers had two more interceptions than completions at Maryland. Maryland is not exactly a ball hawking defense. Next spring when you read about all of Rutgers returning players, remember this game.

Oklahoma State receives money in the market every single week. Apparently, someone is forgetting they have zero quality road wins in conference the last two years and their quarterback is a runner – nothing more currently from what I can tell.

Iowa beating Indiana no big deal. But throwing for all six touchdowns…big Deal Kirk Ferentz must have read my article after the Wisconsin game. They are a completely different offense now and still have that run defense.

Toledo trailed 28-3 and Eastern Michigan just couldn’t handle that type of situation. They called the craziest sequences of conservative play calling ever to ensure they needed a two-point conversion stop of defense to win by exactly two points.

Nebraska wasn’t as lucky. Winning by as much as 10 late in the fourth quarter, that ultra-young team did everything possible to ensure Northwestern could at least get to overtime, where Scott Frost decided to gamble on 4th and two. I’m on Frost but he’s been very mediocre specifically at defensive game planning and end game situations.

Florida has now scored 37 or more in four of six games and is 5-1. But what’s startling is they don’t have a great quarterback but Dan Mullen has transformed the offense into what he had here as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.

Gus Malzahn is now 4-4 since signing an extension that will pay him close to $50 million. He has no desire to call an offense like he had so much success with not long ago. The defense that had been doing their part quit at times yesterday versus a very pedestrian offense at Tennessee.

Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech is as good as gone from what I can tell. The question becomes what do you do if you’re the Jackets as your recruiting has been fueled to fit a system that I sincerely doubt will remain. The jackets allowed 21 points in less than two minutes to end the third quarter versus Duke on Saturday.

North Texas remains stingy on defense and have now begun relying on what seems to be an improving run offense. They face UAB on Saturday in possibly the best non-power 5 showdown for quite some time. Both teams are rolling and are talented on both sides of the ball.

Notre Dame survived a close one with…Pitt? Pittsburgh takes what is given to them. They play whatever style the opposition dictates. What was odd was how Brian Kelly refused to stop attempting to run the ball regardless of success rate. Ian Book looked human throwing two interceptions. I’ve seen this version of Kelly before. Expect it to get more and more conservative as they continue to stay unbeaten and relevant.

Bowling Green fired Mike Jinks after he blew a 14-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The hire of Jinks was one of the more puzzling things that I can remember. A recruiter with almost no coaching experience focused only on offense and recruited so poorly that the cupboards will be mostly bare for whomever takes over.

Michigan State still has the upset ability. Penn State had only lost one home game in Franklin’s first three seasons. They have lost back-to-back home games now. Penn State looked outrageous on offense early on but had a lackluster effort on defense at times. They’re now playing versus defenses who can punch at the same weight class. Remember when McSorley was a Heisman contender? Me neither.

Oregon did everything well. Washington missed the chip shot field goal to win and avoid overtime and then once missing it we saw Chris Peterson call very conservative plays in a sudden death. He deserved to lose honestly.

Oh LSU, you seem legit as ever. Why do I not trust you? I snuck a couple peaks at that game and I saw a Georgia team trail for the first time all year. And let’s face, two quarterbacks…this never works.

Texas head coach Tom Herman was a favorite off a big win as an underdog. We all knew Baylor could possibly win that game. What was even less shocking was how conservative and vanilla the offense became all over again.

UCF survived a monsoon in the second half but it was clear that they are missing a step on offense compared to last year. Milton is still an elite quarterback but we aren’t seeing the huge run plays that we have become accustomed to.

Mark Richt at Miami has no offense. He is now switching quarterbacks every quarter and his defense can only do so much. The ACC is a mess of mediocrity outside of Clemson it seems.

Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill was injured and may be out for some time for the third season in a row. They are a completely different team without him expect vanilla on top of vanilla if he misses any games.

Boise St. continues to look very mediocre with more talent than its opposition could ever dream of having. Nevada played right with them every step of the way despite a huge mismatch of size and talent on both sides of the ball. At some point we have to admit Bryan Harsin is not a great coach but only a decent one with a great recruiting ability and program.

Until next week and may all the hooks go in your favor.

Eddie Walls

Specializes in small conference games and finds value in both sides and totals. Professional gambler who always gets the best of the numbers. Can give you a full strength and weakness report on all 130 college football teams, coaches, coordinators and players over a large sample size.