College Football Recap, Week 6

There weren’t too many surprises this weekend when compared to the Week 5 shakeup, as no teams in my top ten lost. The biggest surprises were Auburn going down on the road against a tough Vanderbilt team with a lot of heart who officially arrived as a threat in the SEC, and South Florida losing at home to a Pittsburgh team that may be beginning to hit its stride. Aside from that, the most entertaining game of the weekend was clearly in the Big Ten, as Ohio State and Wisconsin battled down to the final possession with the Buckeyes coming out on top. Illinois may emerge now as a team that was too quickly forgotten- that offense is a force to be reckoned with, and they took no prisoners in rolling up 45 points in the Big House. Remember that the two Illini losses were both by respectable margins and came against two of the nation’s best teams. The Big 12 suddenly looks like the strongest conference in the land, boasting five undefeated teams, but they’ll start having to play one another soon, beginning with this week’s OU-Texas game. So, we are six weeks in, and have only three teams with six wins: Alabama, Penn State and the mighty Cardinals of Ball State. Wow!

TOP 25 OF THE MATTY

  1. Missouri (5-0)
  2. Oklahoma (5-0)
  3. Alabama (6-0)
  4. LSU (4-0)
  5. Penn State (6-0)
  6. Texas Tech (5-0)
  7. Texas (5-0)
  8. USC (3-1)
  9. Georgia (4-1)
  10. Florida (5-1)
  11. Ohio State (5-1)
  12. BYU (4-0)
  13. Utah (5-0)
  14. Vanderbilt (5-0)
  15. Boise State (4-0)
  16. Auburn (4-2)
  17. South Florida (5-1)
  18. Kansas (4-1)
  19. Oklahoma State (5-0)
  20. Wake Forest (3-1)
  21. Illinois (3-2)
  22. Wisconsin (3-2)
  23. Virginia Tech (5-1)
  24. South Carolina (4-2)
  25. Kentucky (4-1)

HEISMAN WATCH

  1. Chase Daniel, Missouri
  2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
  3. Max Hall, BYU
  4. Tim Tebow, Florida
  5. Javon Ringer, Michigan State

GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Clemson at #20 Wake Forest, 7:00 PM CST, Thursday, ESPN: Even though the ACC is having a down year, these are two talented teams, and I fully expect the winner of this game to be in position to earn a BCS bid. It’s tough to bet against Wake Forest at home, but if Clemson can get their act together, they are the more talented team.

#2 Oklahoma vs #7 Texas, 11:00 AM CST, ABC: The Red River Rivalry is always one of my favorite games of the year, and it isn’t unusual for this game to hold national title implications as it does this year. Texas has been surprisingly efficient on both sides of the ball, while Oklahoma has rolled over its opponents in similar fashion. On paper, I still like the Sooners here, but the much improved Texas defense could make things interesting.

#4 LSU at #10 Florida, 7:00 PM CST, CBS: The Gators are still reeling from an upset home loss to Ole Miss two weeks ago, and going into the swamp at night will be quite a test for the young but talented Tigers. This is a must win for Florida, but they’ll need to make some defensive adjustments to slow down the surprisingly efficient LSU offense.

#19 Oklahoma State at #1 Missouri, 7:00 PM CST, ESPN 2: Oklahoma State in undefeated, but hasn’t really been tested, while Missouri has been rolling over everyone they’ve played and scoring lots of points. This should be more of the same.

#5 Penn State at #22 Wisconsin, 7:00 PM CST, ESPN: The Badgers are in a tough spot here after losing back to back games that could have gone either way. Now they have to welcome the red hot Nittany Lions who have easily been the most impressive team in the Big Ten this season. Wisconsin doesn’t want to drop three in a row, but this game doesn’t bode well for them.

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