With LSU facing Florida and Georgia taking on South Carolina in SEC showdowns, Week 6 of the 2012 college football season has enough drama packed into just these matchups. But there were more quality games taking place all over the country.
Conference play is in full swing now. While the SEC once again is stealing most of the attention, the other major conferences have important contests with serious stakes.
No. 2 Oregon is pitted against a determined Arizona team in the Pac 12, while No. 12 Ohio State puts its undefeated record on the line against No. 21 Nebraska.
No. 15 Clemson is dealing with a physical Georgia Tech team in an ACC battle, and No. 8 West Virginia travels to No. 11 Texas for the weekend's marquee matchup not involving an SEC team.
Here are updated results from Week 6.
|Syracuse 14||Pittsburgh 13|
|BYU 6||Utah St. 3|
|No. 13 USC 38||Utah 28|
|Arkansas St. 34||FIU 20|
|UCF 40||East Carolina 20|
|North Carolina 48||Virginia Tech 34|
|Kent St. 41||Eastern Michigan 14|
|Boise St. 40||Southern Miss 14|
|No. 20 Mississippi St. 27||Kentucky 14|
|Army 34||Boston College 31|
|No. 7 Kansas St. 56||Kansas 16|
|Penn St. 39||No. 24 Northwestern|
|Temple 37||South Florida 28|
|No. 22 Rutgers 19||Connecticut 3|
|Ohio 38||Buffalo 31|
|Arkansas 24||Auburn 7|
|Michigan St. 31||Indiana 27|
|Navy 28||Air Force 21|
|Western Michigan 52||Massachusetts 14|
|Bowling Green 24||Akron 10|
|UAB 52||Southeastern Louisiana 3|
|No. 18 Stanford 54||Arizona 48|
|Northern Illinois 35||Ball St. 23|
|Toledo 50||Central Michigan 35|
|No. 10 Florida 14||No. 4 LSU 6|
|Maryland 19||Wake Forrest 14|
|No. 15 Clemson 47||Georgia Tech 31|
|Wisconsin 31||Illinois 14|
|Tulsa 45||Marshall 38|
|Louisiana-Monroe 31||Mid Tennessee 17|
|Iowa St. 37||No. 15 TCU 23|
|No. 17 Oklahoma 41||Texas Tech 20|
|Michigan 44||Purdue 13|
|Idaho 26||New Mexico St. 18|
|Louisiana-Lafayette 41||Tulane 13|
|New Mexico 35||Texas St. 14|
|Oregon St. 19||Washington St. 6|
|West Virginia 48||Texas 45|
|Fresno St. 28||Colorado St. 7|
|Vanderbilt 19||Missouri 15|
|Texas A&M 30||Ole Miss 27|
|Memphis 14||Rice 10|
|Houston 44||North Texas 21|
|Cincinnati 53||Miami (OH) 14|
|Louisiana Tech 44||UNLV 21|
|Nevada 35||Wyoming 28|
|No. 6 South Carolina 35||No. 5 Georgia 7|
|No. 9 Notre Dame 41||Miami (FL) 3|
|North Carolina State 17||No. 3 Florida State 16|
|San Diego St. 52||Hawaii 14|
|No. 12 Ohio St. 63||No. 21Nebraska 21|
|Cal 43||Np. 25 UCLA 17|
|SMU 17||UTEP 0|
|No. 2 Oregon 52||No. 23 Washington 21|
Penn State 39, No. 24 Northwestern 28
After a tumultuous offseason and an 0-2 start, the Nittany Lions seemed doomed for a year full of disappointment. But Penn State is now on a four-game winning streak and recorded its first victory over a ranked team.
Overcoming adversity is certainly a theme with this Penn St. squad, and they continued to thrive under difficult circumstances by erasing an 11-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and finished the game as 11-point victors.
Quarterback Matt McGloin completed 35-of-51 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Zach Zwinak racked up 121 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
Bill O'Brien has his team playing extremely well, and there will be plenty of joy in Happy Valley after this win.
No. 7 Kansas State 56, Kansas 16
KSU was heavily favored in this in-state rivalry, but it did not look that way in the first half.
The Jayhawks were down 21-14 at the half, but had momentum after stopping Collin Klein and the Wildcats offense in the red zone.
Then Kansas St. running back John Hubert took over. The junior finished the day with 101 yards on 10 carries and four touchdowns, three of which came in the second half.
Klein racked up 116 yards on 10 carries and added two more rushing touchdowns, while also throwing for two scores. The KSU offense looks extremely potent, and they continued to prove they are a Top 10 team.
No. 10 Florida 14, No. 4 LSU
This game turned out to be exactly what fans expected from an SEC battle, although the final score was certainly surprising.
LSU and Florida played a physical defensive battle that produced just 20 points and a combined 437 yards of total offense. These two teams played extremely tough defense, and the Gators were able to get a spark from running back Mike Gillislee.
The senior was able to grind out 146 yards on 34 carries and scored the game's only two touchdowns. He was the driving force behind this upset.
With a Florida upset in this epic clash, the balance of power in the SEC has drastically shifted.
No. 15 Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 31
There was no shortage of offense in this ACC matchup, with Clemson firing past Georgia Tech behind Tahj Boyd's arm.
The Tigers quarterback passed for 397 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Yellow Jackets led by a point in both the third and fourth quarters, but 35-yard touchdown pass from Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter followed by a safety on Georgia Tech's next drive erased any hope of a comeback.
Hopkins was the other star of the game, catching seven passes for 173 yards in addition to being on the other end of both of Boyd's touchdown passes.
The Tigers explosive offense ensured that they will keep pressure on Florida State as ACC play continues.
No. 18 Stanford 54, Arizona 48
The Cardinal were in serious danger of losing their second consecutive as they faced a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter. But Josh Nunes had two short rushing touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game to force overtime.
In the extra period, Chase Thomas intercepted a pass, and Stepfan Taylor ran 21 yards for a score on the ensuing possession to wrap up a narrow victory.
This is the Wildcats' third consecutive loss as they pass the halfway mark of a brutal stretch of the schedule. The team dropped to Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford and now has to face Washington, USC and UCLA in the coming weeks.
The Cardinal salvage their season while the optimism in Arizona is fading fast.
No. 8 West Virginia 48, No. 11 Texas 45
This may the start of one of the most entertaining conference rivalries in the country as West Virginia and Texas met for the first time as Big 12 opponents.
This game live up to its billing as Geno Smith tossed four touchdown passes for the Mountaineers and Joe Bergeron scored four times on the ground for the Longhorns.
But Andrew Buie proved that the Mountaineers have a running attack as well, and he racked up 207 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. His performance made the difference in this game and kept WVU undefeated.
The West Virginia offense continues to look unstoppable and the team will continue to move up the rankings after this victory.
No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7
The Gamecocks emphatically proved that they should have been ranked higher than the Bulldogs in this game.
South Carolina opened up a 14-0 lead before Ace Sanders pushed the lead even further with an incredible 70-yard punt return to give USC a three-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter.
Marcus Lattimore turned in another fine performance with 109 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. For Georgia, star freshman running back Todd Gurley gained just 39 yards on 13 carries, and the team did not get on the scoreboard until the final two minutes of the game.
South Carolina dominated this game and proved that it may be Alabama's best competition in the SEC.
North Carolina State 17, No. 3 Florida State 16
The biggest upset of the weekend happened late when the Wolfpack ended the Seminoles' national championship hopes with a late touchdown.
Florida State took a 16-0 lead at halftime as the defense dominated. But then the offense stalled when it came back out on the field and NC State slowly chipped away at the lead.
With 16 seconds left in the game, quarterback Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood in the end zone on 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line. This put the team up by one point and capped off one of the biggest upsets of the year.
It will be a massively disappointing result for the Seminoles, who had appeared to be one of the best teams in the nation up until this loss.
No. 12 Ohio State 63, No. 21 Nebraska 38
Ohio State's offense has been unstoppable this season, and quarterback Braxton Miller continued to hurt opponent's with his versatility.
Miller passed for 127 yards and a touchdown while adding 186 yards and another score on 16 rushing attempts. Carlos Hyde was Urban Meyer's workhorse in this game, carrying the ball 28 times for 140 yards and four touchdowns.
The defense intercepted Taylor Martinez three times and forced four turnovers, making this a dominant overall performance.
The big victory protected the Buckeye's undefeated record.
No. 2 Oregon 52, No. 23 Washington 21
Oregon continued its dominance and stayed on a collision course with Alabama for the National Championship Game.
De'Anthony Thomas opened up the scoring in this game with a 16-yard touchdown run. The Ducks then scored tow more times in the first quarter to take a 21-0 lead, which was stretched to 35-7 by halftime.
The team then cruised to victory in the second half. Marcus Mariota finished with four touchdown passes and Kenjon Barner. had 122 rushing yards.
The Ducks defense caused five turnovers in this game, while the Huskies were left frustrated on both sides of the ball and were powerless to stop Oregon from improving to 6-0.