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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 7: Alabama opens as favorite over Georgia at home

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It is never too early to take a look at the lines for next week’s action, and the William Hill Sportsbook has released them for Week 7 action already. That includes the huge SEC showdown between SEC teams as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa next Saturday night on CBS.

While that’s going to be a great game between the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, it’s also the only game between ranked teams in Week 7. Though, I suppose if we’re only going to get one matchup between ranked teams, we might as well make it a couple of top-three sides.

There are some other games worth keeping an eye on, though. Particularly as some teams look to bounce back from a rough weekend, while other upstarts look to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger games for the weekend.

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (-6): As I said above, not only is this the only matchup between ranked teams this weekend, it’s also a game between the final unbeaten teams in the SEC. This game’s story will be the Alabama offense against a Georgia defense that’s been phenomenal through three games. Alabama got into an old-fashioned Big 12-style shootout with Ole Miss on Saturday night, but it will find the resistance a bit stronger against this defense. Of course, it’ll also be just as important to see if the Georgia offense can keep pace with Alabama. This is going to be a great game and a possible SEC Championship — and College Football Playoff? — preview.

No. 1 Clemson (-27) at Georgia Tech: Clemson’s playing another ACC game, so of course, it’s favored by nearly four touchdowns. Honestly, it’s pretty crazy to think that the

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Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland 222-0

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg discusses Alabama’s strong start, Georgia’s bounce-back effort and Texas entering the danger zone after a loss.

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On this day in 1916, one of the greatest college football teams of its era administered one of the most lopsided victories in sports history against a bunch of frat boys.

The final score is unbelievable: 222-0. 

On one side: The Georgia Tech Engineers (as they were known at the time) were in the midst of a four-season run of excellence from 1915-18, in which they went 30-1-2 – including three straight undefeated seasons – while outscoring opponents 1,611-93.

And, on the other: Cumberland College out of Lebanon, Tennessee, which had opted to drop its football program after the 1915 season.

Cumberland’s discontinuation of its football program mattered little to John Heisman. Name sound familiar? Yup, the Heisman Trophy is named after the legendary coach. Turns out, Heisman could hold a grudge. In the spring of 1915, Cumberland College’s baseball team defeated Georgia Tech, 22-0. Heisman had accused Cumberland of using ringers and semi-pro players. He vowed revenge.

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So, on Oct. 7, 1916, when Cumberland and Georgia Tech were originally scheduled to meet on the gridiron, Heisman was determined to play the game, despite Cumberland having already dropped its program. Heisman demanded Cumberland meet its contractual obligations and play the Engineers. If not, Cumberland would owe Georgia Tech $3,000 if the game were not played.

So, Cumberland rounded up some of its finest frat boys, traveled to Atlanta and were on the wrong end of the biggest beatdown in the sport’s history.

Here are some mind-blowing facts from the famous 222-0 game:

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AP Top 25 poll: Georgia moves up, Oklahoma and UCF fall out of new college football rankings

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After a Week 5 that saw eight ranked teams fall, changes were bound to come to the newest update of the college football rankings. What we didn’t expect was the extent of the changes as the AP Top 25 poll released on Sunday featured five teams dropping out from the rankings and a shift in the top five. 

Georgia overtook Florida for the No. 3 spot, behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, with the Gators falling back to No. 4 by the slim margin of just 40 voting points (1,380 to 1,340). No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Miami held their order as Auburn took a fall from No. 7 to No. 13 after its loss to the Bulldogs, and North Carolina made its arrival into the top-10 with a four-spot jump to No. 8. 

Oklahoma had one of the most notable falls in the poll this week, dropping from No. 18 to outside the top 25 after losing at Iowa State on Saturday night. It’s the first time the Sooners are unranked in the AP Top 25 poll since 2014 and the first 0-2 start in Big 12 play since 1998. There should be an opportunity for Oklahoma to work its way back into the rankings, but even next week’s much-anticipated rivalry game against Texas has lost some of its juice after the Longhorns fell to No. 22 following a home loss to TCU. 

Speaking of the Big 12, Oklahoma State was one of the biggest risers in this week’s poll, jumping from No. 17 to No. 10 as it remains as the only undefeated team in the conference. 

Check out the full AP Top 25 poll below: 

  1. Clemson (52 first-place votes)
  2. Alabama (8)
  3. Georgia 
  4. Florida 
  5. Notre Dame 
  6. Ohio State (2)
  7. Miami

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Coaches Poll top 25: Florida, Georgia tied at No. 3, Oklahoma State way up in college football rankings

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Losses up and down the top 25 have provided the setting for one of the most significant shakeups in the college football rankings to date. When the new Coaches Poll top 25 was released on Sunday, four teams had fallen out of the rankings and five teams saw jumps up of five spots or more. 

A total of eight ranked teams lost in Week 5, with six of those losses coming to unranked opponents. No. 13 Auburn and No. 20 Texas A&M weren’t punished as much for their losses to No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama, while the falls for the other six teams dropped them right out of the rankings. Oklahoma State was one of the biggest risers this week, up nine spots to No. 10 after beating Kansas to improve to 3-0. 

The most notable drop was for Oklahoma, which now sits at 1-2 after its loss to Iowa State. The Sooners are unranked for the first time since 2014. It’s also the first 0-2 start in Big 12 play for the Sooners since 1998. 

While the shifts were dramatic further down the rankings, it’s also notable to see the coaches start to put some more support behind Georgia, which is up one spot and now in a tie for No. 3 with its SEC East rival Florida. 

Check out the full Coaches Poll top 25 below: 

1. Clemson (46 first-place votes)
2. Alabama (14)
3. Georgia 
3. Florida 
5. Notre Dame 
6. Ohio State (2)
7. Miami
8. Penn State 
9. North Carolina 
10. Oklahoma State 
11. Cincinnati 
12. Tennessee 
13. Auburn 
14. Wisconsin 
15. BYU
16. LSU
17. Oregon 
18. Virginia Tech 
19. Michigan 
20. Texas A&M
21. SMU
22. Texas 
23. Louisiana 
24. Iowa State 
25. UCF 

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 120;

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SEC college football power rankings led by Alabama, Georgia, Florida

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Alabama crushed Texas A&M (again). Once relevant, this series sits firmly in the Crimson Tide’s corner.

Ole Miss landed the first win of the Lane Kiffin era by topping Kentucky in overtime. Already, you can see how the Rebels’ offense will cause trouble in the SEC.

And in the biggest game of the week, Georgia beat Auburn to solidify its place in the College Football Playoff race.

The second weekend of the SEC season was a revealing one. What’s clear: Alabama, Florida and Georgia are the teams to beat. After two games, here’s an updated look at the conference power rankings.

1. Alabama (Last week: No. 1)

The Crimson Tide don’t budge from atop the list after a 52-24 win against Texas A&M paced by quarterback Mac Jones, who had three touchdown passes of at least 60 yards. Aided by an explosive receiver corps, Jones has gone from a question mark heading into the preseason to a part of the Heisman Trophy race.

2. Georgia (No. 3)

Sluggish in a win against Arkansas to kick off the year, Georgia put together a more complete performance to beat Auburn 27-6 and climb into second place behind Alabama. The Bulldogs controlled the line of scrimmage and protected quarterback Stetson Bennett, who threw for 240 yards.

Georgia defensive back Mark Webb intercepts a pass in front of Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz during the second half at Sanford Stadium. (Photo: Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports)

3. Florida (No. 2)

Florida’s rebuild on offense is complete. The Gators have a pair of Heisman Trophy contenders in quarterback Kyle Trask, who threw for another four touchdowns in a 38-24 win against South Carolina, and tight end Kyle Pitts, who now has six scoring grabs through two

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