College Football Recap- Week 6

Week #6 of the College Football season did not disappoint! It provided more excitement, more great games, and more upsets for us to digest in this week’s College Football Recap- Week 6!

I was definitely wrong about the Notre Dame/Virginia Tech game, as the Fighting Irish continued to roll! But there were plenty of other upsets that took place on Saturday which shook-up the rankings, as well as the college football playoff race.

If you go back and look at my College Football Recap- Week 5, I talked about rooting for chaos and pandemonium. And what occurred this past weekend was definitely surprising, and could be the start of a very chaotic ending to the football season!

College Football Recap-Week 6

The Upsets 
There were 3, Top 10 teams that fell to lower-ranked opponents on Saturday. The Florida Gators defeated the #5 LSU Tigers, 27-19, the Texas Longhorns won a thriller over the #7 Oklahoma Sooners, 48-45, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs grinded-out a 23-9 victory over the #9 Auburn Tigers.

There were also 4 other Top 25 teams that were beaten by un-ranked opponents:
#13 Kentucky lost to Texas A&M, 20-14 in OT
#14 Stanford lost to Utah, 40-21
#20 Michigan State lost to Northwestern, 29-19
#25 Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State, 48-42

If you happen to be an LSU, Oklahoma, or Kentucky fan, don’t worry, your team is still very much alive for a conference championship… and maybe a playoff birth!

If you are an Auburn, Stanford, Michigan State, or Oklahoma State fan, then your playoff aspirations just crashed and burned! Now each of these teams are still “mathematically” eligible to win their respective conference, but it would require a monumental shift in the remainder of their season.

Florida- 27, LSU- 19
This game went as expected- Hard-Hitting, Competitive, and Intense. I had picked LSU to win (27-16), so I was almost “spot-on” when it came to the score. But the Gators “flipped the script” on the Tigers with some great defense and some big plays in the 4th quarter.

With 2:00 minutes left in the game, LSU only trailed by 1 point, 20-19, and had the ball. It felt like the Tigers would do to the Gators what they had done to Auburn just a few weeks earlier when they drove down the field and kicked a winning field goal as time expired.

But on the third play of the drive, Brad Stewart Jr intercepted a pass from Joe Burrow on the sideline and took it 25 yards to the house. It was a spectacular defensive play!

LSU still had an opportunity to tie the game with 1:29 remaining, but the Florida defense stepped-up again with another big play. This time, Donovan Stiner intercepted the pass on a 4th-and-10 play which sealed the game!

Texas-48, Oklahoma- 45
I had picked Oklahoma to win this game (37-24) because I thought that Texas wouldn’t be able to score enough points to keep up…wrong again!!! This was a true “rivalry” game that went back and forth throughout. At halftime the Longhorns held a 24-17 advantage, and by the end of the 3rd quarter they had mounted a 45-24 lead.

Oklahoma stormed back in the fourth (as we suspected) with three, consecutive touchdown drives to tie the game 45-45. Texas got the ball back with 2:31 left on the clock, and drove 52 yards on 9 plays. Facing a 4th-and-1 from the Sooner 23 yard line, the Longhorns sent out their field goal team.

With 9 seconds remaining, freshmen kicker, Cameron Dicker, stepped-up and drilled a 40-yarder to win the game!

Mississippi State- 23, Auburn- 9
I picked Auburn to win this game (23-13). Again, I almost “nailed” the score but chose the “wrong” team to be victorious. The main thing that I learned from this game is that I need to stop picking games involving Mississippi State! I am (1-3) when it comes to games that include the Bulldogs!

The other thing that I learned is that the 2018 Auburn Tigers are eerily similar to the 2017 Michigan Wolverines: Struggling offenses, Very good defenses that get little help, Untimely penalties and turnovers, Unable to catch a break, and Missed opportunities!

As a Michigan fan, I can completely sympathize with what Tiger fans are going through! Auburn is a team that is probably good enough to win 10 games, but they will likely end up at 8-4. They will probably loose a couple more close games that they could have easily won…as was the case on Saturday night.

Final Thoughts
There were a few other extremely exciting games on Saturday that I have not mentioned yet.

1. Miami-28, Florida State- 27
When D.J. Matthews returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, the Seminoles were shocking the Hurricanes, 27-7. But the Miami defense took over the game for the final quarter and a half, forcing two crucial turnovers and completely shutting down the FSU offense.

Freshman quarterback, N’Kosi Perry, tossed 4 touchdown passes (3 in the second half), and the Hurricanes survived a major scare from their in-state rivals. What a game!

2. Colorado- 28, Arizona State- 21
The Buffaloes are now (5-0) and are leading the Pac-12 South after a very impressive win over the Sun Devils! Colorado’s dynamic wide receiver, Laviska Shenault, scored 4 touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving) to help lead his team to victory.

The Pac-12 South race is still far from over, but Colorado has put themselves in a very good position by winning this game! The Buffaloes are 1 of 11 unbeaten teams remaining in the FBS, and their playoff hopes are very much alive!

3. Texas A&M- 20, Kentucky- 14 (OT)
This was another great game! It was hard-fought and competitive from start to finish. Both teams displayed their toughness and perseverance, which we have already seen through the first five weeks.

In overtime, the Wildcats had the first offensive possession. They were facing a 3rd-and-2 from the A&M 17 yard line when quarterback, Terry Wilson, was sacked by Kingsley Keke for a loss of 8 yards. Kentucky lined-up for a 43 yard field goal. Kicker, Miles Butler, booted the ball right down the middle but it ended-up bouncing off the cross bar.

Texas A&M moved the ball down to the 10 yard line on their first possession, and running back, Trayveon Williams, took care of the rest. He scampered toward the end-zone and flipped over a Wildcat defender for the winning touchdown!

Remaining Playoff Contenders
Last week I listed the teams that were “technically” still alive for a playoff berth, and that list included 35 teams. As I mentioned, this list would become smaller and smaller each week.

Keep in mind that the Playoff Committee has never selected a 2-loss team for the playoffs, so we have to assume that this precedent will continue in 2018. So let’s take a look at the updated list after an action-packed week #6!

ACC
Clemson, North Carolina State, Miami, and Duke (4 Teams)

Big 12
West Virginia, Texas, and Oklahoma (3 Teams)

Big 10
“TTFDB”, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa (5 Teams)

Pac-12
Washington, Washington State, Oregon, and Colorado (4 Teams)

SEC
Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida (5 Teams)

Other
Notre Dame, UCF, USF, and Cincinnati (4 Teams)

There are now 25 Teams that have 0 or 1 loss! Who will survive and who will stumble in week #7? I can’t wait to find out!