Power Ranking 10 Best College Football Games of Week 6
Cancel all plans for next Saturday, because college football's lineup for Week 6 is insanely good.
From a huge Big Ten matchup involving Nebraska and Ohio State to a pivotal showdown in the Big 12 between Texas and West Virginia, you can't afford to miss any football.
And really, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Four of the SEC's Top 10 teams wage war against one another this Saturday, as Georgia takes on South Carolina and LSU battles Florida.
So, in one of the most compelling Saturdays of the college football season, these are the 10 best games of Week 6.
10. Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss
Time: 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss is a top game? Say whaat?
Just hear me out on this one. For those who haven't seen the Aggies in action, they have a special freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel, who can not only sling it but is absolutely elusive inside the pocket.
His evasive moves made the Arkansas defense look as bad as Baylor's did against West Virginia. Hard to imagine, I know. Manziel finished that game with 453 yards passing, 104 yards rushing and four total touchdowns.
But he's about to face a stout defense at Ole Miss, and no, that's not a joke. If you caught any of Ole Miss' encounter against Alabama, you saw Rebels flying around the field laying licks.
So when Manziel goes against this hard-hitting bunch, it should produce some plays worthy of SportsCenter's "Top 10."
9. Florida State vs. N.C. State
Time: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2
Remember when everyone was singing the praises of N.C. State's Mike Glennon and David Amerson?
It seems so long ago, but just before the season, many considered Glennon to be a top quarterback in the country and Amerson to be the No. 1 cornerback prospect.
Well, after two losses and mediocre performances from both men, those ideas have somewhat deteriorated—six interceptions will surely do that.
But hey, here's the Wolfpack's chance to right every wrong they've made this season.
All they have to do is upset a very deep, athletic and undefeated Florida State team. Can N.C. State pull it off?
8. Miami vs. Notre Dame
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Can the Miami Hurricanes pull off another miracle for the second straight week?
After the Hurricanes defeated N.C. State on a 62-yard bomb from Stephen Morris with 19 seconds left, they step up in competition to face an accomplished Notre Dame defense.
So don't expect Morris to be breaking any more ACC passing records in this contest. Though it's hard to believe, some teams do still play defense around the country, and 566 passing yards will be nothing but a short-lived dream against the Irish.
But because Morris can sling it, Notre Dame needs to be aware of a potential upset. Hey, maybe Notre Dame can finally get its offense going against a team that gives up 33.4 points per game.
7. Arizona vs. Stanford
Time: 3 p.m. ET on FOX
Arizona and Stanford are both coming off losses, so expect both teams to come out with something to prove.
After a promising 3-0 start, Arizona dropped back-to-back games against ranked opponents in the Pac-12. As for Stanford, well, it tasted defeat at the hands of Washington Sept. 27.
This sets up a compelling storyline. But more importantly, the matchups in this game are intriguing. Arizona's throw-first mentality with Matt Scott versus a Stanford secondary that's thought to be the weakness of the defense.
In fact, Stanford's defense is ranked third in the conference in total defense, allowing just 315 yards per game, but this defense is eighth in the conference in passing defense, giving up 251 yards per game.
Will Arizona be able to throw it on Stanford, or will the Cardinal's front seven disrupt Scott?
6. Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
Time: 3:30 ET on ESPN 2/ABC
Here we go again.
Oklahoma fell to an unranked Texas Tech team last season, and with the Sooners matched up against another unranked Red Raider club, it's hard to fight off the deja vu.
What's scary about this matchup is Oklahoma is coming off a loss to Kansas State, while Texas Tech is the team that's undefeated.
Landry Jones' legacy as Oklahoma's quarterback is on the line in this game. Many question his ability to win the big game, and after he had such a disappointing 2011 season, Jones has to salvage this season. It all begins against the Red Raiders.
5. Washington vs. Oregon
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
All of a sudden, Washington versus Oregon is a big game on the marquee again.
Before the season, I, along with many, had this game circled as a game to keep an eye on. Following Washington's 41-3 loss against LSU, the game was suddenly surrounded with erase marks.
Get that pencil back out, Scooter. This game is worthy of recognition again, and it's a Top 25 matchup following Washington's upset against Stanford.
But can Washington hang with Oregon's offense? If LSU's able to put 41 on the board against the Huskies, only God knows how many scores De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner will have.
4. Nebraska vs. Ohio State
Time: 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Is Ohio State going to pick apart the Big Ten and eliminate all national title contenders?
It sure does look that way. Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin all remain unranked teams, and if Ohio State defeats No. 21 Nebraska Saturday, Northwestern might be the Big Ten's only hope for a representative in the national championship.
Strange world we live in, right?
So for the sake of the Big Ten keeping its relevancy, a Nebraska win needs to take place Saturday night. Oh the storylines are limitless in college football.
3. West Virginia vs. Texas
Time: 7 p.m. ET on FOX
How do you follow up a 656-yard, eight-touchdown performance?
Well, a win on the road against one of the best teams in the Big 12 would suffice. I'm sure Geno Smith would gladly accept.
Smith is coming off a game of a lifetime, while Texas just picked up a big road game against Oklahoma State, a game in which the Longhorns' skill and will were both tested.
But can they stop this freight-train Mountaineer offense? West Virginia is scoring 53 points per game, while Texas is giving up 21 points per game. Something's gotta give.
2. LSU vs. Florida
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Before the season, did you imagine Florida defeating LSU in The Swamp?
Be honest. For those of you who said yes, you're either a Florida Gator fan or you're straight-up lying. But honestly, a Florida win against LSU is looking like the more favorable bet right now.
Seriously, if Zach Mettenberger and LSU's passing attack can't get the ball moving, the Tigers will lose to the Gators.
Both teams are very similar, as they both have great special teams and excellent defenses. The only glaring difference between them right now is the quarterback play. It all falls on Mettenberger this Saturday in The Swamp. Can he get it together?
1. Georgia vs. South Carolina
Time: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Oh boy, this is really about to go down.
This is easily the biggest game of the season so far, and the winner of this game will be in the driver's seat in the SEC East.
Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier are no strangers to this situation, and Spurrier knows he has to win this game because of the SEC scheduling. Heck, he's been talking about it all offseason.
So, you can cut the tension with a knife, and just thinking about the atmosphere surrounding kickoff is sending chills down my spine.
Both teams better buckle up those chin straps, because neither team will reign victorious without taking some big shots from these deeply talented defenses. Let's get it on.