College Football Wrap-Up – Week 6
After 5 weeks of pussyfooting around beating up on weak teams, the possible carnage became real as eight AP Top 25 teams were upset, and 5 of the 8 were upset by unranked teams, none bigger than unranked Arizona going to 5-0 by visiting Eugene and upsetting the #2 Oregon Ducks 31-24.
The Wildcats, led by Coach Rich Rodriguez, scored 28 second-half points to give Oregon its first loss the season, plummeting the Ducks to #8 in this week’s Top 25. So, the Duck defense may have been quacking, but they were porous. Oregon was favored by 23 and lost by 7, a nasty swing of the ax no matter how you cut it.
Other teams to get whacked by unranked teams included:
Unranked Utah (now 4-1) on-the-road upended unbeaten #8 UCLA, 30-28. The Bruins, favored by 13, lost by 2 and are now 4-1. UCLA blasted #15 Arizona State last week, 62-27, and then gets beaten this week by unranked Utah. So is UCLA that good? No. Is Arizona State that bad? No. Read on:
Unranked Arizona State (now 4-1) on-the-road upset #16 Southern California, 38-34. The Trojans, favored by 12, lost by 4 and are now 3-2.
Unranked Northwestern (now 3-2) at home turned the tables on #17 Wisconsin, 20-14. The Badgers, favored by 8, lost by 6 and are now 3-2.
Unranked Utah State (now 3-2) on-the-road upset unbeaten, in-state rival #18 Brigham Young, 35-20 – The Cougars, favored by 21, lost by 15 and are now 4-1.
Three other ranked teams lost to ranked opponents:
The second biggest upset was #11 Ole Miss at home remained unbeaten at 5-0 by winning the last quarter 13-zip and the upset 23-17 over unbeaten #3 Alabama. The Crimson Tide, favored by 6, lost by 6 and are now 4-1.
Alabama was up 17-10 after 3 quarters and let the game get away from them, or you might think that the Mississippi State Bulldogs wanted the game more. Alabama’s loss brought back memories of the Tide’s loss to Auburn last year in the SEC Championship Game when a lousy lack of coverage on a missed field goal led to a field-length return for a touchdown and last second upset by the Tigers, 34-28.
Ranked upstart #12 Mississippi State at home remained unbeaten at 5-0 by upsetting unbeaten #6 Texas A&M, 48-31. The Aggies, favored by 2.5, lost by 17 and are now 5-1.
Another ranked upstart, #25 TCU at home, remained unbeaten at 4-0 by nosing out unbeaten #4 Oklahoma, 37-33. The Sooners, favored by 5, lost by 4 and are now 4-1.
Three other ranked teams escaped being upset in spite of playing other ranked teams.
#5 Auburn at home kept its unbeaten status at 5-0 by swamping #15 LSU, 41-7. The 34-point beat down left LSU at 4-2. The match between the two Tigers was not much of a match. Coach Les Miles and his LSU Tigers need a new game plan and more talent.
#9 Notre Dame at home remained unbeaten at 5-0 by beating #14 Stanford by a field goal, 17-14 – Irish QB Everett Golson found tight end Ben Koyack alone in the end zone with 61 seconds left to pull out the victory. Stanford is now 3-2.
#10 Michigan State at home held on and finally turned back unbeaten #13 Nebraska, 27-22. The Spartans were up 27-3 and then got sloppy and lazy, allowing the Cornhuskers back into the game by giving up 19 last quarter points. Michigan State is now 4-1 and Nebraska 5-1.
This week there were only 7 ranked teams that indicated sufficient strength in beating unranked opponents by at least 3 touchdowns:
+40 #1 Florida State at home refused to be an upset casualty by ripping Wake Forest 43-3 – The Demon Deacons (whatever those are) dropped to 2-4.
+32 #23 Kansas State at home beat unranked Texas Tech 45-13 – The Red Raiders are hardly able to launch at attack at 2-3.
+28 #20 Ohio State on-the-road beat unranked Maryland 52-24 – The Terrapins drop to 4-2.
+27 #13 Georgia at home beat unranked Vanderbilt 44-17 – Vanderbilt is having getting out of the huddle at 1-5.
+21 #7 Baylor on-the-road beat in-state, unranked Texas 28-7 – The Mack Brown era is over at Texas; you can pretty much stick a fork in the 2-3 Longhorns.
+21 #22 East Carolina at home beat unranked Southern Methodist 45-24 – The Mustangs can hardly pony up at 0-5.
+17 #21 Oklahoma State at home beat unranked Iowa State 37-20 – The Cyclones are not storming up on anybody at 1-4.
Two unranked teams remained unbeaten at 5-0 as Marshall’s Thundering Herd on-the-road leveled Old Dominion 56-14, and Georgia Tech at home held off Miami-Florida 28-17.
In the low-scoring game of the week, Florida on-the-road inched by Tennessee, 10-9.
In the high-scoring game of the week, Washington State at home in the madhouse that is Martin Stadium, hung on for dear life before bowing to California 60-59 after being outscored 19-7 in the last quarter. The Cougars are still having trouble learning how to close out games in the last quarter.
In a battle of winless 0-5 teams, Miami of Ohio barely nipped Massachusetts, 42-41, by winning the last quarter 14-zip.
And what, pray tell, is going on in Ann Arbor? The Wolverines lost on-the-road to Rutgers 26-24. The Scarlet Knights are now 5-1 and Michigan is 2-4. At this standing, Wolverine Coach Brady Hoke may end up packing his bags as he moves out of Ann Arbor.
Michigan’s money-boosters don’t like losing any more than they liked Rick Rodriguez bringing his spread offense from West Virginia to the Wolverine’s 3-yards-and-cloud-of-dust offense. Rodriguez is now coaching at unranked Arizona with a 5-0 record as his Wildcats on-the-road just upset #2 Oregon 31-24.
To sum up the Top 25:
#2 Oregon, #3 Alabama, #4 Oklahoma, #6 Texas A&M, #8 UCLA, #16 Southern Cal, #17 Wisconsin and #18 Brigham Young all were upset.
#5 Auburn, #9 Notre Dame and #10 Michigan all held their own against ranked opponents.
The new AP Top 10 is now 1-Florida State, 2-Auburn, 3-Ole Miss, 3-Mississippi State, 5-Baylor, 6-Notre Dame, 7-Alabama, 8-Michigan State, 9-TCU and 10-Arizona.
When this season started, who would have ever even dared to think that in Week 6 both Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be tied for #3? That’s major college, fans, and the reason it is the so great.