Week 6 was rivalry week, as some of the top rivalries in college football were put on show. Did these games affect the ranked teams? Here’s a rundown of the Top 25’s performance:
#1 Alabama – WEEK 6: W vs #16 Arkansas 49-30
The number one team in the nation travelled to Razorback Stadium and came away with a tough 49-30 win over #16 Arkansas, stretching their unbeaten record to 18 games. All three phases were strong, especially on defense, where cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick grabbed three interceptions, including a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. A 23-yard fumble return TD from Tim Williams earlier in the game extended the Crimson Tide’s streak of 8 games with a non-offensive TD. On offense, true freshman Jalen Hurts accounted for 273 total yards and 4 TDs, while receiver ArDarius Stewart caught 5 passes for 120 yards. Running back Damien Harris ran for 122 yards, his third 100-yard game this season. Bama face Tennessee next week, who are the second of three consecutive ranked opponents in this tough stretch.
#2 Ohio State – WEEK 6: W vs Indiana 38-17
J.T. Barrett had a terrible passing game, but made up for it with a strong running game to lead Ohio State over the Hoosiers. Barrett completed just 9-21 passes for 93 yards, a touchdown and an interception. However on the ground, Barrett had 26 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown. The ground game was well complimented by Curtis Samuel (82 yards, 1 TD) and Mike Weber (71 yards, 2 TDs). Since hiring coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes are 16-0 in the month of October and look to stay undefeated against Wisconsin next week.
#3 Clemson – WEEK 6: W vs Boston College 56-10
The Tigers rolled over Boston College as Deshaun Watson threw for 266 yards and 4 TDs. Watson’s 4 TD game is his 10th game with at least three passing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Wayne Gallman ran for 109 yards, including a season-long 59-yard score. Clemson have now won 23 out of their last 24 games and look to be their dominant selves since last week’s win over Louisville. Next week, they take on NC State.
#4 Michigan – WEEK 6: W vs Rutgers 78-0
Michigan obliterated the Scarlet Knights, winning in the one of the most lop-sided games this season. The Wolverines had 600 yards of offense, while holding Rutgers to only 39 yards. To put into perspective how dominant Michigan were, they scored 11 touchdowns, while Rutgers only gained two first downs. Chris Evans, Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac all ran for 153, 114 and 93 yards respectively, with Higson and Isaac scoring two touchdowns each. Star player Jabrill Peppers had 3 carries for 74 yards and 2 TDs, while also recording two tackles and a quarterback hurry on defense.
#5 Washington – WEEK 6: W vs Oregon 70-21
In another lop-sided affair, the Huskies dominated the Ducks at Autzen Stadium to end a 12-game losing streak against Oregon. Jake Browning threw for 304 yards and accounted for 8 total TDs, tied for the most by a single player this season. Running back Myles Gaskin ran for 197 yards and 1 TD. Receivers Dante Pettis (134 yards, 2 TDs) and John Ross (94 yards, 3 TDs) had big games. It’s the ninth consecutive game Washington have scored at least 35 points and there’s no stopping one of the hottest teams in college football right now.
#6 Houston – WEEK 6: L vs Navy 40-46
Despite being the top ranked run defense in the nation, Houston struggled to stop the Navy rushing attack, which led to their first loss this season and ended their 8-game winning streak. Houston star Greg Ward Jr threw for 359 yards and 3 TDs, but also threw two interceptions. He added 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Receivers Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar each caught 9 passes for 117 and 112 receiving yards respectively, with Dunbar grabbing a touchdown. Houston needed to win all of their games in their weak schedule in order to have a chance to make the playoffs. However, this loss all but ends the Cougars’ playoff hopes.
#7 Louisville – WEEK 6: BYE
Louisville returns to face Duke in Week 7.
#8 Texas A&M – WEEK 6: W vs #9 Tennessee 45-38
The Aggies avoided another Tennessee comeback to come out the victors in double overtime. Trevor Knight accounted for 349 yards and 5 total touchdowns, making his total tally come to 18 touchdowns. Running back Trayveon Williams ran for a career high 217 yards and 1 TD. A&M has a bye next week before taking on #1 Alabama.
#9 Tennessee – WEEK 6: L vs #8 Texas A&M 38-45
Down 28-7, Tennessee rallied back to force overtime, but their magic ran out as they eventually went down to the Aggies. Joshua Dobbs had 455 total yards and a touchdown, but threw two picks, including one which sealed the game for Texas A&M. In the absence of Jalen Hurd, Alvin Kamara stepped up with 127 rushing yards, 161 receiving yards and 3 total touchdowns. The main reason for the Vols’ loss was a school-record 7 turnovers, with 2 interceptions and 5 fumbles, all recovered by A&M. The depleted Tennessee team will have to bounce back next week again #1 Alabama.
#10 Miami (FL) – WEEK 6: L vs #23 Florida State 19-20
A blocked extra point was the difference between Miami and their rivals Florida State. Brad Kaaya threw for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the running game for Miami struggled, only rushing for a total of 62 yards as a team. Receiver Stacy Coley caught 7 passes for 80 yards and 2 TDs, which means he has a touchdown in five of his last six games. Miami has another tough match-up next week against North Carolina.
#11 Wisconsin – WEEK 6: BYE
Wisconsin faces #2 Ohio State in Week 7.
#12 Nebraska – WEEK 6: BYE
Nebraska faces Indiana in Week 7.
#13 Baylor – WEEK 6: BYE
Baylor takes on Kansas in Week 7
#14 Ole Miss – WEEK 6: BYE
Ole Miss faces Arkansas in Week 7.
#15 Stanford – WEEK 6: L vs Washington State 16-42
For the 2nd time under coach David Shaw, Stanford have lost consecutive games and in both games this time around, the Cardinal were blown out. Quarterback Ryan Burns produced a modest effort, throwing for 222 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Christian McCaffrey ran for only 35 yards, and it’s the second game in a row McCaffrey’s been held to under 100 yards and without a touchdown. Stanford will look to get back to form this week against another team struggling – Notre Dame.
#16 Arkansas – WEEK 6: L vs #1 Alabama 30-49
They tried their best, but still fell short at the hands of Alabama. Austin Allen threw for 400 yards and 3 TDs, but also threw 3 interceptions all to the same player. Wideout Jared Cornelius caught 5 passes for 146 yards. The Razorbacks will try and return to form next week against Ole Miss.
#17 North Carolina – WEEK 6: L vs #25 Virginia Tech 3-34
The Tar Heels were shut down at home this week against Virginia Tech, which makes them 3-9 against ranked opponents under Larry Fedora. Mitch Trubisky, who came into the game with 13 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, was limited to 58 yards and 2 interceptions, while star receiver Ryan Switzer only had 2 catches for 2 yards. North Carolina looks to recover from this defeat next week against Miami (FL).
#18 Florida – WEEK 6: GAME VS LSU CANCELLED.
Florida’s game against LSU was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. The Gators return to action next week against Missouri.
#19 Boise State – WEEK 6: W vs New Mexico 49-21
Boise State is one of 16 unbeaten FBS teams following their win over New Mexico. They now have the inside edge on getting the Group of Five spot for the New Year Six bowl games following Houston’s loss to Navy today. Quarterback Brett Rypien was outstanding, throwing for 391 yards and 5 TDs. His two receivers Thomas Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson had big games as well. Sperbeck had 9 catches for 198 yards and 2 TDs, while Wilson also caught 9 passes for 167 yards and 3 TDs. Running back Jeremy McNichols scored 2 TDs, which puts his total tally to 12 rushing touchdowns, only two behind FBS leader Lamar Jackson. The Broncos take on Colorado State next week.
#20 Oklahoma – WEEK 6: W vs Texas 45-40
The Sooners took out this year’s Red River Rivalry game with a solid win over Texas in a high-scoring game. Baker Mayfield threw for 390 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions, while Semaje Perine ran for 214 yards and 2 TDs. Receiver Dede Westbrook had 232 receiving yards and 3 TDs, which is the most by an Oklahoma receiver since Ryan Broyles in 2011. Oklahoma takes on Kansas State in Week 7.
#21 Colorado – WEEK 6: L vs USC 17-21
Colorado’s cinderella run ended at the hands of USC in Week 6, meaning the Buffaloes are yet to record a win over the Trojans in school history. Steven Montez threw for 197 yards and 1 TD, while Phillip Lindsay had 105 receiving yards, 57 rushing yards and a touchdown. Colorado take on Arizona State next week.
#22 West Virginia – WEEK 6: BYE
West Virginia takes on Texas Tech in Week 7.
#23 Florida State – WEEK 6: W vs #10 Miami (FL) 20-19
DeMarcus Walker blocked an extra point which led to the Noles winning their 7th straight win over arch-rivals Miami Hurricanes. Deondre Francois threw for 234 yards and 2 TDs, despite battling a shoulder injury. Dalvin Cook recorded his third straight 100-yard game with 150 yards on 27 carries. Cook also added a 59-yard receiving touchdown. The Seminoles face Wake Forest in Week 7.
#24 Utah – WEEK 6: W vs Arizona 36-23
Utah bounced back from last week’s loss to Cal by defeating Arizona. Troy Williams threw for 245 yards and 1 touchdown and added 73 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, while running back Armand Shyne ran for 101 yards an 1 touchdown. The Utes face Oregon State next week.
#25 Virginia Tech – WEEK 6: W vs #17 North Carolina 34-3
Despite only recording 264 yards of offense, a dominant defensive display allowed the Hokies to shut down North Carolina. Quarterback Jerod Evans only threw for 75 yards, but had 2 touchdowns in the win. Virginia Tech face Syracuse in Week 7.