Week 6 of the college football season is in the books, and once again, CSF brings you a complete recap of the week that was. Check out our breakdown of five key bits of info you can’t do without as we continue through the 2011 college football season.
No Florida Schools in the Top 25: Florida State was supposed to be the bell cow of the ACC and the state of Florida in 2011, but after suffering their third straight loss to Wake Forest last weekend, the ‘Noles are out of the top 25. Much hype was surrounding the Florida Gators, but back to back games against Alabama and LSU would be enough to drop anyone. The Gators were hammered 41-11 by LSU, and the second-straight loss was too much to keep them in the rankings as well. Miami, USF and UCF have all been mentioned in the top 25 at different points this season, but all have lost critical games this season, and all are on the outside of the polls looking in.
Red River Blowout: Many (including myself) thought Texas was way overrated coming into this game–the Longhorns were ranked as the #11 team in the nation, but very few predicted the kind of beat down the Sooners would deliver last weekend. The OU defense outscored Texas in this one, accounting for three touchdowns. The fast-paced OU offense did their damage as well, on their way to a 55-17 blowout victory for Oklahoma.
Michigan off to the quietest 6-0 start in history: The dominance of Wisconsin and the implosion of Ohio State have been the main topics of discussion this season in the Big Ten. That has overshadowed a fantastic start by first year head coach Brady Hoke’s perfect start in 2011. Hoke has done a lot with very little, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but the Wolverines aren’t getting much love. A win at rival Michigan State this weekend would not only make the Wolverines bowl eligible in mid-October, it would also serve as notice to the college football world that, while Michigan is still not a top 10 team, Hoke has cleaned up Rich Rod’s mess much faster than anyone could have imagined.
Mark Richt gets 100th win: After starting the 2011 season with a loss against Boise State and a heart-breaker at home to South Carolina in week 2, the Bulldogs won their third straight game last weekend at Tennessee. The win was head coach Mark Richt’s 100th as a head coach in Athens. Richt, who came into this season on the hot seat, has Georgia playing better than any team in the SEC East. A win against rival Florida on October 29th could buy him an extra year and vault the Dawgs into an SEC Championship Game.
In a stunning revelation, Ohio State is the “poster child” of compliance: I was under the impression that massive suspensions of key players, the untimely departure of a hall of fame coach amid controversy, inappropriate dealings with boosters and free tattoos and gifts from a known Columbus drug dealer were signs that an athletic program wasn’t keeping very good tabs on its student-athletes. Fortunately, for people like me, who were completely misunderstanding the situation at OSU, their president Gordon Gee took the liberty of clearing up that slight misconception. Gee informed the Ohio State faculty last week that OSU is the “poster child” of compliance. In the wake of that announcement, Charlie Sheen is expected to announce that he is the poster child of child care, Lindsay Lohan is expected to announce that she is the poster child of sobriety, and Carrot Top is expected to claim he is the poster child of comedy.