From the Pulpit: This Is Why We Love College Football

Outside of Clemson being on a bye week, Saturday had a little bit of something for everyone.

Throughout the first five weeks of the season, it has appeared as if this college football season might be as wide open as any in recent memory. Saturday confirmed that just might be the case.

Clemson dropped two games in the month of September for the first time since 2014. We already know their playoff streak will end at six.

Alabama had already looked beatable, most notably in their 31-29 win over Florida in Week 3. On Saturday, Texas A&M did knock off the Tide 41-38, and with a backup quarterback no less.

Oklahoma, who many predicted to win it all this season, has looked like anything but title contenders. On Saturday, down 38-20 at the half to Texas, preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler was benched in favor of five-star freshman Caleb Williams. The move worked and the Sooners came all the way back to win 55-48 and remain unbeaten. However, that defense still needs some work.

Ohio State has already lost a game and has looked far from superior at times. However, the Buckeyes absolutely rolled Maryland on Saturday 66-17.

Georgia just keeps cruising right along and just might be the most complete team through the first six weeks. And they have been doing it without starting quarterback JT Daniels. With that defense, though, it doesn’t much matter who is taking the snaps from center.

Iowa erased a two touchdown deficit to knock off Penn State 23-20, giving them their sixth straight win over a ranked opponent. Can Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes kick in that College Football Playoff ceiling?

How about Mark Stoops and those Kentucky Wildcats. They beat LSU at home 42-21 and rushed for a whopping 330 yards against the Tigers. Ed Orgeron’s seat is really getting hot now. He is very likely not in Baton Rogue to start next season.

Notre Dame needed a FG as time expired to beat Virginia Tech in Lane Stadium. It was ugly and the Irish needed some luck on a late two point conversion, but a win is a win.

One of the craziest things to happen on Saturday took place in Oxford. Trailing 52-45, Arkansas scored on a 9-yard touchdown pass as time expired. However, instead of kicking the PAT and forcing overtime, head coach Sam Pittman elected to go for two and the win. The Hogs did not convert and even more inexplicable than going for the win was the play call on the two-point conversion. Just brutal.

And my oh my, what is going on in Chapel Hill. Mack Brown was supposed to have his best team to date. One that could compete for the ACC. They have already dropped three games. The most recent being an ugly loss at home to Florida State on Saturday. Brown has still never beaten the Seminoles in his career.

Wake Forest managed to stay unbeaten but it was far from easy as the Deacs needed overtime to beat a pretty bad Syracuse team 40-37.

BYU suffered their first loss of the season as Boise State pulled off a huge road upset. Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina keep chugging right along. The Bearcats could have an outside shot at getting in if they get some help.

Saturday was filled with absolute craziness and was just one more reminder of why it doesn’t get any better than a college football Saturday in the fall.

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