3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 7 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Purdue Boilermakers

The Purdue Boilermakers came away with a shocking upset over the 2nd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday with a gritty road performance. The Boilermakers made Iowa’s life very difficult holding them to just 7 points as they defeated the Hawkeyes 24-7. 

Purdue improved to 4-2 on the season after the biggest win of the season, the Boilermakers are looking to gain momentum from Saturday’s win as they have a tough big10 schedule ahead of them. However, a win over Iowa has to have the Boilermakers feeling great going into next week. 

 

2: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State keeps proving week after week that they are for real. After last week’s win over Baylor, they followed it up with an even more impressive victory against the 25th ranked Texas Longhorns on the road. 

The Cowboys trailed 17-3 in the second quarter before a momentum changing pick-6 changed the game and momentum. The Cowboys pulled away in the second half with 4 straight scores to end the game and came out victorious 32-24. 

3: Auburn Tigers

The Auburn Tigers went into a tough environment on Saturday as they went on the road to face the 17th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers thrived in a very tough environment as a defensive touchdown in the second half helped lead them to a 38-23 victory over the Razorbacks. 

Auburn’s quarterback, Bo Nix had a great performance as he threw for just short of 300 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns and an interception, and added 42 yards and a touchdown using his legs as well. 

Auburn improved to 5-2 on the season with an impressive road win and it only gets tougher from here for them as they face 2 ranked teams in the next 2 weeks, but have to be feeling good about their big victory on Saturday. 

Losers- 

1: Iowa Hawkeyes

The 2nd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes disappointed many on Saturday with their loss to the unranked Purdue Boilermakers. Iowa could not seem to get much going on offense, and their defense looked worse than it has been this season, as they fell short 24-7.

This is just the first loss for the Hawkeyes on the season, but will take a big toll on their playoff chances this season. Now falling outside of the top 4, the Hawkeyes will need to win out, including the Big10 championship if they want to compete for a national championship this season. That is not an easy task however as they will have to beat a lot of good teams to do so, and if they have a repeat performance of Saturday, that is not likely that they win out. 

2: Arkansas Razorbacks

The 17th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks came into Saturday’s clash with Auburn as small favorites. However, they fell short 38-23 and this loss marked their 3rd straight loss. 

After a 4-0 start to the season, the Razorbacks now see themselves as 4-3 and desperately needing a win to turn their season around. Next week they face an easier opponent in AR Pine Bluff as they should come away with a much needed win, but things are not looking so promising for the Arkansas Razorbacks following a great start to the season. 

3: Florida Gators

The 20th Ranked Florida Gators went on the road to face an unranked LSU Tigers and were double digit favorites entering the game. Florida had no problem moving the ball as they put up 42 points, however their defense was horrible and the Gators dropped the game to LSU 49-42 as quarterback Anthony Richardson threw a game sealing interception with just over 2 minutes left. 

Florida now will likely fall out of the top 25 rankings, as they fall to 4-3 on the season and have dropped 2 of their last 3 games. Next week the Gators have a much needed bye week and will need to regroup and prepare for the #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 30th which will be a daunting task if their defense has a repeat performance.

 

-Noah Danzig

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