Wednesday, October 12, 2011

College Football Week 6 Review

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Andrew Luck led Stanford to a 48-7 victory over Colorado this past Saturday.
After six weeks, Luck is still the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.

This past weekend, the Top 25 teams were dominant. The only team that was upset was (23) Florida State who lost to Wake Forest.  (11) Texas, (15) Auburn, and (17) Florida all lost to higher ranked opponents.

Top Three Performances by Team or Player:
1. Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden- In just a quarter and a half of play, Weeden threw five touchdowns and completed over 24 passes for 288 yards. Weeden and the Cowboys are undefeated after six games, and are currently ranked sixth in the country.
2. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones- Oklahoma crushed Texas last Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry, thanks in part to Landry Jones. Jones threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Sooners win by 38 points.
3. South Carolina QB Connor Shaw- With the dismissal of Stephen Garcia, came an opening for the quarterback position at South Carolina. Shaw stepped it up last week and threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, Shaw also ran the ball for 42 yards and helped the Gamecocks beat Kentucky by a score of 54-3.

Top Three Disappointments by Player or Team:
1. Texas Longhorns- The Longhorns were terrible last season, and just when people thought that they might be back into BCS contention this year, they get blown out by their rivals, Oklahoma. The Longhorns. Texas' quarterbacks combined to throw no touchdowns but one interception.
2. Oregon RB LaMichael James- James had a fantastic game last week, rushing for 238 yards and a touchdown. The bad news for James is that he injured himself in the game. Oregon has yet to announced when James will be back on the playing field.
3. Florida State Seminoles- Three weeks ago, the Seminoles were a top five team in the country. Now fast forward to this week and the Seminoles are not ranked, and have a 2-3 record. Florida State has lost its last three games and have been an absolute mess every since their loss to Oklahoma.

Game of the Week: (3) Oklahoma vs (11) Texas

This game wasn't a close one but is still the game of the week. In past years the Red River rivalry has often decided if either Oklahoma or Texas will remain undefeated and even play in the national championship game. This year, both teams were undefeated, but Oklahoma was clearly the stronger team. The Sooners' offense had a field day and by halftime were leading 34-10. On the defensive end, Oklahoma was able to shut down the Texas run game as well as the passing game. Midway through the game, Texas was forced to switch to a two quarterback system because their starter, Case McCoy was struggling. Ryan Broyles had a great game, catching nine balls for 122 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma's next big test won't come up until the last week when they play away vs. Oklahoma State.

Next Week's Five Intriguing Matchups:
1. (9) Oregon vs. (18) Arizona State- Can the Sun Devils capitalize with Heisman candidate LaMichael James likely out or will Darron Thomas the Ducks fight them off?
2. (11) Michigan vs. (23) Michigan State- Will this be the start of the October collapse for the Wolverines? Michigan's last few games have been close, and if Denard Robinson continues to throw interceptions, Sparty might upset.
3. (6) Oklahoma State vs. (22) Texas- Can Texas rebound after a gruesome loss to the Sooners, or will the another Oklahoma college team also run Texas out of the state?
4. (16) Illinois vs. Ohio State- When was the last time these two teams played each other, and Ohio State wasn't the higher ranked team. The Fighting Illini are undefeated so far but face their biggest test of th season this week.
5. (20) Baylor vs. (22) Texas A&M- The Aggies last three games haven't been pretty, and they could lose again when they face Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears.

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