College football has six weeks in the books, but there is still a long way to go. Each week more is learned about each team, even though not everything can be known. Putting the pieces together on college football each season is part of why fans love it. With that being said, here are five things learned from week 6.
1. Texas is back
The Longhorns started the season with a loss to Maryland, but have fought their way back to contention. This weekend they took down rival Oklahoma in a high-scoring affair. The win gives Texas a big boost, but also means they are now a contender to play in the Big 12 Championship.
Texas is undefeated in the Big 12 at 3-0 with wins already over Oklahoma, Kansas State and TCU. There will still be tests against West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Iowa State. Other than the West Virginia game, Texas should be favored in all of those if things stay constant.
They may not be in the National Championship, but competing for the Big 12 is the first step for Texas on a long journey back to the top of college football.
2. Florida is growing at a crazy rate
Florida lost to Kentucky, which made some people overreact, but that wasn’t a bad loss. To go along with that, Florida got one of their biggest wins in recent memory this weekend, with their upset of number five ranked LSU.
The offense still needs some work to be up to Dan Mullen’s standards, but they helped get the job done against the Tigers. They also have a win over Mississippi State, who got a big win over Auburn this weekend. The Gators aren’t quite ready to compete with Georgia at the top of the SEC East, but getting the big win over LSU this early in Dan Mullen’s tenure bodes well for the future.
3. Stanford out of CFP; Pac-12 in more trouble
Late on Saturday night, Stanford suffered their second loss in two weeks. Utah handled Stanford, beating them by 19 points. The loss leaves Stanford out of the College Football Playoff, but it also really hurts the Pac-12’s playoff chances.
The conference’s chances ride on utter chaos happening, or one of the four teams with one loss or under winning out. Two of those teams play each other this weekend in Oregon vs. Washington. Washington State and Colorado are the other two teams and weren’t expected to be so competitive this year.
As it currently sits, the Pac-12 really needs some help to reach the College Football Playoff.
4. Tua is the Heisman winner
Yes it is six weeks into the season and anything can happen, but Tua Tagovialoa will win the Heisman Trophy unless something drastic happens. He has led Alabama to a 6-0 record and none of the games have been really close. Tagovialoa is also the leader of the Best Alabama offense under Nick Saban, that is averaging 56 points per game.
Being the best player on the best team in the country helps, but his stats also hold up. Tagovailoa has 1,495 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He has also completed 75.2% of his passes. If those numbers hold, it is a no-brainer that he is the Heisman winner.
5. Texas A&M is good and tested
Jimbo Fisher lost his first two big games as coach of Texas A&M, but knocked off 13th ranked Kentucky this weekend. The Aggies had to go into overtime to beat the Wildcats, even though they were clearly the better team throughout the game. While the game can’t make up for their losses (to Clemson and Alabama), A&M can be a problem going forward.
The win over Kentucky helped show how good the Aggies are at defending the run, as they held Kentucky star running back to under 70 yards rushing. If they can make teams beat them through the air, A&M is capable of pulling off a few upsets and having a successful first year under Fisher.
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