If there was a theme to describe this week, it would be an explosion of offense. We saw a two teams put up 50+ points, 11 teams with 40+ points, and 10 teams scored 30+ points in their respective games. Is this a sign of evolving offenses, or could it be indicative of regressing defenses? Either way, if you are a fan of college football, we were treated to arguably the best week of the season so far.
What Did We Learn In Week 6?
If there were any doubts before today, we now know quarterback Devin Leary is the true leader of the NC State Football team, as he engineered an impressive win over Virginia.
North Carolina reminded the rest of the ACC, that their offense can be as explosive as any. Even though Virginia Tech tried to match them offensively, the running back duo of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams was too much for the Hokies defense to handle.
For the Florida Gators, we learned that their weakness so far is defense. The story of their loss to Texas A&M involved the connection of quarterback Kellen Mond and receiver Caleb Chapman, who put together a stellar performance. As good as they are offensively, the Gators have a lot of work to do on defense if they want to be playoff contenders.
Which each game, it becomes more apparent that the only good thing about LSU this year, is receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. In essence, LSU's defense was once again exposed, this time by a persistent Missouri offense.
The Alabama versus Ole Miss contest, the game could be summarized like this; too much Najee Harris. To say the least, he rose to the occasion and carried the Crimson Tide to victory over a talented Rebels squad.
Notre Dame was back in action, following a two-week absence due to a COVID-19 outbreak that plagued their football team. Despite the absence, Kyren Williams and his Fighting Irish did not miss a beat, as they dominated Florida State.
A wise person once said; "the more things change, the more they stay the same". The new-look Miami Hurricanes featuring D'Eriq King, came into their contest against Clemson with a lot of confidence. Yet on this evening, they were humbled by the Tigers' defense and star running back Travis Etienne Jr. What we learned is this; no matter the configuration, they always beat the Hurricanes.
By the end of the first quarter, it seemed that Texas Tech had a chance against Iowa State. Then the second quarter took place and from that point onwards, the Cyclones dominated the Red Raiders.
Georgia accounted for the first fumble of the game, which cost them a touchdown. Unfortunately for Tennessee, they exceeded the Bulldogs in this domain and it costed them the game. If anything can be learned from this loss, the Volunteers still have a long way to go if they want any playoff consideration.
The hero for Auburn in their close-call victory over Arkansas, was the horrible call made by the referee on quarterback Bo Nix's spike.
Game Of The Week: Red River Showdown - Oklahoma vs. Texas
If one were to pick the best game of the season so far, it would have to be this year's Red River Showdown matchup between Oklahoma and Texas. In this game we saw a familiar script with the Sooners; a comfortable lead which later evaporated. It was only fitting that this classic would be decided in four overtimes.
To make a long story short, Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger took his team on his back, accounting for six touchdowns (two passing, four rushing); meanwhile, Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler was equally as sharp, and guided his team to three touchdowns in overtime.
With all the offense that was produced in this game, the outcome was ironically decided by a defensive play. In a game where no team deserved to lose, this game may have breathed new life into the Sooners heading into their bye week.
Week 6 Honor Roll
Michael Carter - North Carolina
Najee Harris - Alabama
Sam Ehlinger - Texas
Mac Jones - Alabama
Kenny Yeboah - Ole Miss
Terrace Marshall Jr - LSU
Justin Rice - Arkansas State
Caleb Chapman - Texas A&M
Javian Hawkins - Louisville
Feleipe Franks - Arkansas
Sirvocea Dennis - Pittsburgh
Travis Etienne Jr. - Clemson
Tyler Hudson - Central Arkansas
Myles Brennan - LSU
Monty Rice - Georgia
Isaiah Spiller- Texas A&M
Kyren Williams - Notre Dame
Connor Bazelak - Missouri
Javonte Williams - North Carolina
Kellen Mond - Texas A&M
Breece Hall - Iowa State