The Week 6 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 6 Roundup
5. Winners & Losers From Week 6
Winner: Paul Bunyan’s Axe
There’s still a chance Iowa has a lot to say in the matter, but it’s looking more and more like the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota rivalry for the Axe should be for the Big Ten West title. Both teams are currently 5-0, with the Gophers having a relatively easy run until Penn State comes to Minneapolis. The Badgers have a whole lot of work to do against a tougher slate, but they’re playing like a top ten team.
Loser: The rest of the Big Ten West
At least for the moment, most of the division is taking the year off. Iowa is still good, but it’s coming off a mistake-filled loss to Michigan. Nebraska is bad. Purdue is hurt and bad. Illinois is just bad and bad. Northwestern is boring and bad. Something weird will happen along the way, but at the moment, the division is the Big Ten’s kid’s table.
Winner: Brock Purdy
The Iowa State quarterback might not be in the high-rent Hurt/Tua/Field/Burrow district this season, but he’s coming up with a great run for a team that lost a few key receiving parts, along with RB David Montgomery. He hit 79% of his throws for over ten yards per pop with two scores, and ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, in the win over TCU.
Now the sophomore has a 71% completion rate with ten touchdowns and just two picks. It was his second game in the last three with multiple rushing and passing touchdowns.
Loser: Nate Stanley
He picked the wrong time to have that game.
Michigan’s defense came up with just two interceptions in its first four games, but it hadn’t allowed a touchdown pass since the opener against Middle Tennessee.
Stanley came into the game against the Wolverines with eight touchdown passes and no picks as the steady leader for the unbeaten Hawkeyes. In the 10-3 loss he completed 23-of-42 passes for 260 yards, but he didn’t throw a touchdown pass and tossed three interceptions.
Winner: Central Michigan
New Chippewas head coach Jim McElwain looked like he was in for a long season. His team was destroyed by Wisconsin 61-0, starting QB Quinten Dormady and top RB Jonathan Ward were out, and the team lost two straight going into a battle against an Eastern Michigan team that beat Illinois. Helped by a huge day from Ward … 42-16 CMU. Now, with New Mexico State up next, there’s a chance to go on a nice run to potentially get bowl eligible, helped by a game against …
Loser: Bowling Green
It’s a rebuilding project under new head coach Scot Loeffler in a big, big way. The Falcons were able to whack Morgan State 46-3 in the opener, and now after the 52-0 loss to Notre Dame, the Falcons are 0-4 against FBS teams, losing by a combined score of 201-27 – an average of 50-7 per game. Getting blasted by the Irish is one thing, but the 62-20 loss to Kent State the week before was worse.
Since SMU was naughty and wasn’t allowed to play football in 1987 and 1988, the program had won six games just seven times. The 1982 Mustang team that went 11-0-1 – and beat almost NOBODY with a pulse, by the way, but that’s for another time – was the last one to start a season 6-0. After taking down Tulsa in an overtime comeback thriller, the 2019 team is now 6-0 scoring 41 points or more in each of its last five games.
Loser: All things Illinois
It’s not going well for new Northern Illinois head coach Thomas Hammock. The loss at home to Ball State made it a 1-4 start without a victory over an FBS school so far. Now the defending MAC champs are on the road for four of their next five games.
After losing the Minnesota, Illinois is now 2-3 with Michigan and Wisconsin up next, and Northwestern is now 1-4 with Ohio State up in two weeks. To add to the misery, the Chicago Bears got shoved around by Jon Gruden’s Raiders in a loss in London.
Winner: Georgia’s pass protection
On 3rd and 8 in the first quarter of a 63-17 loss, Murray State’s Anthony Koclanakis was able to get to Jake Fromm for a sack that forced Georgia to punt. Vanderbilt, Arkansas State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee all got blanked. That Kolclanakis hit was the only sack the Bulldogs have allowed all season long.
Loser: Oklahoma sinners
Oklahoma State hasn’t been totally miserable when it comes penalties with 55 or 505 yards on the year, but the seven for 70 against Texas Tech didn’t help.
The Cowboys are 73rd in the nation in most penalty yards per game. Oklahoma? It’s getting hit for the second-most penalty yards in college football with 90.4 yards of sin per game, giving away 89 yards against Kansas. So who’s the worst team in the nation when it comes to penalties?
Tulsa, and by a ton. The Golden Hurricane are grooving on 95.6 penalty yards per game – Oklahoma is the only other team losing more than 85 yards per game – including ten for 97 yards in the loss to SMU.
By the way, in Oklahoma State’s win over Tulsa, the two teams combined for 26 penalties for 236 yards.