The Weekend: Week 6
What a weekend of college football. Of course the shocker of the week - and there was a lot of them - was Ole Miss defeating Bama in a classic SEC thriller. Ole Miss don't surprise me as much as they surprise other folks. Last season, I saw the potential in the Rebels in their 1st 3 games, when they defeated both Vandy and Texas on the road. They did go on to lose their next 3 games, @Bama, @Auburn, and vs Texas A&M, but then came back to defeat LSU. This was a young team last year, still young this year, but has much more experience. They are built on defense, only allowing 10 points a game and 8th in total defense, with 9 returning starters (4 seniors). I like this team a lot and if Bo Wallace can stay consistent for the remainder of the season, expect the Rebels to be in the playoff conversation.
AP Top 25
3Ole Miss5-0 1320
6Notre Dame5-0 1186
8Michigan State4-1 981
14Texas A&M5-1 731
15Ohio State4-1 534
16Oklahoma State4-1 527
17Kansas State4-1 486
19East Carolina4-1 344
22Georgia Tech5-0 235
- Florida State (5-0) LW 1, W 43-3 Wake Forest
- Auburn (5-0) LW 5, W 41-7 #14 LSU
- Baylor (5-0) LW 6, W 28-7 @ Texas
- Ole Miss (5-0) LW 11, W 23-17 #2 Alabama
- Mississippi State (5-0) LW 21, W 48-31 #7 Texas A&M
- Notre Dame (5-0) LW 9, W 17-14 #17 Stanford
- Michigan State (4-1) LW 10, W 27-22 #13 Nebraska
- Alabama (4-1) LW 2, L 17-23 @ #11 Ole Miss
- Oregon (4-1) LW 3, L 24-31 Arizona
- Oklahoma (4-1) LW 4, L 33-37 @ #25 TCU
- Georgia (4-1) LW 13, W 44-17 Vandy
- Ohio State (4-1) LW 15, W 52-24 @ Maryland
- Texas A&M (5-1) LW 7, L 31-48 @ #21 Miss. State
- Arizona (5-0) LW NR, W 31-24 @ #3 Oregon
- TCU (4-0) LW 25, W 37-33 #4 Oklahoma
- Oklahoma State (4-1) LW 23, W 37-20 Iowa State
- Arizona State (4-1) LW 20, W 38-35 @ #16 USC
- Marshall (5-0) LW 22, W 56-14 @ Old Dominion
- Nebraska (5-1) LW 13, L 22-27 @ #10 Michigan State
- Mizzou (4-1) LW 24, BYE
- UCLA (4-1) LW 8, L 28-30 Utah
- Kansas State (4-1) LW NR, W 45-13, Texas Tech
- ECU (4-1) LW NR, W 45-24 SMU
- Georgia Tech (5-0) LW NR, W 28-17 Miami
- Kentucky (4-1) LW NR, W 45-38 South Carolina
- I can't think of a weekend crazier than this one. Five of the top ten teams loss, 3 of which were in the top 5. I actually expected this to be a wild weekend, calling for a few upsets.
- USC, LSU, BYU, Stanford, and Wisconsin, all drop out of the top 25. USC, LSU, Wisconsin, and Stanford all have 2 losses after five games, which is shocking to me. I thought all 4 teams would have only 1 loss at the most by this point of the season. This just adds to what is becoming a long list of premier programs to sit outside of the top 25.
- Marshall will be this year's Non-BCS team to not get any national respect. Marshall hasn't played any ranked opponents and won't, but they currently outscore their opponents 238-79. Do I think they will be a playoff contender? Not really but if they finish undefeated, winning every game by large margins like they currently are, I don't see why they shouldn't get a chance.
Baller of the Weekend
WR Jalen Strong, Arizona State - 10 catches, 202 yards, 3 TDs vs USC
- RB Terrence Franks, Texas State - 15 carries, 284 yards, 18.9 yard per carry, 3 TDs vs Idaho
- QB Nick Marshall, Auburn - 326 total yards, 4 TDs vs LSU
- LB Richie Brown, Miss. State - 3 interceptions vs Texas A&M
Statements like this really scare me. I really feel like the committee will make this a lot harder than what it really has to be. Instead of actually picking the best 4 teams, I think they will pick the best 4 teams at that time, just like the BCS, and when I say "at that time" I mean that actually weekend. I have seen some of the experts actually put TCU in as one of the top 4, even putting Mississippi State as the top team with Florida State at #4, I don't understand that at all.
The AP voters was so quick to knock FSU off the top spot last weekend just for Bama to lose in the very next week. I don't see how you can fault a team that hasn't loss. The Seminoles haven't looked as dominate as they did last year, but its a different season and they have a bigger target on their back. Every team is coming for them because they are the champs and they are at the top of the food chains. As far as consistency goes, I don't know how you can be more consistent than 5-0. At half vs Wake Forest, FSU only led 13-3, then they scored 40 unanswered points in the second half, whats more consistent than that? NC-State led the Noles at half last week 24-21, at home; second half the Noles outscored them 35-17. I say to all the experts; Stop Reaching.
I am actually happy for the state of Mississippi. A state with no professional team has both of their big time college football programs at the top of the rankings. It won't get any easier for them here on out becuase now they are the "hunted". No longer can they sneak up on teams like they did this past weekend. Hopefully both can enter "The Egg Bowl" undefeated, which should make for a great rivalry game in the final week of the season.
- #2 Auburn @ #5 Mississippi State - Another great Saturday afternoon SEC matchup. The Tigers are a different team on the road than they are at home. A Bulldogs victory wouldn't be a surprise.
- #4 Ole Miss @ #13 Texas A&M - The Aggies defeated the Rebels 41-38 last season with Johnny Manziel, a game that included 42 total points in the 4th quarter. Lets see if the Aggies can bounce back against the other Mississippi squad.
- USC @ #14 Arizona - The Trojans rallied back to from 28-10 deficit in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 38-31. This is a better Trojans team but also a better Wildcats team. I think the Trojans will go 0-2 against Arizona teams this year.
- #9 Oregon @ #21 UCLA - Both are coming off of very unfortunate losses and neither can afford another one. This will be a tough one.