Despite one-fifth of the top-25 teams in the country sitting out the weekend, including both Alabama and Clemson, the sixth week of NCAA action featured a trio of games between ranked opponents, highlighted by a top-10 battle in the SEC.
No. 7 Auburn (5-0, 2-0) came into Jacksonville on Oct. 5 looking to take down their third top-25 team of the season in the No. 10 Florida Gators (5-0, 2-0). Those hopes were slowly crushed over the next 60 minutes as the Florida defense forced four turnovers, sacked freshman quarterback Bo Nix twice and held the Tigers to 269 yards in the game. The Gators never trailed in the contest, although it remained close until the fourth quarter when Lamical Perine broke away for an 88-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.
The win had major implications for the SEC East as it clearly set the stage for the Georgia – Florida game on Nov. 2 being the deciding game for the conference title. The Gators can’t afford to look ahead just yet as they face another tough test against the LSU Tigers on Oct. 12 when they take on the highest scoring offense in the country in Baton Rouge.
Led by senior Joe Burrow, the Tigers are averaging 54.6 points per game and have outscored their opponents 273 – 99 over five games. Burrow became the only quarterback in LSU history to throw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in three games in a single season as he led the Tigers to a 42 – 6 beatdown of Utah State on Saturday.
Week 6 Scores:
No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Clemson
No. 17 Utah
No. 20 ASU
No. 22 Wake Forest
No. 23 UVA