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2023 College Football Week 7 Winners and Losers

By Jeff Stinger

As the inter-conference drama intensifies in Division I of college football, so too will the wild swings over in the AP Poll’s Top 25 rankings. The pivotal Week 7 matchup between Notre Dame and USC caused a huge tidal shift in the rankings, while a certain military institution suddenly made its presence felt as a sleeper contender for the national title.

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Winners and Losers from Week 7 of the 2023 NCAA Football Season

Winner: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

With a pair of defeats and after being featured as one of our biggest losers in last week’s column, the Fighting Irish redeemed themselves by knocking out a struggling USC program. Notre Dame’s senior safety Xavier Watts had the Trojans’ number all afternoon long on Saturday, picking up a fumble for a touchdown and picking off USC’s star quarterback Caleb Williams three times. The Irish jump back up six spots to No. 15 in the rankings, as the best independent program in the FBS is still being given the benefit of the doubt as a real contender considering the team’s tough schedule against some of the best programs in the country.

Loser: USC Trojans

To say that the Trojans’ loss to the Irish this past Saturday was bad would be an understatement, as it’s now three straight weeks that Lincoln Riley’s gang have looked far from the odds-on preseason favorites to win the Pac-12. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams is in quite a slump, and USC’s defense has given up 40 or more points in each of its last three outings. The now-18th-ranked Trojans will look to right the ship as (-5.0) home faves in a pivotal Week 8 clash versus No. 14 Utah. However, the Utes’ stout defense might end up hurting Williams’ NFL Draft stock further with one of its patented shut-down defensive performances. Utah ranks fifth in Division I allowing just an average of 12.2 points per game to its opponents.

Winner: Air Force Falcons

For the first time in four years, the Falcons find themselves back in the AP Top 25 Poll following their 34-27 win over Wyoming in Week 7. Air Force kept its flawless record intact and is on a six-game tear thanks to the best rushing attack in the nation (334.2 rushing yards per game) led by stud back Emmanuel Michel’s eight rushing TDs. The Falcons are set for a must-watch military showdown as (-10.0) road faves against the Navy Midshipmen next weekend to hopefully further prove that they’re the best mid-major program in the FBS as we speak.

Loser: Louisville Cardinals

After shocking Notre Dame in Week 6, Louisville failed to capitalize on that massive win with a letdown of a 38-21 loss to the lowly Pittsburgh Panthers this past weekend. Quarterback Jack Plummer threw multiple picks for the third time this season, as the Cardinals bid farewell to their bid at an undefeated run against the unlikeliest of opponents. It doesn’t get any more crucial than an upcoming date against No. 16 Duke in Week 8, as the Cardinals and Blue Devils both look to stay in the hunt for ACC supremacy.

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