On September 23, 1977, The late, great David Bowie released the song, Heroes. The lyrics are as follows…
“We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day”
This is my theme for week 6 in College Football. We had heroes on the field and coaching on the sidelines.
The Sports Whisperer presents… 5 Things We Learned about Week 6.
#5) The Canes snap a 7-game losing streak to Florida State…24-20
The 1st half of this game, set offenses back 20 years. But, the Canes and FSU certainly made up for it in the second half. The two teams combined for 31 points in the 4th quarter. I am not going to write, that Miami’s wide receiver, Braxton Berrios is the best player in the country, but he was the best player on the field Saturday afternoon. That is saying a lot considering both teams have about 10 NFL players on their roster. Berrios had 8 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns and was a spark plug on special teams. He willed his team to victory and he was a hero, just for one day.
Miami quarterback, Malik Rosier was 19-44 for 254 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Mark Richt is now 4-0 and his Canes should be ranked in the top 10 by next week. But, if his team wants to be a national championship contender, they must do better on offense. You can’t win a title with just defense. The last two losers in the national championship game scored a combined 71 points. In 2016, Clemson lost and scored 40 points, in 2017 Alabama scored 31 points but came up short against Clemson. Miami must find a way to put up points consistently.
#4) Here come the Tigers.
After losing in week 2 to Clemson, 14-6, the Auburn Tigers have been on a roll. Over the last 3 games they have outscored 3 SEC opponents 51-14,49-10 and 44-23. Auburn still must play Georgia and Alabama before the season is over but Gus Malzahn has his team clicking on all cylinders. The last time Auburn’s offense looked this good they went to the 2013 National Championship Game.
#3) What happened to the Oregon Ducks?
Chip Kelly was the head coach at Oregon for 4 years. During that time he compiled a record of 10-3, 12-1, 12-2 and 12-1. In 4 seasons he lost only 3 games in the PAC-12. Since that time, the Ducks have lost 14 games in the PAC-12. This was once an elite program and now they are below Average. The Ducks lost at home Saturday night to #11 Washington 33-10. Oregon didn’t score a point after the 1st quarter. Former offense coordinator Scott Frost is now coaching, undefeated, #25 UCF. Under Frost, The Knights have scored 61, 38, 40, and 51 points. Frost is the one coach that got away. It might be time for Oregon to call Chip Kelly and bring him back.
#2) Michigan State dominance over Michigan continues.
The Spartans went on the road and defeated #7 Michigan 14-10. It was the 8th time MSU bested Michigan in the last 10 meetings. To say they “Own” Michigan is an understatement. The Spartans forced 5 turnovers to pull the upset. It might be time to put Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in the “Good coach who can never win the big game” category. It doesn’t look like he will be getting to a national championship any time soon. The Michigan State defense and head coach Mark Dantonio, played and coached like Heroes, just for one day.
It is not a shock when MSU beats Michigan… It’s a shock when they don’t.
#1) Greatest College Football Upset Ever?
What if I told you, #3 Oklahoma was favored by 31 points, on Saturday, to beat Iowa State at home. What if I told you that the Cyclones went into Norman and shocked the world. Sounds like a movie, right? well unfortunately for Oklahoma fans, it wasn’t a movie, it was a nightmare.
For the first time since 1990, the Cyclones beat the Sooners, 38-31. Coming into this game, Oklahoma was 74-5-2 against Iowa State. The Sooners slept walked through the entire game. They played uninspired football and deserved to lose. This is no surprise to anyone who has followed their program.
This was the 7th straight year, OU has been a double-digit favorite against an opponent and failed to win.
OU may have lost a chance to play for the National Championship and quarterback Baker Mayfield may have lost the Heisman.
#20 NC State defeated #23 Louisville 39-25. After losing their opening game to South Carolina the Wolfpack have won 5 straight. Scoring 37,49,27,33 and 39 points. They will be a tough out for any team I the ACC.
#8 TCU remained undefeated and beat a very good West Virginia team at home 31-24.
If you don’t know who WV wide-out David Sills V is, you will soon enough. The 6-4 Jr. out of Delaware has been an absolute play-maker for the mountaineers. He had 7 catches for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns against a TCU defense that is pretty damn good. On the season, Sills V has 33 catches and 9 touchdowns.
#6 Georgia is rolling over every team they play. In 6 games the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 210-60. They are a legitimate threat to win the SEC.
For the first time since 2006, a NCAA football game went to seven overtimes. Western Michigan beat Buffalo 71-68. It was not only the highest-scoring game in FBS history (139 points), the contest tied for the longest FBS game ever played.
Stanford won a huge game on the road. The went into #20 Utah and defeated Utes 23-20. Running back, Bryce Love ran for 152 yards and a touchdown. He is my new favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5
#5 Penn State
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