Most teams are now a quarter the way through the season, and it’s shaping up to be another fantastic college football season. It was pretty quiet on the Upset front last week with the main one being Washington downing Stanford. What will Week Six of the College Football season bring us as the majority of teams are now deeply entrenched in conference play?
Big Ten. Upsets (Week Five): None, as (22) Nebraska rallied at home in the second half to hold off Wisconsin. Upset Call (Week Six): (21) Nebraska over (12) Ohio State. The Cornhuskers found themselves down 17 points to Wisconsin at home, but they came all the way back to grind out a 3 point victory. Now, they are going on the road for the second time this season trying to put a mid-September trip to UCLA behind them (UCLA defeated Nebraska 36-30). This is the best offense Ohio St. has faced all year. The Buckeyes, playing their fifth home game in their first six, took an impressive win in East Lansing last week 17-16. But, they have been a little lackluster at home trying to find themselves under new coach Urban Meyer with a 7 point win over Cal and a 14 point win over UAB.
ACC. Upsets (Week Five): Cincinnati 27, Virginia Tech 24. Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38. Middle Tennessee 49, Georgia Tech 28. Upset Call (Week Six): Miami, FL over (9) Notre Dame. Which Miami team will show up? The Miami team which rallied to score the last 23 points to top Georgia Tech, or the Miami team that was handled by Kansas St. 52-13. Outside of the KSU game, Miami has shown the ability to put up points scoring 41, 38, 42, and 44. As for the Irish, they’ve gotten through the Big Ten part of their schedule (Purdue, Michigan St, and Michigan) unscathed. But outside of the season opener against Navy, this offense has sputtered putting up 20, 20, and 13.
Big 12. Upsets (Week Five): None. Upset Call (Week Six): Texas Tech over (17) Oklahoma. The Red Raiders have shot out of the gates going 4-0 and putting up 43.8 PPG (11th in the nation). Texas Tech will now get their stiffest test of the season going against Oklahoma. The Red Raiders need this one; this game starts a murderer’s row of five straight games against teams currently ranked in the top 17. For the Sooners, they have had a week off after losing to Kansas St. at home 24-19. We haven’t seen a lot of the 2-1 Sooners; they’ve had two Bye weeks already and their other opponents were UTEP and Florida A&M. Texas Tech also upset Oklahoma in Norman last season 41-38.
Big East. Upsets (Week Five): None. Upset Call (Week Six): Temple over South Florida. It’s the return to the Big East for the Owls as they have their home conference opener against South Florida. The Owls are 1-2 so far this season, 0-2 against FBS competition with a loss at Penn State and a close home loss to Maryland. South Florida, though, has stumbled out of the gates and find themselves on the road again. A pre-season Conference favorite, South Florida lost their Big East home opener to Rutgers, and they lost on the road to Ball State out of the MAC.
Pac 12. Upsets (Week Five): Washington 17, Stanford 13. Upset Call (Week Six): Washington St. over (14) Oregon St. If he could get, this would be the signature win Mike Leach could use to build the Cougar program going forward. Washington St. hasn’t been the offensive juggernaut that Leach had at Texas Tech, but the offense has been improving in past weeks to the point they kept pace with Oregon for a half (it was Oregon 23-19 at halftime). Oregon St. has climbed up the polls with road wins to start the Pac-12 season at UCLA and Arizona. The Beavers also handled Wisconsin in their only other home game 10-7, and they will be looking to avoid a letdown after such a hot start.
SEC. Upsets (Week Five): None. Upset Call (Week Six): Mississippi over Texas A&M. This is the first SEC road game for the Aggies. After a close home loss to Florida, Texas A&M has blown their next three opponents out of the water winning 45, 56, and 48. But now, Texas A&M leaves Texas for the first time (three home games and one road game at SMU). Mississippi is 3-2, but their losses are to Texas and Alabama. They’ve won the games they were supposed to, and the Rebels now get Texas A&M in their backyard.