Patrick's Breakdown: Close Calls For Major BCS Teams

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators rushes upfield against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks October 17, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

As America watched on College Football Saturday, there were major upsets and close-calls for some of the nation's top teams in the draw. For some their homecoming game was jeopardized, and for others it would've counted as a major upset. But one thing is certain- today was not the day everyone thought it would be. So far week six has shown more close games and upsets than seen throughout the year and is definitely considered a nail-biting week. Here's my analysis.

Florida Vs. Arkansas:

This did not turn out to be the homecoming that the Gators were salivating over. The Arkansas Razorbacks brought all the stops out to give Florida a run for their money. Arkansas came out with a strong defense which made the Gators fumble the ball five times in the first half of the game. The Razorbacks showed that they had trained long and hard for this game and that losing was not on today's agenda. Florida seemed almost stunned on the field as Arkansas ran back the ball and made sacks on Tim Tebow on the Gators' offensive drive. This was no doubt a game to put you on the edge of your seat. Some fans are now saying that referees at the game made skeptical calls on the grounds of personal fouls. This was not commented on by Arkansas or Florida. The final score was 23-20 with Florida coming back to score a field goal within the last thirty seconds in the fourth quarter. Kudos to Arkansas for coming out very prepared to utilize the defense and score against the number one team in the country... Did I mention this was on Florida's homcoming?

Texas Vs. Oklahoma:

The legendary Red River Rivalry game was one of the most talked about games this week by sports agencies around the country. Oklahoma showed major defense throughout all four quarters and the offense also showed good effort. Oklahoma suffered a loss on offense when Heisman-winning QB Sam Bradford was sacked and injured his shoulder. This was a reoccuring injury that was seen in their first game against BYU which they ended up losing. I think this affected Oklahoma's passing game a lot and might've cost them this game, once again they lost a close game with their quarterback being injured in the middle of the game. Texas played pretty good today but showed that their shot at the National Championship could be contested by major teams. Surprisingly in the first quarter both teams were held to only field goals which put the score at 6-6. In the other three quarters they were able to put more points on the board which were followed closely. The final score was 16-13 with Texas coming out with a win in their big rivalry game held at the state fair in Dallas, TX.

USC Vs. Notre Dame:

A great day for a rivalry game, USC was presumed to dominate over the Fighting Irish by over fifteen points. Notre Dame came out on the field with the mentality to play this game out through all four quarters. Heisman candidate Jimmy Clauson led his team to a close game with USC until the very last play was made. USC came into play with the idea of dominating Notre Dame who has only won their games by no more than six points. The game was close with the final score of 34-27 with USC sticking the win. Notre Dame's defense was looking sharp until the final plays of the football game. This certainly turned some heads as to what the Irish are capable of.

Virginia Tech Vs. Georgia Tech:

This was a disaster on the Hokies' defense which is number one in the ACC. VT had trouble stopping Georgia Tech's offensive drives which is totally opposite to how their defense usually plays. In defense Georgia Tech is ranked pretty low but their offense is what leads them to win the games. Forth-ranked Virginia Tech came into this game favored against the Hornets. I myself thought that Georgia Tech couldn't match up against the Hokies' strong defense which put Alabama to the test in their first game. Since then VT's lost no games except for their loss to Tech just a few hours ago. If the Hokies want a shot at the ACC Championship now, they will have to step up a great deal. Georgia Tech played a good game coming out on the field as the underdog at home. They played a good game on offense but could use a little work on their defense. The final score was 28-23 with a clinched win against the Hokies.