Georgia Moves to No.1 as the Aggies Upset Alabama, and a Wild Red River Showdown - Week 6 Highlights
Updated: Oct 23, 2021
Alabama is stunned in College Station, Georgia moves to number one and a wild Red River showdown leads to a potential quarterback controversy in Oklahoma.
Here's my highlights of the week...
All change at the top...
No.1 Alabama 38-41 Texas A&M
Texas A&M stormed into an early lead over Alabama in front of 106,815 fans at College Station. The Aggies were up 24-17 when track star Devin Achane returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Alabama responded as QB Bryce Young, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns on the night, found Jameson Williams unmarked in the end zone. With the Crimson Tide up 38-31 with 3:04 left in the 4th quarter, Zach Calzada rallied the Aggies with a 25 yard touchdown strike to Ainias Smith, levelling it up at 38-38. Calzada, the former backup, went off injured in the play, but showed real grit to come back out and drive Texas A&M within field goal range, leaving Seth Small to convert a 28-yard field goal and seal a shock win for the Aggies. Calzada finished the game with 285 yards and three touchdowns,
Jimbo Fisher notched up his first win against Nick Saban, ending a 24-game winning streak for the Alabama coach against his previous assistants. Texas A&M hopes to continue its momentum this week at Missouri while the Tide look to get their season back on track away at Mississippi State.
No.2 Georgia 34-10 No.18 Auburn
Georgia's run offense was impressive against SEC rivals Auburn in a game known as the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. This allowed QB Stetson Bennett the opportunity to open up the Tigers' defense with some huge throws, including a 60-yard pass to Ladd McConkey that put the Bulldogs into a commanding 24-3 lead. Georgia sacked Bo Nix four times and restricted Auburn's run game to just 46 yards. They have their best chance at a national title for years and their chances will rest on the form of their impressive defense, who have allowed just two touchdowns all season.
No.4 Penn State 20-23 No.3 Iowa
This was a huge game for the Big Ten in Iowa City between these two 5-0 teams. Up 14-3, Penn State QB Sean Clifford took a big hit from Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell and left the game, switching momentum to the home team. The Hawkeyes went on a 14-point run, Spencer Petras throwing a go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Nico Ragaini before Iowa picked off backup QB Ta'Quan Roberson to seal the win and move Iowa to 6-0 and No.2 in this week's AP Top 25.
A Stunning Red River Showdown...
No.6 Oklahoma 55-48 No.21 Texas
The Red River Showdown didn't disappoint, the two teams combining for 103 points, the most in rivalry history. Texas flew out of the blocks against Oklahoma, storming to a 28-7 with a Casey Thompson pass to Joshua Moore. Thompson, whose dad played for Oklahoma, finished with five touchdown passes and 388 yards passing. Sooners QB Spencer Rattler threw an interception and then fumbled the ball at 17-28 down, handing the initiative back to the Longhorns and himself a seat on the bench. His erratic form is removing his potential early first round draft pick.
Texas running back Bijan Robinson elevated himself over Rattler into the Heisman conversation with a stellar performance, running for 137 yards, the highlight being a 50-yard run as Texas went into the half 38-20 up.
Five-star recruit Caleb Williams stepped in and ignited the Sooners. He took Oklahoma on a 34-13 run, the highlight this extraordinary throw on the run to Marvin Mims. Williams threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, also running for a 66-yard touchdown. RB Kennedy Brooks capped a 217-yard rushing game with a direct snap that led to a 33-yard winning touchdown run with three seconds left, giving the Sooners a stunning comeback win.
Coach Lincoln Riley has a tough quarterback decision ahead of him as the Sooners host TCU. Texas hosts Oklahoma State in what promises to be another thriller.
No.13 Arkansas 51-52 No.17 Ole Miss
Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, trolled by fans for his mic-drop "Get your popcorn ready" comment ahead of last week's loss against Alabama, reportedly received boxes of popcorn from both sets of fans after the game. Ole Miss made the most of the publicity, offering free popcorn to the first 5,000 fans into the stadium ahead of their showdown with Arkansas.
This was a matchup of two SEC teams on the rise this season looked to bounce back after losses to top-ranked sides last weekend. The two teams combined for a 1,278 yards shootout in Oxford, Mississippi. Sam Pittman's Arkansas team, down 51-52, had the opportunity to tie the game and send it into overtime, but boldly went for the win on a two-point conversion attempt. The resulting throw from K.J. Jefferson went agonisingly long and Ole Miss escaped with a sensational win at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Snoop Conner ran for three touchdowns and Matt Corral ... Razorbacks QB Jefferson threw and ran for three touchdowns in an impressive display.
"Finally, we can go and have some popcorn and I won't leave the interview early." - Lane Kiffin.
Elsewhere in the SEC, LSU's troubles continue as they lost 42-21 to resurgent No.16 Kentucky. Wildcats' junior quarterback Will Levis was the star of the show, passinf for three touchdowns and passing for another two.
No.20 Florida bounced back from their loss to Kentucky with a 42-0 shutout of Vanderbilt in the Swamp. Tennessee's offense has been much more impressive in recent weeks with Hendon Hooker at quarterback, highlighted in their 45-20 win over South Carolina.
In the Big Ten...
No.9 Michigan 32-29 Nebraska
The Big Ten have five teams in the top 11 ranked nationally, and the race for the conference title and a potential College Football Playoff slot is under way. With Michigan and Nebraska tied at 29 apiece in Lincoln, and 1:45 left in the game, Cornhuskers QB Adrian Martinez fumbled the ball and Michigan's Jake Moody kicked the winning field goal to move to 6-0 for the first time since 2016.
Maryland 17-66 No.7 Ohio State
C.J. Stroud threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns as a suddenly imperious-looking Ohio State team rolled over Maryland and back in to both Big Ten and national contention. Stroud has a glittering array of offensive talent at his disposal in wide receivers Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxson Smith-Njigba who together accounted for 17 catches for over 300 yards. Running back TreVeyon Henderson added 102 rushing and 67 receiving yards with three total scores.
"We had guys looking like they were falling out of aeroplanes, they were so wide open." - Maryland head coach Mike Locksley on Ohio State's wide receivers.
No.11 Michigan State 31-13 Rutgers
Michigan State WR Jalen Nailor and RB Kenneth Walker lit up Rutgers in a convincing 31-13 win to move to 6-0. Nailor caught five passes, three of which were for touchdowns, and 221 receiving yards, Walker ran for 232 yards on 29 carries, one of which was a 94 yard touchdown run was the longest in Spartans' history.
No.10 BYU suffered a 26-17 loss to Boise State while No.14 Notre Dame pulled out a tough road win, 32-29 over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Rivals Virginia beat Louisville 34-33 with 487 yards and three touchdowns from QB Brandon Armstrong.
In the ACC, No.19 Wake Forest remain unbeaten at 6-0 with a 40-37 win over Syracuse while Florida State marched into Chapel Hill and scored a 35-25 upset win over North Carolina, who slip to a disappointing 3-3. The Seminoles move to 2-4.
Malik Willis's draft stock continues to rise, 222 passing yards and two touchdown passes with several highlight reel plays in a 41-13 Liberty defeat of Middle Tennessee State.
Utah beat USC 42-26 in the PAC-12, while Air Force moved to 5-1 with a 24-14 win over Wyoming. In an exhausting game, Texas State took four overtimes to beat South Alabama, 33-31. No.25 San Diego State move to 5-0 with a 31-7 win over New Mexico.
No.24 SMU moved to 6-0 with an entertaining 31-24 win over Navy, while the brilliantly named inaugural BBQ Bowl was won by Campbell, 42-28 over Gardner-Webb, both teams enjoying guess-what after the game.
Games to look out for this week:
No.1 Georgia host a dangerous No.11 Kentucky team in Athens, as the last two unbeaten teams in the SEC face off.
Also in the SEC, No.14 Ole Miss travel to Knoxville to tackle an in-form Tennessee team in a match up that promises lots of points.
In the Big 12, No.12 Oklahoma State travels to Austin to face No.25 Texas in a pivotal conference game.
Here's this week's AP Top 25...
Rank Team Record
1 (2) Georgia 6-0
2 (3) Iowa 6-0
3 (5) Cincinnati 5-0
4 (6) Oklahoma 6-0
5 (1) Alabama 5-1
6 (7) Ohio State 5-1
7 (4) Penn State 5-1
8 (9) Michigan 6-0
9 (8) Oregon 4-1
10 (11) Michigan State 6-0
11 (16) Kentucky 6-0
12 (12) Oklahoma State 5-0
13 (17) Ole Miss 4-1
14 (14) Notre Dame 5-1
15 (15) Coastal Carolina 6-0
16 (19) Wake Forest 6-0
17 (13) Arkansas 4-2
18 (22) Arizona State 5-1
19 (10) Brigham Young 5-1
20 (20) Florida 4-2
21 (-) Texas A&M 4-2
22 (23) North Carolina State 4-1
23 (24) SMU 6-0
24 (25) San Diego State 5-0
25 (21) Texas 4-2