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Stephen Vilardo’s 2022 Week 7 College Football Top 25

This week we see a matchup of ranked opponents in each Power Five contest

Posted on October 10, 2022

  By Stephen Vilardo, SuperWest Sports

A few ranked teams fell to unranked opponents last week and the others managed to survive.

As we get into October the games will start to heat up.

The third Saturday in October brings us the Tennessee vs Alabama historically. This week we see a matchup of ranked opponents in each Power Five contest.

Penn State vs Michigan, Oklahoma State vs TCU, NC State vs Syracuse, and USC vs Utah.

And with that, let’s take a look at this week’s Top 25.

1. Georgia Bulldogs 6-0 (Last week 1)

Last Week: Beat Auburn 42-10

Georgia won for the sixth consecutive time over Auburn in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

The Bulldogs won for the 34th time in their last 38 games in Athens. Georgia has outscored opponents 100-15 in the first and third quarters this season.

Next Week: vs Vanderbilt

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 6-0 (2)

Last Week: Beat Michigan State 49-20

The Buckeyes went on the road for the first time this season and were unfazed and quite frankly unchallenged by Michigan State.

C.J Stroud threw more TD passes (6) than incompletions (5) with three of the TDs going to Marvin Harrison Jr as the Buckeyes continued to roll.

Next Week: BYE

3. Alabama Crimson Tide 6-0 (3)

Last Week: Beat Texas A&M 24-20

The Crimson Tide played without Bryce Young, and the Aggies had a chance at the very end to knock off the home team.

In the end, the Tide survived for their 69th win in their last 72 inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

In the last two games, Jahmyr Gibbs has run for 360 yards averaging 9.2 per tote.

Next Week: At Tennessee

4. Clemson Tigers 6-0 (4)

Last Week: Won at Boston College 31-3

With the most difficult portion of the schedule in their rearview mirror, the Tigers took care of business against Boston College.

The win was the 12th in a row, extending the nation’s longest win streak.

The Tigers have scored at least 30 points in 11 of their 12 wins during the streak.

Next Week: At Florida State

5. USC Trojans 6-0 (6)

Last Week: Beat Washington State 42-25

usc logoFor the second week in a row, the Trojans entered halftime in a dog fight and for the second time in as many weeks, they shut a team down in the second half to solidify the win.

USC has now outscored opponents 62-7 this season in the third quarter. The USC defense did not force a turnover but for the fourth time this season, the Trojans registered at least five sacks in a game.

Next Week: At Utah

6. Michigan Wolverines 6-0 (5)

Last week: Won at Indiana 31-10

The Wolverines have opened 6-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1976-77.

While the offense looked far from spectacular the defense looked sharp sacking the Hoosiers seven times and registering ten tackles for loss for the game.

Michigan outgained Indiana in the second half by a margin of 263-29 yards Michigan should get their first test of the season this week when Penn State comes to Ann Arbor.

Next Week: vs Penn State

7. Tennessee Volunteers 5-0 (11)

Last Week: Won at LSU 40-13

The Vols 27-point win over LSU was their largest in the series since they knocked off the Tigers 28-0 in 1940.

The Tennessee offense has topped 500 total yards in four of their five games played.

Bru McCoy had three receptions of 25+ yards on the day en route to a career-high 140 receiving yards.

Next Week: vs Alabama

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys 5-0 (7)

Last Week: Beat Texas Tech 41-31

For the first time in school history, the Cowboys have won 12 consecutive games at home, the ninth-longest streak in the nation.

Oklahoma State had 14 TFLs against the Red Raiders tied for the sixth most in program history.

Next Week: At TCU

9. Penn State Nittany Lions 5-0 (8)

Last Week: BYE

Penn State had the week off ahead of their upcoming showdown with Michigan.

The Nittany Lions have forced 11 turnovers in their last three games and will need to continue that trend this week in order to create chances against the Wolverines.

Next Week: At Michigan

10. Mississippi Rebels 6-0 (10)

Last Week: Won at Vanderbilt 52-28

Jonathan Mingo caught nine passes for an Ole Miss record 247 yards as Lane Kiffin’s offense returned to the air against Vanderbilt.

Mingo’s performance is the highest receiving output in a single game nationally this season.

Next Week: at Auburn

11. UCLA Bruins 6-0 (17)

Last Week: Beat Utah 42-32

UCLA won their ninth straight game, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

The Bruins’ current seven-game win streak at home is their longest since 2006. Dorian Thompson-Robinson now has 76 career TD passes, the most in Bruins history.

In the last two weeks, UCLA has knocked off a ranked opponent in consecutive games for the first time since 2015. The Bruins topped the 40-point mark for the fifth time this season.

Next Week: BYE

12. Oregon Ducks 5-1 (12)

Last Week: Won at Arizona 49-22

The ducks have now put up at least 40 points in each of their last five games, averaging 49.8 points per game during that stretch.

In the last five games, Tony Franklin has 25 catches for 395 yards and three scores.

Bo Nix is the first Oregon QB since 2009 to run for at least three TDs in multiple games in a single season.

Next Week: BYE

13. TCU Horned Frogs 5-0 (18)

Last Week: Won at Kansas 38-31

Quentin Johnston had career-best totals of 14 receptions for 206 yards.

It was the most catches by a Horned Frog since Josh Doctson had 18 receptions in a 55-52 win at Texas Tech in 2015. Max Duggan threw for 308 and ran for another 55 in the Frogs’ win over Kansas.

TCU is 5-0 for the first time since 2017.

Next Week: vs Oklahoma State

14. NC State Wolfpack 5-1 (13)

Last Week: Beat Florida State 19-17

Devin Leary exited the Florida State game with a shoulder injury.

How long the Wolfpack will be without their starting QB remains to be seen but it’s a safe bet they will not have him in this week’s showdown at Syracuse.

The Pack trailed the Seminoles 17-3 before outscoring the FSU 16-0 after halftime.

Next Week: At Syracuse

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 5-1 (16)

Last Week: Beat Army 45-10

The Deacs stepped out of conference play to knock off Army in a dominating performance.

It was the 12th straight nonconference win at home for Wake Forest.

Wake held the Black Knights of the Hudson scoreless in the opening half, the first time Wake has shut out an opponent in the first half this season.

Next Week: BYE

16. Syracuse Orange 5-0 (19)

Last Week: BYE

The Orange got an extra week to get ready for their showdown with NC State in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse has opened the season 5-0 for the first time in 35 years.

The back end of the schedule will provide a much tougher task than the front end.

Next Week: vs NC State

17. Kansas State Wildcats 5-1 (22)

Last Week: Won at Iowa State 10-9

Phillip Brooks (119) and Malik Knowles (108) each tallied 100-yard receiving games in the win over Iowa State.

It was the first time the Wildcats had two players with 100+ yards receiving in a Big-12 game since 2014.

This is the second time since 2019 that KSU has opened Big-12 play 3-0.

Next Week: BYE

18. Mississippi State Bulldogs 5-1 (NR)

Last Week: Beat Arkansas 40-17

The Bulldogs ran for 173 yards against Arkansas, the highest total in Mike Leach’s tenure in Starkville.

Mississippi State has scored on 17 consecutive red zone opportunities with a touchdown on each of its last 14.

Next Week: At Kentucky

19. Utah Utes 4-2 (9)

Last Week: Lost at UCLA 42-32

In the loss to UCLA, Clark Phillips III returned his fourth career interception for a touchdown, matching the Utah school record.

The loss was the Utes’ first in their last nine Pac-12 games, ending what had been the nation’s second-longest conference win streak.

The chance to rebound in a big way presents itself in a hurry with USC coming to Salt Lake City this weekend.

Next Week: vs USC

20. Kansas Jayhawks 5-1 (20)

Last Week: Lost to TCU 38-30

The Jayhawks lost their first game of the season to TCU but are still off to their best six-game start since 2009.

KU outgained the Frogs 540-452, the third time they have produced at least 500 yards of total offense this season.

Next Week: At Oklahoma

21. Cincinnati Bearcats 5-1 (NR)

Last Week: Beat South Florida 28-24

The Bearcats won their 30-consecutive home game, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

UC also picked up their 18th straight win over AAC opponents.

Cincinnati has won 27 of their last 30 games played.

Next Week: BYE

22. North Carolina Tarheels 5-1 (NR)

Last Week: Won at Miami 27-24

North Carolina limited UNC to 21 yards rushing on 43 carries.

Drake Maye has accounted for 24 touchdowns (21 passing, three by rush) in the first six games of the season.

Maye’s 21 passing TDs are the most ever by a Tar Heel in the first six games in a season.

Next Week: At Duke

23. Illinois Fighting Illini 5-1 (NR)

Last Week: Beat Iowa 9-6

Illinois beat Iowa for the first time since 2008. Chase Brown has run for at least 100 yards in the last seven games.

Brown leads the nation with 879 rushing yards this season.

Next Week: vs Minnesota

24. Kentucky Wildcats 4-2 (14)

Last Week: Lost to South Carolina 24-14

Kentucky has allowed 24 points or less in each of their last 10 games played.

Chris Rodriguez Jr has run for 100-yards 16 times in his career, the third most in UK history.

Next Week: vs Mississippi State

25. BYU Cougars 4-1 (15)

Last Week: Lost to Notre Dame 28-20

The Cougars struggled to get the offense on track in Las Vegas against Notre Dame.

Jaren Hall was limited to 11 passing yards in the first half and just 120 for the game.

Kody Epps was on the receiving end of all but 20 of those yards.

Next Week: vs Arkansas

Dropped Out: Washington, Maryland, Washington State, LSU

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