Week 6 In Review
Florida's Mike Gillislee scores his first of two touchdowns against LSU
By Kristina Taylor
With less than a week until the first BCS Standings of the season are released, college football fans were treated to a weekend of exciting football that shook the polls. It was a dangerous weekend to be ranked in the top five, as No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 all lost this past Saturday.
No. 11 Florida 14, No. 3 LSU 6
Despite only having 47 yards of total offense and just 16 on the ground in the first half, Florida remained calm, cool and collected. The Gator rushing attack came alive in the second half as Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators down the 3rd-ranked Tigers 14-6. This was one of the best SEC old school defensive matchups as Florida kept LSU out of the endzone for the first time this season.
North Carolina State 17, No. 4 Florida State 16
After a disappointing loss to Miami a week ago, North Carolina State overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to upset No. 4 Florida State. On fourth and goal, senior quarterback Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard TD pass with 16 seconds remaining. The Wolfpack’s win shakes up things not only in the ACC but also in the BCS.
No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7
Sixth-ranked South Carolina dominated the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs from start to finish as the Gamecocks put together one of its most complete efforts on the season. Steve Spurrier’s team finished with 392 yards of offense while holding the Bulldogs’ offense to a season-low 224 total yards.
No. 7 West Virginia 48, No. 9 Texas 45
No. 7 West Virginia now seems to be the team to beat in the Big 12. Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith passed for four touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception this season. Sophomore running back Andrew Buie added two touchdowns and a career-high 207 yards including a 5-yard TD run with 1:18 left that helped the Mountaineers knock off the ninth-ranked Longhorns 48-45.
After an eventful September, October has been nothing short of thrilling in college football. Conference matchups dominate the remaining schedule and teams will jockey for position in the BCS Standings on a weekly basis. It’s the same old story from the SEC as Alabama is expected to debut as the top team in the first BCS Standings. But teams from the Pac-12 (Oregon) and Big 12 (West Virginia) will challenge for the top spot in the land.
This coming Saturday, the game to watch is No. 3 South Carolina visiting No. 8 LSU. The Gamecocks will look to make a statement against the Tigers who are looking for a bounce back win of their own. Expect defense to be the calling card of this matchup. On the offensive side of the ball, No. 21 Texas A&M visits No. 24 Louisiana Tech in a matchup of very balanced offenses. Louisiana Tech could make a strong case as a BCS buster with a victory over the Aggies.