Week 6 was great. We saw plenty of upsets – most notably, upsets to a lot of so-called “title contenders”.
Things are finally shaking out and the next few weeks will prove to be crucial in determining who truly has a shot at national glory come January. Even when a lot of things seem to be uncertain, one thing remains true: the SEC is still the top conference in America.
The “Larry David” Moment of the Week:
Miami Offense versus Notre Dame
In the three previous contests prior to playing Notre Dame this past weekend the Hurricanes were averaging 41 points per game and 404 yards through the air on offense, yet this week they struggled to do anything on the offensive side of the ball, gaining just 285 yards in total. The men from Miami still rank 18th in the country in passing offense but must find a way to get it done on the ground as their rushing attack ranks just 90th in the nation. This will be especially important in the next three weeks versus stout defensive opponents UNC, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
“Suits” Game of the Week:
Florida State – 16 vs. North Carolina State – 17
This contest between the Seminoles and the Wolfpack was just well played all-around. Neither team performed spectacularly well on offense, but that was mainly due to both defenses simply playing solid football for the entire 60 minutes of action. Each team had just one turnover and the two were separated by just 18 yards of offense. The difference was that the Seminoles just couldn’t score in the second half as North Carolina State was able to rally back from 16 points down to pull out the improbable win at home. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, their off-night spells disaster as they now have very little hope at making it to the national title game after coming into this past weekend as a major contender for that honor.
“CSI: Anywhere” – Most Forgettable Game:
Georgia – 7 vs. South Carolina – 35
This game came into the weekend as one of the most hyped of the whole season to date. ESPN’s College Gameday was even there. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs of Georgia — once national title hopefuls — were the only ones who seemingly didn’t show up for the game. The Gamecocks offense was too consistent and their defense was absolutely swarming the Bulldogs from every angle. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had possibly the worst game of his entire career to date, mostly due to his offensive line getting bullied around all game, leaving him running for his life. The Gamecocks were able to get to the Georgia QB for two sacks and had an incredible 10 pass breakups on the night as the Bulldogs managed just 224 yards of offense.
“Mad Men” – Player of the Week:
Braxton Miller – QB, Ohio State
Miller’s teammate, running back Carlos Hyde deserves his due credit here as well as he ran all over the Huskers defense, gaining 140 yards and four rushing touchdowns. It was Miller, however, who was the catalyst. The sophomore QB was just 7 of 14 through the air with 127 yards and a touchdown, but he didn’t need to be that spectacular because he was busy doing the damage with his legs. Miller rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, averaging almost 12 yards per carry during their dominant home victory against the Huskers. He is currently second in the country in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and also ranks second in rushing yards by a quarterback for the 2012 season. Miller and the Buckeyes should be able to keep their momentum rolling going into next weekend’s contest versus the Hoosiers of Indiana.
“David Caruso” – Worst Performance of the Week:
Keith Price – QB, Washington
The Huskies had very high hopes for their road contest with the Oregon Ducks after upsetting Stanford the previous week. However, all of those hopes were dashed with their junior quarterback’s poor performance in Eugene. Price managed just 145 yards through the air with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble and accounted for three of the five Huskie turnovers on the game. Through five games this season, Price has just five touchdown passes to go along with four interceptions. To put that into perspective, the junior quarterback’s touchdown to interception ratio through the first five games of last season was 17-3.
“Bachelor Pad” – Surprise Team of the Week:
Iowa State Cyclones victory over TCU
The TCU Horned Frogs came into this past weekend’s matchup with the Cyclones on a 12-game winning streak, good for the longest such streak in the country. The Cyclones clearly didn’t care, crushing that record like an aluminum can and throwing it in the garbage. The Cyclones allowed TCU plenty of yards, but when it came time to make a play they were up to the task, forcing five turnovers (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles recovered). This opportunistic Cyclones defense was the key to their victory as they now sit at 4-1 and maintain one of the top rushing defenses in the country, having only allowed two touchdowns on the ground so far this year.
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