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College Football Week 6 Showcasing Most Intriguing Narratives and Storylines

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 08:  Alfred Blue #4 of the Louisiana State University Tigers during the game against the University of Florida at Tiger Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

Week 6 should go a long way towards pointing out some of the true contenders and false pretenders. Conference play is in full swing and there are five games featuring contests between teams in the Top 25. 

This is a far cry from Week 5, where just two games featured Top 25 showdowns. 

This all sets up for what should be an action-packed week of college football. Here are three of the most interesting aspects of the week. 


Top 25 Battles Take Center Stage

As we mentioned, there are a whopping five games featuring teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

One of those features No. 5 Georgia traveling to take on No. 6 South Carolina for an SEC showdown. 

Both of these teams are 5-0, and there is a good chance the winner of this game will represent the SEC's Eastern Division in the conference title game. 

The week also offers No. 11 Texas playing host to No. 8 West Virginia in game where the total score has a legitimate chance to go over 100 points. 

We also have No. 21 Nebraska going into Ohio Stadium to take on No. 12 Ohio State in a key Big Ten showdown. The Buckeyes are an impressive 5-0, but their performances have been uneven, although they answered a lot of questions by taking down Michigan State, while on the road last week.

And these are just three of the five Top 25 games. We'll get a little more detailed look at the other two. 


Can Washington Shock the Polls and the Pac-12? 

The Washington Huskies will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN will be broadcasting the game. 

Oregon has owned this heated rivalry lately, and while the Huskies have been able to consistently hang in there for the first half, they have been getting blown off the field in the second half. 

Of course, that isn't an unusual outcome when playing Oregon. Its hyper-speed offense wears teams down, and the Ducks take over. 

However, this Husky team showed something they haven't displayed in years last Thursday when they upset Stanford: solid defense for four quarters. 

The Huskies held the Cardinal to under 70 rushing yards in that game, and while Stanford doesn't run their offense at a freakish pace like Oregon, they are a big physical team that also wears opponents out. Like they did the week before the Husky game when they upset USC by rushing for over 200 yards. 

Washington showed improved depth, energy, focus and stamina while slowing down Stanford. If they can come up with the same kind of effort this week, they will be able to at least entertain thoughts of poll-rattling upset. 


Is LSU Slipping? 

No. 4 LSU will hit the road to take on No. 10 Florida this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game is set to be broadcast on CBS, and believe it or not, this Tigers team has something to prove. 

LSU is a perfect 5-0, but after starting off the season by beating its first three opponents by a combined score of 145-31, LSU has looked very vulnerable. 

They squeaked by a not overly-impressive Auburn team 12-10, and followed that up with a too close game against mighty Towson 38-22. Towson should not be hanging 22 on LSU.

There is still plenty to like about LSU, and they clearly have the talent to compete for the national title, but they have to get back on track. 

That will not be an easy task in this game. Florida is 4-0, and they are making strides each time out. There is no doubt they enter this contest with more momentum as they are coming off a 37-20 win over Tennessee and a 38-0 over Kentucky last week. 

This game will be a big proving ground for both teams. 

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