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Nowkhah Knows: Week 7 in review

34 days ago
Dari Nowkhah | SEC Network

How fun was that? This weekend was the greatest example we've had this season of why college football is the greatest sport on the planet. Upsets! Nationally, four top-10 teams lost, three more almost did (all against unranked teams). We were almost able to kick Notre Dame to the curb while the playoff chances of Penn State and Washington went kaput. The mighty Big Ten is down to two legitimate playoff contenders, both led by coaches many folks find difficult to like (Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh) while the Pac 12 just, kind of, stinks. The ACC remains a one-team pony (Sup, Dabo?) and the Big 12 saw its lone undefeated contender get drilled in Ames (Iowa State "took you home, West Virginia").

Meanwhile, the SEC still has FIVE teams very much in play for the playoff, and shockingly, three come from the East. Georgia, Florida and Kentucky are all good enough to win out and get in while Alabama and LSU are headed for what would be the nation's biggest game yet, three weeks from now in Baton Rouge.

College football has a way of letting us all know what we DON'T know, but here's what I'm pretty sure I do know.

I know that everything I said up there about this weekend being so fun is NOT true for Georgia fans.

Sorry 'bout that, Dawg nation. LSU owned the lines of scrimmage, went a perfect 4-for-4 on fourth downs and made Georgia QB Jake Fromm feel like there were 16 players on defense play in and play out. I did enjoy UGA head coach Kirby Smart firing up a little Les Miles fake field goal call in Tiger Stadium, but unlike seemingly every single Les Miles gamble, this one didn't pay off. If the best rushing team in the SEC couldn't move the ball against the Tigers, why would kicker Rodrigo Blankenship be able to run for 9 yards on fourth down? It was fun to see him try, though. Here's the good news for Georgia... win out and get into the playoff. Here's the bad news. I'm not sure another loss allows them that chance. A 20-point rout like this one will not be forgotten by the College Football Playoff selection committee should the Dawgs have two losses come decision time.

I know that picking LSU to miss a bowl game before the season is likely the worst prediction I've ever made.

I didn't just miss the boat on that one, I missed the entire lake.

I know they are still celebrating on Rocky Top.

Congrats, Vols, on your first SEC win in two seasons. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt has taken this massive rebuild and rapidly gone brick by brick (whoops, poor choice of words, sorry about that) putting the right pieces in the right places. The Vols made major strides over their bye week, went into Auburn and attacked the SEC's biggest enigma, the War Eagle offense. Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham was under constant pressure while Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano had the day of his LIFE! By the way, that has to be the first Jarrett vs Jarrett QB battle ever, right? Auburn remains a mess and Auburn fans had better hope Gus Malzahn can stop the bleeding, which likely exists internally as well as externally. Meanwhile, you know that 24-hour rule where a team can celebrate for 24 hours after a win? I'm hoping Tennessee made it a 24-minute rule. They host Alabama Saturday.

I know Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is on his way to being one of the elite QBs in the SEC.

I'm not saying he'll reach that point this season, but next season, he'll enter as a top three guy. Tua, Fromm and Mond might be my top three at that point (not necessarily in that order) if things continue the way they're going now. Mond had another showcase game in the Aggies' win at South Carolina. 25-for-37, 353 yards, a passing touchdown, big plays with his legs and no turnovers lifted the Aggies to a 3-point win. Look at the Aggies' schedule. Actually, let me lay it out for you... at Mississippi State, at Auburn, home against Ole Miss and UAB. Those are their next four games. I'll take "Gig'em" in all of them. That would leave them with one SEC loss on November 24 when they finish the regular season at home against LSU. Does this look anything like the Aggies teams under Kevin Sumlin? Sorry, I just did what my kids do when they ask questions they already know the answers to. Does that drive anybody ELSE nuts?

I know I got twitter-yelled at by a Rebels fan because on Saturday night's SEC Now, we didn't make a big enough deal about QB Jordan Ta'amu's (that's a lot of apostrophes) 528 yards of total offense against Arkansas.

WHOO-HOOO, WAY TO GO JORDAN!! There, happy now? He's a stud, we know that. Great passer, dangerous runner, he's got all the tools. He also has superstars on the outside to make plays once the ball is delivered. This was a really big win for Matt Luke's Ole Miss program. Trailing by 13 with a quarter and a half to go on the road (kind of) in Little Rock, the Rebels buckled down on defense, where they are routinely criticized, while their offense led them back to a 37-33 win. Meanwhile, it was the latest in a series of heartbreaking losses for the Hogs, who have now lost six straight. By the way, if War Memorial Stadium isn't even going to be close to full to watch Arkansas play a CONFERENCE game, rain or not, does Little Rock really need to continue to host one every year? I know I'm stepping out of bounds on this one, but eesh, that didn't look good.

I know that Razorbacks QB Ty Storey kept reminding me of former Razorbacks QB Austin Allen.

Like Austin, Ty continued to take shot after shot from defenders while displaying incredible toughness that's impossible to ignore. Props to you, Ty.

I know that Alabama is so good, they're boring.

Sounds like Tua Tagovailoa's knee will be fine for Tennessee.

My 1-14 for Week 7:
  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Georgia
  5. Kentucky
  6. Florida
  7. Mississippi State
  8. South Carolina
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Missouri
  11. Tennessee
  12. Auburn
  13. Arkansas
  14. Vanderbilt