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College Football Roundup: Week 6
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Sweet!” —Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen on his team beating two top-10 teams in the same season for the first time in school history. Mississippi State beat No. 6 Texas A&M this week after beating No. 8 LSU two weeks ago.
THINGS TO KNOW
Two Teams From Mississippi Made History
College football? A waste of time? Come on. Even The Wall Street Journal is talking about it!
The business- and economic-focused newspaper published an article earlier this week that focused on two teams from the SEC, No. 12 Mississippi State and No. 11 Ole Miss. The article summed up what everyone had been thinking all week: The two “punching bags” of the SEC were finally getting their chance to prove that they aren’t, in fact, punching bags. With Mississippi State playing No. 6 Texas A&M and Ole Miss playing No. 3 Alabama (in a pair of games in which all teams were undefeated and ranked in the top 15), the teams from Mississippi were already making history. Both hadn’t been ranked in the top 15 while facing top-15 opponents since 1953, according to the article.
But that’s not where it ended. Both teams won, and they’re now tied at No. 3, the highest ranking Ole Miss has had in more than half a century and the highest ranking Mississippi State has had ever. As Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze said, “You can’t make too much of it. There’s a lot of season left and a lot to play for.” But still. Big wins and stories for both teams.
Everything we thought we knew about rankings just flew out the window, because eight of the top 18 teams lost this week to lesser-ranked or unranked opponents. Though, really, we shouldn’t be surprised. October is always chaos because teams stop playing cupcake opponents, and we finally get to see what they’re made of.
The specifics are superfluous at this point. All you need to know are the losers, those being No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 UCLA, No. 16 USC, No. 17 Wisconsin, and No. 18 BYU. (Note: No. 14 Stanford and No. 15 LSU also lost, although to teams against which they weren’t favored to win, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 5 Auburn, respectively.)
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY…
Have you ever been so tired that collapsing on the ground was all you wanted to do?
That’s exactly how Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp felt after a 43-yard run late in the fourth quarter against South Carolina Saturday. Kemp collapsed to the ground after requesting and being denied a substitute, after which he ran 43 yards to set up Kentucky’s fourth-quarter comeback against a team they hadn’t beaten in more than 20 years. Kemp quickly caught his breath, returned to the game, ran some more, and scored the game-tying touchdown for Kentucky.
The best part? Someone from the sidelines showed his support for Kemp by carrying him from the end zone to the bench.
FYI, Kemp ran 12 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. No wonder he was tired. I’d carry him, too.
Not just an animal, the “Wildcat” refers to a formation in football in which the ball is snapped directly to the running back rather than the quarterback.
Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp received all but two of his carries Saturday on direct snaps out of the Wildcat formation.
GAMES TO WATCH
Auburn (#3) at Mississippi State (#4): CBS, Saturday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. EST
TCU (#9) at Baylor (#5): ABC/ESPN2, Saturday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. EST
Oregon (#12) at UCLA (#18): FOX, Saturday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. EST
Ole Miss (#3) at Texas A&M (#14): ABC, Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 p.m. EST
Georgia (#13) at Missouri (#23): TBA