This NCAAF Week 6 we witnessed the biggest upset of the year, a non-Power 5 Conference squad continued to roll, Lincoln Riley made the riskiest coach’s decision of the season, and the Big Ten continued to shine. Check out what happened in College Football Week 6!
College Football Week 6 Recap
#1 Alabama falls to unranked Texas A&M
In week 5, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Ole Miss Rebels. Most believed the Tide would roll right through the Texas A&M Aggies in NCAAF Week 6. The Aggies had other ideas. A&M provided the biggest college football upset in the past couple of seasons by beating Bama 41-38.
Alabama entered the game a -17 chalk. Last season, Bama dropped 52 onto A&M. Not only that, but the Aggies had entered the contest on a 2-game losing streak. Nobody, not even the A&M faithful, expected the Aggies to pull off the upset.
How did A&M win? Yes, Alabama looked lethargic in the first half. But with around 5 minutes to go, the Tide had a 7-point lead. Nick Saban’s squad should bounce back. Luckily for Saban and the Tide, fellow SEC squad Georgia takes over at #1. If the Tide beats Georgia in the SEC Championship, the selection committee is almost guaranteed to hand Bama a College Football Playoff spot.
Iowa beats Penn State, moves to #2
The most important game of the week didn’t disappoint. Then #3 Iowa battled then #4 Penn State at home. The Hawkeyes entered the break down 17-7. In the second half, Iowa outscored the Nittany Lions 13-3 for a 23-20 Iowa victory.
The Hawkeyes now rank second in the nation. Iowa should be a CFP lock. Even if the Hawkeyes lose to a team like Ohio State or Michigan in the Big Ten Championship, they will run the table. So unless the Buckeyes or Wolverines blow out the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten title game, which shouldn’t happen, the Hawkeyes have stamped their playoff ticket.
Cincinnati rolls, moves to #3
The AP got tired of giving a one loss team like Ohio State the benefit of the doubt. Instead of rewarding Buckeyes for their big win, the Associated Press moved Cincinnati from #5 all the way to #3 after the Bearcats blasted the overmatched Temple Owls 52-3. Cincinnati knows to impress the selection committee, they can’t just win games. They must dominate opponents.
Expect the Bearcats to try and post 50 in every game from here on out. #5 Alabama and #6 Ohio State play much better teams. So the bar is higher for Cincinnati to prove they belong in the playoff.
Michigan remains undefeated
One of the teams with a shot to upset the CFP chalk are the Michigan Wolverines. At halftime of their 32-29 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, it looked as if Michigan might blow out their rivals. The Wolverines were up 13-0. But Nebraska stormed back in the second half. The Wolverines got a field goal with 1:40 on the clock, the defense held, and Michigan won.
Jim Harbaugh’s team now ranks 8 th in the nation. #10 Michigan State, #7 Penn State, and #6 Ohio State remain on the schedule, which means like Iowa, Michigan is in charge of their destiny.
Frosh Caleb Williams keys #4 Oklahoma’s massive come from behind win versus Texas
Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley made the gutsiest coaching call of the season. Down to rival Texas in the Red River Showdown, Riley pulled preseason Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler and went with freshman Caleb Williams at quarterback. All Williams did was key a miraculous 21-point come from behind victory. Williams made awesome throw after awesome throw.
At the end, the Sooners had beaten the Longhorns 55-48. Oklahoma’s performance impressed so much, the undefeated Sooners jumped from sixth to fourth. Oklahoma must now take care of business the rest of thew way. If they do, they’ll make it to yet another College Football Playoff.
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