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Week 7 Preview: UGA appears to be avoiding another No. 1 disruption

Nr. 1 has been a particularly secure position during the College Football Playoff era.

Last week’s loss in Alabama as the No. 1 team in the country to Texas A&M was just the fourth outside the playoffs for the top-ranked team in the AP poll during the eight-year history (2014-now) of the CFP.

The last time No. 1 was beaten twice in a regular season was 2012, which was also the last time No. 1 went down in consecutive weeks.

In November, Texas A&M and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel went to Alabama in the top event and hit the tide. The next week, Stanford No. 1 knocked Oregon in overtime.

The Aggies have set the stage again with a win against Alabama. Nr. 11 Kentucky will try to play Stanford for Georgia’s Oregon on Saturday.

The Wildcats have not beaten a No. 1 since 2007, when they were the 17th-ranked team in the nation, beating LSU at home in triple overtime.

Kentucky takes on Georgia on Saturday, one of two games that match ranked teams in Week 7 of the season.

BEST GAME

Nr. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Texas.

The Wildcats-Bulldogs have the better position in the combined record (12-0), but Georgia is a huge favorite, so whether that game will be competitive in four quarters is questionable.

The undefeated Cowboys are positioned to become the Big 12’s surprise performer if they can give Texas another loss in a row.

The Longhorns are coming off a crushing crash against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, and yet another setback would put them in a deep hole in the Big 12 race.

The Cowboys’ business cards have been defensive so far, especially against the run. Oklahoma State is 10th in the nation, allowing 2.76 yards per carry. Bear.

Can they contain Texas’ Bijan Robinson? Longhorns’ sophomore averages 132 yards per game. Games and 6.81 per. Bear.

HEISMAN SE

Chris Rodriguez, RB, Kentucky

Speaking of good running backs facing stingy defenses, if Rodriguez (fifth in the nation at 128 yards per game) can penetrate the Bulldogs’ great wall of NFL prospects, he would rest against the top of most Heisman – hype lists.

Here’s another idea. The Heisman challengers are generally the best players on the best teams. So what about Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, clearly the best player in his position and perhaps the best offensive linemen regardless of position?

The second-ranked Hawkeyes host Purdue.

OF THE SPEECHES

5-Number wins in a row for Auburn over Arkansas, but the 17th-ranked Razorbacks closed the hole last year. The first four wins in a row averaged 39 points. Last season, the Tigers extended the streak in a two-point game that had a dubious unnamed fumble by Auburn.

7.29-Yards per. Games Baylor are on average this season under first-year offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. The Bears were one of the worst offenses in the country last season with 4.44 per. Play, but turned it around by hiring Grimes away from BYU. The Bears host the 19th ranked Cougars on Saturday.

14 – No. 4 Oklahoma’s winning streak, now the longest in the nation after Alabama lost last week. The Sooners hosts TCU.

28-Tennessee has scored 28 points in the first quarter of back-to-back games for the first time in modern program history. Vols welcomes former coach Lane Kiffin and No. 13 Ole Miss on Saturday.

47-9 — Total No. 19 Arizona State has surpassed opponents this season in the fourth quarter. The Sun Devils visit Utah in an important Pac-12 South matchup.

UNDER THE RADAR

Iowa State and Kansas State

The Cyclones (3-2) were expected to be in the middle of the Big 12 and maybe even the College Football Playoff races, but they have been pushed aside by their in-state rivals from Iowa City.

There is still time for Iowa State to climb back to the Big 12 battle. Farmageddon rival Kansas State comes in from an open date and on a losing streak in two games, after dropping games to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

WARM SEAT

Manny Diaz, Miami

The hurricanes are 2-3 and have been ravaged by injuries, including a likely season-ending for quarterback D’Eriq King.

The injuries don’t seem to buy much empathy for Diaz, who is in his third season of The U.

The good news, if any, is that Miami is heading to North Carolina with only a loss in the ACC and the potential to return to the Coastal Division race.

The tar heels (3-3, 1-3 ACC) have been just as if not more disappointing than the hurricanes, but no one is seriously looking to drive Mack Brown out of Chapel Hill.

How realistic it would be for Miami to make a change of coach is an open question. But the patience with Diaz among the fans is close to running out.

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