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Play-by-play recap of Week 7's action

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Week 7 of college football did not disappoint. Although three top 10 teams were on their bye week, there was plenty of exciting finishes elsewhere, including No. 3 Clemson's survival in OT against NC State, Alabama's dominating win against Tennessee, No. 1 North Dakota State's surprising loss to South Dakota State in FCS action and, of course, No. 2 Ohio State's thrilling overtime win over No. 8 Wisconsin to close the night.

Follow below for all the play-by-play action from Saturday:

College football Week 7 TV schedule and game previews:

Here's the complete college football television schedule on all major TV networks and previews of some of the top 25 games this week.

*All times Eastern


Saturday, Oct. 15

Lafayette at Army, noon, CBS Sports Network

Vanderbilt at Georgia, noon, SEC Network

NC State at No. 3 Clemson, noon, ABC

Minnesota at Maryland, noon, ESPNU

Iowa at Purdue, noon, ESPN2

Kansas State at No. 19 Oklahoma, noon, ESPN

No. 20 West Virginia at Texas Tech, noon, Fox Sports 1

Illinois at Rutgers, noon, ESPN News

Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m., ACC Network

Pittsburgh at Virginia, 12:30 p.m., ACC Network

Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 2 p.m., ESPN3

Kent State at Miami (Ohio), 2:30 p.m., ESPN3

Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, 2:30 p.m., ESPN3

Wake Forest at No. 14 Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 24 Western Michigan at Akron, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Ball State at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Bowling Green at Toledo, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Louisiana Tech at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Kansas at No. 11 Baylor, 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1

No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Preview: The 99th meeting between Alabama and Tennessee is shaping up to be one of the biggest, with the No. 1 Crimson Tide and No.  9 Volunteers proving the early front-runners in their respective SEC divisions. Alabama has won nine straight meetings against Tennessee, with all but two of those wins coming by at least a 12-point margin.

Players to watch

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has compiled 1,538 yards of total offense and is responsible for 14 touchdowns (nine passing, five rushing).
Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara had 127 rushing yards and 161 receiving yards against Texas A&M last week, becoming the first Power 5-conference player to have at least 125 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in the same game since 1996.

Key stats

  • Alabama leads the all-time series 52-38-7, with one win (in 2005) vacated.
  • The teams are meeting with both ranked in the Top-25 for the first time since 2005, and for the first time as Top-10 teams since 1999.
  • Alabama leads the FBS in rushing defense, allowing 69.2 rushing yards per game.
  • Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett ranks fourth in the SEC with 5.0 sacks.
  • Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is tied for the SEC lead in interceptions with three, and his 114 interception return yards rank fourth in the FBS.
  • Tennessee’s seven turnovers last week set a program record.


  • Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd is questionable with a concussion.
  • Volunteers linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. is questionable with an ankle injury. 

Southern California at Arizona, 3:30 p.m., FOX

New Mexico vs. Air Force (Dallas), 3:30 p.m., ESPN News

No. 10 Nebraska at Indiana, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

North Carolina at No. 16 Miami (Fla.), 3:30 p.m., ABC

Preview: North Carolina saw its nine-game home winning streak come to a crashing halt in last week’s 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels now hit the road to battle No. 16 Miami. The Hurricanes are fresh of their first loss of the season in which they missed a game-tying extra point in the final moments against Florida State.

Players to watch

  • Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky has completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,769 yards and 13 touchdowns. The junior’s school-record streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception ended at 243 last weekend.
  • Hurricanes wide receiver Stacy Coley caught seven passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State. The senior has caught a touchdown in five of his last six games.

Key stats

  • North Carolina is 10-9 all-time against Miami and four of its last five wins in the series have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
  • The Tar Heels finished with 131 total yards against Virginia Tech, their fewest since totaling the same amount against Wake Forest on Nov. 6, 1999.
  • North Carolina has won seven straight true road games.
  • After catching an ACC-record 30 combined passes for 366 yards in wins over Pittsburgh and Florida, Tar Heels wide receiver Ryan Switzer was held to two catches for 2 yards against Virginia Tech.
  • Miami is holding opponents to 12.8 points and 284.0 total yards per game, both ranking top-10 nationally.
  • The Hurricanes have not allowed a point in the first quarter this season.
  • Miami running back Mark Walton has 18 touchdowns in 18 career games, including eight rushing scores this year.
  • Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is seeking his 150th career win. 

Northwestern at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Georgia State at Troy, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

No. 17 Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 3:45 p.m., ESPNU

Missouri at No. 18 Florida, 4 p.m., SEC Network

No. 21 Utah at Oregon State, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Network

New Mexico State at Idaho, 5 p.m., ESPN3

No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas, 7 p.m., ESPN

Preview: The No. 12 Rebels were idle last weekend as they prepare to face No. 22 Arkansas, Ole Miss’ fourth ranked opponent already this season. The Razorbacks are also playing their fourth ranked foe of the season, and are getting set for the second of four consecutive games against ranked teams, with No. 23 Auburn and No. 18 Florida looming in the coming weeks.

Players to watch

  • Evan Engram leads all FBS tight ends with 30 receptions, and leads the Rebels with 479 yards as well as four touchdown catches.
  • Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III has rushed for 605 yards on 113 carries, and has scored five of the Razorbacks’ 10 rushing touchdowns. 

Key stats

  • Both teams are 1-2 against ranked teams this year, with both suffering losses at the hands of No. 1 Alabama.
  • Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen ranks second among SEC quarterbacks with 1,632 passing yards, while Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly ranks third at 1,596.
  • The Rebels rank 80th in the FBS at 29.2 points per game allowed, and have given up 91 in their two losses.
  • Arkansas is one of three teams winless in SEC play, along with Missouri and Vanderbilt.
  • Arkansas has won the last two meetings, including a 53-52 win last year that was the second-highest scoring game in rivalry history.
  • The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 34-28-1.


Rebels defensive end Fadol Brown is questionable with a foot injury.

Texas State at Louisiana Monroe, 7 p.m., ESPN3

South Alabama at Arkansas State, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Connecticut at South Florida, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Tulsa at No. 13 Houston, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Iowa State at Texas, 7 p.m., Longhorn Network

Southern Mississippi at LSU, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

Stanford at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Temple at UCF, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU

Arizona State at Colorado, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Network

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., ABC


Big Ten heavyweights collide as No. 2 Ohio State looks to extend its school-record true road game winning streak to 20 games as it visits No. 8 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are 5-0 for the second straight season and need a win to keep pace with Michigan in the Big Ten East. The Badgers are coming off a 7-point loss to Michigan but have another chance to make a statement to the College Football Playoff committee.

Players to watch

  • Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett is firmly in the Heisman race with 981 passing yards and 19 total touchdowns. The junior needs three more rushing or passing touchdowns to break Braxton Miller’s school record of 88 touchdowns (passing, rushing).
  • Badgers running back Corey Clement has a team-leading 319 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The senior had a rushing touchdown in six straight games before Michigan held him to 68 yards on 17 carries.

Key stats

  • Ohio State is 57-18-5 all-time against Wisconsin and has won seven of the last eight meetings.
  • The Buckeyes rank second in the country in scoring defense (10.8 points per game) and are the only team in the country to not allow a rushing touchdown this season.
  • Ohio State ranks third in the country and first in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 53.2 points per game.
  • Buckeyes running back Mike Weber is averaging a Big Ten-best 113.2 rushing yards per game and of his 83 rushes only two have gone for negative yardage.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 13-3 at Ohio State against ranked opponents.
  • Wisconsin has won six straight games following a loss.
  • The Badgers have allowed three touchdowns and two field goals in three games against top 10 opponents this season.
  • Wisconsin wide receiver Robert Wheelwright has caught at least three passes in 10 straight games. 

Colorado State at No. 15 Boise State, 10:15 p.m., ESPN2

UCLA at Washington State, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Nevada at San Jose State, 10:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

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