College Football: Top 10 Week 7 Performances
College Football Week 7 Top Performers
College football is a sport many are enamored with and week 7 is the reason why. Two top teams fell to their opponents last weekend, sending the college football world into an uproar about who should be ranked where. As with every weekend in college football, there is always turnover in the top 25 but college football fans love seeing top 10 upsets. There were also games that were too close to comfort as well as those where teams dismantled their opponent’s confidence.
Who drives these upsets and great games of college football?
It’s the young athletes that complete ridiculous feats week after week and there were are a large number that impressed in the box score in week 7. Without these performances, the weekend of college football’s week 7 would have been a week without no excitement.
However, with the “video game” numbers that were put up over the weekend, it’s obvious to see that was not the case.
When someone says video game numbers, they are talking about statistics that seem unachievable in real life but something that can be done while playing a sports game. For example, 400 passing yards in a game or 200 receiving yards in a game. Those are two stats that multiple athletes have achieved this season in college football and the athletes that achieve them are said to be having remarkable games.
Last week, a quarterback threw for 400 yards against a top 10 foe. A rather unknown player dominated his opponent with a five sack performance. A receiver exemplified the greatest show on turf with other 200 yards receiving and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown. With these great performances and more, who would I choose as the top 10 college football week 7 performers and how would I rank them?
Let’s find out.
10. Michigan Wolverines Lb Bobby Ryan
If you’re Jake Ryan, you really do not want the month of October to end. Ryan has enjoyed one of the best months of his career this month and continued that trend in week 7 with 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown.
Ryan was simply a dominating factor for the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.
9. Maine Black Bears DE Michael Cole
If you love sacks, you’ll love Michael Coles’ five sack day for the Maine Black Bears last weekend. He also made nine tackles and contributed a forced fumble. Cole may not play for an FBS team but it is hard to ignore such a dominating performance. He currently has seven sacks on the year.
8. Rutgers Scarlet Knight LB Khaseem Greene
Normally defensive players don't dominate top performance lists but Khaseem Greene had a great week for Rutgers last week to become become the third defender in the top 10 week 7 performances. The linebacker notched 14 tackles, three forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. In a game where scoring was at a premium, Greene was exactly what the Knights needed.
7. Florida State Seminoles QB EJ Manuel
Florida State QB EJ Manuel continued his Heisman Trophy campaign last week with a career high of 439 passing yards and four touchdowns. What makes those stats even greater is that Manuel left the game in the fourth quarter with the Noles up 48-7. One of his four touchdowns was of the 77 yard variety to Kenny Shaw
6. Alabama Crimson Tide RB Eddie Lacy
The Alabama Crimson Tide just keep getting better from week to week. In week 7, Eddie Lacy rushed for 177 yards on 18 carries. He scored three touchdowns, with one being a long run of 73 yards. Lacy, Alabama's bell cow, seems to get stronger every week and that is something that should scare upcoming opponents.
5. Wisconsin Badgers RB Montee Ball
Montee Ball disappeared in the early part of the season but he was found recently and has been battering opponents. This week the Wisconsin running back carried the ball 29 times for a whopping three touchdowns. While not on pace to reach last year's numbers, Ball's week 7 performance ranks among one of the week's best.
4.Texas Tech Red Raiders QB Seth Doege
The Red Raiders pulled the big upset of the weekend by defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers last weekend and they could not have done it without their quarterback Seth Doege, who claims the fifth spot on this list. Doege earns this spot partly for leading his team to the biggest upset of the weekend but even more so, for passing for 499 yards and six scores last weekend. Just outstanding numbers.
3. Toledo Rockets WR Bernard Reedy
Holy Toledo! Bernard Reedy went crazy for the Toledo Rockets last week catching 11 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 21.5 yards per catch last week. Wide receivers are applauded for 100 yard games, so a 200 yard game is certainly nothing to scoff at. Reedy also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week. Such a dominating effort is certainly worth the no. 3 spot on this list.
2. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs WR Quinton Patton
Quinton Patton may have been overshadowed by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel last week but without Patton, La Tech would not have hung around with the Aggies.
Patton racked up 233 yards receiving yards against the Aggies and scored four times. What makes those numbers stand out even more is he got an unfathomable 21 passes last week. If not for our no.1 selection, Patton would have easily secured that spot with such a remarkable game.
1. Texas A&M Aggies QB Johnny Manziel
As stated in the previous slide, Johnny Manziel upstaged Quinton Patton on the field last week and also does so, in this top 10. Of course, the nation has learned to expect great numbers from the freshman quarterback, so this comes at no surprise.
"Johnny Football", as he is affectionately called, passed for 395 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns. He totaled 576 yards of total offense by himself, breaking his own conference record that he set recently. Manziel wins multiple awards every week and may find himself in the Heisman Trophy race at this rate.