College football Week 6 takeaways: How can you not be…


This weekend, college football put on a performance to demonstrate why it is the most beautiful sport on the planet once again. Unless you’re a supporter of Alabama or Texas.

With apologies to Alabama and Texas football fans, this was the best Saturday in college football I’ve ever witnessed.The Red River Showdown looked set to be a lopsided affair from the start, with Steve Sarkisian winning his first rivalry game against Oklahoma.

Then things became insane, which was a sign of how unique October 9 was.After one half of football, Lincoln Riley benched Spencer Rattler, the preseason Heisman favorite and projected No. 1 overall pick, in favor of rookie Caleb Williams.Only Nick Saban’s decision to sit Jalen Hurts in the national championship game against Georgia and replace him with rookie Tua Tagovailoa can be compared to this.Riley’s decision worked out similarly to Saban’s.

Williams was unearthly, appearing like the next great Oklahoma quarterback and, in the process, possibly sending Rattler to the transfer gate.

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Caleb Williams replaced Spener Rattler to lead Oklahoma to Red River Showdown comeback vs. Texas

Oklahoma football supporters had hoped for more from Rattler, who was benched in last year’s Red River Showdown before guiding a four-overtime comeback victory.

Texas blew the greatest lead in program history, and Oklahoma produced the biggest comeback in Red River history, but history did not repeat itself.

It would have been a pleasant finale to the day if Oklahoma’s historic comeback over Texas had been the top story. It was the finest game in the rivalry since Mack Brown and Bob Stoops were both ranked in the top five every year.

It was only the beginning of the year’s best Saturday.

Ole Miss and Arkansas were playing in a similarly intoxicated game at the same moment, lost in the craziness of Texas sucking away a 99.9% win probability.

Lane Kiffin’s Rebels bounced back after losing to Alabama the week before. After Ole Miss gave up a touchdown with no time left on the clock and Arkansas lined up for the game-winning two-point convert, Kiffin was practically praying in the closing seconds.

In a game with almost 100 points scored, you’d think a defensive stop would determine the game, but that’s exactly what happened in the 52-51 victory. Kiffin can now enjoy his popcorn.

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Iowa Hawkeyes fans celebrate while storming the field after beating Penn State, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa beat Penn State, 23-20.

Iowa defense leads Hawkeyes past Penn State in Big Ten game of the week

With No. 3 Iowa meeting No. 4 Penn State in a matchup of Big Ten unbeatens, the afternoon wave provided fans with the best game on paper. Penn State appeared to be on the verge of a historic road victory until starting quarterback Sean Clifford was injured and did not return. Iowa needed that opportunity to seize control of the game, and they never looked back, winning 23-24.

As good as Georgia’s defense has been this season, Iowa’s defense has fallen short. Against the Nittany Lions, the Hawkeyes added four more interceptions, giving them no competition in the Big Ten West. The Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan, Michigan State, or Ohio State stands in the way of their first playoff berth.

The NFL has a ‘witching hour,’ during which all of the midday games bottleneck, with spectacular finishes all taking place at the same time. On Saturday night, Alabama, Michigan, and Notre Dame all trailed in the fourth quarter, creating a similar dramatic effect.

Like Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury, the three iconic programs were all on the ropes, but two managed to stay upright by avoiding the knockout blow.

With a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game and then a 48-yard field goal to win it, Notre Dame was the first to stage a last-second comeback against Virginia Tech.

Michigan lost another devastating one-possession game to Nebraska, and Scott Frost has to be wondering if he’s been cursed. The Wolverines are still unbeaten, and it’s time to congratulate Jim Harbaugh. After taking a pay cut last offseason, he humbled himself, and his offense is at its finest in years. Aidan Hutchinson, a defensive end who is projected to be a top-five pick, is wreaking havoc off the edge. He could be the best defensive lineman Michigan has had in years, and they’ve had some terrific ones.

LSU lost against Kentucky, and Ed Orgeron’s time as LSU’s football coach is running out. He’s only 8-8 since winning the national championship with Joe Burrow in 2019. Orgeron is a walking corpse. He has no choice except to run the table, which includes a game against Alabama, if he wants to keep his job.

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At Kyle Field, Texas A&M punter Nik Constantinou (95) celebrates place kicker Seth Small’s (47) 28-yard game-winning field goal over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports is required credit.

Speaking of Alabama, the Crimson Tide fell behind Texas A&M early and never looked comfortable against the Aggies, with the exception of a brief lead in the fourth quarter.

Jimbo Fisher, with the help of his backup quarterback Zach Calzada, became the first former Saban aide to defeat his boss. Calzada led the game-winning drive for the wounded Haynes King, who shook off a shot to the knee that seemed like it might keep him out for a month.

As time expired, Texas A&M’s Seth Small kicked a game-winning field goal from 28 yards out, sending all of the 12th men onto Kyle Field, causing chaos in College Station.

It was Alabama’s first loss since 2019 and the first time the Tide had fallen to an unranked opponent since 2007.

I guess they were due?

Fans of college football were overdue for a day like today, especially since the COVID season in 2020 was a disaster. While the games were performed without fans, they were primarily a depressing event set against a backdrop of COVID deaths, positive tests, schools shut down, empty stadiums, and canceled games.

This was just what we needed.

We got everything we could have hoped for in terms of reminding us why we started playing this sport in the first place.

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