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Week 6 in the Pac-12 opened with an entertaining affair in Salt Lake City between UCLA and Utah on Thursday night and concluded on Saturday with a Washington-Stanford matchup that had national title implications.

Despite being outgained by over 200 yards, Stanford earned a huge victory over Washington. The Huskies also deserve some credit, as it’s clear coach Steve Sarkisian has this team trending in the right direction.

Oregon continued to roll up the points and yards against Colorado, winning 57-16 in Boulder on Saturday afternoon.

Washington State picked up a solid conference win at California, while Arizona State lost a three-point non-conference affair to Notre Dame.

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Pac-12 Post-Week 6 Power Rankings

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11Oregon (5-0, 2-0): Another week, another blowout win for the Ducks. Oregon’s offense got off to a sluggish start against Colorado, but quarterback Marcus Mariota accounted for seven overall scores, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown after the first quarter. The Ducks’ offense recorded 755 overall yards – the second-most in school history – and has at least 50 points in all five games this year. After five easy wins, the competition steps up for Oregon this Saturday. Next Week: at Washington
22Stanford (5-0, 3-0): The Cardinal had only 14 first downs and was outgained by 205 yards against Washington, but coach David Shaw’s team still found a way to win. Stanford’s offense did just enough, and even though the defense gave up yards to the Huskies, it made a critical stop late in the fourth quarter and recorded six sacks to seal the victory. The Cardinal are essentially 1B to Oregon’s 1A in the Pac-12 power rankings, with these two teams on a collision course for a huge North Division matchup on Nov. 7. Next Week: at Utah 
33Washington (4-1, 1-1): There’s no shame in the Huskies’ 31-28 loss at Stanford. Washington outgained the Cardinal by 205 yards and had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter, but a pass from quarterback Keith Price to Kevin Smith was ruled incomplete after replay. The Huskies are closing the gap in the Pac-12 North and will have another shot at an upset win this week, as rival Oregon visits Seattle on Saturday afternoon. Next Week: Oregon 
44UCLA (4-0, 1-0): Thanks to a solid performance by quarterback Brett Hundley and some timely defense, the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak in Salt Lake City, defeating Utah 34-27 on Thursday night. Hundley scored on a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown, while the UCLA defense forced six interceptions and generated three sacks. The win was costly in the injury department for coach Jim Mora, as tackle Torian White and Jordon James suffered ankle injuries. White is out for the remainder of the season, while James is doubtful for next week’s game. Next Week: California
55Arizona State (3-2, 1-1): A week after clobbering USC and ending the Lane Kiffin tenure, the Sun Devils lost 37-34 against Notre Dame. The Sun Devils trailed 24-13 at the end of the third quarter but tied the Fighting Irish at 27 in the fourth. Arizona State’s offense recorded 427 yards, but three turnovers proved to be too much to overcome. Notre Dame’s defense controlled the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly six times, while linebacker Dan Fox scored on an interception return in the fourth quarter. The loss dropped Arizona State to 3-2, but it’s hard to penalize the Sun Devils in the power rankings when the two teams behind them are on bye. Next Week: Colorado
66Oregon State (4-1, 2-0): The Beavers did not play in Week 6 and will hit the road for their next two matchups. Since losing to Eastern Washington in the opener, Oregon State has won four in a row. The defense is struggling, but the Beavers’ offense has been on fire this season, with quarterback Sean Mannion averaging 403.6 passing yards per game. Receiver Brandin Cooks leads the Pac-12 with an average of 10.4 catches per game and ranks second in yards per contest (161.4). Next Week: at Washington State  
77Arizona (3-1, 0-1): The Wildcats had a bye in Week 6 and return to action on Thursday night at USC. Arizona’s rushing attack (291.5 ypg) will face a tough test against a Trojans’ defense holding opponents to just 99.6 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback B.J. Denker did not play well against Washington, and if the Wildcats struggle to move the ball on the ground, the focus on the offense will shift back to the pass. Next Week: at USC (Thursday) 
88Washington State (4-2, 2-1): The Week 6 win over California wasn’t perfect, but the Cougars already have four wins – one more than last season – and are positioned to make a run at a bowl. Quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 521 yards, which was the most by a Washington State passer since Alex Brink threw for 531 in 2005. The Cougars gave up 585 yards to California, but the defense forced five turnovers, three sacks and six tackles for a loss. Next Week: Oregon State
99Utah (3-2, 0-2): The Utes had six turnovers against UCLA, yet still managed to have a chance at a tie late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Travis Wilson will get credited with the six interceptions, but not all of the throws were his fault. The offensive line deserves blame, as Wilson had defenders in his face all night, and the rushing attack managed only 99 yards on 33 attempts. The Utes have improved since last season, but there’s little margin for error the rest of the year if they want to make a bowl. Next Week: Stanford
1010USC (3-2, 0-2): The Trojans had a bye in Week 6 and return to action on Thursday night. The biggest storyline in Los Angeles during the off week was the coaching change. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has tried to let the players have a little fun, which should help take some of the pressure off this team after a disappointing start. Will it pay off in the win column? USC may not win the Pac-12 South, but there’s too much talent here to finish 5-7 or 6-6. Next Week: Arizona (Thursday)
1111Colorado (2-2, 0-2): Credit coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff for throwing everything they had at Oregon, but the Buffaloes were simply outmanned in a 57-16 loss. Receiver Paul Richardson threw a touchdown pass to give Colorado a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Ducks’ offense eventually got on track, finishing with 755 yards on 96 plays. The Buffaloes don’t have the talent to beat the top teams in the Pac-12, but this team won’t be an easy out this year. Next Week: at Arizona State
1212California (1-4, 0-2): New California coach Sonny Dykes simply needs time to turn the Golden Bears into a bowl team. The Golden Bears dropped to 1-4 after a 44-22 loss to Washington State on Saturday, which might have been their best shot at a conference win the rest of the season. California has a plethora of injuries on defense, and only three seniors were listed as starters on the Week 6 depth chart. With injuries and youth taking its toll, California will take its lumps in 2013. Next Week: at UCLA 

 

Pac-12 Week 6 Awards and Recap
by Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
 

Offensive Player of the Week: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

As usual, there were plenty of worthy candidates who accounted for seven touchdowns (Marcus Mariota), topped 500 yards passing (Connor Halliday) or scored three different ways (Brett Hundley), but only one posted 290 all-purpose yards in the biggest conference game to date. Montgomery took the opening kickoff 99 yards for the game's first score and Stanford never looked back. He finished with 204 return yards — a 35.0 yards per return average on his other three returns — three receptions for 56 yards, a receiving touchdown, a return touchdown and 30 yards rushing on two attempts. He was a one-man show in a game highlighted by its defensive prowess.

Defensive Player of the Week: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

UCLA had a trio of great performances from Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr and Anthony Jefferson, but Shayne Skov was all over the field against an excellent Washington offense. Skov played one of the best games of his career, posting 14 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in the huge win over the division rival Huskies. With Trent Murphy, A.J. Tarpley and James Vaughters, the Cardinal boast the best linebacker corps in the nation.

Team of the Week: Stanford

Stanford's slimmest of margins entailed an Keith Price tipped-pass interception inside the Cardinal's 5-yard line with less than seven minutes to play and a final minute replay booth decision. Kevin Hogan was solid — 12 of 20, 100 yards with two total touchdowns — but didn't turn any Heisman voters' heads. More important, the defense pressured Price all night and a playmaker emerged on the outside of the offense in Montgomery. This team has a nasty schedule but the poise and veteran leadership needed to conquer it was on full display Saturday night as the Huskies rallied. Stanford won despite being outgained by more than 200 yards.

Coordinator of the Week: Lou Spanos, UCLA

The Bruins went into a hostile environment and returned home still unbeaten due to extraordinary performance by the defense. Spanos' defense had quarterback Travis Wilson solved from the opening kickoff. UCLA forced six turnovers, registered three sacks and held an offense averaging over 500 yards per and 42 points per game to just 387 yards and 20 offensive points. But maybe the most critical performance came on third downs, where the Bruins held Utah to just 2 o -13. This unit has star power and could quickly develop into an elite defense should the young players continue to hold their own.

Freshman of the Week: Daquawn Brown, DB, Washington State

At some point, we will all have to acknowledge the Pac-12's No. 2 tackler, Colorado freshman linebacker Addison Gillam. He posted 15 tackles, two for loss and one sack in the blowout loss to Oregon. But Washington State's freshman defensive back played an equally large role in a road win for the Cougars. Brown posted six tackles and his second interception of the season against a Golden Bears offense that threw the ball 62 times.

Fifth Down

• Washington had more than twice as many first downs (30) as Stanford (14). But the Huskies never led the Cardinal.

• The Huskies had 489 yards of offense. Stanford had 279.

• UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw, ran and caught a touchdown pass on Thursday night against the Utes. He finished with 211 yards passing, 85 yards rushing and seven yards receiving.

• Oregon's Marcus Mariota scored seven touchdowns against the Buffaloes this weekend. So after 18 career games, he has 59 total TDs and just six interceptions. That is 3.3 touchdowns and 0.3 interceptions per game and basically a 10:1 total TD-to-interception career rate. He has gone 202 consecutive attempts without an interception.

• The Ducks scored at least 50 points for fifth straight time. According to ESPN Stats and Info, there are only the second team in history to do so, joining Princeton in 1885.

• There were 129 pass attempts for 1,027 passing yards between Cal and Washington State.

• Taylor Kelly through for his fifth straight 300-yard game but the Sun Devils lost thanks to two more interceptions. He has six on the year, ahead of only Connor Halliday (10) and Travis Wilson (nine) in the Pac-12.

• Nine players are tied for the lead nationally in interceptions with four. Three of them play in the Pac-12: Colorado's Greg Henderson, Oregon State's Steven Nelson and Wazzu's Deone Bucannon. Bucannon also leads the league in tackles with 56 total stops.

 

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Week 6 in the Pac-12 opened with an entertaining affair in Salt Lake City between UCLA and Utah on Thursday night and concluded on Saturday with a Washington-Stanford matchup that had national title implications.

Despite being outgained by over 200 yards, Stanford earned a huge victory over Washington. The Huskies also deserve some credit, as it’s clear coach Steve Sarkisian has this team trending in the right direction.

Oregon continued to roll up the points and yards against Colorado, winning 57-16 in Boulder on Saturday afternoon.

Washington State picked up a solid conference win at California, while Arizona State lost a three-point non-conference affair to Notre Dame.

More Post-Week 6 Power Rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | SEC

Pac-12 Post-Week 6 Power Rankings

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11Oregon (5-0, 2-0): Another week, another blowout win for the Ducks. Oregon’s offense got off to a sluggish start against Colorado, but quarterback Marcus Mariota accounted for seven overall scores, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown after the first quarter. The Ducks’ offense recorded 755 overall yards – the second-most in school history – and has at least 50 points in all five games this year. After five easy wins, the competition steps up for Oregon this Saturday. Next Week: at Washington
22Stanford (5-0, 3-0): The Cardinal had only 14 first downs and was outgained by 205 yards against Washington, but coach David Shaw’s team still found a way to win. Stanford’s offense did just enough, and even though the defense gave up yards to the Huskies, it made a critical stop late in the fourth quarter and recorded six sacks to seal the victory. The Cardinal are essentially 1B to Oregon’s 1A in the Pac-12 power rankings, with these two teams on a collision course for a huge North Division matchup on Nov. 7. Next Week: at Utah 
33Washington (4-1, 1-1): There’s no shame in the Huskies’ 31-28 loss at Stanford. Washington outgained the Cardinal by 205 yards and had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter, but a pass from quarterback Keith Price to Kevin Smith was ruled incomplete after replay. The Huskies are closing the gap in the Pac-12 North and will have another shot at an upset win this week, as rival Oregon visits Seattle on Saturday afternoon. Next Week: Oregon 
44UCLA (4-0, 1-0): Thanks to a solid performance by quarterback Brett Hundley and some timely defense, the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak in Salt Lake City, defeating Utah 34-27 on Thursday night. Hundley scored on a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown, while the UCLA defense forced six interceptions and generated three sacks. The win was costly in the injury department for coach Jim Mora, as tackle Torian White and Jordon James suffered ankle injuries. White is out for the remainder of the season, while James is doubtful for next week’s game. Next Week: California
55Arizona State (3-2, 1-1): A week after clobbering USC and ending the Lane Kiffin tenure, the Sun Devils lost 37-34 against Notre Dame. The Sun Devils trailed 24-13 at the end of the third quarter but tied the Fighting Irish at 27 in the fourth. Arizona State’s offense recorded 427 yards, but three turnovers proved to be too much to overcome. Notre Dame’s defense controlled the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly six times, while linebacker Dan Fox scored on an interception return in the fourth quarter. The loss dropped Arizona State to 3-2, but it’s hard to penalize the Sun Devils in the power rankings when the two teams behind them are on bye. Next Week: Colorado
66Oregon State (4-1, 2-0): The Beavers did not play in Week 6 and will hit the road for their next two matchups. Since losing to Eastern Washington in the opener, Oregon State has won four in a row. The defense is struggling, but the Beavers’ offense has been on fire this season, with quarterback Sean Mannion averaging 403.6 passing yards per game. Receiver Brandin Cooks leads the Pac-12 with an average of 10.4 catches per game and ranks second in yards per contest (161.4). Next Week: at Washington State  
77Arizona (3-1, 0-1): The Wildcats had a bye in Week 6 and return to action on Thursday night at USC. Arizona’s rushing attack (291.5 ypg) will face a tough test against a Trojans’ defense holding opponents to just 99.6 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback B.J. Denker did not play well against Washington, and if the Wildcats struggle to move the ball on the ground, the focus on the offense will shift back to the pass. Next Week: at USC (Thursday) 
88Washington State (4-2, 2-1): The Week 6 win over California wasn’t perfect, but the Cougars already have four wins – one more than last season – and are positioned to make a run at a bowl. Quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 521 yards, which was the most by a Washington State passer since Alex Brink threw for 531 in 2005. The Cougars gave up 585 yards to California, but the defense forced five turnovers, three sacks and six tackles for a loss. Next Week: Oregon State
99Utah (3-2, 0-2): The Utes had six turnovers against UCLA, yet still managed to have a chance at a tie late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Travis Wilson will get credited with the six interceptions, but not all of the throws were his fault. The offensive line deserves blame, as Wilson had defenders in his face all night, and the rushing attack managed only 99 yards on 33 attempts. The Utes have improved since last season, but there’s little margin for error the rest of the year if they want to make a bowl. Next Week: Stanford
1010USC (3-2, 0-2): The Trojans had a bye in Week 6 and return to action on Thursday night. The biggest storyline in Los Angeles during the off week was the coaching change. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has tried to let the players have a little fun, which should help take some of the pressure off this team after a disappointing start. Will it pay off in the win column? USC may not win the Pac-12 South, but there’s too much talent here to finish 5-7 or 6-6. Next Week: Arizona (Thursday)
1111Colorado (2-2, 0-2): Credit coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff for throwing everything they had at Oregon, but the Buffaloes were simply outmanned in a 57-16 loss. Receiver Paul Richardson threw a touchdown pass to give Colorado a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Ducks’ offense eventually got on track, finishing with 755 yards on 96 plays. The Buffaloes don’t have the talent to beat the top teams in the Pac-12, but this team won’t be an easy out this year. Next Week: at Arizona State
1212California (1-4, 0-2): New California coach Sonny Dykes simply needs time to turn the Golden Bears into a bowl team. The Golden Bears dropped to 1-4 after a 44-22 loss to Washington State on Saturday, which might have been their best shot at a conference win the rest of the season. California has a plethora of injuries on defense, and only three seniors were listed as starters on the Week 6 depth chart. With injuries and youth taking its toll, California will take its lumps in 2013. Next Week: at UCLA 

 

Pac-12 Week 6 Awards and Recap
by Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
 

Offensive Player of the Week: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

As usual, there were plenty of worthy candidates who accounted for seven touchdowns (Marcus Mariota), topped 500 yards passing (Connor Halliday) or scored three different ways (Brett Hundley), but only one posted 290 all-purpose yards in the biggest conference game to date. Montgomery took the opening kickoff 99 yards for the game's first score and Stanford never looked back. He finished with 204 return yards — a 35.0 yards per return average on his other three returns — three receptions for 56 yards, a receiving touchdown, a return touchdown and 30 yards rushing on two attempts. He was a one-man show in a game highlighted by its defensive prowess.

Defensive Player of the Week: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

UCLA had a trio of great performances from Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr and Anthony Jefferson, but Shayne Skov was all over the field against an excellent Washington offense. Skov played one of the best games of his career, posting 14 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in the huge win over the division rival Huskies. With Trent Murphy, A.J. Tarpley and James Vaughters, the Cardinal boast the best linebacker corps in the nation.

Team of the Week: Stanford

Stanford's slimmest of margins entailed an Keith Price tipped-pass interception inside the Cardinal's 5-yard line with less than seven minutes to play and a final minute replay booth decision. Kevin Hogan was solid — 12 of 20, 100 yards with two total touchdowns — but didn't turn any Heisman voters' heads. More important, the defense pressured Price all night and a playmaker emerged on the outside of the offense in Montgomery. This team has a nasty schedule but the poise and veteran leadership needed to conquer it was on full display Saturday night as the Huskies rallied. Stanford won despite being outgained by more than 200 yards.

Coordinator of the Week: Lou Spanos, UCLA

The Bruins went into a hostile environment and returned home still unbeaten due to extraordinary performance by the defense. Spanos' defense had quarterback Travis Wilson solved from the opening kickoff. UCLA forced six turnovers, registered three sacks and held an offense averaging over 500 yards per and 42 points per game to just 387 yards and 20 offensive points. But maybe the most critical performance came on third downs, where the Bruins held Utah to just 2 o -13. This unit has star power and could quickly develop into an elite defense should the young players continue to hold their own.

Freshman of the Week: Daquawn Brown, DB, Washington State

At some point, we will all have to acknowledge the Pac-12's No. 2 tackler, Colorado freshman linebacker Addison Gillam. He posted 15 tackles, two for loss and one sack in the blowout loss to Oregon. But Washington State's freshman defensive back played an equally large role in a road win for the Cougars. Brown posted six tackles and his second interception of the season against a Golden Bears offense that threw the ball 62 times.

Fifth Down

• Washington had more than twice as many first downs (30) as Stanford (14). But the Huskies never led the Cardinal.

• The Huskies had 489 yards of offense. Stanford had 279.

• UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw, ran and caught a touchdown pass on Thursday night against the Utes. He finished with 211 yards passing, 85 yards rushing and seven yards receiving.

• Oregon's Marcus Mariota scored seven touchdowns against the Buffaloes this weekend. So after 18 career games, he has 59 total TDs and just six interceptions. That is 3.3 touchdowns and 0.3 interceptions per game and basically a 10:1 total TD-to-interception career rate. He has gone 202 consecutive attempts without an interception.

• The Ducks scored at least 50 points for fifth straight time. According to ESPN Stats and Info, there are only the second team in history to do so, joining Princeton in 1885.

• There were 129 pass attempts for 1,027 passing yards between Cal and Washington State.

• Taylor Kelly through for his fifth straight 300-yard game but the Sun Devils lost thanks to two more interceptions. He has six on the year, ahead of only Connor Halliday (10) and Travis Wilson (nine) in the Pac-12.

• Nine players are tied for the lead nationally in interceptions with four. Three of them play in the Pac-12: Colorado's Greg Henderson, Oregon State's Steven Nelson and Wazzu's Deone Bucannon. Bucannon also leads the league in tackles with 56 total stops.

 

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The pecking order in the ACC is clear after six weeks.

Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech appear to have separated themselves from the pack, with Georgia Tech and Maryland just behind.

But after the top six teams?

Pittsburgh seems to be a clear No. 7, but 8-14 is a mess.

Boston College is improving under new coach Steve Addazio and checks in at No. 8 in the power rankings this week.

NC State surprisingly lost to Wake Forest in Week 6, but the Wolfpack looked like the better team prior to Saturday’s defeat.

And North Carolina, Virginia and Syracuse all suffered losses in Week 6.

Get ready, the next two months should be an interesting battle in the ACC.

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ACC Post-Week 6 Power Rankings

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11Clemson (5-0, 3-0): It’s almost becoming routine for the Tigers. Clemson’s offense has a big day, and the defense wrecks havoc against opposing quarterbacks. The Tigers had little trouble with Syracuse on Saturday, opening a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and finishing with a 49-14 victory. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was sharp, setting a school record with 455 passing yards, including a 91-yard bomb to receiver Sammy Watkins. The defense held Syracuse to just 74 passing yards and sacked quarterback Terrel Hunt four times. The Tigers have one more tune up before the huge showdown against Florida State on Oct. 19. Next Week: Boston College
22Florida State (5-0, 3-0): Total dominance. That’s the easiest way to describe Florida State’s 63-0 win over Maryland. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 393 yards and five touchdowns, and the defense pitched their first shutout since Sept. 15, 2012. Florida State’s defense needed a good performance after struggling against Boston College, and the Seminoles allowed just 234 yards to a Maryland offense that entered Week 6 averaging 498.5 yards per game. Florida State now has two weeks to prepare for a showdown against Clemson, which could decide which team wins the ACC Atlantic. Next Week: Bye
33Miami (5-0, 1-0): Thanks to a 45-30 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, the Hurricanes are 5-0 for the first time since 2004. The Hurricanes trailed 17-7 in the first quarter but outscored the Yellow Jackets 38-13 in the final 45 minutes to win 45-30. Despite an injured ankle, quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 324 yards and three scores. Running back Duke Johnson pitched in 184 yards on 22 attempts. Miami’s defense isn’t dominant but has improved this year. Next Week: Bye 
44Virginia Tech (5-1, 2-0): The product on the field isn’t always flashy this year, but the Hokies are quietly building momentum. Virginia Tech opened its three-game home stand with a solid 27-17 victory over North Carolina on Saturday, improving the Hokies to 2-0 in conference play. Quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns against the Tar Heels and most importantly, completed 67.9 percent of his throws. Virginia Tech’s defense forced two turnovers and has held four of its six opponents this year to 17 points or less. Next Week: Pittsburgh
55Maryland (4-1, 0-1): After cruising to an easy 4-0 start, the Terrapins failed their first real test of 2013. Maryland was outmanned on both sides of the ball against Florida State, and things didn’t get any better on offense when quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a concussion in the first half. The Terrapins are without their top two cornerbacks, and the secondary was torched for 431 yards by the Seminoles. Maryland is clearly improving, but the gap between Florida State and Clemson and the rest of the Atlantic is still significant. Next Week: Virginia
66Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2): The Yellow Jackets had a chance to climb back into the Coastal title picture in Miami, but after a 17-7 lead, few things went Georgia Tech’s way. The Yellow Jackets went without a score from the start of the second quarter to 10:38 in the fourth quarter, lost three turnovers and completed 6 of 19 throws for 66 yards. Georgia Tech’s defense – which was reliable through the first four games – allowed Miami to average 10.4 yards per play. It’s only October, but the Yellow Jackets will need a lot of help to get back into the top spot in the Coastal. Next Week: at BYU 
77Pittsburgh (3-1, 2-1): The Panthers had a bye in Week 6 and return to action at Virginia Tech. Pittsburgh has a three-game winning streak and should have some confidence going into Blacksburg, as the Panthers defeated the Hokies 35-17 last year. Quarterback Tom Savage suffered from concussion-like symptoms in the 14-3 win over Virginia, but all signs point to the senior returning to the lineup against Virginia Tech. Next Week: at Virginia Tech
811Boston College (3-2, 1-1): Anything after No. 7 in the power rankings is up for grabs. We give a slight nod to the Eagles for the No. 8 spot, as Boston College surpassed its win total from 2012 with a 48-27 victory over Army on Saturday. Running back Andre Williams gashed the Black Knights for 263 yards and five touchdowns, and quarterback Chase Rettig was efficient (11 of 13, 203 yards). The Eagles had their hands full on defense with Army’s option attack in the first half, but held the Black Knights to just one score in the second half. It may not seem like a huge win in the overall scope of the ACC, but beating Army was critical for Boston College’s bowl hopes. Next Week: at Clemson
98NC State (3-2, 0-2): After Boston College, any team in Athlon’s ACC power rankings could be ranked anywhere in the 9-14 range. The Wolfpack’s struggles in Winston-Salem continued on Saturday, as Wake Forest upset NC State 28-13. NC State has lost six consecutive games on the Demon Deacons’ home turf. While the Wolfpack are 0-2 in ACC play, good news could be coming in the form of quarterback Brandon Mitchell. The senior has not played since the season opener due to a foot injury, but is expected to have a chance to return this Saturday. Next Week: Syracuse
109North Carolina (1-4, 0-2): A 27-17 defeat to Virginia Tech dropped North Carolina to 1-4 and easily the ACC’s most-disappointing team after Week 6. Quarterback Bryn Renner was sidelined with an ankle injury, but Marquise Williams filled in admirably, completing 23 of 35 throws for 277 yards and two scores. Williams was also the Tar Heels’ leading rusher (56 yards). North Carolina’s struggling defense forced eight punts against Virginia Tech but created no turnovers and gave up 15.4 yards per completion. Next Week: Bye  
1110Virginia (2-3, 0-1): The Cavaliers finally showed some signs of life on offense, but four turnovers and 13 penalties was simply too much to overcome against opportunistic and upset-minded Ball State. Quarterback David Watford completed 21 of 36 passes for 209 yards, and running back Kevin Parks recorded 104 yards and two scores on 16 attempts. Although Virginia’s offense didn’t have a perfect outing, the defense also shares blame by allowing Ball State to record 506 yards – including 346 through the air. The Cavaliers have played a challenging schedule so far, and it won’t get any easier the rest of the way. Next Week: at Maryland
1214Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2): The biggest surprise in the ACC from Week 6 took place in Winston-Salem. After struggling to generate anything on offense through five games, Wake Forest recorded 28 points and 382 yards to beat NC State 28-13. The Demon Deacons have defeated the Wolfpack six consecutive times at home, and at least for a week, have quieted some of the critics for coach Jim Grobe. The win gives Wake Forest a little momentum heading into the bye week and manageable games against Syracuse and Duke gives this team a chance to make a run at bowl eligibility. Next Week: Bye
1312Duke (3-2, 0-2): The Blue Devils had a bye in Week 6 and are slated to return to action against Navy on Saturday. Quarterback Anthony Boone missed the last three games due to a collarbone injury but resumed throwing prior to Duke’s 38-31 win over Troy. It’s uncertain if Boone will return in Week 7, but the junior is getting close, and Brandon Connette is a capable fill-in until he’s ready. Next Week: Navy
1413Syracuse (2-4, 0-2): The Orange drew a tough assignment in their ACC opener, losing 49-14 to Clemson. After showing signs of life on offense against Wagner and Tulane, Syracuse generated only 74 passing yards, and starting quarterback Terrel Hunt tossed three picks. The Orange had concerns about their secondary entering this game, and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had little trouble finding open receivers, finishing with 455 yards and five scores. Syracuse has time to rebound with seven ACC games remaining. However, four out of the next five contests are on the road. Next Week: at NC State

 

ACC Week 6 Recap and Awards

Offensive Player of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Boston College running back Andre Williams and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd turned in strong performances this week, but offensive player of the week honors go to Winston. The redshirt freshman is playing with the poise of a fifth-year senior. In Saturday’s win over Maryland, Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five scores, while rushing for 24 yards on seven attempts. Winston’s five touchdown tosses were the most by a Florida State quarterback since Christian Ponder threw five in 2009, and the redshirt freshman already has three games of at least 300 passing yards.

Defensive Player of the Week: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
There were few standout performances in the ACC this week, but Beasley takes the Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording five tackles and two sacks against Syracuse. Four of Beasley’s tackles went for a loss, which helped to limit Syracuse to just 74 passing yards. After five games, the junior leads the NCAA with eight sacks, with six coming in ACC contests. Clemson’s defense ranks eighth in the ACC in yards allowed per game (356.6), but the Tigers are holding opponents to just 16.6 points a game. Beasley’s pass rush has been crucial to Clemson’s success, and the junior is performing at an All-American level in 2013.

Coordinator of the Week: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
A week after giving up 34 points and 407 yards to Boston College, the Seminoles were nearly perfect on defense against Maryland. The Terrapins entered Saturday’s game averaging 498.5 yards and 39.8 points per game, but Florida State limited the Terrapins to just 234 yards, pitched a shutout and limited Maryland to just nine first downs. Terrapins' quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a concussion in the first half, but the offense wasn’t moving the ball with much success when he was in the game. Maryland managed just 4.1 yards per play on Saturday, which was their lowest total of the season. Pruitt is in his first year with the Seminoles and some of the defense’s early struggles against the run are largely due to the transition in scheme and personnel. With two weeks to prepare for Clemson, Pruitt should have Florida State’s defense ready for the Tigers’ high-powered offense.

Team of the Week: Florida State
Miami’s win over Georgia Tech was solid, but Florida State’s victory over Maryland was pure dominance. The Seminoles dominated from start to finish and pitched their first shutout over a top-25 team since 1997. The 63-point margin of victory was the most lop-sided victory over a top-25 team in school history. Florida State is 5-0 for the second consecutive season, and now turns its sights to a huge showdown against Clemson on Oct. 19.

Freshman of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Freshman of the week honors in the ACC could essentially be renamed for Winston this year. And here’s the scary part for the rest of the ACC: Winston will only get better. The freshman ranks second in the ACC with 288.2 passing yards per game, averaging an impressive 16 yards per completion. Winston has tossed only two picks and ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 73.2 completion percentage. 

5th Down

• Virginia quarterback David Watford threw for a season high 209 yards in the 48-27 loss to Ball State.

Freshman safety Ryan Janvion led Wake Forest with 11 tackles against NC State.

• Boston College running back Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-27 win over Army. Williams missed the single-game school record by one yard.

• Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 455 passing yards set a single-game school record.

• Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley had a solid outing against Clemson. The senior recorded four tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.

• Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has completed at least 67 percent of his passes in his last two games. Thomas does not have an interception in ACC play this year.

• The home team has won the last six meetings in the NC State-Wake Forest series.

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Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla did not play in the Week 6 win over Colorado and has decided to withdraw from the school.

Lyerla was regarded as one of the top tight ends in the nation coming into 2013 but had only two catches for 26 yards in three games.

According to a release from the school, Lyerla is leaving the program on good terms.

With Lyerla gone, look for Pharaoh Brown and Johnny Mundt to handle the bulk of the duties at tight end.

Here’s the full statement from the school:

“I love everyone at Oregon; everyone’s on good terms, I believe,” Lyerla said. “Just for my own benefit, it was time to move on.”

Lyerla said he does not plan to transfer to another school, but rather to pursue a professional career. He said he had “a really good talk” with Helfrich late Sunday, and that “we left on good terms.”

“We wish Colt nothing but the best in the future, and will support him in any way we can,” said Helfrich, who said he will decline further comment on the matter.

Lyerla, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior with a rare blend of size and speed, finished his UO career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 16 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns, primarily during a stretch of the 2012 season in which the Ducks deployed him in a special rushing package.

This season, Lyerla started three of the first four games prior to Saturday’s suspension. He caught two passes for 26 yards and ran three times for 17 yards and one touchdown.

“I wish nothing but the best for coach Helfrich and the team,” Lyerla said. “I love the University of Oregon and am so thankful for every opportunity that I had. I’m going to use everything I learned from this program and do my best to be successful in whatever happens in the future.”

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Only one word comes to mind when watching Baylor’s offense this year: Deadly.

The Bears gashed West Virginia for 864 yards en route to a 73-42 win over the Mountaineers.

Receiver Tevin Reese is one of Baylor’s top weapons, and the senior provided one of the weekend’s top plays with this juggling touchdown catch in the first half.

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Much of the attention in the ACC in Week 6 was focused on the two divisional showdowns.

Neither game particularly lived up to elite billing, but Florida State and Miami both picked up key victories. The Seminoles pitched a 63-0 shutout against Maryland, while the Hurricanes defeated the Yellow Jackets 45-30.

Florida State has a bye week before taking on Clemson, which will undoubtedly play a huge role in shaping the ACC Atlantic title picture.

The Hurricanes are in control of the Coastal Division, but Virginia Tech is quietly showing signs of life on offense. If the Hokies get anything going on offense, this team will have a chance to win the division once again, especially with a dominant defense.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia lost to Ball State, Clemson dominated Syracuse and Boston College and Wake Forest picked up solid victories.

ACC Week 6 Recap and Awards

Offensive Player of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Boston College running back Andre Williams and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd turned in strong performances this week, but offensive player of the week honors go to Winston. The redshirt freshman is playing with the poise of a fifth-year senior. In Saturday’s win over Maryland, Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five scores, while rushing for 24 yards on seven attempts. Winston’s five touchdown tosses were the most by a Florida State quarterback since Christian Ponder threw five in 2009, and the redshirt freshman already has three games of at least 300 passing yards.

Defensive Player of the Week: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
There were few standout performances in the ACC this week, but Beasley takes the Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording five tackles and two sacks against Syracuse. Four of Beasley’s tackles went for a loss, which helped to limit Syracuse to just 74 passing yards. After five games, the junior leads the NCAA with eight sacks, with six coming in ACC contests. Clemson’s defense ranks eighth in the ACC in yards allowed per game (356.6), but the Tigers are holding opponents to just 16.6 points a game. Beasley’s pass rush has been crucial to Clemson’s success, and the junior is performing at an All-American level in 2013.

Coordinator of the Week: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
A week after giving up 34 points and 407 yards to Boston College, the Seminoles were nearly perfect on defense against Maryland. The Terrapins entered Saturday’s game averaging 498.5 yards and 39.8 points per game, but Florida State limited the Terrapins to just 234 yards, pitched a shutout and limited Maryland to just nine first downs. Terrapins' quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a concussion in the first half, but the offense wasn’t moving the ball with much success when he was in the game. Maryland managed just 4.1 yards per play on Saturday, which was their lowest total of the season. Pruitt is in his first year with the Seminoles and some of the defense’s early struggles against the run are largely due to the transition in scheme and personnel. With two weeks to prepare for Clemson, Pruitt should have Florida State’s defense ready for the Tigers’ high-powered offense.

Team of the Week: Florida State
Miami’s win over Georgia Tech was solid, but Florida State’s victory over Maryland was pure dominance. The Seminoles dominated from start to finish and pitched their first shutout over a top-25 team since 1997. The 63-point margin of victory was the most lop-sided victory over a top-25 team in school history. Florida State is 5-0 for the second consecutive season, and now turns its sights to a huge showdown against Clemson on Oct. 19.

Freshman of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Freshman of the week honors in the ACC could essentially be renamed for Winston this year. And here’s the scary part for the rest of the ACC: Winston will only get better. The freshman ranks second in the ACC with 288.2 passing yards per game, averaging an impressive 16 yards per completion. Winston has tossed only two picks and ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 73.2 completion percentage. 

5th Down

• Virginia quarterback David Watford threw for a season high 209 yards in the 48-27 loss to Ball State.

Freshman safety Ryan Janvion led Wake Forest with 11 tackles against NC State.

• Boston College running back Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-27 win over Army. Williams missed the single-game school record by one yard.

• Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 455 passing yards set a single-game school record.

• Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley had a solid outing against Clemson. The senior recorded four tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.

• Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has completed at least 67 percent of his passes in his last two games. Thomas does not have an interception in ACC play this year.

• The home team has won the last six meetings in the NC State-Wake Forest series.

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Ohio State and Northwestern have not played since 2008 and much has changed between these two teams since the last meeting.

The Buckeyes are 46-10 from 2009-13, which includes the lost 2011 season due to suspensions and the preseason departure of coach Jim Tressel.

Success is nothing new to Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are the standard. If you want to join the Big Ten’s elite, you have to knock off Ohio State on a consistent basis.

Northwestern has made steady progress under coach Pat Fitzgerald, and Saturday night’s game against Ohio State is a huge opportunity for his team. The Wildcats won 10 games for only the third time in school history last year, which included a 34-20 bowl win over Mississippi State – the program’s first since 1949.

Northwestern is also off to a fast start in 2013, recording a road win at California in the opener, followed by home victories against Syracuse, Western Michigan and Maine.

Beating Ohio State isn’t a must to give credibility to Northwestern, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Fitzgerald has assembled one of the most-talented teams in the program’s history. And the schedule won’t get any easier in the next two months, as Wisconsin is up next, followed by a November slate of a road trip to Nebraska, followed by home dates against Michigan and Michigan State.

The overall series has been dominated by Ohio State, owning a 59-14-1 edge over Northwestern. The Wildcats have lost 28 out of their last 29 meetings against the Buckeyes. However, Northwestern knocked off Ohio State 33-27 in Evanston in 2004. 

Northwestern vs. Ohio State

Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ABC
Spread: Ohio State -7

Three Things to Watch

Ohio State DL vs. Northwestern OL
So far, Ohio State’s rebuilt defensive line has answered the bell this season. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 11 sacks generated through five games, and opponents are managing only 84.6 rushing yards per game. Ohio State held Wisconsin’s rushing attack to just 104 yards on 27 attempts – a far cry from the Badgers’ average of 300.6 yards per game. End Noah Spence leads the team with 2.5 sacks, while fellow linemen Steve Miller and Michael Bennett have chipped in three tackles for a loss a piece. Northwestern’s line lost three starters from last season’s unit and has allowed seven sacks through four games. Junior Jack Konopka and center Brandon Vitabile are most-experienced options on the line, combining for 47 starts in their career. However, the other three starters (Ian Park, Geoff Mogus and Paul Jorgensen) have just 13 combined starts. Ohio State has the best defense Northwestern has played this year. And the Buckeyes have a deep, athletic group of options in the trenches, which will present a challenge for the Wildcats’ offensive line.

Northwestern RB Venric Mark
Mark was one of the Big Ten’s top playmakers last season, rushing for 1,366 yards and 12 scores and catching 20 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. Mark was also a weapon on special teams, averaging 18.7 yards per punt return and took two back for scores. Due to injuries, the senior is off to a slow start this season. Mark was injured late in fall camp and played in the opener against California. However, he managed only 29 yards on 11 attempts and has not played since. With four weeks to heal, Mark is expected to be at full strength on Saturday night, which should provide a huge boost for Northwestern’s offense. In his absence, Treyvon Green and Mike Trumpy have filled in admirably, but Mark is a difference maker. Even though he may have to knock off some rust, Mark is a dynamic playmaker who should see at least 20 touches on Saturday night.

Northwestern’s QBs: Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian
Most coaches don’t want any part of a two-quarterback system. But Northwestern has embraced that approach, as Colter and Siemian bring a different skill-set to the offense. Colter is the better runner and has 237 rushing yards and three scores through four games. Siemian is the better passer, and the Wildcats’ offense is more capable of attacking downfield with the pass when he’s on the field. In four games this year, Siemian has completed 67.1 percent of his throws for 671 yards and four scores. Can this rotation work effectively once again? Balance will be crucial for Colter. Ohio State knows he wants to run, but Colter has to hit a few passes to back the defense off the line of scrimmage. The Buckeyes’ secondary has picked off six passes this season, but safety Christian Bryant was lost for the year with an ankle injury in last week’s game against Wisconsin.

Key Player: Dwight White, CB, Northwestern

Ohio State’s supporting cast has improved since last season, with freshman Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott emerging to take some of the pressure off of quarterback Braxton Miller. The receiving corps has four players with at least 10 catches, including Devin Smith (16.5 ypc). White was pressed into the starting lineup after Daniel Jones suffered a knee injury in the opener against California, and the freshman has recorded 20 stops in four games. White will be tested once again on Saturday night, as Ohio State is the best offense Northwestern has played all year. With sophomore Nick VanHoose on the other side, the Buckeyes will test White to see if he’s up to the challenge on Saturday night.

Final Analysis

If Ohio State wins this game, it should roll to an 11-0 record before playing Michigan in the season finale. Northwestern’s schedule is more challenging, and a win over the Buckeyes would give it an early edge in the Legends Division title race.

Ohio State is already battle-tested thanks to a win over Wisconsin last week, and the Buckeyes’ offense should have an edge in the matchup against the Northwestern secondary. Quarterback Braxton Miller was sharp in his return from a knee injury last week, finishing 17 of 25 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. The Wildcats rank last in the Big Ten in pass defense, which is problematic against an Ohio State offense that’s overflowing with playmakers.

Northwestern gives Ohio State all it can handle, but Miller finds a way to lead the Buckeyes to a win late in the fourth quarter.

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Northwestern 27

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Entering the 2013 season, the Pac-12 North was considered a two-team race: Oregon and Stanford.

After five weeks, the Ducks and Cardinal are still considered the frontrunners for the Pac-12 title.

But is it time to move Washington into the contender category? Saturday’s game against Stanford is a huge barometer test for the Huskies and should provide some insight into how the North Division will stack up this season.

Washington opened the year with an impressive win over Boise State and defeated Illinois, Idaho State and Arizona to run its record to 4-0. Although the Broncos and Wildcats were good tests, Stanford is one of the nation’s top-five teams and is a better gauge for coach Steve Sarkisian.

Stanford has quietly rolled to a 4-0 start, winning all of its games by at least 14 points. The Cardinal is 2-0 in Pac-12 games, which includes a 55-17 dismantling of Washington State in Seattle last Saturday.

Washington holds a slight 41-38-4 edge in the overall series. The Huskies upset the Cardinal 17-13 in Seattle last year but lost the four prior meetings. From 2010-11, Stanford dominated Washington by a combined score of 106-21.

Washington vs. Stanford

Kickoff: 10:30 ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Spread: Stanford -7.5

Three Things to Watch

Washington OL vs. Stanford’s front seven
Washington’s offensive line was a major culprit in the team’s 7-6 record last season. Injuries played a role in the unit’s struggles, but inconsistency and overall poor play marred the Huskies’ front line. Washington allowed 2.9 sacks per game in 2012, including 26 in conference play. So far, this season has been a different story. Quarterback Keith Price is getting rid of the ball quicker, but the line has allowed just three sacks in four games. Saturday’s matchup against Stanford will be this unit’s toughest test of 2013, as the Cardinal boast one of the best front sevens in the nation. In addition to protecting Price, the Huskies’ line needs to open holes for running back Bishop Sankey, who is averaging 151.8 yards per game. Stanford has 26 tackles for a loss and nine sacks this year, with linebackers Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov representing the strength of the defense. If the Huskies give quarterback Keith Price time to throw, they have the receivers to make big plays in the passing game.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan
Considering Hogan plays in the same conference as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly, Washington’s Keith Price and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, perhaps he has been lost in the shuffle nationally. The sophomore has made significant strides as a passer this year, completing 63.2 percent of his throws and 10 touchdown passes in four games. Last season, Hogan didn’t start the full season, but he finished with just nine passing scores and averaged only 10 yards per completion. The sophomore is averaging nearly 15 yards per completion this season and also provides another threat on the ground (111 yards). In addition to Hogan’s improvement, Stanford also has more weapons at receiver, starting with Ty Montgomery (16.4 ypc), and Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector. Washington leads the Pac-12 in pass defense, and opposing quarterbacks are completing just 48.3 percent of their passes. No passer has managed more than 156 yards in a game against the Huskies this season. Of course, it certainly helps to have a strong pass rush (13 sacks). Can Hogan have success against this defense?

Stanford’s OL vs. Washington’s front seven
Our preview has focused heavily on the trenches, but it’s a crucial part of Saturday’s game. Stanford’s starting five on the offensive line averages a sturdy 305 pounds, with right tackle Cameron Fleming tipping the scales at 318. This unit is arguably the best offensive line in the nation, paving the way for Stanford rushers to average 5.3 yards per carry, and allowing only three sacks in four games. Washington’s front seven ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rush defense and has generated 13 sacks. The Cardinal has an advantage in the trenches, but the Huskies held Stanford to just 65 rushing yards last year. Even though Stanford’s passing attack is improved this season, Washington needs to make the Cardinal one-dimensional by stopping the run on early downs.

Key Player: Keith Price, QB, Washington
Price didn’t play particularly well in last year’s matchup (19 of 37, 177 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), but he connected with Kasen Williams on the game-winning score with less than five minutes to go. Price has a deep group of receivers at his disposal, including tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and receiver Jaydon Mickens (21 catches). The senior quarterback is completing 72.3 percent of his throws, which is significantly better than last year (60.9). Stanford’s defense is one of the best in the nation, and this matchup is Price’s biggest test so far this year. If Washington is going to win in Palo Alto, the senior has to play a mistake-free game.

Final Analysis

Washington has closed the gap in the Pac-12 North, but Stanford is still the better team. The Huskies will have some success moving the ball and should trade punches with the Cardinal in the first half. However, Stanford’s offensive line and rushing attack will take control in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Prediction: Stanford 30, Washington 20

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Friday, October 4th

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger gets highlighted for his Week 5 performance against Georgia.

Lost Lettermen makes the case for why USC needs to hire Chris Petersen.

Saturday Down South has a good read on why attendance is down at college football games.

The playoff committee is beginning to take shape. 

Should Mississippi State start Dak Prescott over Tyler Russell?

USC reached out to Jeff Tedford about joining its offensive staff for the rest of the year.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took another shot at the SEC. 

Alabama expects safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to miss 1-3 games due to impermissible benefits. And here's another element to the story: Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for providing benefits to Clinton-Dix.

With the improving offenses, has the SEC's DNA changed?

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had an interesting coaches show after the win against UCF.

Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum is close to full strength after tearing his ACL in the offseason and expects to play against North Carolina.

Texas A&M defensive tackle Kirby Ennis is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

SMU should have running back Traylon Shead back against Rutgers.

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer provides some insight into why Terrel Hunt wasn't the starter earlier in the year.

Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs isn't crazy about Arkansas' offensive line.

Duke receiver Johnell Barnes suffered a hand injury in an off-the-field altercation. 

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Iowa State lost to Texas 31-30 on Thursday night, but the overriding theme from the defeat was questionable officiating.

The Longhorns appeared to fumble on the goal line with just over a minute to go, but the officiating crew did not overturn the call.

After the game, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was not pleased with the officiating, and he didn’t hold anything back in his press conference.

Here’s the video from Rhoads’ press conference, which he raises some good points about the amount of penalties the Cyclones had, along with the questionable no-call on the Texas fumble.

 

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Texas wide receiver Mike Davis might be hearing from the Big 12 over this dirty cheap shot in the first half against Iowa State. After a Texas touchdown (and the ball nowhere in sight), Davis decided to take a shot at Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield. 
 

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As expected, Butch Jones’ first season at Tennessee has been a challenge.

The Volunteers opened the year with back-to-back wins against Austin Peay and Western Kentucky but lost by a combined score of 90-31 to Oregon and Florida.

Last week, Tennessee opened up a 31-7 lead on South Alabama, but the Jaguars rallied in the second half and had a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter.

Both sides of the ball are problematic for Tennessee, and help won’t arrive until February with the upcoming signing class.

The Volunteers don’t have an easy schedule the rest of the way, but this team could improve with more time to learn under Jones and his staff.

But will that be enough for Tennessee to get bowl eligible?
 

After a 3-2 Start, Will Tennessee Make a Bowl in 2013?

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
In the preseason, I was more optimistic about Tennessee’s chances of making a bowl game. After five games under new coach Butch Jones, I think the Volunteers will fall short of reaching the postseason. Even with one of the nation’s best offensive lines and two solid running backs, Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in total offense. Quarterback play is a huge concern and isn’t likely to get much better the rest of the season. Things on the defensive side of the ball aren’t much better, as the Volunteers rank 12th in the SEC, allowing 5.8 yards per play and 26.8 points per game. The upcoming schedule won’t give Tennessee much of a break, as Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama are all likely losses. If the Volunteers are 3-5 heading into November as most expect, they would need to win three out of four games against this schedule: at Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt and at Kentucky. Considering Missouri and Auburn are improved from last season, it’s tough to find three wins on that schedule. Jones will do a good job at Tennessee, but I think the Volunteers will miss out on the postseason.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
No disrespect intended to Joey Jones, but the Volunteers have looked like a glorified Sun Belt team this year. The offense is borderline inept while the defense hasn't shown much improvement from a year ago. That said, the Vols will be 3-5 (as expected) entering the final month of the year. This leaves four swings games to determine the postseason fate of Tennessee: Auburn and Vanderbilt at home, Missouri and Kentucky on the road. A 2-2 record in that stretch won't be good enough to get the Vols to a bowl game. Three wins in that stretch doesn't feel doable for this team, so it will be the third straight season with no postseason for Big Orange Nation.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
I don’t think Tennessee will make a bowl game this year. The Vols just have too many problems to fix. Their issues start at quarterback. Justin Worley has struggled as the starter, but coach Butch Jones has been reluctant to give an opportunity to one of the true freshmen. Will that problem get solved against Georgia, Alabama or South Carolina? The defense lacks depth and elite talent. That’s a problem that can only be solved through recruiting.

Tennessee will likely enter November with a 3-5 record, which will put pressure on the Vols to produce a winning record in the final month. I picked Tennessee to beat Missouri at the beginning of the season. Right now, Missouri looks like the better team. It will be difficult for Tennessee to beat Missouri if quarterback James Franklin stays healthy. Tennessee will play Auburn and Vanderbilt at home, but winning both of those games would be asking a lot. Tennessee could turn things around and finish with a 6-6 record. But that doesn’t look likely right now.  

Stephen Schindler (@SteveSchindler)
No. Tennessee is definitely moving in the right direction with Butch Jones, but I don’t see a bowl appearance in the cards for the Vols. They have three wins already and need just three more to become bowl eligible. The problem is that they don’t have an SEC win and that’s exactly who is left on their schedule. Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama are all sure losses. Those losses will drop them to 3-5, which puts Tennessee in a position where they need to go 3-1 against Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. While I’d say Kentucky is likely to be a win, the other three games are toss-ups. Missouri and Auburn are much improved from 2012 and Vanderbilt has turned into a tough opponent. With so much uncertainty and inconsistency at quarterback, I just can’t see Tennessee running the table at the back end of their schedule. The Volunteers will miss a bowl game for the third straight season.

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With the arrival of October, most of the weekly action in college football is in conference play.

That’s the case in Week 6, as the biggest games are conference affairs.

Ohio State-Northwestern is the top game in the Big Ten this Saturday, while Georgia Tech takes on Miami, and Florida State hosts Maryland in ACC play.

In the Pac-12, Washington plays at Stanford, which is a huge game for the Huskies to see if they have closed the gap on the rest of the North Division.

With conference play starting, the potential for upsets may increase. Teams are more familiar with each other, and the competition is tougher.

The favorites can't win every game each week, so it's no surprise one of the most popular discussion points every Saturday is upset picks. Each week on AthlonSports.com, the editors will give an upset pick for the upcoming week of action.

Week 6 Previews and Predictions: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

College Football Week 6 Upset Predictions

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven): Tulane (+3) over North Texas
Under second-year coach Curtis Johnson, the Green Wave are quietly making progress and with a 3-2 record, need just three victories to get bowl eligible. Tulane opened the year with a win over Jackson State but stumbled in a surprising loss against South Alabama. However, the Green Wave has won two out of its last three games and play their next three contests at home. Saturday’s game against North Texas will be a tough matchup, but I like Tulane to pull off a slight upset. The Mean Green rank last in Conference USA in total and pass defense, which is a bad sign against Green Wave receiver Ryan Grant (33 catches, 461 yards, four touchdowns) and improving quarterback Nick Montana. Tulane’s defense also ranks second in Conference USA in fewest yards allowed, holding opponents to 4.9 yards per play. Expect a close one, but the Green Wave edge the Mean Green on Saturday.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall): Ohio State (-6.5) over Northwestern
Go big, or go home. The Wildcats have beaten the Buckeyes just once in the 29-game history of the series — in 2004 in Evanston. This is the most talented Northwestern team ever assembled, Ohio State is coming off an emotionally draining effort against Wisconsin and College Gameday is going to be in Evanston for the first time since 1995. Venric Mark could return to the field for Pat Fitzgerald, giving him his full compliment of weapons for the first time all season. The Cats have been extremely competitive against upper level Big Ten teams of late and now is the time for them to break through on the national stage.

Mark Ross: Nevada (+5) over San Diego State
San Diego State's lone win thus far came against New Mexico State, while it lost 40-19 to FCS member Eastern Illinois to open the season. Nevada got pounded by UCLA and Florida State (by a combined score of 120-27), but it also is 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference after beating Hawaii and Air Force the past two weeks. San Diego State is having problems both scoring (20.5 ppg) and keeping opponents from putting points on the scoreboard (33.0 ppg), while quarterbacks have just carved them up. Both Ohio State's Kenny Guiton and Oregon State's Sean Mannion posted decent numbers against the Aztecs. Enter Cody Fajardo, Nevada's dual-threat signal-caller who has thrown five touchdown passes and rushed for five more scores. Fajardo isn't a one-man band, either, and I just think Nevada has too much offense for the Aztecs to overcome.

David Fox: Illinois (+10.5) over Nebraska
Perhaps I should have learned my lesson that Illinois is not ready for the big time when the Illini lost 34-24 to Washington, a game that probably wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. But there aren’t many reasons to trust Nebraska — even at home — with that defense. If Taylor Martinez is out or limited for the Cornhuskers, Illinois will have a major edge in an up-and-down-the-field. We know the Illinois defense isn’t that great, but Nathan Scheelhaase is one of the most improved quarterbacks in the country. Illinois should be able to hold its own in a shootout.

Stephen Schindler (@SteveSchindler): Ball State (+5) over Virginia
Ball State is No. 10 in the country in passing offense and averages 40 points per game. Meanwhile, the Virginia offense struggled mightily last week against Pittsburgh. In fact, the Cavs managed just three points on 188 total yards and went 3 of 18 on third-down conversions. If Ball State’s offense is clicking, Virginia won’t be able to match them blow for blow. Mike London will rely on his defense to keep the Cavaliers in this game, but the Virginia offense has had trouble avoiding big mistakes. In all four games this year, Virginia has turned the ball over at least twice, including a four-turnover performance against Oregon. If this trend continues, I think it will make the difference as Ball State will be able to convert easy points out of some short drives.

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After a 1-4 start, new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell is making a few changes to his lineup.

Quarterback Rob Henry has been benched in favor of true freshman Danny Etling, and the Boilermakers will have two weeks to prepare their new starter with a bye this Saturday.

Henry was off to a slow start in 2013, completing only 53.6 percent of his throws and throwing six interceptions to just four touchdowns.

Etling hasn’t been much better in limited action, completing 19 of 39 passes for 241 yards and two scores and two interceptions.

With Purdue’s offense struggling, this move makes a lot of sense. Etling is inexperienced, but Hazell and his staff need to know if he can be their quarterback of the future. And with a bye week to prepare, this is the right time to make a change.

Henry won’t be sitting on the bench for long, as the senior moved to safety in practice on Wednesday.
 

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Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely and won’t play in Saturday’s game against Georgia State.

Clinton-Dix is suspended due to a violation of team rules.

The junior ranks second on the team with 24 tackles and has two pass breakups this year.

Clinton-Dix was expected to be one of the SEC’s top defensive backs this season, and although it’s a huge loss for Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s upcoming schedule is very manageable. Alabama hosts Georgia State this Saturday, followed by games at Kentucky, then home contests against Arkansas and Tennessee.

Clinton-Dix will return at some point this year, but the Crimson Tide’s defense will be fine until he is back in the lineup.

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Week 6 in the ACC is headlined by a huge matchup in both divisions.

In the Atlantic, Maryland travels to Florida State. The Terrapins have already matched their win total from last season, and their offense has improved with a healthy C.J. Brown under center.

The Seminoles have scored at least 40 points in all four of their games, and redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston will test a Maryland secondary that’s thin at cornerback.

In the Coastal, Georgia Tech travels to Miami. The Yellow Jackets lost to Virginia Tech last Thursday, dropping to 2-1 in ACC play. A win over the Hurricanes would put Georgia Tech back in the mix for the Coastal title.

Miami has yet to play an ACC game this year, but the Hurricanes picked up a key win over Florida in non-conference play.

Week 6 Previews and Predictions: Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

ACC Week 6 Game Power Rankings

1. Georgia Tech (+5) at Miami (3:30 ET, ESPNU)
With North Carolina struggling and Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech both coming to Miami, the Hurricanes have moved into the driver’s seat for the Coastal title. But despite last week’s loss to the Hokies, the Yellow Jackets have a chance to jump back into the title picture this Saturday. Georgia Tech has lost four in a row to the Hurricanes, including the last two in Miami by a combined score of 57-24. However, due to an improved defense, the Yellow Jackets are a more complete team than they were in the last few seasons. New coordinator Ted Roof has led Georgia Tech to a No. 3 ranking in the ACC in total defense, with the secondary holding opponents to just three passing scores in four games. Miami’s offense will test the Yellow Jackets’ defense, especially with a healthy Stephen Morris at quarterback, and dynamic sophomore running back Duke Johnson. When Georgia Tech has the ball, controlling the time of possession and limiting turnovers will be crucial. Quarterback Vad Lee is likely the best passer coach Paul Johnson has had with the Yellow Jackets, but he has struggled at times with executing the option. The Hurricanes are deeper in the front seven this year, which will help to slow down Lee and Georgia Tech’s running backs. If Miami jumps out to an early lead, it will be tough for the Yellow Jackets to rally. However, if Georgia Tech controls the clock and forces the Hurricanes to play at its pace, this one won’t be decided until deep in the fourth quarter.

2. Maryland (+15.5) at Florida State (12 ET, ESPN)
Maryland is off to a fast start, but Saturday’s game at Florida State will be the Terrapins’ biggest test of the season. After winning just six games in coach Randy Edsall’s first two years, Maryland is 4-0 and is poised to post their first winning season since 2010. But how close are the Terrapins to Clemson and Florida State? That’s the big question. The Seminoles are also 4-0 and are ranked by most among the top-10 teams in the nation. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston continues to impress and averages 9.7 yards per play. Winston has one of the best supporting casts in college football, and his receiving corps will test a Maryland defense that loves to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks (17 sacks), but is without its top two cornerbacks due to injury. The Terrapins rank just behind Florida State in the ACC in total offense, averaging seven yards per play and 498.5 yards a contest. The return of quarterback C.J. Brown has made a huge difference for Maryland, and running back Brandon Ross has emerged as a reliable weapon on the ground (332 yards, two scores). The Seminoles have struggled at times against the run, which is no surprise considering the personnel lost from last year’s team, along with the transition to a new coordinator. With a showdown against Clemson coming on Oct. 19, this matchup against Maryland’s offense should help the Seminoles prepare for the Tigers.

3. North Carolina (+7.5) at Virginia Tech (12:30 ET, ACC Network)
Coming into 2013, most expected this game to play a key role in shaping the Coastal Division. Now, it appears to be a battle of two teams headed in opposite directions. Virginia Tech picked up a huge conference win at Georgia Tech last week, while North Carolina dropped to 1-3 with a loss against East Carolina. The Tar Heels are surprisingly off to a slow start on offense, ranking 10th in the ACC in yards per game (397) and 10th in scoring offense. A revamped offensive line has allowed nine sacks, and North Carolina has struggled to establish the run. Help could be coming on the ground for coach Larry Fedora’s team this week, as true freshman T.J. Logan may play this Saturday after recovering from a knee injury. However, against one of the nation's best defensive fronts, the Tar Heels will need a better effort from their line to win. Virginia Tech is holding opponents to just 103 yards per game on the ground, while generating 17 sacks through five contests. With a stout defense, the Hokies won’t need a dynamic offense, but quarterback Logan Thomas is coming off his best performance of the season. And that’s bad news for North Carolina, which ranks last in the ACC in total and scoring defense. 

4. Ball State (+5.5) at Virginia (12 ET, RSN)
Upset alert? The Cavaliers have played one of the toughest slates so far in the ACC, as BYU, Oregon and Pittsburgh are a combined 9-3. Ball State is one of the best teams in the MAC and went 9-4 last year, knocking off BCS teams Indiana and South Florida in non-conference play. Scoring points has been a problem for Virginia this year, but the Cardinals are averaging 40 points a game. The Cavaliers have a significant advantage on defense and are holding opponents to just 4.2 yards per play. One area Virginia should have an edge is in the trenches. Ball State has four new starters on the offensive line and has allowed seven sacks in five games. The Cavaliers have generated 13 sacks so far, and defensive tackle Brent Urban and end Eli Harold will be a handful for Ball State’s line. Virginia’s offense has struggled to get on track this year, and coach Mike London doesn’t want to get in a shootout against the Cardinals. Look for the Cavaliers to use their size advantage in the trenches, along with a heavy dose of running back Kevin Parks to take the pressure off of struggling quarterback David Watford.

5. NC State (-8.5) at Wake Forest (3:30 ET, RSN)
The home team has won the last five meetings in this series, but this could be the year where that streak ends. Wake Forest is averaging just 15.3 points a game against BCS competition this season and ranks last in the ACC in total offense. The main culprit of the Demon Deacons’ struggles has been the offensive line, which was a weakness in 2012 and has allowed 12 sacks through four games. NC State’s defense has nine sacks and 37 tackles for a loss so far this year and will be a tough matchup for Wake Forest’s line. The Demon Deacons have been unable to run the ball most of the season (104th nationally), which will force quarterback Tanner Price and receiver Michael Campanaro to shoulder the offense. Wake Forest’s defense has struggled to stop the run this season (167.8) and will be tested by a trio of NC State running backs, along with quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (5.1 ypc).

6. Clemson (-13.5) at Syracuse (3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2)
After an 0-2 start, Syracuse has rebounded with back-to-back wins. Beating Wagner and Tulane isn’t going to wow most around in the ACC, but the Orange have some momentum entering this game. Syracuse’s offense found a spark behind quarterback Terrel Hunt, who completed 31 of 39 throws for 446 yards and seven scores in his first two starts. Hunt faces a tougher test in the ACC opener for the Orange, as Clemson is holding opponents to 17.2 points a game and has one of the conference’s most-active defensive lines (15 sacks). Hunt’s mobility is an x-factor for Syracuse, especially if he can avoid the Tigers’ pass rush and make plays downfield in the passing game. The Orange would prefer not to get in a shootout with Clemson, but it will be hard to keep the Tigers’ offense (43 ppg) under wraps. Syracuse’s secondary struggled in the first four games, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 63.1 percent of their throws.  

7. Army (+11.5) at Boston College (1 ET, ESPN3)
Due to the government shutdown, this game was in jeopardy of being canceled. However, on Thursday night, Army was given a green light to play this weekend. This will be the 28th meeting between these programs, with Boston College owning a 24-13 series edge. However, the Eagles lost 34-31 at West Point last year. Stopping the run is always critical when playing Army, and Boston College ranks 13th in the ACC in rush defense, allowing 170.5 yards per game. If the Eagles contain the Black Knights’ option attack, they should have a chance to take advantage of an Army defense that’s also struggling to stop the run. Running back Andre Williams has four 100-yard efforts through five games and should have another solid performance this week.

ACC Week 6 Pivotal Players

Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
Chickillo was active around the scrimmage in last year’s game against Georgia Tech, recording seven stops, three tackles for a loss and one sack. The Yellow Jackets are struggling at times to execute the option, but are still a handful to defend. Assignment football is an overused cliché at times, but it’s important for Chickillo and the other Miami defenders to not lose responsibility of their gaps. Georgia Tech’s offensive line struggled to block Virginia Tech last Thursday, and if Chickillo can disrupt the offense, the Hurricanes will contain quarterback Vad Lee.

James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
Hurst is the leader of a struggling North Carolina offensive line. The Tar Heels have allowed nine sacks and rank last in the ACC in rushing offense after four contests. With three new starters, North Carolina’s line was expected to be a work in progress in 2013. However, while the line is inexperienced, this group needs to have a good showing on Saturday against Virginia Tech’s defensive front. Hurst will be matched up against ends James Gayle and J.R. Collins, who have combined for 6.5 sacks in five contests.


Keon Lyn, CB, Syracuse
Syracuse’s secondary ranks 12th in the ACC against the pass and could be without cornerback Brandon Reddish against Clemson due to injury. Lyn is one of the leaders on defense, as he has 23 career starts and 14 tackles in four games this season. The senior and teammate Ri’Shard Anderson will be tasked with slowing down Clemson’s deep group of receivers, including standout junior Sammy Watkins.


Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech
Lee is coming off his worst performance of the season. Against Virginia Tech last Thursday, Lee completed just 7 of 24 passes for 144 yards and two interceptions. The sophomore didn’t factor much into the rushing attack, generating only 35 yards on 18 attempts. Lee and the Yellow Jackets’ offense will have their hands full on Saturday, as Miami’s defense is fast, athletic and has made improvement after an awful showing last year. If Georgia Tech is going to win at Miami, Lee needs to have his best game of the year.


William Likely/Isaac Goins, CB, Maryland
Likely and Goins have been pressed into action with injuries sidelining starting cornerbacks Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle. This duo has held up well so far, as Maryland is allowing 165.2 yards per game through the air. However, Florida State’s offense is its toughest opponent of the season. The Seminoles average 293.2 passing yards per game and have an athletic, deep and fast group of receivers, led by Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw.

ACC Week 6 Predictions

GameDavid FoxBraden GallSteven LassanMitch Light
Ball State (+5.5) at VirginiaBall State 27-21UVA 31-24UVA 27-24UVA 24-20
Maryland (+15.5) at Florida StateFSU 35-21FSU 27-17FSU 38-24FSU 34-21
North Carolina (+7.5) at Va. TechVa. Tech 17-14Va. Tech 24-17Va. Tech 30-17Va. Tech 24-20
Army (+11.5) at Boston CollegeBC 35-17BC 27-20BC 31-20BC 34-13
Clemson (-13.5) at SyracuseClemson 41-14Clemson 38-21Clemson 45-20Clemson 37-17
Georgia Tech (+5) at MiamiGa. Tech 28-27Miami 28-24Miami 31-24Miami 27-24
NC State (-8.5) at Wake ForestNC State 35-10NC State 31-20NC State 30-20NC State 34-24
Season Record41-842-742-742-7

 

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Post date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 08:00
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With the government shutdown threatening the cancellation of the annual Air Force-Navy game, United Airlines is prepared to step in. There is a question of whether the funds used for sporting activities are congressionally appropriated. While Navy uses non-appropriated funds for athletics, the U.S. Air Force Academy partially fund their athletics programs through appropriated funds. Lawyers are trying to determine whether non-appropriated funds might be used by the Air Force team to travel to Navy (at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in Annapolis, Md.). Amidst the uncertainty, United Airlines has stepped up and offered to fly the Falcons to the game for free.

The U.S. Naval Academy said in a statement that a decision will be made by noon Thursday about whether the Midshipmen will play Air Force. The football rivalry between Navy and Air Force dates to 1960, and they have played each other every year since 1972. Saturday's game is sold out.

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David Ash will miss his second game in the Longhorns' last three after sustaining another head injury in the first half of the Longhorns win over Kansas State two weeks ago. Ash originally suffered a head injury in the Week 2 loss to BYU and sat out the following week’s game against Ole Miss.  He returned as the starter for the Kansas State game but was not able to finish. Case McCoy has thrown for 330 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions this year and is expected to start on Thursday night. 

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Post date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 16:00
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The 2013 college football season is only five weeks old, but there is plenty to learn from the first month of action.

Quarterback play is always under the microscope in any season. But performance under center is at an all-time high, especially as more teams continue to implement spread offenses.

Improved quarterback play is an easy solution for a struggling team, and after five weeks, there are a handful of programs poised to surpass their win total from last year, largely due to the performance under center.

Missouri’s James Franklin struggled with injuries last season but has rebounded with a strong start to 2013. Although the Tigers have yet to play in an SEC game in 2013, Franklin’s improvement should allow Missouri to return to the postseason.

Utah’s Travis Wilson, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase are all benefactors of coordinator changes. And Washington’s Keith Price has benefited from more consistency from his offensive line, while Oregon State’s Sean Mannion has settled into the starting role after sharing time with Cody Vaz last year.

To help illustrate the improvement by these quarterbacks, we examined their stats through the first four or five starts (however many that team has played this year) and compared it to their 2012 start.

College Football's Most-Improved Quarterbacks from 2012 to 2013

James Franklin, Missouri 

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards Per Comp 
201246811074961.842187.211.01 
20134951401,12967.993282.211.88 

Due to offseason shoulder surgery, Franklin was never 100 percent last year. In nine games, he threw for 1,562 yards and 20 scores and the dual-threat ability that made him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the Big 12 in 2011 was gone (122 rush yards). The senior is off to a better start in 2013 and already has 14 passing plays of 20 yards or more after recording only 18 last year. Missouri has yet to play a SEC game in 2013, but Franklin looks like a different quarterback and as the numbers above indicate, he’s a big reason why this team is averaging 45.5 points a game. 

Zach Mettenberger, LSU

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards Per Comp
20125781191,01665.562203.213.02
20135821281,39864.1131279.617.04

High expectations surrounded Mettenberger in his first season as LSU’s starting quarterback in 2012. However, the former Georgia passer struggled, finishing 2012 with 2,609 yards and 12 scores and just over 200 passing yards per game (200.7). So far, the hire of Cam Cameron has paid huge dividends for the Tigers. Through five games, Mettenberger leads all SEC quarterbacks with 28 completions of 20 yards or more and ranks sixth nationally in pass efficiency. Although the senior’s completion percentage is down slightly, he is averaging almost four more yards per attempt. 

Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards Per Comp
201246510465962.535164.810.13
20134821221,16267.2123290.514.17

Much like LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Scheelhaase’s improvement can be directly tied to a change at coordinator. Bill Cubit was hired to coordinate Illinois’ offense after he was fired as Western Michigan’s head coach, and the veteran assistant has made a huge impact in just four games. Scheelhaase has raised his completion percentage by nearly five points and is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game. The competition will get tougher, but Scheelhaase needs just one touchdown to surpass his total from last year.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards Per Comp
201251252031,57961.688339.512.63
201351602382,01867.2212401.012.61

Considering Mannion’s performance through five games, it’s hard to believe Oregon State had a quarterback battle in the spring. Injuries derailed Mannion’s 2012 campaign, but he has been one of college football’s top quarterbacks in September. The junior leads the nation with 2,018 passing yards and is completing 67.2 percent of his throws. Mannion also has 13 passing plays of 30 yards or more. With a struggling defense, Mannion and Oregon State’s offense may need to win a lot of shootouts in Pac-12 play. 

Keith Price, Washington

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards Per Comp
201247512773759.152184.29.8
20134811121,04472.392261.012.88

Price had an outstanding sophomore season, throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns, while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. However, due largely to a struggling offensive line, Price wasn’t the same quarterback in 2012. In 13 games, he threw for 2,726 yards, 19 scores and tossed 13 picks. Price’s passing efficiency was nearly 40 points lower in 2012 after recording a 161.9 mark in 2011. Thanks to some tweaks on offense and better play by the line, Price has found his 2011 form. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally in 2013 with a 72.3 completion percentage. Price is more comfortable this season and as a result, Washington is poised to have its best season under coach Steve Sarkisian. 

Travis Wilson, Utah

YearGamesCompletionsAttemptsYardsComp %TDINTAvg/GYards per Comp
201247110671966.935179.810.1
20134741151,11864.393279.515.1

Note: For Wilson's 2012 stats, we used his first four starts.

The addition of Dennis Erickson as Utah’s offensive coordinator has made a huge difference for Wilson. In his first four starts last season, Wilson had a solid completion percentage (66.9%) but threw five picks and was averaging just 10.1 yards per completion. Wilson has been a different quarterback this year and ranks third in the Pac-12 in total offense per game (342.3). The sophomore also has five rushing scores and averages eight yards per carry. Utah missed out on a bowl last year but should return to the postseason, largely due to the emergence of Wilson in 2013.

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Texas and USC are two of college football’s premier jobs, and by December, both programs are expected to be looking for a head coach. USC already fired coach Lane Kiffin, and Mack Brown’s future at Texas is iffy, which means there will be plenty of coaches lining up to interview at both schools.

When it comes to building a list of best jobs in college football, the list usually starts with Texas, and USC, Florida, Ohio State and Alabama aren’t far behind.

However, is USC a better job than Texas? It’s hard to complain about weather in Los Angeles, but some coaches wouldn’t want to put up with the extra media attention. Texas also has a similar situation with the Longhorn Network, but being able to have your pick of the elite recruits in Texas is never a bad thing.

Both schools have plenty of built-in advantages when it comes to recruiting and location. And oddly enough, both programs have struggled to establish consistent success.

Assuming both Texas and USC will be hiring a new coach in December, which job is more desirable?

USC or Texas: Which is a Better Job for College Football Coaches?

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Texas and USC have stumbled in recent years, but let’s not forget these two programs won BCS championships and competed for the 2005 title in Pasadena, Calif. Even with a 5-4 combined record this season, there’s no doubt Texas and USC are two of the best jobs in college football, with Florida, Ohio State and Alabama rounding out the top five. I’d give Texas an edge over USC in this debate, as its prime location allows its pick of the elite recruits each year, and there’s no shortage of tradition and money flowing through the athletic department. With the Big 12 sticking with 10 teams for now, one could argue it’s easier to play for a national title in the Big 12 over the Pac-12. And in the current climate of the Pac-12 South, UCLA is on the upswing, and Arizona State and Arizona are improving. The Longhorn Network may scare a coach or two away from Austin, but Texas is clearly the best job in college football and will have its pick of elite coaches whenever Mack Brown decides to step aside.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
First, these are two of the top 5-8 jobs in the nation based on natural built-in advantages, financial power and championship upside. But Texas is the answer. The differences are subtle but extremely important aside from one being a public institution and one private. The development of high school football players in the state of Texas dwarfs all other states in the nation — including both Florida and California. The commitment and passion of the fans and administration is greater by a wide margin for the Longhorns and it's what makes Texas the most powerful athletic department in the nation. In Los Angeles, the Trojans must compete for attention with everything from Kobe Bryant to sushi restaurants to the beach in the most saturated college market in the country. The bottom line is that football is king in Texas and it's an afterthought in Hollywood. Would anyone actually CHOOSE to live in L.A. over Austin?

Mark Ross
Although everything is bigger in Texas, including expectations, I'll lean towards the Longhorns' job on this one. Both schools have won national championships during the BCS era and have seen sustained periods of substantial success. Resources and recruiting aren't really issues either, as each is one of the main national brands when it comes to the college football landscape. Texas still comes out as the winner of this two-horse race for me because while the pressure to win and win big in Austin is both prevalent and evident, the potential rewards when you do outweigh those at USC. By that I mean national championship-winning head coaches at Texas are beloved, even if they go through rough patches, and I just don't get that vibe from the Trojans' fan base. To put it another way: football is king in Austin, while there's a lot more competition for fame and notoriety in Los Angeles. Why would I want to compete with the movie stars and professional athletes when I could potentially be THE star in a state that eats, drinks and sleeps football?

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
Perhaps a few years ago, I may have said USC is the better job as the Trojans still basked in glitz of their run of Heisman winners and top-five finishes. I’m not convinced anymore. Pete Carroll remains the only USC coach to lead the Trojans to a top-five finish since 1976. The talent base is there, the tradition is there, the facilities and support are there, but for whatever reason Carroll is the only one since the 70s to fully capitalize on all those advantages. Perhaps we could say the same of Texas, with Mack Brown elevating the Longhorns out of the John Mackovic/David McWilliams era. But Texas has perhaps more talent in state and has had the better run of quarterbacks of late, not to mention all the resources that come with being the Longhorns coach. The Longhorn Network and other glad-handing obligations that come with being the UT coach may be a hassle, but it ensures constant support and interest. A wine-and-cheese crowd is still a crowd. I’d pick Texas, but is parsing between two luxury sports cars.

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Post date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 08:00
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Oregon will be without its biggest offensive threat on Saturday as they travel to Boulder to take on Pac-12 foe Colorado. The Ducks will be very careful with Thomas and see no need to rush him back against a Colorado team that got blown out 44-17 against Oregon State last week. Head coach Mark Helfrich would like to get Thomas healthy for their trip to Washington in two weeks. Thomas will be replaced in the lineup by sophomore Byron Marshall, who ran for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns last week.

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Before sitting out last Saturday's game against South Dakota State, Taylor Martinez made 32 consecutive starts. The streak, dating back to his freshman season, was ended due to a nagging turf toe injury. Martinez was replaced by the combination of redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong and senior Ron Kellogg III. The two led the Cornhuskers to more than 300 yards rushing and 300 passing for the first time in school history. Armstrong started the game and completed 12 of his 15 throws for 169 yards, while Kellogg connected on eight of nine passes for 136 yards. The Cornhuskers will certainly miss the FBS' second-leading active rusher; however, word is that Nebraska will bring Martinez along slowly. In fact, it appears Nebraska won't even let him practice until he is 100 percent healthy.

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Post date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 16:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football
Path: /college-football/texas-ad-deloss-dodds-retiring-mack-brown-next
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College football’s coaching carousel is already spinning at warp speed, as USC fired Lane Kiffin on Sunday after losing to Arizona State, and UConn canned Paul Pasqualoni on Monday.

Needless to say, the dominoes in what could be a very busy coaching cycle are beginning to fall.

According to Orangebloods.com, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is expected to retire on Tuesday.

Dodds retirement could be the start of a busy couple of months at Texas. Coach Mack Brown is on the hot seat, and Dodds is one of his biggest supporters.

However, with Dodds stepping aside and a new athletic director coming in, Brown may be coaching his final season in Austin.

Of course, the next eight games will have a large role in determining Brown’s future. However, a 2-2 start certainly hasn’t helped his job status and finishing 8-4 would be a disappointment for a team that has arguably the most talent in the Big 12.

Is Brown the next domino to fall? Keep an eye on the Oct. 12 date against Oklahoma. The Sooners have dominated the Longhorns in back-to-back years and another blowout loss would not sit well in Austin.

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 09:00
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After losing to Buffalo 41-12 on Saturday, UConn has fired coach Paul Pasqualoni. In three years with the Huskies, Pasqualoni was 10-18 and never reached a bowl.

Pasqualoni was an odd hire from the start and was never popular with fans.

Offensive line coach George DeLeone was also fired on Monday.

The Huskies had one of the best defenses in the Big East in 2011 and 2012, but the offense never managed to get on track.

UConn is 0-4 and still has to play Cincinnati, Louisville, UCF and Rutgers this year.

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Who’s next? Even though the first month of the season just ended, college football’s coaching carousel is already in full effect.

USC pulled the plug on Lane Kiffin after Saturday’s loss to Arizona State, and UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni on Monday.

And USC and UConn could be the tip of the iceberg in terms of coaching changes, as Mack Brown is on the hot seat at Texas, which could create a domino effect when it comes to other coaches and job openings this offseason.

Outside of the BCS, Central Michigan’s Dan Enos, Miami (Ohio)’s Don Treadwell and Eastern Michigan’s Ron English are three coaches who could be out of a job by season’s end.
Each week, we will take a look at the hot seat/pressure on a program for all 125 coaches. Some new coaches will rank high due to poor performances but aren't in any danger of losing their job. 

And another important note when reading our coach on the hot seat rankings: Outside of the top 20-30 coaches, it’s all about the pressure on a program. While some coaches – like Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Indiana’s Kevin Wilson – aren’t in any danger of being fired. However, both coaches need to continue to show the program is headed in the right direction.

Ranking All 125 CFB Coaches on Hot Seat/Pressure on Program to Win in 2013

RkCoachTeam2013 RecordAnalysis
1Mack Brown2-2DeLoss Dodds steps down - is Brown next?
2Dan Enos1-4CMU not competitive against BCS teams this year.
3Don Treadwell0-4RedHawks averaging only 174.5 ypg on offense.
4Ron English1-3 
5Ron Turner0-4 
6Norm Chow0-4Warriors showed signs of life against Fresno State.
7Bo Pelini3-1Schedule very favorable until November.
8Jim Grobe2-3Demon Deacons struggling mightily on offense.
9Bobby Hauck3-2UNLV snapped 23-game road losing streak.
10Doc Holliday2-2 
11Skip Holtz1-4Bulldogs struggling in Holtz's first year.
12Charley Molnar0-4 
13Charlie Weis2-1 
14Jeff Quinn2-2Added job security with win over UConn.
15Carl Pelini1-4 
16Matt Rhule0-4Will Temple win a game?
17Rich Ellerson2-3 
18Dana Holgorsen3-2Big win for WVU on Saturday.
19Tim Beckman3-1Fighting Illini already surpassed last year's win total.
20P.J. Fleck0-5Still searching for first win.
21Dan Mullen2-2 
22Tony Levine4-0Cougars making progress in Levine's second year.
23Kirk Ferentz4-1Hawkeyes have won four in a row.
24Gary Pinkel4-0Good start - but SEC play begins on Saturday.
25June Jones1-3Schedule will get easier.
26Mike London2-2 
27Kevin Wilson2-2 
28Rick Stockstill3-2 
29Rocky Long1-3 
30Randy Edsall4-0 
31Sean Kugler1-3 
32David Bailiff2-2 
33Joey Jones2-2USA gave Tennessee a battle.
34Larry Blakeney2-3 
35Dan McCarney2-2 
36Dave Christensen3-2 
37George O'Leary3-1 
38Garrick McGee1-3 
39Frank Beamer4-1Don't count out Hokies in Coastal Division.
40Scott Shafer2-2 
41Bobby Petrino3-2 
42Tommy Tuberville3-1 
43Bill Blankenship1-3Is Tulsa trending in the wrong direction?
44Jim McElwain2-3Already halfway to 2012 win total.
45Bob Davie1-3 
46Ron Caragher1-3Lost 3 games by 19 points or more.
47Kyle Flood3-1 
48Steve Sarkisian4-0 
49Kyle Whittingham3-1 
50Rod Carey4-0NIU 2-0 against Big Ten teams this year.
51Paul Chryst3-1 
52Curtis Johnson3-2Green Wave on the right track.
53Todd Monken0-4 
54Terry Bowden1-4 
55Willie Taggart0-4Taggart inherited a mess.
56Brian Polian3-2 
57Larry Fedora1-3UNC off to disappointing start.
58Darrell Hazell1-4 
59Paul Haynes2-3 
60Ruffin McNeill3-1Huge win against UNC in Week 5.
61Bryan Harsin2-3 
62Troy Calhoun1-4AFA down to third QB.
63Doug Martin0-5NMSU not an easy job.
64Mike Leach3-2 
65Mike Riley4-1OSU has rebounded since loss to EWU.
66Dave Clawson4-1 
67Mark Helfrich4-0 
68Dennis Franchoine3-1Texas State quietly 3-1.
69Matt Wells3-2 
70Mark Dantonio3-1 
71Brady Hoke4-0 
72Bronco Mendenhall2-2 
73Butch Jones3-2 
74Trent Miles0-4 
75Frank Solich3-1 
76Mark Richt3-1 
77Paul Petrino1-4Got first win on Saturday.
78Paul Johnson3-1 
79Jerry Kill4-1 
80Dabo Swinney4-0
81Jimbo Fisher4-0
82Bob Stoops4-0
83Mark Stoops1-3
84Ken Niumatalolo2-1
85Al Golden4-0
86Matt Campbell2-3
87Bret Bielema3-2
88Gus Malzahn3-1
89Justin Fuente1-2 
90Brian Kelly2-2
91Dave Doeren3-1
92Steve Addazio2-2
93Sonny Dykes1-3
94Rich Rodriguez3-1
95Todd Graham3-1
96Jim Mora3-0
97Will Muschamp4-1
98Todd Berry2-3
99Mike MacIntyre2-1
100Paul Rhoads1-2
101Tim DeRuyter4-0 
102David Cutcliffe3-2
103Larry Coker2-3
104Les Miles4-1
105Pete Lembo4-1
106Gary Andersen3-2
107James Franklin3-2
108Mike Gundy3-1
109Hugh Freeze3-1
110Mark Hudspeth2-2
111Kevin Sumlin4-1
112Kliff Kingsbury4-0
113Gary Patterson2-2
114Bill Snyder2-2
115Chris Petersen3-2
116Bill O'Brien3-1
117Charlie Strong4-0
118Steve Spurrier3-1
119Art Briles3-0
120David Shaw3-0
121Pat Fitzgerald4-0
122Urban Meyer5-0
123Nick Saban4-0
NREd Orgeron0-0
NRT.J. Weist0-0

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