Ohio State, Nebraska and South Carolina Lose: NCAA Football Week 7 Review

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Ohio State, Nebraska and South Carolina Lose: NCAA Football Week 7 Review
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Another week of college football is in the books, and once again it was a weekend full of surprises. With newly minted number one ranked Ohio State losing to Wisconsin and Nebraska falling to an underachieving Texas team, this week has been anything but predictable. Things are sure to be interesting when this season's first BCS rankings are released on Sunday night. Here's a quick look at Saturday's biggest stories.

 

Ohio State at Wisconsin

Perhaps the biggest story of this weekend is previously undefeated Ohio State falling to Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a very talented team that always plays well at home, but this was not a game the Buckeyes were supposed to lose.

After Wisconsin jumped out to an early 21-point lead, it proved to be too much for Ohio State to overcome even after rattling off 18 unanswered points. The Buckeyes national title hopes are all but gone unless they get a considerable amount of help from the teams ahead of them.

 

Texas at Nebraska

An undefeated Cornhusker team led by potential Heisman hopeful Taylor Martinez was not supposed to lose to a Texas team coming off of two consecutive losses. Nebraska was nearly a 10 point favorite looking to avenge last season's last second loss in the Big-12 championship game.

The Longhorn defense stymied the Nebraska offense and held Martinez to only 21 yards on 13 carries in their 20-13 victory. Texas held Nebraska to only 202 yards of total offense, and Garrett Gilbert's two rushing touchdowns proved to be too much for the Cornhuskers to overcome.

Like Ohio State, Nebraska is likely out of the national title hunt.

 

South Carolina at Kentucky

Coming off a huge victory over former number one Alabama last week, this year's Gamecock team looked to be a different breed than the South Carolina teams of recent memory. Unfortunately for fans in Columbia, their emotional high took a huge whack after blowing a 28-10 first half lead in their 31-28 loss to Kentucky.

Luckily for Steve Spurrier, the SEC East is still wide open. Even with two conference losses, the Gamecocks are still in first place in their division and control their own destiny.

 

Mississippi State at Florida

For the third consecutive week, Urban Meyer's Gators came up short in a pivotal conference game. The loss of Tim Tebow and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong have proven to be more difficult to overcome than predicted. The once powerful Florida offense managed only seven points in their 10-7 loss to Mississippi State in Gainesville.

With three conference losses, the Gators will not only need to win out in conference play, but they will also need a little help from the Gamecocks if they are to repeat as SEC East division champs. Their streak of 88 consecutive weeks in the top 25 is sure to come to an end when the next poll is released.

 

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The ACC once again proved to be one of the most disappointing conferences in the nation.

It was only a few weeks ago when Miami was considered to be the class of the ACC. Then after last week's loss to Florida State, it was the Seminoles that were supposed to be the ACC's elite team.

After a come from behind victory against a disappointing Boston College team, the ACC once again looks like a conference devoid of any championship caliber teams. Fortunately for Florida State, their biggest competition in the ACC Atlantic, NC State, didn't look very impressive in their 33-27 loss to East Carolina.

Suddenly Virginia Tech looks like the team to beat in the ACC even after their early season losses to Boise State and James Madison.

Michigan again showed in their 38-28 loss to Iowa in Ann Arbor that they don't believe in playing defense. Iowa was certainly favored to win, but if Rich Rodriguez's Wolverines don't turn things around on the defensive side of the ball, the remainder of the season could be long for Michigan faithful.

To make matters worse, Heisman hopeful Denard Robinson had his second consecutive mediocre performance and also suffered a shoulder injury. Luckily for the Wolverines, Robinson should have time to heal during the bye week before their October 30 game at Penn State.

Just about everyone is familiar with the term "SEC defense," but the Auburn-Arkansas game today looked more like a Pac-10 matchup than a typical SEC game. By the time the game was over, Auburn managed to pull out a 65-43 victory in what was the highest scoring game in SEC history.

Cam Newton proved to his doubters that he is a true Heisman candidate by accounting for 327 total yards and four touchdowns, including 189 yards on the ground. This Auburn team is for real.

Also, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion in the first half and may be officially out of the running for the Heisman depending on how severe his injury turns out to be.

Alabama was able to recover after their disappointing loss to the Gamecocks last week in Columbia with a 23-10 win over Ole Miss. Their defense performed much better, but their rushing attack still seems to be out of sync.

LSU once again found a way to win with their 32-10 victory over McNeese State. It's quite possible that Tiger fans are the must disgruntled group of fans of an undefeated team in history. LSU will have to perform better than they have all season next week against Auburn if they want to remain in the ranks of the unbeaten.

After their decisive 26-6 victory over Illinois, Michigan State is now 7-0 for the first time since 1966. With only two more difficult games at Iowa and Penn State remaining, the Spartans could contend for the Big Ten championship if they perform well down the stretch.

After going into this weekend with 13 undefeated teams, that number has been reduced to ten after the losses by Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada. With ten unbeaten teams remaining, this year's first BCS rankings are sure to be very interesting.

Potential BCS busters Boise State, TCU and Utah continued to roll with impressive victories over weak opponents. Nevada, on the other hand, suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Hawaii in a game that came down to a Colin Kaepernick interception with under two minutes to go.

The leading Heisman hopefuls will see plenty of big changes this week after sub-par performances by Denard Robinson, Terrelle Pryor and Taylor Martinez in games where each of their respective teams lost.

LaMichael James had the week off, so his status remains unchanged. Kellen Moore had another good game with two touchdown passes and no interceptions, but Cam Newton has emerged as the clear front-runner at this point in the season.

Game of the day: The Washington Huskies defeated the Oregon State Beavers 35-34 in double overtime after the Beavers failed on a two point conversion when they played for the win instead of the tie. After the Huskies were up 21-0, the Beavers came back to tie it up and force overtime. In the end Jake Locker's five touchdown passes proved to be too much to overcome for the Beavers.

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