Due to some technical issues we were unable to put out a Week 6 prediction article, but we are back with a recap of Week 6 of the college football season. Week 6 certainly did not lack any upsets or drama, so let’s not wait any longer before diving in to analyze what this past Saturday provided.
Teams that Disappointed
Louisville- Bobby Petrino’s hot seat is practically on fire. The Cardinals came out on Friday night and gave up 66 points to a TRIPLE OPTION team. Georgia Tech thoroughly embarrassed the Cards at home and it doesn’t look like it will get much better for Louisville anywhere in the near future. Lamar Jackson seems like a mere distant memory as Louisville continues its’ implosion.
Florida State- Let’s welcome back our most frequent member of teams that disappointed. First, I would like to send thoughts and prayers to those in Tallahassee as they stare straight down the barrel of Hurricane Matthew. Secondly, how long is the leash for Willie Taggart in Tallahassee? I understand that he’s more of a slow developing coach, but if this season is any indication of his future then his tenure in Seminole country will be short. FSU gave up 21 unanswered to blow a 27-7 lead to rival Miami. The good news for Nole fans is that it can’t get much worse than this.
Auburn- While on the topic of hot seats, Gus Malzahn may work his way onto one by the end of the year. After an abysmal performance in a 23-9 loss to Mississippi State the road does not get any easier for the Tigers. After playing the Tennessee dumpster fire and Ole Miss, they face Texas A&M, Alabama, and Georgia in 3 out of the last 4 weeks. A 7-5 team with a possibility of a slip up against Ole Miss doesn’t bode well for Gus.
Teams that Impressed
Texas- Texas is definitely back folks. Those were my exact words as I sat in Williams Brice in the pouring rain and looked up to see Texas thoroughly controlling the Red River Rivalry. While they nearly gave it away in the end, I was still incredibly impressed with how well Sam Ehlinger played against the Sooners. The offense even played well enough for Oklahoma to fire their defensive coordinator. Lastly, shoutout to Dicker the Kicker for the game winner for the Horns.
Notre Dame- Another team that I hate to have here but must give props to is Notre Dame. I know that Virginia Tech lost to ODU, but Notre Dame has a history of flopping in hostile environments. After Enter Sandman, Tech didn’t have much going for them as the Notre Dame offense was able to put 45 on Bud Foster’s defense. Notre Dame looks to be a real contender so far this year and should play interestingly enough into the playoff discussion.
Florida- If you asked most people at the beginning of the season where Florida would be right now it would not be in the top 25 coming off an upset of #5 LSU. Dan Mullen has done an excellent job of getting the most out of his players so far this year and has had them playing at a high level ever since the loss to Kentucky. If Mullen can keep the momentum going it should be quite an interesting matchup in the World’s Largest Cocktail Party.
Nosebleed Offensive Player of the Week
If you haven’t ever heard of Brock Purdy don’t worry, most of us haven’t. The true freshman made his first start on Saturday against Iowa State and absolutely lit it up. He threw for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns while adding 84 yards and another score on the ground. He also completed 78% of his passes which is an absurd. Look out for this kid in the future, he can sling it.
Nosebleed Defensive Player of the Week
Julian Love made sure to fill that stat box for Notre Dame on Saturday. Love had 7 tackles, one pass break-up, and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown in a defensive effort that propelled the Fighting Irish to victory.
Record through Week 6 :
Due to the non-release of the Week 6 Preview article our records remain the same.
Games we’re looking forward to in Week 7: