NCAAF Week 6: Five things we learned

Week 6 of the college football season surely was an exciting one. Will this week's results be an accurate preview of what's to come this season?

Louisville is not very good

The Louisville Cardinals may win a solid number of games and may be ranked at No. 17, but they cannot perform when it counts. On Thursday night, the Cardinals faced their conference rival, the No. 24 ranked NC State Wolfpack, and were unable to compete with them, losing 39-25.

Lamar Jackson did not have a bad game, but he was unable to get the job done, as he was forced to once again be Louisville’s lone contributor on offense. Jackson’s 354 passing yards, 73 rushing yards, one passing touchdown, and two rushing touchdowns were not enough against a tough NC State defense.

The Cardinals’ defense did not help Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense either, as they gave up 39 points and 520 total yards on offense. While the two teams were pretty evenly matched offensively, NC State’s defense was far superior. The Cardinals will continue their skid down the rankings because Lamar Jackson simply cannot single-handedly defeat worthwhile competition, and the supporting pieces are not there for the Cardinals.

Texas A&M gave Alabama a run for their money

The Texas A&M Aggies fared much better against Alabama than many of the Crimson Tide’s previous opponents. In fact, the Aggies were quite impressive, as they fought hard the entire game and kept the Crimson Tide in check, ultimately losing 27-19.

The Aggies’ defense surprisingly did a decent job containing Alabama’s explosive offense, allowing 355 yards of total offense. The Aggies’ secondary was most impressive, holding Jalen Hurts to just 123 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and a QBR of 49.1. However, the Crimson Tide’s rushing attack was able to take advantage of the Aggies, as Alabama had 232 total rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Unfortunately, the Aggies’ offense was unable to truly get going, as they finished with 308 total yards on offense. Texas A&M’s running game was non-existent, as the Aggies’ had just 71 yards on 40 carries, good for a measly 1.8 yards per carry. While the Aggies’ offense was unable to overpower the Crimson Tide’s stellar defense, the Aggies did provide the No.1 ranked Crimson Tide with a worthy challenge from a worthy opponent.

Quite the upset in Norman

The impossible happened on Saturday, as the unranked Iowa State Cyclones came into Norman, OK and pulled off an incredible upset on the road over the No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. It was a hard-fought game, but the Cyclones came away with a 38-31 victory.

The Cyclones were down to their third-string quarterback, but Kyle Kempt stepped up to the challenge. Kempt was excellent, completing 18 of his 24 pass attempts for 343 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 95.2 QBR.

Iowa State’s defense was equally as impressive as the offense, as they successfully limited the damage done by Oklahoma’s star quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield. Mayfield was stellar once again, completing 24 of his 33 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns, good for a 91.8 QBR, but it was not enough to propel the Sooners to victory. It will be interesting to see if the Sooners will be able to bounce back from this defeat, or if this is the start of a downward spiral for Oklahoma.

Michigan is overrated

After losing the battle of Michigan to Michigan State 14-10, it is time to say that the No. 7 ranked Michigan Wolverines are overrated. The Wolverines’ offense simply is not good enough to justify their No. 7 ranking.

While the Wolverines’ defense was impressive once again, giving up just 14 points, the Wolverines’ offense was horrible. Quarterback John O’Korn was putrid, completing 16 of his 35 pass attempts for 198 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions, good for a QBR of 19.9. The running game ceased to exist as well, as the Wolverines finished with just 102 total rushing yards on 39 carries, good for an embarrassingly low 2.6 yards per carry.

A team ranked at No. 7 needs to have much better production on offense, especially when facing tougher competition, such as the 3-1 Michigan State Spartans. While the Wolverines are still a good team, thanks to their defense, their offense is not good enough for them to be elite.

Western Michigan-Buffalo was the best game this week

Fans who attended the Western Michigan-Buffalo game definitely got their money’s worth in this bizarre seven-overtime thriller. A grand total of 77 points were scored during the overtime periods of this never-ending game, which Western Michigan eventually won 71-68.

Buffalo quarterback Drew Anderson was outstanding, completing 35 of his 61 passes for 597 yards and seven touchdowns, good for a 90.7 QBR. Unfortunately, Anderson’s performance was not enough, as the Bulls’ running game was non-existent, thus providing Anderson and the Bulls with little offensive support.

Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink was quite good as well, completing 23 of his 29 passes for 256 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception, good for a 92.3 QBR. The Broncos’ stellar rushing attack gave them the edge in this incredibly close game. Jarvion Franklin picked up 176 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, and LeVante Bellamy gained 131 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, propelling the Broncos to victory.

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Justin Boguslavsky

Columbia University student, NFL and NCAAF writer, die hard Philly sports fan #FlyEaglesFly

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