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Riding the Fences: Week 7

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Each week HornSports will take a look back at the national scene in college football, so mount up and let’s ride out and check the perimeter.

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Saturday lived up to lofty expectations. There were four matchups of Top 25 teams playing each other…

Oklahoma won the Red River Showdown-Shootout-Rivalry-thingy 34-27, and the game did not feel as close as the score. Eight different Sooner defenders registered a total of nine sacks on the day.

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond threw 16 incomplete passes, going 24/42 in the game. Of those 16 incompletions, Alabama defenders broke up 10 passes – that’s 24% of Mond’s throws.

Temple defeated Memphis 30-28 and is 5-1, tied with Cincinnati atop the American East. G5 teams and conferences have not been nearly as predictable as teams in P5 leagues this year.

Entering Saturday, UGA quarterback Jake Fromm was 20-0 against unranked opponents. The South Carolina Gamecocks blemished the perfect mark, beating the Dawgs in Athens in overtime, 20-17.

There appear to be a handful of contenders for the college football playoff, but Alabama and Clemson reminded everyone that they’re still the top dogs in the sport: Clemson throttled FSU 45-14, and the Tide manhandled Texas A&M 47-28.

After making light work of Nebraska (34-7), for the first time in more than 15 years Minnesota is 6-0 to start the season. In their beatdown of the Cornhuskers, the Gophers rushed for a total of 322 yards.

Largely unnoticed because it happened on a weeknight, Oregon flexed and served notice to the rest of the Pac10 that they will be a factor in the conference championship race. Oregon smacked Colorado 45-3 on Friday night.

A Div-III team (John Carroll) and an NAIA team (Kansas Wesleyan) both won 90-0 on Saturday. A shutout seems like overkill when a team scores 90 points.

This week in Ugh-lternate uniforms: I like the Sailor Bear helmet, but the rest of Baylor’s look was putrid. Missouri also gets an honorable mention for a look that was more Mountaineer than Tiger, but it was Iowa taking home top honors this week in uniforms that looked like rejects from the NFL’s Color Rush:

Speaking of the Hawkeyes, Iowa played stellar defense for the second straight week and is 0-2 in those games. After losing to Michigan 10-3 last week, Iowa lost 17-12 to Penn State. Touchdowns are at a premium around Iowa City.

At the other end of the spectrum in the Big Televen Wisconsin continued to roll with a shut out of Michigan State, 38-0.

At the midpoint of the season, Baylor and Iowa State look like the two best teams in the Big 12 not named Oklahoma and Texas. Let that settle in.

Especially with Memphis losing, the Cincinnati Bearcats are making a claim for supremacy amongst the G5. After going on the road to beat Houston, Cincinnati is now 5-1. Head Coach Luke Fickell has the Bearcats on a roll that extends to last season.

LSU and quarterback Joe Burrow kept on keepin’ on when they strangled the Florida Gators 42-28. Against what many believed to be was an elite defense from the SEC, the Tiger’s offense only faced four third downs and averaged 10.6 yards per play.

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