By: David Folz
We are making our way closer to the midway point of the college football season and with that, we focus on what we learned in week six of the college football season. Will Louisiana Tech be a BCS buster this year? Will there again be an all-SEC national championship game? All that and more in what we learned this weekend.
So will Louisiana Tech be a BCS buster?: You may not have heard much about the Bulldogs until now, and they are now at 23 in the rankings after their weekend win over UNLV. Already a huge favorite in the WAC, the Bulldogs needed to win their non-conference games against the big conference teams. They have done so, beating Houston, Illinois and Virginia and this weekend will take on Texas A&M. The Aggies are from the SEC, and a win against a team in what is considered the best conference in America would be big for the Bulldogs going forward. While they may not make a BCS game going undefeated, they should garner a lot of respect for doing so.
Best team in America, how about South Carolina?: It may be so this year, as the Gamecocks drubbed Georgia 35-7 on Saturday. The game was not even close from the start as the defense disrupted and beat up Aaron Murray, who was battling a lot of emotions throughout the weekend. The offense is in unison for arguably the first time in the Spurrier era, and the defense is as big as ever, especially their front line. If the Gamecocks win this weekend and next, they should be easily securing a SEC championship bid.
Duke? Really In this review?: It’s hard to imagine it isn’t it? The Blue Devils usually dominate the basketball scene, but the same can be said for the Blue Devils football team this year. At 5-1, Duke is one win away from being bowl eligible following their 42-17 win over Virginia. The impressive thing is that the Blue Devils have played solid football this year on both sides, and are 2-0 in the ACC. They have a good shot to win a game in their final six, and should be bowling this year.
Is it time to buy Notre Dame?: You could seriously make the argument to buy the Irish, especially on defense this year. Here are the points allowed for Notre Dame so far this year: 10, 17, 3, 6, and 3. That is 29 points total through five games, which equates to nearly six points per game. They have outscored opponents this year 144-29, which is really good this year. They shut down Le’Veon Bell, the Navy triple option, Denard Robinson and Miami’s youth so far this year, and rather impressively. This weekend is their long-time rival Stanford in South Bend. With a rival you can never know what will happen but the Irish are going great on defense this year and you can expect them to keep the Irish in every game.
Casey Pachall suspended for the year means TCU’s hopes are gone: When Casey Pachall got suspended earlier last week with a DWI charge that led to his arrest and suspension on Saturday against Iowa State made the TCU fans wonder how their team will do without their QB. Well those answers were realized in the form of a 37-23 defeat to the Cyclones. With this defeat, and the games yet to come for the Horned Frogs, it’s hard to see this team making much of a big threat to the Big 12 this year with Pachall being out for the year with his suspension.