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(RNN) – What do the Stanford Cardinals and the Georgia Bulldawgs have in common in Week 7 – they both got behind to a conference opponent, made big mistakes in comeback efforts and were outplayed.

OK - the Bulldawgs were soundly outplayed. Stanford at least made it a contest.

This is why we love college football. You never know who's going to lose and fall out of favor – for a weekend or two.

In the most stunning loss of the weekend, the No. 5-ranked Cardinals (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) lost on the road to Utah (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) to give the Utes their first win over a top 5 team in the Associated Press poll era.

Stanford's loss - barring a win over the mighty Oregon Ducks next month – might keep them out of the top 5 for the rest of the season and in the middle of their own conference.

Week 7 winners

Oregon – The undefeated No. 2 Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) are an efficient offensive machine and are no slouch on defense. In short, they are the team with the least amount of worries when it comes to conference concerns, though their biggest matchups are forthcoming – Oct. 26 vs. UCLA and Nov. 7 at Stanford.

Oh, and Oregon has beaten the Washington Huskies (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) every year since 2003, capitalizing a decade of domination on Saturday with a score of 45-24. NEXT UP: vs. Washington State on Oct. 19.

Clemson – Boston College (3-3, 1-2 ACC) has given their last two opponents – Clemson and Florida State – a run for their money. Unlike last week, they held the No. 3 Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) to a closer score, and forced quarterback Tajh Boyd to lead a fourth quarter comeback to put the Eagles away, defeating them 24-14.

Should Boyd and all of his great work this season propel him to the top of a Heisman conversation? Next week against division opponent Florida State could be that moment for him – or Jameis Winston. NEXT UP: vs. No. 6 Florida State on Oct. 19.

Texas Tech - Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is building a solid team in Lubbock this year – it's the first time since 2008 that the No. 20 Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) are undefeated through their first six games and made themselves bowl eligible.

Texas Tech put on quite a show in front of their homecoming crown on Saturday; freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb filled in nicely for Baker Mayfield in a 42-35 defeat of the Iowa State Cyclones (1-4, 0-2 Big 12). NEXT UP: at West Virginia on Oct. 19.

Other Top 25 winners: No. 8 Louisville defeated Rutgers 24-10 on Thursday; No. 11 UCLA beat Cal 37-10; No. 15 Baylor beat Kansas State 35-25; No. 23 Northern Illinois beat Akron 27-20; Pittsburgh fell to No. 24 Virginia Tech 19-9.

Week 7 losers

Oklahoma – This year's Red River Rivalry was an exciting game, one which Texas (4-2, 3-0 Big-12) lead by 13 at the half. Much like the Missouri-Georgia game in the SEC, the Sooners (5-1, 2-1 Big-12) could not finish their comeback.

The Longhorns had been beaten for the last two years, being outscored 70-12 in the first half of the last two meetings against OU. It was even highlighted by 295-pound Texas defensive lineman Chris Whaley making a big boy play as a big boy running for a pick-6 against Oklahoma in the first half.

Meanwhile, Mack Brown's behind has been cooled in the running waters of the Red River and a Gatorade bath – for now. NEXT UP: at Kansas on Oct. 19.

Michigan – In the most thrilling game of the weekend, it took Penn State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) four overtimes and a game-winning 80-yard drive with no timeouts left by Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg to put the Devin Gardner and the Wolverines (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) offense away, capitalized by a two-yard touchdown run by running back Bill Belton.

Easily the best game of the weekend, and the fourth win in a row for Penn State against Michigan. Who doesn't like free football? The highlights make you appreciate it more. NEXT UP: vs. Indiana on Oct. 19.

Other Top 25 losers: No. 19 Northwestern lost to unranked Wisconsin 35-6.

Week 8 game of the week: No. 6 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson, 8 p.m. ET on ABC – The top two teams in the ACC Atlantic division will put the cream of the ACC crop against one another in primetime.

The matchup should pose a huge threat to Clemson's conference championship aspirations should freshman sensation quarterback Winston have another great game against another ACC defense; Clemson presents his toughest opponent to date, but the potent Seminoles offense has had a week to prepare and could knock Clemson out of their way.

Lest we forget: For once, Lane Kiffin didn't look like an arrogant jerk in first interview since his midseason firing – and many were impressed with his demeanor.

On ESPN's College Gameday, Chris Fowler got the one-on-one interview the former Southern California Trojans head coach from the crew's setup in Seattle for the Oregon vs. Washington game.

The unemployed Kiffin did not take any cheap shots at his former employer, and appeared emotional when answering Fowler's direct line of questioning. Seeing the tears in his eyes, but none falling is like seeing Steve Spurrier grabbing his visor, but not throwing it – its close, but not satisfying.

The best part of the interview – the sign right behind Kiffin in the close up shots that read, "Remember when Lane Kiffin had a job?" College kids are so clever.

Could Kiffin's next job be at ESPN? Probably, but I don't want anyone raining on David Pollack's parade.

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