College football week 6 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are 5 things learned from college football week 6.
1. Caleb Williams Saved Oklahoma’s Season
Oklahoma has struggled this season and so too did Spencer Rattler at quarterback. Those struggles continued into the first half of the Red River Rivalry. After throwing an interception and losing a fumble, he was pulled for Caleb Williams. The task was tall for Williams, as Texas led 38-20 at the half.
Williams came in and led Oklahoma to a 55-48 victory. The offense looked like they did in previous years. With Williams being able to run, it opened up the whole offense. He passed for 212 yards, rushed for 88 yards and had three total touchdowns. Running back Kennedy Brooks also started playing better with 25 carries for 217 yards and two touchdowns, including the one scored with three seconds left to win the game. Oklahoma now has some energy moving forward and may be able to run the table and make the College Football Playoff.
2. Matt Corral is Having a Heisman-Worthy Start to the Season
While Alabama’s Bryce Young and Texas’ Bijan Robinson have a case as well, Matt Corral is having a dream of a season for the Ole Miss Rebels. Against a talented Arkansas team, Corral passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 94 yards and two scores. His play helped his team win 52-51 in a thriller that came down to the wire.
Corral has 1,497 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions through the first five games of the season. Not only has he played well, but the team has also looked good. The Rebels only have one loss on the season, which came at the hands of Alabama. If Corral keeps playing well, it could be a huge season for Ole Miss and him personally as he could win the Heisman and be the first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
3. Iowa has a Clear Path to the College Football Playoff
Things started off slow for Iowa, but they were able to come back and defeat Penn State. The Hawkeyes entered halftime down 17-10, but rallied in the second half to win 23-20. It was a good comeback that was aided by the fact that Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was injured and had to leave the game.
With the win, Iowa has a pretty clear path the rest of the way. As of Saturday night, they play no more ranked teams the rest of the way. Their schedule only has Big Ten West teams left, who have all been underwhelming. It may be weird to see, but Iowa is one of the best teams in the country who may just make the College Football Playoff.
4. Kentucky is for Real
The Kentucky Wildcats dominated their game this weekend against LSU. That may not be the most surprising thing given that Kentucky entered the weekend at 5-0 and LSU had been struggling. Kentucky kept the ball on the ground to defeat the Tigers, rushing for 330 yards and winning the game 42-21.
This season has been crazy enough, but Kentucky could really shake things up. The only huge game remaining on their schedule is Georgia, who they happen to play next week. With wins already over LSU and Florida, they have defeated teams that usually get the better of them. If they can win next week, they will really shock the world.
5. Alabama can Lose??
While the college football season was already crazy, not many saw Texas A&M defeating Alabama. The Aggies got an early lead and ended up sticking with the Crimson Tide all game. They got a last-second field goal to beat Alabama and were fueled by a performance that was something that Zach Calzada had not shown during his first few starts for the Aggies at quarterback.
The Crimson Tide still look like a team that can rally and make the College Football Playoff, but this definitely sets them back. With tough games against Arkansas and other SEC West foes on the schedule, they’ll have to figure things out. Specifically, their defense needs to focus, as they gave up far too many points to a team that was starting their second option at quarterback to start the year. Alabama losing just solidifies that this college football season is uniquely wild.
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