What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 6

What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 6

Week 6

What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 6


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 6 of the college football season.


Everything You Need To Know About Week 6

Scroll down for What You Need To Know about every conference.

Week 6 Rankings & Quick Takes
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 6 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings

What It All Means 
Clemson-Boston College | Notre Dame-NC State
Texas-Oklahoma | Tennessee-Texas A&M
Florida State-Miami | Washington-Oregon | Navy-Houston


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 6 of the college football season.


Everything You Need To Know About Week 6

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ACC

Florida State got its groove back. The Seminoles were kicked around by Louisville and North Carolina, and they appeared to be ready to go 0-3 in the ACC, and then came the 20-19 win over a Miami team looking to make its first big statement under head coach Mark Richt. It’s too late to win the ACC title, but at least the Noles matter again with Clemson coming to town in a few weeks. … Weather was the biggest storyline. Virginia Tech was able to move the ball, North Carolina couldn’t, and now the Hokies are in charge of the Coastal after winning 34-3. NC State played it safe and ran the ball well, Notre Dame had Brian Kelly, and tried throwing the ball downfield in a monsoon, and the Pack won 10-3. And forget about the Syracuse passing game in the 28-9 loss to Wake Forest, or Army’s ground attack in the 13-6 loss to Duke. … Clemson did what it was supposed to do against Boston College, winning with ease 56-10. Deshaun Watson is back to being Deshaun Watson, and Clemson is back to being Clemson.

American Athletic

And there goes that. While it was good for Navy to beat Houston 46-40 in a phenomenal battle, that’s it for the hopes and dreams of the American Athletic Conference. There goes the College Football Playoff, and there goes the New Year’s Six if Boise State goes 13-0. … Tulane vs. UCF was postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew, and this matters. Both teams are just good enough to be in the mix for a bowl bid, and the conference needs available options with six wins. … Cincinnati politely ended its season with a 20-9 clunker of a loss to Connecticut despite the return of QB Hayden Moore, who threw for 315 yards. … South Florida really might be the best team in the AAC when all is said and done, or at least No. 1A to Houston. It rolled by a reeling East Carolina 38-22. … SMU is better, but it still lost a wild 43-40 overtime shootout to a Tulsa team that’s specializing in fun finishes.

Big Ten

Michigan decided to open it up full throttle to see what this baby could do. In terms of tone-setting, 78-0 against Rutgers in the first road game of the year does the trick. … Was the Ohio State sluggish day against Indiana the moment when the team showed it really is human? It had to work a wee bit too hard, but give the Hoosiers credit – they’re pretty good. Even so, you know it might be your season when you have a lousy day and you beat a bowl team 38-17. … Iowa and Minnesota tried to see who could outbore the other. These teams have NFL backup quarterbacks and absolutely no offensive consistency. … Illinois did the impossible and lost at home to Purdue. No, the Boilermakers aren’t good, but they’re 3-2, and it’s October. … Penn State might be better than everyone thinks. It’s not going to challenge in the East, but the 38-14 win over Maryland was one of the better performances under James Franklin. … Oh, Michigan State. Everyone plays BYU within three points, but with no offensive pop, no run defense, and a quickly souring season, losing 31-14 at home is a disaster. On the plus side, it doesn’t matter – win out, and you probably win the East. Of course, that’s not going to happen, especially now that the quarterback situation is up in the air.

Big 12

This conference is the land of the utterly mediocre. Oklahoma beat Texas in a fun shootout, and it might end up winning the Big 12 title, but it won’t matter. No one from this league is going to the CFP. … No, Kansas didn’t rise up on the right day to almost beat TCU – missing a late bomb of a field goal in the 24-23 loss. TCU isn’t very consistent. The same goes for Iowa State. It’s playing better under Matt Campbell, but Oklahoma State is just a team that plays college football. It won 38-31 over the Cyclones. Whatever. … Kansas State is going to quietly sneak up on everyone. It beat Texas Tech 44-38, and that’s not going to be the last big win the Wildcats come up with. They showed they could win when the other team’s quarterback – in this case, Patrick Mahomes – throws for 504 yards. That’s a must in the Big 12.

Conference USA

You didn’t watch, because it was on a Thursday night, and it was Western Kentucky vs. Louisiana Tech, but it might have been the most entertaining game of the year so far. Ryan Higgins threw for 454 yards for the Bulldogs, but they almost gagged the game away with WKU mounting a massive comeback, only to lose a late fumble in a 55-52 loss. … Southern Miss came into the season as one of the favorites for C-USA title. That’s gone now thanks to a defense that didn’t have a prayer in the 55-32 loss to a plucky UTSA team. … Speaking of massive disappointments, didn’t you used to be Marshall? Offense good, defense, very, VERY bad. You don’t lose to North Texas 38-21 unless there’s a fundamental issue. That issue is the Herd D. … The weekend started with WKU and Louisiana Tech, and ended with another thriller as Florida Atlantic almost pulled off a last-second win over Charlotte, only to have a touchdown catch nullified by replay in a 28-23 loss. … By the way, FIU is 2-0 since firing Ron Turner, beating UTEP 35-21. All of a sudden, FIU has an offense. Why? It played Florida Atlantic and UTEP.

Independents

Not only is the Notre Dame season completely off the rails, it’s going to end without a bowl game. With four losses already – thanks to Brian Kelly not figuring out that he has NFL talent on his O line and tried to bomb away in a driving rainstorm – it’s not winning four of its last six against Stanford, Miami, Navy, Army, Virginia Tech and USC. … If you told BYU it would be 3-3 going into the home date against Mississippi State, it would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. It dominated Michigan State in a 31-14 win. … The Army offense went nowhere in the rain in a 13-6 loss to Duke. This isn’t a physical running team – it relies on speed and quickness. It’s not built for the muck.

MAC

Northern Illinois put up a nice fight in Kalamazoo, but Western Michigan is just too good. The Broncos won 45-20 with all the offensive weapons shining. … Ohio is going to win the East. It’s not any good, and it took too much work to get by Bowling Green 30-24, but it’ll get its shot at Western Michigan. … Terry Bowden deserves more credit. He had to completely overhaul his Akron team, and this year it’s got an offense. QB Thomas Woodson is hurt, but the Zips still beat Miami University 35-13. … Eastern Michigan might have lost, but it hung around with Toledo in a 35-20 loss. Past Eagle teams would’ve lost to this Rocket team by 40, at least. …. Ball State lost to Central Michigan 24-21, but it held up well under the pressure on the road. The Cardinals might just go bowling under Mike Neu in his first season.

Mountain West

With San Diego State losing to South Alabama two weeks ago, the MW needs its stars to shine. Instead, Air Force inexplicably clunked against an improved Wyoming 35-26. The Falcons never got control with their ground game. … Boise State is the better than everyone in the league but SDSU be a 20-mile margin. It blew past New Mexico 49-21 with the game over early on. If the Broncos play like they’re supposed to, no one in the league will come within 20 of them until the title game. … Hawaii will go bowling. There are just enough San Jose State-like lightweights on the slate to get to seven wins. … Colorado State desperately needed the home win over Utah State, and it got it. It wasn’t pretty offensively, but it’ll take the 31-24 win over the reeling Aggies. … San Diego State did what it needed to do coming off the USA loss. UNLV never had a chance in the 26-7 Atztec win – Donnel Pumphrey got the job done with 141 yards.

Pac-12

People laughed last week at the suggestion that Oregon might be the 11th-best team in the Pac-12. It might actually be the 12th. Granted, Washington played angry and focused in the 70-21 blowout, but the Duck style of play turned into a problem. When you go with a fast tempo, and you don’t produce, you give the other team more chances. It didn’t help that the Huskies are great. … Washington State ended Stanford’s Pac-12 title repeat hopes by exposing the Cardinal’s lack of a downfield passing game. Most surprisingly about Wazzu, though, is the defense – it has one. Luke Falk and the O were up to their normal snuff, but the Cougars made it a 42-16 laugher because of the D. … Cal couldn’t afford to lose to Oregon State. Now the Bears will have to fight and claw to get bowling after Davis Webb was held to 113 yards and the run D didn’t have a prayer in the 47-44 OT loss. … UCLA is back to being UCLA. Arizona State is crushed with injuries and was down to its backup quarterback. It still survived Josh Rosen’s 400-yard day to win 23-20 and remain a major player in the South race. Rosen was beaten up in the loss. … Yeah, USC beat Colorado 21-17, but if it’s possible for Sam Darnold to threw for 358 yards, and for JuJu Smith-Schuster to have another great game, and for the Trojans to come up with a big win, and be sort of mediocre doing it, that’s what happened. RB Justin Davis suffered an apparent ankle injury.

SEC

Somehow, the rest of the SEC was able to figure out how to get their games in this weekend, but LSU-Florida couldn’t get it on. Georgia was able to reschedule its game against South Carolina, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb ran all over the Gamecocks, Jacob Eason couldn’t throw a lick, and the Bulldogs survived and advanced with a good-enough 28-14 win. … Don’t just dismiss Alabama’s 49-30 road win over Arkansas as just Alabama being Alabama. The D might have allowed 400 yards to Austin Allen, but it also did its part to turn it up when it had to. At no time were the Crimson Tide in any real danger. … Auburn’s losses now are to Clemson and Texas A&M – they’re both pretty good. The offense is clicking with Sean White coming up with a fantastic day, and the O line controlling things throughout, in a 38-14 win over Mississippi State. … Don’t get into a twist how it happened. Don’t worry about the failings at the end, and don’t worry about the fumble through the end zone, or the missed field goal in regulation. Texas A&M managed to finally tag Tennessee with a loss in one of the best games of the college football season. Tennessee proved it’s amazing at being able to dig itself out of a hole, but now it’s way banged up with Alabama up next.

Sun Belt

Just when it seemed like Arkansas State was going to pack in the season after a disastrous start, it rallies back at home to beat a Georgia Southern team that should’ve been able to crank up the ground game and pull out the win. Shock of shocks, the Eagles almost won because of the passing game, but the Red Wolves saved the year with a 27-26 thriller. … It was just a question of time before Georgia State was going to kick it in. Conner Manning threw for 340 yards in the 41-21 win over Texas State. … Idaho is just plain plucky. It’s not going to go quietly, getting to 3-3 on the year with a win over ULM on the road. Beat New Mexico State, and it’ll have a legitimate shot at bowl eligibility.

Week 6 Rankings & Quick Takes
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 6 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings

What It All Means 
Clemson-Boston College | Notre Dame-NC State
Texas-Oklahoma | Tennessee-Texas A&M
Florida State-Miami | Washington-Oregon | Navy-Houston

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