Forget Christmas. For college football fans, this is really the most wonderful time of the year.
There were upsets galore on Saturday as we saw two Top 10 teams lose for the first time all season, and five Top 25 teams lose overall. Each Top 10 squad was favored by double digits, so this was supposed to be a week in which the premier teams were safe. But that’s why this is the greatest sport in the world.
Biggest Win of Week 6 – Miami 24, Florida State 20
Miami hadn’t beaten Florida State since 2009 in what was the longest winning streak of this rivalry’s history. It got the monkey off of its back in a big way with a touchdown pass from Malik Rosier to Darrell Langham with six seconds left. The score capped off a great second half performance from the Hurricanes, who scored all 24 of their points in that span.
The question now is what Miami will do after the win. Over the past few years, the Hurricanes would collapse after a promising start following a heartbreaking loss to the Seminoles. The sky is the limit now for this team. A tough home game against Georgia Tech awaits next week, and if the Hurricanes can pull off a win, they will likely be ranked in the Top 10.
Biggest Upset of Week 6 – Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31
Baker Mayfield probably regrets some of his antics over the past few weeks. Mayfield was an internet sensation when the Sooners knocked off Ohio State and Baylor, but his team was on the wrong end of a viral moment this time around. Following Iowa State’s upset win as a 31-point underdog, Evrett Edwards planted Iowa State’s flag at midfield much to the delight of every other team in the Big 12.
You can say that the Sooners got a little unlucky by only scoring seven points in the second half. They drove down to Iowa State’s five-yard line on the first drive of the second half, only to turn the ball over. And then kicker Austin Seibert missed a 44-yard field goal on Oklahoma’s next possession. Still, don’t take anything away from Iowa State, which gutted out a win with a backup quarterback throwing for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Also, former quarterback Joel Lanning played both ways for a considerable portion of the game.
Surreal Score of Week 6 – Western Michigan 71, Buffalo 68
This game wasn’t that incredible in regulation, but it ended up going to seven overtimes before a winner was decided. Buffalo quarterback Drew Anderson can hold his head high despite the loss. He threw the ball 61 times for 597 yards and seven touchdowns without a turnover. Anderson had three different receivers finish with at least 135 yards, but that just wasn’t enough. For the Broncos, it was all about continuing to pound out yards on the ground. This team ran 68 times for 376 yards and four touchdowns, including the score that finally ended this one.
Most Amazing Box Score of Week 6 – Arizona 45, Colorado 42
Phillip Lindsay had a lot of success running against Arizona. He rushed 41 times for 281 yards and three touchdowns against the Wildcats, and he nearly helped lead Colorado to a come-from-behind victory. However, the star of the day was backup quarterback Khalil Tate, who replaced Brandon Dawkins after Dawkins was injured on a late hit early in the first quarter.
Tate had a game for the record books. He ended up setting the FBS mark for rushing yards by a quarterback, picking up 327 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries to give Arizona a big win.
Biggest Letdown of Week 6 – Michigan State 14, Michigan 10
For all of the accolades that we laud on Jim Harbaugh, he has yet to prove he can consistently beat Michigan’s big rivals. The Wolverines are now a combined 1-4 against Michigan and Ohio State during Harbaugh’s tenure, and Michigan is once again on the back foot when it comes to possibly winning a division title. John O’Korn threw three interceptions in the loss, and Michigan could not run the ball on Michigan State.