BCS National Title Game '11

BCS National Title Game '11
BCS National Championship 1/10/11 Oregon vs Auburn

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

College Football Week 6 Recap

My Overall Record: 43-17
My Record in Week 6: 8-2

Best Game from Week 6: Penn State 39, #24 Northwestern 28

"Separation Saturday" turned out to be a pretty good one. There were a lot of games that lived up to the hype and there were some that simply didn't. Two games that lived up to expectations were the LSU-Florida and West Virginia-Texas game. It took until the last minute of each game for a winner to be decided. Two other surprisingly great games included NC State coming from behind to upset #3 Florida State 17-16 and Penn State scoring 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset #24 Northwestern. Games that were supposed to be close, but turned into bloodbaths included Georgia-South Carolina and Nebraska-Ohio State. #6 South Carolina manhandled #5 Georgia at home 35-7 and the Ohio State offense exposed the Nebraska defense by winning 63-38. Lastly, teams in the top ten consisting of Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Oregon State took care of business against their opponents.

What we learned from Week 6:

Florida State is still Florida State.

- Florida State did it again! The nation thought this was the year that Jimbo Fisher and his Noles would finally get over that hump and not have any bad losses. The Noles were up 16-0 after the first half, but failed to score in the second half. NC State came down and scored with 16 seconds left to win the game 17-16. The Noles have lose three of their last four meetings against NC State in Raleigh. The Noles will try to bounce back this upcoming weekend as they host a struggling Boston College team.

TCU is in big trouble without Casey Pachall.

- Casey Pachall let the TCU fan base down again. Pachall, of course, failed a drug test prior to the season starting, but was allowed to play. Last week, Pachall was arrested for a DWI and was suspended indefinitely. Pachall ran this offense and had the Horned Frogs undefeated and ranked fifteenth in the country. This past weekend though, the country found out just how much he will be missed as Iowa State came into Fort Worth and knocked off the Horned Frogs 37-23. This upcoming weekend will be very tough for TCU as well. TCU must travel to play a Baylor team that is averaging 54.3 points per game.

Geno Smith and the Mountaineers proved they are a legit contender.

- No one can doubt West Virginia and Geno Smith anymore. The Mountaineers went into Austin and won their first Big 12 road contest against Texas 48-45. Geno Smith threw for 268 passing yards and four touchdowns. Smith has yet to throw an interception this season. The Mountaineers must travel back to the state of Texas this upcoming weekend to battle Texas Tech. This could be a trap game for the Mountaineers after coming off a huge victory against the Longhorns.

The SEC East may come down to the Florida-South Carolina game.

- The Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks had huge wins this past weekend. Florida fought off a tough LSU defense to win and South Carolina blew out Georgia. Florida and South Carolina have looked great defensively and the play of Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel and Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw have progressed greatly since the first week of the season. Both teams are now ranked in the top five. #3 South Carolina will travel to play at #9 LSU this upcoming in a very important game. #4 Florida travels to Vanderbilt in what should be an easy win.

Penn State is officially an improved team.

- The Bill O'Brien era started off to an 0-2 start. The Nittany lions have won their past four games and have been exciting to watch. This past weekend's game against undefeated Northwestern was for sure the game that got Penn State back on the map. Nittany Lion quarterback Matt McGloin is proving that he is a gamer and a true leader of this team. McGloin has 12 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns this season. McGloin has thrown just two interceptions. The Nittany Lion rushing attack looked tough against Northwestern as Zach Zwink and Michael Zordich both rushing for one touchdown. Receiver Allen Robinson had 85 yards with two touchdown receptions. Penn State;s performance was gutsy as they were five of six on fourth down conversions. One conversion was a touchdown pass and another one led the Nittany Lions winning touchdown. Bill O'Brien should be proud of his team and I feel myself pulling extremely hard for this team.

Last thought: 

- No team as this point can be trusted. Just when you are set on one team they are upset that weekend. #7 Notre Dame gets #17 Stanford this upcoming weekend and I believe the Irish will get the job done as the defense continues to look great week in and week out. The offense appears to be clicking as they put up 41 points on the Miami Hurricanes. Florida and Alabama have very winnable games at Vanderbilt and Missouri. Ohio State will most likely trounce Indiana in Bloomington. Five of the other top ten teams playing this week have challenging games. The South Carolina-LSU game will be big because they are both top ten teams, but Kansas State and West Virginia will be tested in road games at Iowa State and Texas Tech. The Oregon State Beavers are for sure on upset alert now at BYU, as starting quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

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