Bud Light Bowl Projections Roundup: Week 6
What a wild weekend in college football, as seven of the top ten teams lost, shaking up rankings and bowl projections from top to bottom. A look at where we stand now:
- ESPN.com Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers : West Virginia vs. LSU
- Brett McMurphy – ESPN: West Virginia vs. LSU
- Mark Schlabach – ESPN: Kansas State vs. LSU
- Jerry Palm – CBSSports.com: TCU vs. Northwestern (SEC replacement)
- Jason Kirk – SBNation: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
- Phil Steele – PhilSteele.com: Oklahoma State vs. LSU
- Mike Hugeunin – NFL.com CFB: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
- AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Staff: TCU vs. LSU
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Where we stand: The college football world was turned upside down over the weekend, and the Big 12 and SEC were no exception. Ole Miss and Mississippi State took over as the main challengers to Auburn’s reign in the SEC after defeating top 10 opponents Texas A&M and Alabama at home, while LSU fell to now 2nd ranked Auburn on the road. The Tigers dropped to 4-2, but their next two games (at Florida and home against Kentucky) are extremely winable and the Tigers are too talented (2 straight top 6 recruiting classes) to not pull off a few more wins.
The Big 12 wasn’t about to be left out of Saturday’s shenanigans, as TCU threw their hat in the ring of potential Big 12 champions with a home upset of 4th ranked Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs face another big test this week, traveling to Baylor for a game that could eventually decide the Big 12. The rest of the Big 12 projections rotated between other victorious Big 12 teams in Oklahoma State (37-20 over Iowa State), West Virginia (33-14 over Kansas) and Kansas State (45 – 13 over Texas Tech).
We currently agree with most of the SEC projections, which are settling into LSU returning to NRG Stadium where they kicked off the season with a win against Wisconsin. However the Big 12 side remains a mix of four different teams. Our guess is that TCU, by far the closest geographically of any of the current potential teams, making the trip down I45 to Houston to face off against the Tigers.
Looking ahead: They’ll have a difficult time topping last Saturday’s games, but this weekend’s slate is again full of big time matchups:
- Auburn @ Mississippi State: 2:30 PM CST, ESPN
- Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas): 11:00 AM CST, ABC
- TCU @ Baylor: 2:30 PM CST, ABC
- Ole Miss @ Texas A&M: 8:00 PM CST, ESPN
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Most Ridiculous Statlines: Comes from the last game of a wild Saturday, where Cal and Washington State capped the weekend in the most entertaining way possible, including this incredible sequence from the 3rd quarter (which featured 56 points, outscoring 58 total games from Saturday), courtesy of this great recap from SBNation:
- Washington State scores a touchdown, recovers a surprise onside kick, and scores another touchdown
- Cal returns the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown
- Washington State scores a quick touchdown
- Cal returns the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown (again)
- Washington State scores another quick touchdown
Additional unbelievable stats:
- Cal gave up 812 yards, including a D-1 record 734 yards passing (with six touchdowns and no interceptions) to WSU QB Connor Halliday…and won.
- Both teams combined for 123 pass attempts and 1,261 yards and zero turnovers.
- Cal did not punt or kick a field goal in the second half.
- The game ended on, of all things, a missed field goal from the Cougars.
College Gameday Sign of the Week:
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— Jeff Gray (@Jeff_GraySBN) October 4, 2014
Pac 12 Hail Mary Part 2: Earlier this year we saw Arizona’s Hail Mary prayer request answered against Cal (the Cats subsequently beat #2 Oregon on the road and trolled the Ducks with this great graphic), and the Pac 12 was at it again late Saturday night: