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Week 7 college football standouts

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Texas v Oklahoma Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week Seven lived up to the expectations of its excellent slate. A handful of exciting games spread across the day with big ranked shootouts, exciting upsets and under-the-radar nail biters. Two high profile teams saw huge victories on Saturday with Oklahoma winning the Red River Rivalry and Wisconsin shutting out yet ANOTHER team this season against Michigan State. These impressive wins were team efforts, but dominant play by top prospects highlighted each victory.

To the surprise of no one; The Red River Rivalry turned into a shootout pretty quickly. Oklahoma’s 34-27 victory would not have been possible without a 10 catch, 170 yard and three touchdown effort by CeeDee Lamb. Lamb’s name inversely reflects the damage he does to defenses. Like a wolf in an unsuspecting flock, Lamb cut through the Texas defense like butter all day.

Look up “elusiveness” in the dictionary and it will just be CeeDee Lamb breaking ankles in this Texas game. Lamb’s speed is well known, but his shiftiness and ability to create big plays after the catch add to the existing skill of being a deep threat. Lamb has scored ten times this season on 28 catches. Meaning he scores on every third catch, basically, while averaging almost 22 yards a reception. He is a big play machine and he is doing his best to highlight himself in a draft class FULL of extremely good pass catchers.

In a slightly different kind of game, Zack Baun continues his dominant senior season for the Badgers. After not being a featured defender for much of his college career, Baun has been a playmaker for Wisconsin. Against Michigan, Baun was ferocious against the run and had a beautiful play where he dropped into coverage and picked off a pass which he ran back for a score.

Baun has been a do-it-all highlight reel on the Badgers defense this year. He has rushed the passer to extreme success, been a very good run defender and has now shown excellent instincts in coverage. It will be interesting to see how the NFL views a smaller (around 240 pound) edge defender when he is so athletic and productive. The former high school quarterback and basketball star is the complete package in terms of athleticism, technique and cerebral defensive play. If he continues playing at this level, the NFL would be silly to ignore him.

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