College football week 6 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 6.
1. Michigan’s Season Can Be Salvaged
Michigan came into the week at 3-1, but things felt much worse for the Wolverines. They had been blown out by Wisconsin and looked sloppy in their other games. If they lost this week to Iowa, things would be dicey for Michigan the rest of the way, with contests still left against Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State. Luckily for Wolverine fans everywhere, Michigan won an ugly game against Iowa 10-3.
While the College Football Playoff aspirations may be tough, Michigan still has a lot in front of them. They can still win the Big Ten East and get to Indianapolis. For that to happen though, the defense needs to keep up this good level of play, as they constantly pressured Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley. The offense will also need to take a huge step forward, but at least they have kept themselves alive.
2. Florida is For Real
The Gators entered the season with high expectations, but after a sloppy opening game against Miami, those were lowered. Things got worse when starting quarterback Feleipe Franks went down for the season against Kentucky. Backup Kyle Trask has come in and led the team to victories and that continued this weekend when Florida was able to hold off seventh-ranked Auburn for a 24-13 win.
Florida’s defense came up big time and forced Bo Nix into several mistakes to help them win the game. Trask went out of the game for a few minutes with an MCL sprain, but gutted out the rest of the game to lead his team to victory. Even with a backup quarterback, Florida can play with most teams in the country. That had better be true, as they have LSU and Georgia coming up in the next few weeks on the schedule.
3. UCF No Longer Reigns Supreme
UCF lost a tough game to Pitt a few weeks ago, but many still predicted them to win the AAC. They were still ranked after the loss and still have plenty of impact players. Unfortunately, their dreams of another New Year’s Six Bowl were dashed this weekend, as they were upset by Cincinnati.
The Bearcats were down, but were able to hang in the game. Their red zone defense was particularly impressive. The win gives Cincinnati a lead in the AAC East. UCF will have to battle back to even make the conference championship game this season. That is a long way away from the expectations they had to start the year.
4. Texas Tech Can Still Make A Bowl
So far this season, Texas Tech had struggled. They came into week 6 at 2-2 and were not looking like they were going to beat a ranked Oklahoma State team. The Red Raiders were able to do just that, as Jett Duffey threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns.
The win puts the Red Raiders three wins away from bowl eligibility. If they lost this game, it would be questionable to whether they would be able to get four wins in the back half of the season to do it. Now it becomes much more reasonable. With games against Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia, TCU, Kansas State and Texas, the Red Raiders might be able to squeak into a bowl game.
5. Ohio State is Playing the Best Football in the Country
Ohio State has played great all season and has impressed. Justin Fields has helped the offense at quarterback, while the defense has been solid as well. They added to their great season with another win, this time over Michigan State, giving them a 6-0 record. The Buckeyes did it in great fashion, winning 34-10.
Already this season, the Buckeyes have put up over 40 points in every game before Michigan State. The offense is dynamic and scored against a tough Michigan State defense. The only thing that may stop them is their bye week, which comes up this week.
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