Week 7 winners and losers: Melvin Gordon, Bryce Petty star
FOX Sports weighs in on who stood out and who stumbled in Week 7 of college football.
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Winner: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Wisconsin was able to bounce back from last week’s upset lost to Northwestern in large part due to Gordon’s performance vs. Illinois. The Heisman hopeful rushed for 175 yards and four TDs -- the most ground scores of Week 7 -- as the Badgers grabbed their first Big Ten win of the season.
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Loser: Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri
In an important SEC East matchup, the Tigers QB didn’t show up. Mauk threw for just 97 yards and was intercepted four times as No. 23 Missouri got slammed by No. 13 Georgia, 34-0. His luck wasn’t any better on the ground, rushing for minus-14 yards on seven carries.
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Winner: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
With Todd Gurley suspended and Sony Michel, UGA’s second-most productive back through six weeks, also sidelined with a shoulder injury, Chubb was handed a heavy workload vs. Mizzou. He proved to be more than up to the task. The freshman carried the ball on 38 of the Bulldogs’ 58 rushes for 143 yards and a TD. For good measure, he also made four catches for 31 more yards.
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After slipping from No. 8 to 18 in the AP poll, the Bruins had a chance to make up ground and show the Week 6 Utah loss was more fluke than fact. But QB Brett Hundley and Co. were instead smoked by Oregon 42-30 at the Rose Bowl. The final score didn't look so bad, but UCLA was out of contention by midway through the third quarter.
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Winner: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Trailing 58-37 with less than 12 minutes to play, the No. 5 Bears were in serious trouble of tumbling in the polls. That’s when Baylor stormed back for 24 unanswered points, including two TD passes from the senior signal-caller. Petty created a little bit of his own mess by throwing 2 picks but finished with these monster numbers passing: 510 yards and 6 TDs.
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This one is admittedly a stretch. It’s hard to call any team that loses to Alabama a loser. But, the thing is, Arkansas could have had this game. Three turnovers aside, they squandered the shot at a field goal because of poor snap execution. And for cryin' out loud, they lost by a blocked extra point. They make the list because they blew such a golden opportunity.
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Winner: Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen, RB, USC
Allen had a career-high 203 rushing yards and found the end zone three times in USC’s 28-26 nailbiter over No. 10 Arizona in Tucson. Allen's effort aside, just imagine where the Trojans might be ranked on Sunday had they not allowed that last-ditch Hail Mary vs. Arizona State in Week 6 ...
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Loser: Red River Rivalry
With the No. 11 Sooners coming off a loss and Texas struggling in general, the Golden Hat Trophy lacked a little luster this season. Oklahoma beat the Longhorns 31-26, but the Red River Shootout is not currently must-see TV like it used to be, which is a shame. The game is too good to be an afterthought, especially in a week that lacked the buzz of Week 6.
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Winner: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Though 18 of 34 passing with two interceptions won’t wow you, Prescott led his team to arguably the biggest win of Week 7. He did throw for 246 yards and a touchdown, but it was on the ground where the junior left a more significant mark, compiling 121 yards and two scores on 21 attempts as the Bulldogs stayed perfect and upset No. 2 Auburn in SEC West action.
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Loser: Texas A&M
The 14th-ranked Aggies will continue to tumble down the AP poll after Week 7’s defeat to No. 3 Ole Miss at Kyle Field. One stat that sticks out in the loss is the mere 54 rushing yards (1.5 per attempt) A&M managed vs. the Rebels’ Landshark defense. After two big consecutive SEC losses, will coach Kevin Sumlin's team be considered top-20 material in the new poll?