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5 biggest winners from Week 7

There’s usually two things I’m interested in on a college football Saturday: (1) will Kentucky win and (2) will there be an awesome upset.

If I thought Week 6 was awesome, Week 7 was that times five! Kentucky defeated Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time since 1984, and won an SEC game by 27 or more points for the first time since 1998.

On top of that, Arkansas moved to 2-2 with a win over Ole Miss, further solidifying new coach Sam Pittman’s case for Coach of the Year, and Florida State upset a top-five North Carolina team.

Here’s the top five winners from Week 7:

5. Memphis Tigers

There are several teams I could have given this fifth spot to—Coastal Carolina, Liberty, BYU, or others—but I decided on Memphis because their fans had been waiting for that win over UCF for a long time. Trailing by 21 points, the Blue Tigers “roared” back (hah!) to win 50-49 with that involved more than one two-point conversion. I wish more games ended with a final score of 50-49. Kudos to teams like Coastal Carolina, Liberty, BYU, and others, but I only have five spots and Memphis gets the last one this week.

4. Florida State Seminoles

Florida State in the last three seasons, at least to me, has been one of the laughingstocks of the FBS. The “great team that actually stinks but shouldn’t” has embarrassed itself time and time again while firing coaches aplenty. The fans are probably ready to build a Mike Norvell statue after this one, highlighting another dismal Seminole season with a big smiley face sticker after a 31-28 home win over no. 5 North Carolina (in which they almost blew a 24-point halftime lead, which would have been pretty typical). Enjoy this one, Seminole fans. Perhaps a turnaround is looming for this program.

3. South Carolina Gamecocks

Will Muschamp lives to coach another day. The most popular hot-seat pick is 2-2 in a daunting schedule that probably won’t have many more wins on it. A huge opportunity looms this Saturday at the reeling LSU Tigers.

2. Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas is the feel-good story of the 2020 season. After losing 20 SEC games in a row, the Hogs have won two of their last three and outperformed most preseason win totals (zero). The future, at least for now, is bright in Fayetteville.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

Yeah, you knew I was putting them here. The Kentucky Wildcats are the biggest winners of Week 7 because they’ve finally won in Knoxville. It was the complete obliteration of Tennessee fans dreamed of in their sleep. This is a special one for Mark Stoops and the ‘Cats. They’ve had a lot of special wins while he’s been coach. This one will shine brightly in the trophy case.

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