Has anyone truly caught their breath after last week’s crazy week in college football? I know I haven’t. There were hail marys, huge upsets, home losses, chrome helmets everywhere and even a horse being retired. Yep, it’s safe to say that Week 6 had a little bit of everything. If the first college football weekend in October is any indication of the rest of the month, this is going to be one of the most exciting seasons in a long time.
MVP – Dak Prescott – QB – Mississippi State – The Bulldog quarterback led his team to their first win over a Top 10 team since 2000 and it didn’t appear that Prescott ever even broke a sweat. Prescott and company took a 28-10 lead into halftime on their way to a big 48-31 win at home and Dak definitely was able to throw his name in the Heisman hat with his performance. The junior quarterback from Haughton, Louisiana, went 20-of-26 for 268 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and three scores on the ground. Dak will have the nation’s attention again this weekend as the Auburn Tigers come to town.
Coach of the Week – Rich Rodriguez – Arizona – We all knew what was coming when Rodriguez took the job in Tucson, we knew that he would install his up-tempo offense but we didn’t expect him to have the Wildcats big game hunting so soon with three wins over top ten teams already in his third season. The most recent was Thursday night when the Wildcats got a huge win over Oregon in Eugene 31-24 in easily, the biggest win of the season so far. Coach Rodriguez has his Wildcat team 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 1998 and has a chance to be 6-0 for the first time since 1993.
Game of the Week – California over Washington State 60-59 – I know, neither team was ranked and neither team apparently knows how to play defense so how can this be the Game of the Week over those two wins in Mississippi? Well, the answer is simple: Connor Halliday broke the NCAA single game passing yardage record and still lost at home. Washington State took a 24-13 lead into halftime but the 3rd quarter was where it got interesting. California scored twice in the first 4 minutes to take the lead 27-24 but the Cougars responded with two touchdowns to retake the lead 38-27. The Bears returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown to narrow Washington State’s lead to only 4 but Washington State responded with a 71 yard touchdown drive to which California returned the ensuing kickoff again! California scored twice again in the 4th quarter to take the lead but the fireworks in Pullman weren’t finished. Washington State capped off an eleven play, 71 yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from freshman runningback Gerard Wicks but the Cal Bears responded with a 65-yard touchdown drive to retake the lead 60-59 after a failed two-point conversion and believe it or not, was able to hold off Washington State in the final three minutes.
Coach Who Should Pick Up His Check at The Back Door – Dave Doeren – NC State – After spending a week bashing Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and Seminoles players for faking injuring two Saturdays ago in Raleigh, Dave’s bunch arrived in Clemson to take on the Tigers in Death Valley but lost 41-0 in a game that was never competitive and a game where the Wolfpack were only able to muster 154 yards of total offense. Do we have proof that those were the same players in Clemson that played Florida State in Raleigh? Because they surely did not play like it. The Wolfpack’s performance Saturday was a classic example of playing a game in the emotional valley after an emotional loss at home. All the blame in that scenario falls on the coach who should have spent a little more time preparing his team for Clemson instead of pointing fingers to Tallahassee.
Uniform of the Week – Kentucky Wildcats – I am not a ‘Black For Black’s Sake’ kind of guy when it comes to uniforms but the black jerseys and pants have been part of Kentucky’s uniform package for a while so they are for the most part able to get away with it with little retribution from this Uniform Police of the Southern Football Report. What was new about this get-up was the very nice chrome helmet which worked very well with the blue checkerboard trim on the jerseys. Expect to see that helmet a lot more in the next few years when tuning in to watch the Wildcats.
Honorable Mention – Texas A&M Aggies & Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders – There seemed to be a chrome theme to Saturday and all three looked good. The Aggies wore their all white uniforms with chrome trim which was new but the highlight was the chrome logo on the white helmet which looked amazing. The Blue Raiders wore their normal helmet with a chrome paint job instead of the normal blue. Both were good looks.
Dud Uniform of the Week – Boise State Broncos – I am not a ‘Black For Black’s Sake’ kind of guy when it comes to uniforms so when a team like Boise State opts to wear black uniforms I immediately cringe. Boise has made a name for themselves with bright and new-age uniforms and their blue turf field and nowhere does the color ‘black’ come into that equation. Saturday night they decided to wear black helmets and black pants with their regular road white uniforms. Gross.
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