Heh, Kevin and Rob.
Week Six saw the third-, fourth-, and fifth-ranked teams in the nation fall from the top-5 and the ranks of the unbeatens as Florida State, LSU and Georgia all falling in conference road games on Saturday.
North Carolina State 17 - (3) Florida State 16
This was the year that Florida State was really, actually, for real this time supposed to be "back". We've heard the same story for the better part of the last half-decade. And after dominant rushing performances from Chris Thompson to start the year, Heisman performances week in and week out by EJ Manuel and an early-season victory over Clemson, it seemed as though the Seminoles were going to live up to the hype this year. But the 'Noles are gonna Nole.
FSU went into halftime with a 16-0 lead, but the Wolfpack scored 17 unanswered second-half points including a Mike Glennon-to-Bryan Underwood touchdown pass with 16 seconds left to cap off the comeback upset. Glennon passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and the NC State defense kept Manuel at bay all night to secure the victory. They also had this guy.
(10) Florida 14 - (4) LSU 6
While LSU was ranked ahead of Florida in the polls, this upset really did not come as much of a surprise after the Tigers' last two underwhelming games against Auburn and Towson.
Florida put their gameplan on the back of running back Mike Gillislee and he carried the team, running for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns. LSU running back Zach Mettenberger threw for 158 yards and a pick in a losing performance. Give it another week and the shouts for Rob Bolden will be louder than ever.
(6) South Carolina 35 - (5) Georgia 7
Well, lookie who has a national title contender. Nice to see you again, OBC.
That's right, the Ol' Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has been trying his damndest to get South Carolina to heights his Florida teams reached in the 90s and it seems this year, he has the talent to do it. This isn't the fun-and-gun offense Danny Wuerffel made famous, though, as the Gamecocks are relying on stud running back Marcus Lattimore and the only guy I might be more scared of than Michael Mauti, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, to lead them to the top of the SEC East early into the season.
Connor Shaw only threw 10 passes the entire night but scored three times, twice on passes and once with his legs and Lattimore ran for 107 yards and a touchdown while the South Carolina defense stifled a Georgia offense that had scored 52 points against Tennessee a week earlier.
LSU and Arkansas down. Florida and South Carolina way up. Is the SEC East becoming the dominant division of the only conference in America that is supposed to matter?
Remember me saying last week that the Big 12 has no defensive playbook?
(8) West Virginia 48 - (11) Texas 45
Granted, West Virginia got a couple of stops this week and they were only able to score 48 points this week, but the supposed best defense in the Big 12 still gave up 48 points at home. Geno Smith threw four more touchdowns this week and Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two scores.
David Ash threw for 269 yards, but Texas might have squandered their chance after Anthony Fera, seeing his first game-action all year, missed a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter which would have tied the game at 41.
(17) Oklahoma 41 - Texas Tech 20
With whiskey in tow, I watched live as Oklahoma pummeled the Red Raiders and had to watch Justin Brown catch a touchdown pass right in front of me. I booed the hell out of him for the Black Shoe Diaries family. #OneTeam
(2) Oregon 52 - (23) Washington 21
(14) Oregon State 19 - Washington State 6
(13) USC 38 - Utah 28
Both Oregon teams are undefeated and now in the top-10 in the country. Outside of USC (who had a tough time with cellar-dweller Utah), the rest of the Pac-12 is beating up on each other. I think that Oregon will run away with things, but the Ducks have to travel to Corvallis this year and weird things always seem to happen on the Beavers' home turf. We'll have to see what happens.
Best of the Rest
(9) Notre Dame 41 - Miami (FL) 3
Iowa State 37 - (15) TCU 23
(18) Stanford 54 - Arizona 48 (OT)
Cal 43 - (25) UCLA 17
Syracuse 14 - Pitt 13
Duke (now 5-1) 42 - Virginia 17
Class-Fakers North Carolina 48 - Elite-Fakers Virginia Tech 34
Louisiana Tech 58 - UNLV 31
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