Week 6 is in the books and boy what a week it was. This weekend featured two major upsets, both of which coming on the road, a great tribute to the late great Tom Petty in Gainesville, and we start with a rivalry game that did not disappoint in Tallahassee.
On Saturday, Florida State welcomed the 13th ranked Miami Hurricanes for a Saturday afternoon rivalry affair. It is pretty clear that these teams do not like each other and the bad blood was not lost whatsoever. That being said, people were wondering if this was still considered a rivalry because recently it has been dominated by one side. The Hurricanes haven’t beaten the Seminoles since 2009 but this year had a different feel. Miami is loaded with talent lead by quarterback, Malik Rosier, and Florida St. has had their own troubles this year. They lost their starting QB in week 1 against Alabama and were struggling to buy a win. This had all the making for the streak to be broken. The game was a defensive battle. Points were a rarity the whole day and Florida State scored late and it seemed like the Hurricanes were about to lose another heartbreaker. They managed to drive it down the field however, and with time running out, Rosier delivered a beautiful strike to his receiver, Darren Langham and the Hurricanes went on to shock the Seminoles , 24-20. It was an amazing game with an even better finish and will go down as one of the most memorable games in this historic rivalry.
Oklahoma came into Saturday as the third ranked team in the nation. Their quarterback Baker Mayfield is having a Heisman caliber year, their defense is clicking on all cylinders and they were expected to roll on Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Iowa State Cyclones. If you thought Miami not beating Florida State since 2009 was surprising listen to this: Iowa State has not beat Oklahoma since 1990! Nobody besides the Iowa Sate faithful were even giving them a fighting chance. They wanted to go in and shock the world. They went into Norman and I am not going to lie, it did not look good early. They found themselves trailing early 14-3 and were in danger of being blown out. They had to find a way to punch back. Leading the fight back was Iowa State quarterback, Kyle Kempt, who was making his first start of the season. The senior threw for 343 yards to go along with 3 TD passes on the day. He needed to be spectacular in order for them to be competitive, and he did just that. Iowa State scored a late TD thanks to a tremendous catch by Cyclone receiver, Allen Lazard. The defense needed one more stop to go out of Norman with one of the biggest wins in school history. They did just that. Iowa State sent shock waves all around the college football world with a 38-31 win over the 3rd ranked Sooners. This is the biggest upset of the season thus far and it will be interesting to see if this loss killed Oklahomas playoff hopes. Never the less, it is going to be a party in Ames this weekend!
Finally a battle for the Paul Bunyan trophy took place at the big house on Saturday night. Michigan State came into the game as a huge underdog and in many ways felt disrespected. Michigan looked at them like nothing more than a little brother and the Spartans wanted to show the little brother can kick the big brother’s ass sometimes. Coming in, Michigan lost their starting QB to injury so that did not help their case. At half the Spartans lead the Wolverines 14-3 and the upset alert was in full effect. In the second half, the rain started to come and as they say, when it rains it pours and boy did it pour. It looked like something out of a movie, the wind, the rain, and the crazy college students who could care less if they were getting soaked, it was awesome. This inclement weather however led to some sloppy football. Michigan ended up turning the ball over 5 times and it is just not possible to win a game after tuning it over that many times. Michigan State and there stout defense stunned the 7th ranked Michigan Wolverines, 14-10. The Paul Bunyan trophy was coming back to East Lansing and for Mark Dantonio’s bunch, this win is going to taste a whole lot sweeter than the rest. This was an amazing end to another amazing week in the world of college football.
Bonus Video Of the Week
If this video doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will, such a great tribute to such a legend, RIP Tom.