Well if you thought the last few weeks of the College Football season was insane, week six said hold my beer. We had huge upsets, QB debuts, QBs pulled, huge scoring outputs, and just some absolutely great games.
Here are my final words on College Football week six.
The Aggies beat the unbeatable
Well Nick Saban has finally lost to a former assistant. I thought Jimbo could eventually be the person to do it, and coming into this year, I thought if he had a QB, this could be the year. But after barely escaping Colorado and taking a couple of loses where they looked uncompetitive, I didn’t think it would have happened this week. But boy was I wrong.
A few weeks ago, this game was billed as a likely top-five matchup as long as the Aggies took care of their business. They did not. Two losses took them from No. 7 in the AP poll to 18 1/2-point underdogs against the defending national champs. And in the eyes of many frustrated fans, most of the blame belonged to the starting quarterback.
But this week, Zach Calzada looked like a mix of Tom Brady, Johnny Maziel, and any other great QB out there combined. He couldn’t be stopped, even when you thought he was going to be out with an injury. Calzada started hot and finished strong, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He connected on his first 10 passes of the night in a first-quarter performance that was darn near perfect to pull Texas A&M ahead 17-7. And when the Aggies’ offense slowed down in the second half and Alabama came all the way back to go ahead 38-31, Calzada was left with exactly five minutes of game time to prove himself.
He pushed the Aggies down the field with ease, moving 40 yards in five plays before lobbing that dime to Smith on his way down. As Calzada and Fisher entered the tent with team doctors, freshman walk-on Blake Bost stood nearby. He started tossing passes to warm up, wondering if he’d have to be the guy who took the field in the final minutes against the top-ranked Tide.
Meanwhile, a Texas A&M defense that had played hard all night but had given up 312 yards in the second half stepped up one last time, forcing an unbelievably timely three-and-out. Calzada exited the tent, still walking a bit gingerly, and went to Fisher for a quick chat. As he took the field and appeared on the video boards, the second-largest crowd in school history exploded with excitement.
The next pass, on second-and-15, gained 17. Calzada scrambled into open space for 11 yards on the next snap, pushing the Aggies into enemy territory. He found Smith again to get into field goal range. And then he went even further, throwing up a fade to tight end Jalen Wydermyer that drew a pass interference call. Now the Aggies were down to the 12-yard line. And Alabama was toast.
Last Saturday’s punching bag, punched back, and is now the darling of the college football world.
21 Observations From College Football Week Six
Notre Dame Still Has a QB Problem
- I started last week’s observations with the fact that Notre Dame has a QB problem. Last week the debut was Drew Pyne vs. Jack Coan. This week it was Jack Coan vs. Tyler Buchner. The bye comes at a great time for them to figure this out. The good news, they are 5-1 and the toughest opponents may be behind them.
40 Ranked Teams Have Now Lost
- The streak continues. Six more ranked teams lost this week (1. Alabama, 4. Penn State, 10. BYU, 13. Arkansas, 18. Auburn, 21. Texas), though four of those were to fellow ranked teams
Alabama’s Streak Against Non-ranked Opponents
- The 41-38 Aggies win was Bama’s first such loss since 2007 against Louisiana Monroe. Jimbo Fisher became the first former Nick Saban assistant to beat him, moving Saban to 24-1 in such matchups. It’s the first loss by the No. 1 team to an unranked opponent since Oregon State beat USC in 2008.
Iowa’s Defense The Last Two Games
- Including the four by Penn State on Saturday, Iowa has had 10 Interceptions in the last two weeks. This ties 2001 Miami (Fla.) for the second-most in a two-game span in the last 25 years, according to ESPN (Mississippi State had 11 in 2002). The Hawkeyes have won six consecutive games against ranked opponents, tying the school record set entirely in the 1960 season.
Michigan State’s Offense is Legit
- Michigan State became the fifth team in FBS history with a 300-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 200-yard rusher in the same game in their route of Rutgers.
The Big-12 Meets the SEC
- Ole Miss and Arkansas combined for 1,287 total yards, including 674 rushing yards. The Rebels won 52-51, stopping a two-point conversion on the final play. Both teams rushed for at least 320 yards, the first time that’s happened in an FBS game since UCF-Memphis in 2018.
It Might Be Time For A New Coach For LSU
- After losing 42-21 to Kentucky, the hot seat in the Bayou may be at its hottest. I don’t see Ed Oregon making it out of this season.
Wake Forest Is Just Hanging Around
- Wake Forest is 6-0 for the first time in 77 years. The Demon Deacons beat Syracuse 40-37 in overtime for the victory, moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1944.
Georgia May Be The Only Dominant Team Left
- Georgia has defeated Auburn five consecutive times for the first time since 1944-48. They have allowed 33 points through six games, its lowest six-game total since 1935 (24), and that includes a pick six thrown by this year’s offense.
North Carolina Is Struggling
- They were expected to be a top contender in the ACC this year but that has not come to fruition. At 3-3, there is a lot of soul searching to do for the Tar Heels.
Tennessee The Scoring Machine
- Tennessee scored on 11 consecutive first-half drives over the past two games. That included six touchdowns and a field goal against Missouri last week, then four touchdowns to open Saturday’s 45-20 win against South Carolina. The Vols have outscored opponents 101-13 in the first quarter this year, including scoring 28 points in consecutive first quarters, both Tennessee’s most in a quarter since 2000.
Maryland The Best Medicine for Ohio State
- Ohio State has averaged 59.4 points per game in seven games against Maryland, all since the Terps joined the Big Ten.
Grayson McCall Is Efficient
- McCall has completed 79.8 percent of his passes for 13.6 yards per attempt, both first in the country, with 14 touchdown passes and one interception, for a pass efficiency of 234.2. The NCAA record is 230.4 (Mount Union’s D’Angelo Fulford in 2019), and the FBS record is 203.1 (Alabama’s Mac Jones last year)
Vanderbilt Has Work To Do
- Vanderbilt has been outscored 104-0 in two SEC games.
Memphis’ Kicker Had A Long Night
- David Kemp missed field goals of 36 and 53 yards, as well as the extra point. Then his replacement Joe Doyle missed a 48-yarder in the second half with the chance to take the lead. This led to a loss against Tulsa 35-29.
UMass Finally Won!
- UMass won for the first time in 742 days. The Minutemen beat UConn 27-13 to end a 16-game losing streak dating back to September 2019 against Akron. The Huskies, meanwhile, have now lost 11 in a row.
Presbyterian Continues Their Unconventional Ways
- Presbyterian attempted five onside kicks and recovered two in their loss to Morehead State to fall to 2-3 overall (0-3 vs. FCS)
Watch Out For Northern Illinois
- Northern Illinois didn’t win a game last season and had an over-under of 3.5 wins entering this fall. But the Huskies have eclipsed that mark by the halfway point of the season, as they beat double-digit favorite Toledo, 22-20, on a 28-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to improve to 4-2. Not bad for third-year coach Thomas Hammock and his group, who upset Georgia Tech in the opener and are now the only undefeated MAC West team in conference play.
Nebraska Nearly Got It’s Signature Win It Needed
- The Huskers entered the weekend with just a 3-3 record, but it has been clear to even the most casual observers that this team has been playing better in recent weeks. On Saturday night with No. 9 Michigan visiting Lincoln, Frost’s team showed it. But it wouldn’t matter. Michigan tied the game at 29-29 with a field goal with 3:00 to go, leaving Nebraska with a chance to drive down the field and win. Instead, disaster struck. On the third play of the ensuing possession, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez fumbled while fighting for extra yardage. It was a third-and-1 play and Martinez had already picked up the first down, but a Michigan defender alertly stripped him. That gave the ball right back to Michigan deep in Nebraska territory. The Wolverines promptly tacked on another field goal, stopped the Nebraska offense again and walked out of Memorial Stadium with a 32-29 win.
Cincinnati Continues It’s March To The Playoffs
- No. 5 Cincinnati blasted Temple, 52-3, on Friday night. Good way to earn style points for the playoff committee.
Caleb Williams Is The Future For Oklahoma
- And sadly for Spencer Rattler, the future is now. After benching Spencer Rattler, Williams led the Sooners in exciting fashion to the comeback victory. So what does Rattler do, stick with the team and try to win the job back, enter the transfer portal, or try for the NFL Draft?
My Prediction Record After College Football Week Six
- Last week: 14-4
- Overall: 86-30
- Upset Picks Overall: 3-4
I made up for my last week a bit here. I called the upset of Notre Dame over Virginia Tech, but I didn’t expect the Alabama upset to happen.
My Personal College Football Top 10 (And Playoff Predictions)
After the Sixth week, here is who I have in my College Football top 10:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Penn State
Here are my predictions for the College Football playoffs:
- Ohio State
My Heisman Predictions After Week Six
- Bryce Young
- Kenneth Walker
- CJ Stroud
- Bijan Robinson
- Desmond Ridder
Looking Ahead To College Football Week Seven
Here are your biggest games for week Six.
- Oklahoma State at Texas
- UCF at Cincinatti
- Kentucky at Georgia
- Alabama at Mississippi State
- TCU at Oklahoma
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