It was another eventful week in college football, complete with Oklahoma’s upset of Texas in the Red River Rivalry.
Here is a quick recap of the action, highlighting the top performers.
The College Football Playoff picture was shaken up in Week 6, primarily because of Oklahoma’s victory at Texas.
In the aftermath of that result, the Sooners climbed seven spots to No. 5 in the AP poll while the Longhorns dropped six places to No. 9.
Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State remained in prime position by extending their undefeated records.
Let’s break down the best performances by individual players and/or teams in Week 6 of the college football season.
The most notable result of the week was Oklahoma’s 34-30 victory at Texas. Gabriel did it all for the visitors, throwing for 285 yards and a touchdown in addition to 14 rushes for 113 yards and another touchdown without committing a turnover.
The transfer from Central Florida came up especially clutch after Texas took a 30-27 lead on a field goal with 1:17 remaining. He drove OU right down the field and tossed a game-winning touchdown pass to Nic Anderson from three yards out with only 15 seconds left.
Florida State stayed undefeated (5-0) and moved up to No. 4 in the rankings with a 39-17 rout of Virginia Tech. Much of the Seminoles’ success this season has come thanks to QB Jordan Travis, who is currently the fifth favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at +1600.
However, it was Benson who did most of the damage this past Saturday.
The junior running back gained 200 yards and scored two touchdowns on only 11 carries, with his longest run being an 85-yard gain for his team's last score after he ran around the right tackle and dashed down the sideline.
He had another game-breaking run earlier in the second half, running 63 yards less than a minute into the third quarter for a touchdown to push the score to 29-17.
It’s hard to get a read on Notre Dame this season. The Fighting Irish almost took down Ohio State (lost at the last second) but then almost fell to Duke.
Whatever the case, Louisville’s 33-20 beatdown of the Irish was impressive any way you slice it. The Cardinals were outstanding in all three phases of the game.
On defense they forced Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman into five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles). Offensively, RB Jawhar Jordan was Louisville's key as he rushed 21 times for 143 yards and two TDs.
The special-teams unit was led by Brock Travelstead, who booted four field goals – including three in the fourth quarter. Louisville are favored by -8 at Pittsburgh this weekend.
Is two-time defending national champion Georgia still the same without Stetson Bennett under center? The jury remains out on that question in the relatively early stages of this season, but Beck played by far his best game as the new starter this past Saturday.
During a 51-13 romp over previously undefeated Kentucky, Beck completed 28 of 35 passes for 389 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
The junior spread the ball around effectively, as 12 different guys caught passes and five different pass-catchers scored TDs. Georgia is the +260 favorite to win it all again.
Miami head coach Mario Cristobal was the real MVP for Georgia Tech on Saturday night. Leading 20-17 in the final minute and driving in Georgia Tech territory, the Hurricanes could have taken a knee and run out the clock.
Inexplicably, they handed the ball to Donald Chaney Jr. and he fumbled with 33 seconds left. Of course, such a poor decision would not have gotten nearly as much national attention if Georgia Tech had not capitalized on the opportunity.
With his team’s back still against the wall, King completed a 30-yard pass to the Miami 44 yard line and then threw a 44-yard scoring strike to Christian Leary with one second left to win it in stunning fashion.
Winning is obviously the most important thing, but that doesn’t mean players who come out on the losing end have to be discounted.
Arizona did extremely well to go on the road and push USC to overtime, ultimately falling short 43-41 on a two-point conversion tiebreaker.
Fifita did everything he could for the Wildcats, finishing with five touchdown passes – four to Jacob Crowing. The freshman completed 25 of 35 attempts for 303 yards.