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College Football Week 7: Okay, Who Threw the Mustard?

By Justin Cates | October 18
College Football Week 7: Okay, Who Threw the Mustard?

Tennessee gave No. 13 Ole Miss all it could handle Saturday night in Knoxville including trash on the field and in the stands. After an absolutely outstanding game the Volunteer faithful reacted poorly — to the correct spot — on a late Hendon Hooker completion that ended just shy of a first down. Fans rained trash down on the field in response and the game was delayed for about 20 minutes marring the finish.

Tennessee (4-3, 2-2) had one more shot after forcing a three-and-out, but Hooker got injured on one final great run. Joe Milton completed several passes then ran out of bounds with the clock at zero to seal the Ole Miss win and one of the bigger and dumber finishes of the season.

Volunteer fans embarrassed themselves by throwing anything that wasn't tied down, but their team acquitted itself quite well. Hooker played great with 233 yards passing, 108 rushing and two total touchdowns, but he was unable to put any weight on his right knee when he left the game leaving his status in question.

Matt Corral played another great game as well to lead Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1) to the program's first win at Tennessee since 1983. He ran for a tough 195 yards on 30 carries plus passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He did toss his first interception of the season, but that didn't matter in the end.

In many ways this was one of the best games of the season. The memes from the minor prison riot at the end were quite funny and will continue to be, but it was also shameful and dangerous. Some will quickly shout that it wasn't everybody at the game which is true, but hardly the point. Enough people participated that the band and cheerleaders had to be removed for their own safety. The lower student section was briefly cleared out, though it then filled back in with people from higher seats.

Things quickly went from the ideal college football environment to Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Life sure comes at you fast.

Odds and Ends

Another week meant even more chaos. Seven more ranked teams fell this week with the loudest coming in the form of Purdue over No. 2 Iowa. The Boilermakers (4-2, 2-1) pulled their yearly huge B1G upset to earn a ranking and announce that a significant rebuild there is well underway.

Iowa's normal issues manifested with a nonexistent offense. Spencer Petras tossed four interceptions and the Haweyes (6-1, 3-1) got dominated from the start. Their schedule gets easier down the stretch but the perfect season is gone.

The B1G East division is loaded with four top ten teams; Ohio State, Penn State, and as everyone expected Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans and Wolverines remain undefeated as they march towards a top ten rivalry meet up on Halloween weekend. That should be a totally normal and reasonable game.

Syracuse nearly beat Clemson Friday night in what would still be considered an upset. The Orange have made a habit of dropping close, winnable games as of late and the Tigers (4-2, 3-1) are just flat out bad this season as they struggle to get anything going on offense. They have to travel to no. 23 Pittsburgh next weekend so things won't get easier.

The Orange (3-4, 0-3) have one of the best running backs in college football with Sean Tucker. The second year freshman ranks second in the nation with 948 rushing yards, just behind Kenneth Walker III from Michigan State and Texas back Bijan Robinson. Those two have gotten lots of headlines this season while Tucker has toiled away in upstate New York for a struggling team that may be in the market for a new head coach soon.

Dino Babers is incredibly likable and has had some success at Syracuse, but his game management in close games this year has left something to be desires. They travel to take on another struggling program and coach in Virginia Tech next week.

Of course we can't discuss coaching rumors with the big coaching fact revealed this weekend, Ed Orgeron is out at LSU. Just two seasons removed from a magical national title run with Joe Burrow and a loaded roster. Coach O reached an agreement to make a boatload of money to not coach the Tigers anymore. That the news came right after LSU won a wild shootout against No. 20 Florida only adds to the craziness.

That's got to be one of the strangest coaching arcs in history and the fact that interim coach O is on the prowl is even more unusual. The Tigers (4-3, 2-2) have a ton of injuries and motivation could be a challenge but don't count these guys out down the stretch. The schedule is brutal with No. 12 Ole Miss, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 17 Texas A&M still on the docket, but they could easily upend someone with an ornery coach O with nothing to lose in charge.