Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer, You Got 'Cocked, Alabama: NCAA Week 6 Thoughts

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIOctober 9, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Stephen Garcia #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks fakes a handoff against the Alabama Crimson Tide October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After curling up into an enraged ball after Penn State's catastrophic loss to Illinois (and some injuries which means that we at the VFA are thinking of volunteering to play for Tom Bradley's defense because it's so beaten up at the moment), we'd lost faith in college football.

A few hours later, it was apparent that Armageddon—once again—had happened in college football. Especially at Columbia SC, where—as wonderful SEC writer Clay Travis puts it—Stephen Garcia's probably not going to have a problem with the ladies after the Gamecocks beat Alabama today.

And you know what?  They didn't just beat Alabama on Saturday afternoon. They put 35 on them and while they NEARLY lost control midway through the game, they made the plays when needed, and now Columbia, South Carolina is the place to go and have a few beers (if you live in the South) tonight.

Denard Denied

While's he's probably going to win the Heisman trophy, Denard Robinson was served a reminded today that Michigan State were not Indiana, Bowling Green or any other team this season which the Wolverines star quarterback has served up monstrous numbers on.

The Spartans brilliantly stopped Robinson's running game (although Robinson did run in a TD in the second half), and then Kerry Cousins and the Spartans offense gave the Big House a big punch in the face, winning out 34-17 in a game that was far more exciting than the one-sided scoreline suggested.  And remember kids: Every Time Michigan loses an angel gets its wings.


Wasn't lovely, but then again, Ryan Mallett and his Razorbacks offense did the job with some great defense in a 24-17 win at Jerry Jones' Death Star in Dallas over Texas A&M. This is a game we wish could have been in Kyle Field, bearing in mind the atmosphere's better and there are less away fans. They could have given the Aggies the lift their drab offense needed—because it was a practical no-show today (although Mallett wasn't wonderful either).

Quack, Quack?

While they are still playing at the time of writing, Oregon provided us with a distinctly average performance on the road to Pac-10 bottom-dweller Washington State (they are 29-17 up at the time of writing). Giving up 17 points to Washington State doesn't put you in love with the voters, people. For the second best team in the nation, think Boise, people.

We're still stunned about the Alabama result. We'll be providing some deeper reflection after tonight's games.