10 College Football Teams Desperate for a Win in Week 6

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2012

10 College Football Teams Desperate for a Win in Week 6

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    Through five weeks of football, there are three types of teams: teams that are off to a great start and are remaining competitive in their conference and nationwide, teams that are already out of it after a brutal start and teams who could go either way depending on what they do this week.

    When you look around college football, the teams that need a win this week are looking to get their season moving in the right direction and are trying to make sure this year isn't a complete disaster.

    Here is a look at 10 teams that desperately need a win in Week 6.


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    While a 4-1 team doesn't usually seem like one that would need a win this week, Duke is in unfamiliar territory and has a chance to push to become bowl eligible. 

    This week the Blue Devils face Virginia, and while the Cavaliers are not a top team in the ACC, another win would be huge for the program and draw them even closer to a bowl season.

South Florida

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    South Florida is falling into the same trap that they were in last year. They got off to a nice 2-0 start, but since then they have lost three straight games.

    This week, the Bulls play on the road against Temple. The offense and defense need to start rowing in the same direction, or this team will fall apart again and come up short of a bowl game.


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    After starting out the season 3-0, Arizona appeared to be a team that could be a force in the Pac-12. Two weeks later, the Wildcats ended up losing to both Oregon and Oregon State and now are searching for answers.

    While the offense did show back up after being shutout by Oregon, the Wildcats are still looking for some defensive help.

    This week Arizona takes on Stanford, and while a win could get things jump started, a loss could be devastating. 

Michigan State

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    While many knew that the Spartans had some turnover on offense, many still believed that this was one of the elite teams in the Big Ten. Early on this year, the Spartans are off to a 3-2 start but have already lost to Notre Dame and Ohio State.

    Michigan State's defense has looked good so far this year, but the offense has some catching up to do. If it doesn't, the Spartans will be in trouble. 

    Indiana is next up on the schedule for Michigan State, and this has to be the week to come together and start rolling through the Big Ten schedule. 


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    When Tennessee got their schedule, you could see that this four-game stretch they started last week would be one of the toughest parts of any schedule in the nation.

    Last week, the Vols played Georgia, and now they are going on to play Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina. 

    With one loss already behind them in this stretch, the Vols must beat Mississippi State and make sure they do not go winless during this tough part of their schedule.


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    After losing to Kansas State a couple of weeks ago, Oklahoma had last week off and has been able to rest and prepare for their upcoming game at Texas Tech.

    Last year the Red Raiders burst the Sooners' bubble of a national title, and this year the game is extremely important. With one loss already in conference, a second loss may eliminate the Sooners from being in the conference title race, a feeling nobody in Oklahoma wants to experience.

Virginia Tech

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    If there is any good news about the 3-2 start that Virginia Tech has gotten off to, it is that they have yet to lose a game in the ACC. 

    While usually the defense is a strong point for the Hokies, their defense is what has let them down in their two losses. 

    This week Virginia Tech goes on the road to take on North Carolina and will need to turn things around if they hope to make a run at winning the ACC title. 


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    When this season started, Arkansas was considered by most as a challenger in the SEC and a team that could knock off both LSU and Alabama. Boy, was that way off.

    So far this year, the Razorbacks are 1-4 and have losses to Louisiana Monroe, Alabama, Rutgers and Texas A&M. The most surprising part of this four-game stretch is that the offense has looked brutal.

    With a road trip to Auburn coming up this week, Arkansas needs a win desperately to avoid their fifth straight loss this season.


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    Speaking of Auburn, the Tigers are off to an awful start, going 1-3 in their first four games. Luckily the Tigers got things together against Louisiana Monroe in overtime or this team would be 0-4.

    While the early schedule has been difficult as the Tigers have had to play Clemson, Mississippi State and LSU, the offense is in a serious funk and is not getting the job done.

    This week the Tigers take on Arkansas and with 1-4 staring them in the face, the Tigers must get a W on the board this week.


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    After an outstanding season in 2011, the hopes were high for the Wolverines as they entered the 2012 season. So far this year, the Wolverines have gone 2-2 and have looked extremely unimpressive. 

    Against both of the top 25 teams that Michigan faced, the Wolverines have scored a combined 20 points and have looked lost on offense.

    This week they take on Purdue on the road and this will be Michigan's conference opener. Despite the two early season losses, neither were in conference so if Michigan hopes to compete for a Big Ten title, they must get things started this week.