Week 6 of the faculty soccer season was complete chaos, in a great way.
It’s what each faculty soccer fan hopes for — a day of soccer that thrills beginning with the midday ET kickoff till the wee hours of Sunday morning on the East Coast.
The Pink River Rivalry on the Cotton Bowl in Dallas began the day with a traditional earlier than the USC Trojans discovered one other solution to escape a loss.
In between these two video games, so much was revealed as the ultimate 4 Faculty Soccer Playoff creeps ever nearer.
Let’s check out what was discovered in Week 6.
Oklahoma is a CFP contender however don’t rule out Texas
Within the closing model of the Pink River Rivalry within the Massive 12, Oklahoma and Texas gave faculty soccer followers a present to recollect for years.
Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel put himself firmly within the Heisman dialog after main the Sooners on a last-minute game-winning drive to maneuver OU to 6-0 on the season.
Gabriel completed the day 23 of 38 for 285 yards and a landing, including 113 yards and a rating on the bottom.
His efficiency, together with Oklahoma’s protection, places the Sooners in prime place for a CFP spot in Brent Venables’ second season as head coach.
“He’s the calmest man I’ve ever been round on the quarterback place,” Venables stated. “He was fearless. I don’t put any limits on what Dillon can do. He’s enjoying as assured as anyone on our crew proper now.”
Oklahoma has only one remaining ranked crew on its schedule — a visit to Kansas in late October — and the Sooners now management their very own future within the Massive 12.
For Texas, it’s not all doom and gloom regardless of the loss.
The same old “Texas isn’t again” dialog doesn’t apply this time round.
The Longhorns performed effectively sufficient to win Saturday. They took the lead with 1:17 remaining within the fourth quarter however received beat resulting from too many errors and a goal-line stand by the Sooners.
Whereas Texas now not has any room for error, a CFP spot remains to be an actual chance if the Longhorns run the desk and arrange a doable rematch with Oklahoma within the Massive 12 championship recreation.
The Georgia questions can cease for now
It was a enjoyable speaking level whereas it lasted.
The Georgia Bulldogs entered Week 6 with questions swirling round Kirby Sensible’s program following back-to-back nationwide championships.
Whereas Georgia was 5-0 coming into the weekend, the schedule was not spectacular, and come-from-behind victories over South Carolina and Auburn solely fueled speak the Bulldogs have been lastly susceptible.
Georgia jumped throughout No. 20 Kentucky Saturday evening in Athens, getting out to a 21-0 lead early within the second quarter in a 51-13 romp.
The Wildcats have been speculated to be Georgia’s largest take a look at of the season after their third 5-0 begin in Mark Stoop’s tenure as head coach.
It wasn’t shut.
Georgia outgained Kentucky 608-183 and held Kentucky operating again Ray Davis to simply 53 yards on the bottom.
“They beat us in each space,” Stoops stated. “It’s onerous to give you a gap assertion after a beatdown like that. It has been some time. It doesn’t really feel good. I instructed the crew that the excellent news is that it counts as one recreation. Now we have to reply and bounce again. I’ll put this one on me. We weren’t ready in any space.”
Georgia remains to be the perfect program in faculty soccer, and the AP voters as soon as once more really feel that method.
After receiving simply 35 of a doable 62 first-place votes after Week 5, Georgia obtained 50 votes Sunday.
The Bulldogs don’t play one other crew at present ranked within the high 25 till November 11 towards Ole Miss.
Notre Dame’s schedule did them in
It was solely a matter of time earlier than Notre Dame’s schedule turned an excessive amount of.
And it does not get any simpler this week.
Notre Dame’s CFP probabilities got here to a crashing halt Saturday evening in Louisville, their third straight recreation towards a high 25 opponent.
After back-to-back emotionally draining video games towards Ohio State and Duke, the Combating Irish regarded drained as an excellent Louisville crew outrushed Notre Dame 184-44.
Marcus Freeman’s crew allowed 5 sacks of quarterback Sam Hartman and turned the ball over 5 instances.
No. 10 USC and Caleb Williams roll into South Bend this week as Notre Dame seems to be to keep away from a 3rd loss.
“You do not have a lot time to really feel sorry for your self,” Freeman stated. “I will actually matter on our leaders to verify our guys perceive we have now to study from this recreation, after which we have now to maneuver ahead and prepare for USC. We can not sit right here and mope and really feel dangerous for ourselves. Now we have to maneuver ahead. This will likely be a real take a look at of our management.”
The Combating Irish even have a visit to Clemson on the schedule in November.
The Pac-12 goes to take middle stage for the following a number of weeks
In its closing season earlier than it collapses, the Pac-12 is completely loaded.
After Week 6, the convention has seven groups ranked within the high 25 and three within the high 10.
Let’s check out the remaining schedules for the undefeated Pac-12 groups.
Undefeated Pac-12 groups
No. 7 Washington: No. 8 Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, No. 10 USC, No. 16 Utah, No. 15 Oregon State, No. 19 Washington State
No. 8 Oregon: No. 7 Washington, No. 19 Washington State, No. 16 Utah, Cal, Arizona State, No. 15 Oregon State
No. 10 USC: No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 16 Utah, Cal, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Oregon, No. 18 UCLA
ESPN’s “Faculty Gameday” will head to Seattle Saturday for the highest 10 matchup between Oregon and Washington, and it’s uncertain will probably be the final Pac-12 location of the season.
And whereas the Pac-12 is arguably the perfect it’s ever been, there needs to be a minimum of some fear the convention will eat itself earlier than the Pac-12 championship recreation and finish its six-year CFP drought.
The remaining schedules are brutal, and even the unranked groups are placing up a combat (see Arizona’s three-overtime loss to USC in Week 6).
The Related Press contributed to this report