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My College Football Thoughts, Week 6

10- Well it appears the Sooners, got “Boomered.” The Iowa State win was capped by their team planting their flag in the heart of the OU field in jest towards Baker Mayfield’s controversial flag-plant on the Ohio State field. Pride comes before the fall. I think yesterday was less about “Goliath” falling and more about “David” stepping up. Iowa State was on the road, without their starting quarterback, playing the #3 team in the nation. ALL the odds were stacked against them. Oklahoma was poorly coached. Those boys did not show up to play. They were sloppy and constantly getting penalties. The Iowa State linebacker, Joel Lanning was the “David” for the Cyclones. This kid was a beast. He played 57 snaps on defense, 13 on offense and eight on special teams. He made the key fumble recovery in the red zone, notched 60 yards of offense and made eight tackles, including an effort sack on Baker Mayfield. This kid was everywhere.

9- Penn State rode the arm of quarterback Trace McSorley who set a school-record of completions. Saquon Barkley continued to impress with two runs for touchdowns in the second half. Northwestern’s defense did suffer some losses with ejections, but the Nittany Lions were just too much for the Wildcats.

8- Clemson’s quarterback Kelly Bryant sprained his ankle in the third quarter and came out of the game. Before coming out, Bryant had thrown for 200 yards and rushed for 39 yards. If Bryant is not ready to go by Friday night’s game time with Syracuse, backups Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson will be ready to roll. Saturday’s win over Wake Forest was their ninth straight time to defeat the Demon Deacons.

7- It was good to see Coach Orgeron get a win yesterday. I’ve always been a big fan. I think he is a top-notch motivator and recruiter in college football. Florida was at a disadvantage where Coach O, mistakenly, had been too involved in the offensive schemes and the Gators had no idea what to expect from Matt Canada. When Derrius Guice gets fully healthy, and Danny Etling settles into his role under center the Tigers could actually be dangerous. The LSU defense finally showed up as well and kept Florida’s Felipe Franks frantic.

6- Jimbo has issues down in Tallahassee whether he is ready to admit it or not. He didn’t coach his boys to finish yesterday. With 1:24 remaining in the game it looked like the Seminoles would win. But Mark Richt’s boys were not quite finished. Malik Rosier led the team down the field 75 yards, in 9 plays and knocked off FSU with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds left on the clock. That is how you coach to finish.

5- Kenny Hill showed again why his nickname is “The Thrill.” Even though I’m not a fan. Hill threw for 188 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 28 yards and a touchdown. If that wasn’t enough, he caught a touchdown pass for 48 yards and a touchdown. He was the utility man yesterday for the Horned Frogs. Will Grier, the former Florida quarterback, didn’t have a shabby day. He threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns. The TCU defense needs to find some more traction to stay in the top 5 to the end of the season.

4- Coach Sumlin had his Aggies actually competing yesterday with Alabama, and that’s always nice to see. If A&M had shown some life in the 2nd quarter to match their 3rd and 4th quarter performances that game could have had a different outcome. But it’s Nick Saban. That whole deal with the Devil thing, and you just shake your head and know, “it is, what it is.”

3- Michigan State knocked off the Wolverines. Called it! Brian Lewerke was a difference maker running for a touchdown and throwing for a touchdown. Big Blue was haunted by five turnovers and costly penalties. Being without Wilton Speight was detrimental to Harbaugh’s offense. Keep in mind; the Spartans played without their top running back as well.

2- Jeff Long, if you have any concern for the pulse of your fan base at Arkansas, you will get started immediately looking for Bielema’s replacement. Let him finish the season, save face, not a lot to play for anyway. But his time on the hill is over. Arkansas fans are sick of mediocrity. South Carolina’s coach Will Muschamp is a defensive genius, but what did Arkansas do? Make him look more like an offensive genius by letting the Gamecocks score over 40 for the first time against an SEC team since 2012. Seriously, 0-2 in conference play in October…come on Jeff, it’s time.

1- WDE! Unfortunately for Coach Matt Luke, the Ole Miss powers that be posted their application for a new head coach DURING the loss to Auburn. Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Tigers to a 44-23 beating of the Rebels from Oxford. Jarrett Stidham had a quiet, but productive, 235-yard day with two touchdowns. Auburn’s kicker-extraordinaire Daniel Carlson also set the record for the most points scored in SEC history. Good things are happening on the plains!

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