Top Five College Teams so far in Week 6
The top five teams in the nation spent the weekend (starting on Friday night) cementing their status as such, considering the closest margin of victory in any of those games was 19 points.
The Washington Huskies snapped their 12 game losing streak to the University of Oregon, destroying the Ducks by a 70-21 score. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning accounted for eight total touchdowns, throwing for six of them (alongside his 304 yards passing) and running for two more. Washington =piled up almost seven hundred yards of total offense against a much-maligned Oregon defense, running the ball for 378 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to Browning's 304 yards through the air. With the win, Washington now sits atop the Pac-12 North standings. Their Apple Cup match-up with Washington State could decide who wins the division, as the Cougars also remain undefeated in the division. For a look at a custom Washington Huskies jersey check out: http://recreationandsportsworld.com/customized-college-football-jerseys
The Huskies weren't the only team to put up 70 (or more points) yesterday. The #4 ranked Michigan Wolverines slaughtered the hopelessly overmatched Scarlet Knights of Rutgers yesterday, by a 78-0 score. The Michigan defense held Rutgers to a grand total of 39 yards and two first downs, while the Michigan offense put up 600 yards of their own. The Wolverines gashed the Scarlet Knights' defense for a whopping 481 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Even linebacker -- and likely Heisman Trophy candidate -- Jabrill Peppers got in on the action, running for 74 yards and two touchdowns on only three carries. The Wolverines likely won't play team ranked in the top 25 until their season-defining game against Ohio State in the last regular season game of the year.
The Clemson Tigers got the rare opportunity to sit back on Saturday afternoon and enjoy a day of watching the other teams around the nation, as they took care of their own business on Friday night. Clemson routed Boston College University by a 56-10 score, extending their streak of consecutive games won in the ACC to 12 games, and their road game winning streak to eight games. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson also put himself right back in the Heisman Trophy mix with four passing touchdowns (and 266 yards through the air), along with an additional 28 yards on the ground. The Tigers defense held the Golden Eagles offense to a total of 251 yards of offense on the evening.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes didn't win with the same "flair" as others in the top 10, but they still took care of business against a feisty Indiana Hoosiers team, winning by a 38-17 score. They were easily in the most interesting game of the afternoon, as the Hoosiers were down by only a touchdown early in the third quarter, trailing 24-17. They held Buckeyes quarterback JT Barrett to his worst passing performance of the year, completing only nine passes on 21 attempts, for a total of 93 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Ohio State also relied on their rushing attack to win the game, with Barrett, and running backs Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber running the ball 50 times for 290 yards and four touchdowns. (Barrett led the team with 137 rushing yards and a touchdown). Head coach Urban Meyer will likely spend the week tinkering with the offense to give it a jump start, considering they'll be travelling to Madison, Wisconsin next Saturday to take on the 11th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin held the Michigan Wolverines to less than 350 yards of total offense and only two touchdowns in their 14-7 loss two Saturday's ago.
Alabama Crimson Tide
And finally, the Alabama Crimson Tide keeps doing what they do: winning with brutally simple, but simply brutal efficiency. They had the toughest test of the weekend, playing against the 16th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. But, they dismantled Arkansas by a 49-30 score that wasn't nearly as close as what the final score might indicate. Alabama led by double-digits from early in the second quarter, and Arkansas was never able to get within less than 14 points of the Tide. The Tide won't have much time to enjoy the victory, though, as they face a tougher slate of opponents in October than perhaps any other team in the nation. They travel to Knoxville, Tennessee next week to take on the Tennessee Volunteers, and then host the Texas A&M Aggies the week after.