College Football Week 6 Review: Florida State, LSU, and Georgia Go Down, State of Oregon Shines, Big-10 Regresses, and Notre Dame Rolls
3 of the top 5, LSU, Florida State, and Georgia, Go Down
The most surprising upset in a weekend with the most uprisings in years featured NC State beating the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles. At halftime the Seminoles were leading 16-0. In the second half Florida State only had 68 yards on offense half while getting outscored 17-0. Mike Glennon, quarterback for the Wolfpack, threw the ball 55 times and threw the game winning touchdown pass with only 16 seconds left in the game on 4th and goal. Many people had already handed Florida State the “We’re Back!” plaque, and then they lose a game like this.
Fourth-ranked LSU squared off against Florida in the Swamp. The game will probably be best known for Will Muschamp’s first big SEC win in SEC fashion. The Gators kept the game close through the third quarter, staying within one touchdown. Running back Mike Gillislee wore down the Tiger defense as the game wore on and rushed for both touchdowns the Gators scored. The Tigers even benefited from a healthy amount of turnovers in Florida’s side of the field but could only turn the opportunities in to field goals. Still incredibly rough on offense, the Tigers have more questions than they did last year and the quarterbacks never seem to get better as the season goes on. This game also shows a power shift from the SEC West to the SEC East. Arkansas and LSU are down and the East is solid with Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
Fifth-ranked Georgia squared off against sixth-ranked South Carolina in South Carolina. The Gamecocks rolled away with this one in the first quarter, leading 21-0 after 15 minutes. If not for a garbage time touchdown just south of 2 minutes, the Bulldogs would have been completely shut out in this matchup. Spurrier historically has been an offensive coach, but has done a great job of adapting to the modern SEC and winning with amazing defense and above average offense. Early BCS rankings have the Gamecocks at #2 in the BCS polls.
State of Oregon is on Fire
Oregon dominated Washington for the ninth year in a row at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night. At the end of the first quarter the score was 21-0 and at halftime the score was 35-7. The Ducks outgained the Huskies by 150 yards and forced 5 turnovers. Oregon was able to run at will, averaging 5.8 yards a carry, and almost having 300 total yards on the ground. The Ducks received a first place vote in the AP poll and if they win out, they are a sure thing for the national title game.
Oregon State has also been dominant. They beat the Washington State Cougars 19-6 and showed that they could win ugly. Sean Mannion, who has played stellar so far this season, threw three interceptions. The Beavers rushed for 100 yards while holding the Cougars to only 20, and nearly outgained the Cougars by 150 total yards. The most telling stat is that the Cougars were held to 2 of 10 on third down attempts. The Beavers should now be ranked in the Top 10 with three really good wins so far on their resume.
Arkansas Gets a Win, Auburn Is Awful
Auburn is now the team that every team wants to play. They lost to Arkansas, and Arkansas has been abysmal this whole season. The Tigers committed 5 turnovers and gave up 8 sacks to Arkansas. Arkansas ran for 130 yards while holding Auburn to only 40 yards on the ground. I think Auburn has to seriously question how good Gene Chizik is as a head coach, and look at his career without Cam Newton as what is more indicative of future success.
Big-10 Continues to Falter
In similar news the Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Northwestern Wildcats. The Lions outgained the ‘Cats in a solid 39-28 win. Penn State scored 3 straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead. The Lions outgained the Wildcats by nearly 200 yards. Unfortunately, Penn State isn’t bowl eligible and beat the best out of conference Big-10 team, which at this point hurts the conference.
The Ohio State Buckeyes, also not eligible for postseason play, dropped 63 points on the Nebraska Cornhuskers and pulling away halfway through the third quarter. The Buckeyes continue their dominance in the Big-10, led by Braxton Miller who threw 7/14 for 127 yards and a touchdown while running 16 times for 186 yards and a touchdown.
All the bowl eligible teams in the Big-10 are now bruised. Michigan got embarrassed on a national level, Wisconsin lost to Oregon State, Northwestern was beaten by Penn State, Michigan State lost to Notre Dame and struggled against Indiana, and Purdue got crushed by Michigan. To give you a better idea of how bad this is, the Big-10 doesn’t have a team ranked in the Coach’s Poll. Maybe they should just sit out the Rose Bowl this year.
West Virginia Beats Texas on the Road, Smith Solidifies Heisman Candidacy
Texas came in as the favorites by a touchdown and it was a battle for the lead the entire game, with the lead switching between teams every quarter. These teams have incredibly similar statistics from the game, which shows how close these two teams are to each other. Perhaps what makes this game even more impressive for the Mountaineers is that they rushed 42 times for 192 yards, good for 4.6 yards a carry. This offense is on another with a run game that is not typical of air raid attacks.
Geno Smith continues his impressive run of dominance. He seems to be made in the shape of Dana Holgersen’s most vivid dreams of his perfect quarterback. Smith threw 25 of 35 for 268 yards and four touchdowns. While his incompletions outnumbered his touchdown passes, Geno still remains the clear frontrunner for the Heisman and is begging people to keep pace with him.
Breaking News: Duke is 5-1. Yep, Duke is one game away from being bowl eligible. That is all.
Notre Dame won another installment of Catholics v. Convicts to the tune of 41-3. Miami scored a field goal with 5:32 left in the first and never scored again. They never led during the game. Notre Dame outgained 587-285, holding Miami to only 84 yards rushing. The Fighting Irish continue to roll through their schedule but still have Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC on the schedule.
Players of the Week
Mike Gillislee carried the ball 34 times for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Gators ran the ball 24 times in a row at one point to ice the game and burn the Tigers’ defense out.
Jadeveon Clowney was just an animal getting pressure on the quarterback, hurrying his passes, and making blockers look silly.
Josh Nunes was criticized after last week’s loss to Washington and some were asking for him to be benched. Nunes responded by leading a Stanford win over Arizona in overtime by throwing 21/34 for 360 yards and two touchdowns through the air while adding three more touchdowns on the ground.
GIF of the Week: Because Nothing I Found Came Close to Topping This
NC State fan after the Wolfpack knocked off Florida State.