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College football Saturday: Top 5 cleared out in absurd Week 6

Wipe off the top 25 and start all over. Nos. 3, 4 and 5 fell, with two others in the top 25 also going down. No. 2 Oregon, however, cruised on Saturday night. Here's your national scoreboard.

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Charting Florida State's misery

Saturday, NC State dealt the Seminoles a big upset and decimated their national title hopes. Let's go back through the game-thread comments from our Florida State blog and re-live their pain.

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The Numerical: Manziel, the most unstable element

The numbers that mattered in Week 6 of the 2012 college football season.

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The Alphabetical: Know when to amputate

Week 6 in college football taught us to always follow Gus Malzahn wherever he goes, accept whatever Texas is willing to give you, and listen to wise Appalachian medical advice whenever it may arrive.

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This week in schadenfreude: Oh God, Auburn

TWIS collects the dumbest, funniest, most frightening things said on the internet about college football. This week: Broken Seminoles! Don't underrate Duke! Texas fans sleeping on the couch! Clownshoes! Sleepless in East Hartford! Torches! Pitchforks! Kickball! Duke! SERIOUSLY DUKE.

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Hot seat watch 2012: Grace period?

Which college football coaches are rallying, and whose terms are on death's door? Also, Bud Elliott offers a look at the recruiting considerations for some of the country's hottest seats.

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BlogPoll: Bama slipping; 'Cocks, Gators surging

Alabama's grasp of No. 1 in the BlogPoll, viselike in previous weeks, is slipping. And it's a couple of SEC East schools making their charge at the throne.

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Recruiting impact: 'Eers make Lone Star case

How did this weekend's college football results impact recruiting?

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Trick play video of the week: Clemson conversion

Nuke Hopkins followed up a touchdown catch from Tajh Boyd with a little turnabout on the two-point conversion, but not without getting Georgia Tech's defense turned in pretty much every direction.

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Ranking college football's 16 unbeaten teams

Ranking FBS' 16 remaining undefeated teams, from UTSA to Alabama.

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Shutdown Fullback is so sad about Florida State

The world's only college football show is also the world's saddest show of any kind after Florida State fell against a completely surprising (no) opponent. Elsewhere, an insane and possibly vegan Gator takes home the week's highest honor, Georgia's lawns will be cut insanely short and this is all Bud Selig's fault.

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VIDEO: Geno Smith and WVU win wild in Texas

Geno Smith threw four more touchdowns to lead the West Virgina Mountaineers to a 48-45 victory over David Ash and the Texas Longhorns.

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VIDEO: Connor Shaw leads S.C. in Georgia beatdown

South Carolina rolled Georgia 35-7. Connor Shaw threw for 162 yards on only ten passes and rushed for over 70 yards as well, scoring three touchdowns in the process.

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VIDEO: Ohio State piles nine TDs on Nebraska

The Ohio State Buckeyes scored nine touchdowns in a 63-38 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, with Braxton Miller piling up over 180 yards on the ground, Carlos Hyde adding 140 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense picking off Taylor Martinez four times.

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VIDEO: Florida dominates second half to beat LSU

The Florida Gators rallied with a two touchdown second half behind a huge Matt Elam fumble and steady doses of Mike Gillislee to beat the LSU Tigers 14-6.

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The Top 25 reviewed after catastrophic Saturday

Three of the top five and five of the top 15 college football teams lost in Week 7, meaning full-blown rankings haywire is on the way a week ahead of the year's first BCS standings. The AP and Coaches polls are coming out right here.

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Mike Glennon leads N.C. State over Florida State

Mike Glennon of the N.C. State Wolfpack completed three fourth down conversions on the final drive, including one that was the game-winning touchdown to Bryan Underwood to upset third-ranked Florida State.

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Oregon steamrolls another opponent

Will Oregon ever lose another game? Washington put up a fight on Saturday, but were overpowered by the Ducks, 52-21.

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Cal Stuns No. 25 UCLA, 43-17

No. 25 UCLA looked like easy favorites in their match-up against the 1-4 Cal Bears. Nobody told Cal that information and they went on to trounce the Bruins 43-17.

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FAN OF THE WEEK 2: Topless N.C. State fan

That is one big, happy N.C. State fan all right. Elsewhere in FAN OF THE WEEK, West Virginia overalls man.

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Ohio State routs Nebraska 63-38

The No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 63-38 at Ohio Stadium.

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N.C. State is back, baby! No. 3 Noles ruined

The previously-unbeaten No. 3 Florida State Seminoles were upset by N.C. State on Saturday, after leading 16-0 at halftime.

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N.C. State set to shock FSU?

The Wolfpack are seconds away from completely fouling up the national championship picture, ruining the ACC's title hopes and taking over the top headline on a day that saw three top-10 teams fall. Not bad.

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Notre Dame blows out Miami 41-3

The No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish destroyed the Miami Hurricanes 41-3 at Soldier Field on Saturday night. With the win, the Fighting Irish have moved to 5-0 on the season.

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Commodores overcome early deficit to beat Tigers

The Vanderbilt Commodores were able to come back to beat the Missouri Tigers, 19-15, on the road at Faurot Field on Saturday

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Geno Smith leads Mountaineers past Texas

The West Virginia Mountaineers outlasted the Texas Longhorns, 48-45, in Austin on Saturday.

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Bearcats remain unbeaten with in-state victory

Cincinnati scored early and often as they easily beat Miami (OH) on Saturday.

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FAN OF THE WEEK: West Virginia overalls man

West Virginia football, circa the Dana Holgorsen era, in a single image.

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Aggies rally to defeat Rebels 30-27

The Aggies overcame six turnovers to defeat the Rebels 30-27.

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Alex Okafor ruins Geno Smith, again

Texas' Alex Okafor is pretty good at racking up stats of his own.

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Braxton Miller's weekly ridiculous run

This 72-yard run by Braxton Miller set up Ohio State's first offensive touchdown of the night against Nebraska. It also made an entire stadium look silly.

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Lookin' good, Notre Dame!

You're probably watching a more important game right now (South Carolina's clobbering Georgia, Texas is up on West Virginia, and Ohio State's closing in on Nebraska!), so here's a reminder that Notre Dame really did dress like that.

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Oregon State takes care of business with 19-6 win

The 14th-ranked Beavers ground out a home win to remain undefeated.

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Memphis stadium pretty much empty

This isn't really the fault of Memphis fans, but my goodness is that an unflattering photograph.

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Marquise Goodwin flattened by WVU

Marquise Goodwin followed a 48-yard punt return with a catch-and-run that led to him getting momentarily knocked out of the game.

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Texas blocks WVU field goal via face mask

West Virginia, you have a Faceblock friend request!

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Please stop punting to Ace Sanders

Ace Sanders is a walking punt return touchdown, and by "walking" I mean "roaring past you at incredible speeds."

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Tar Heels run all over Hokies in 48-34 victory

The North Carolina Tar Heels ran all over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon, compiling 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground in their 48-34 victor over the Hokies.

It seemed like this one might be extremely tight at first with each team putting 14 points on the board in the first 15 minutes. But the Hokies would have to settle for field goals in the second quarter which allowed North Carolina to pull ahead with rushing touchdowns from Giovani Bernard (62 yards) and A.J. Blue (one yard).

The third quarter wasn't much fun for Virginia Tech either with the Hokies coughing up a fumble, throwing a pick and turning over of the ball on downs in three of their four drives. Virginia Tech's kick returner Demitri Knowles did manage to bring a kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown but for the third straight quarter, UNC put up double digit points.

Things would get interesting in the final frame though with the Hokies moving 90 yards in five plays thanks to a 66-yard Logan Thomas to Corey Fuller touchdown connection. Thomas would find Fuller again for the two point conversion to cut the lead to 11 but UNC extended it back to 14 with a 40-yard Casey Barth field goal on the following drive.

That cushion would hold until the clock hit 0:00 with Thomas being sacked by LB Kevin Reddick and DT Sylvester Williams on fourth down of their final drive. After getting the ball back, Bernard would successfully run the remaining 2:48 off the clock to give the Tar Heels a big divisional win.

Box Score Hero: A.J. Blue had two rushing touchdowns but Giovani Bernard stole the show with 23 carries for 262 yards and a score.

Rankings Ramifications: Virginia Tech already dropped out of the USA Today Poll last week so this surely won't help. UNC could receive some votes if the AP takes note of their third straight dominating win.

But Did They Cover? North Carolina more than did their job as 1.5-point favorites.

For More On This Game: For continued North Carolina coverage, head on over to the Tar Heel Blog. If you're looking for Virgina Tech's reaction, pay a visit to Gobbler Country.

Next Week's Schedule: The Hokies head back home to take on North Carolina's rival: the Duke Blue Devils. As for the Tar Heels, UNC will be beginning a two-game road trip as they head to Miami to face the Hurricanes.

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No. 4 LSU sinks in the Swamp

The No. 4 LSU Tigers were toppled Saturday afternoon with RB Mike Gillislee and the Florida Gators pulling off a 14-6 upset at home.

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Michigan routs Purdue, 44-13

The Michigan Wolverines dominated the Purdue Boilermakers in a 44-13 win on Saturday.

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Oklahoma too much for Texas Tech, win 41-20

Oklahoma was too much for Texas Tech, winning 41-20.

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Montee Ball carries Wisconsin to victory

Montee Ball took some time to get going, but he ended up scoring a pair of touchdowns as the Badgers defeated the Illini 31-14.

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Duke cruises past the Cavs, 42-17

The Duke Blue Devils remain undefeated in ACC play with a 42-17 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

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Huskies down Cardinals 35-23

The Northern Illinois Huskies bested the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, winning 35-23.

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Georgia Tech, scoring in the wrong end zone.

Trailing by seven, Georgia Tech ran a play wide and deep in its own end zone and was stuffed for a safety.

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Elam is on your receivers, stealing your footballs

Florida safety Matt Elam has played a tremendous game against LSU. His latest big play was to strip the ball from LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. to erase a 52 yard pass.

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Injuries piling up for LSU

Two LSU linebackers left the game with injuries, which allowed Florida to score its first points of the game.

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Matt Elam Thinks You Need A Nap

Matt Elam delivered quite a shot on this punt return. After the hit, he suggested LSU's return man take a nap.

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Bowling Green defeats Akron with 2nd half comeback

Bowling Green trailed 10-0 at halftime but outscored the Zips 24-0 in the second half to improve to 3-3.

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Georgia State makes it rain on 400 lucky students.

In an effort to attract more fans to the game, Georgia State dropped $10,000 in vouchers for a lucky number of students to collect.

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LSU-Florida jump pass doesn't score, for once

Have we just witnessed the last jump pass in the long and storied history of LSU-Florida jump pass touchdowns?

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Tar Heels run all over Hokies in 48-34 victory

The North Carolina Tar Heels won their third straight game Saturday afternoon defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 48-34 in a pivotal ACC Coastal division battle.

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Florida's Elam will hit anything that moves

Matt Elam will hit you if you are friend or foe.

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Kent St. dominates Eastern Michigan

The Kent State Golden Flashes dominated the Eastern Michigan Eagles from the start, winning in blowout fashion 41-14.

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VIDEO: Les Miles' 'red-blooded' speech

Why is Les Miles wearing a jacket on the sidelines in sunny, 79 degree weather? Just making sure his blood stays red, citizen.

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Spartans battle back from 17 down to beat Hoosiers

Michigan State went down by 17 early on Saturday, but came back to win 31-27 over Indiana.

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Mississippi St. stays undefeated against Kentucky

Mississippi St. improved to 5-0 on Saturday, defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 27-14.

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Temple blocks late FG for win

The Temple Owls put up a bevy of points in the second half and held off South Florida by blocking a late field goal attempt to win 37-28.

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Penn St. knocks off Northwestern 39-28

The Penn State Nittany Lions scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and knocked off the previously undefeated Northwestern Wildcats 39-28.

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Arkansas earns first SEC win beating Auburn

The Arkansas Razorbacks ended their four-game losing streak Saturday with a 24-7 victory over Auburn on the Tigers' home turf.

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Matt McGloin does his best Aaron Rodgers

Penn State's about to put together a four-game winning streak and knock off the Big Ten's only unbeaten postseason-eligible team, thanks in large part to quarterback Matt McGloin.

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Navy beats Air Force, in GIFs

The best part of Navy's win over Air Force? Easily the GIFs

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Navy upsets Air Force in overtime, 28-21

Navy pulled off an upset on Saturday, defeating the Air Force Falcons, 28-21 in overtime.

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Pat Fitzgerald has his own forehead-wiper

Because college football head coaches make sure every detail is taken care of...

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Hokies player finds scissors on UNC's field

Safety-conscious Dyrell Roberts halted Virginia Tech-North Carolina, thereby avoiding a little unintended arts and crafts time.

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Tommy Rees to reportedly start for Notre Dame

According to a report from NBC, Tommy Rees will start at quarterback over Everett Golson when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night at Soldier Field.

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WVU mascot unimpressed by Texas so far

The Mountaineers are in Texas, readying for their first-ever Big 12 road game, and the Mountaineer himself is just trying not to trample everything.

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PSU fan has nation's most poetic billboard hat

Jerry Springer, please help us parse your billboard hat. It sounds delicious, whatever it is!

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Mississippi State is just fartin' around

Dan Mullen thought the Mississippi State defense was pretty good in the first half ... except for those pesky brain farts.

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Watch 'The Solid Verbal' Saturday night

The Solid Verbal will be live on SB Nation at 7 p.m. ET, meaning you should have your laptop open while you settle in for Georgia-South Carolina and West Virginia-Texas.

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K-State can't kill clock in time

Tackle of the day? Kansas brought down 6'5 powerhouse Collin Klein at the line, ruining a potential K-State scoring drive.

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Moseley in, Frazier out at QB for Auburn

Clint Moseley is taking over as Auburn's quarterback, as the Tigers look to climb out of a 10-0 hole in the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Northwestern-PSU ref carted off after leg injury

An official calling the Northwestern-Penn State game collapsed after suffering a quad injury.

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Mascot wars are the best wars

To be fair, the form displayed by Willie Wildcat was just about textbook.

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Auburn fan sums up Arkansas game

In a battle for the SEC West cellar, Arkansas leads Auburn heading into halftime. One Tigers fans reaction sums the whole thing up.

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Michigan State on (emotional) upset alert

Michigan State seems really upset today. Losing 17-7 to the lowly Hoosiers could have something to do with that.

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BEAMERBALL :(

Virginia Tech hadn't allowed a kick return for a touchdown since you were in like elementary school, probably.

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FAT GUY TAKEOFF: AF players named after planes

Air Force's special uniforms for the Navy game pay tribute to the USAF's stealth aircraft. They also mean really big guys are wearing the names of really fast airplanes.

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Lee Corso brings out a live chicken on GameDay

When College GameDay uses live animals, the result is always hilarious.

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Pollack delivers In-N-Out Burgers, Beaver Juice

Last week Desmond Howard declared that he wasn't quite a believer in the Oregon State Beavers. Unfortunately, he chose to do so by declaring that he wasn't ready to drink "the Beaver Juice". Well, on College Gameday this morning, everything went crazy as David Pollack wore an In-N-Out Burger hat, delivered In-N-Out burgers to everyone on the set, and made a special delivery of "Beaver Juice" to poor Desmond.


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Rutgers blackout jerseys are missing something

Rutgers is wearing special jerseys today in keeping with their planned blackout for UConn, which kicks off at noon. Instead of the last names on the jerseys, Rutgers opted for "FAMILY" with periods to make it appear as an acronym. Looks like they forgot a period. (It stands for "Forget About Me, I Love You.")

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Cal Bears fans laugh, so they don't cry

California Bears fans are suffering through another disappointing beginning to the college football season. To ease the pain, they're resorting to humor. Check out the clever re-working of the Cal script into "LOL".

Via our friend John Breech.

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Can the Gamecocks carve up UGA like Tennessee did?

For the most part, Georgia's defense handled the Tennessee offense in Athens last week. But glitches, both on passing downs and in the field position battle, not only let the Vols off the mat but almost handed them the game. Can Georgia repair its glitches in South Carolina?

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BCS impact: Somebody in the SEC is gonna lose

LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida: which two of you are going to take a tumble in the BCS standings this week?

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What to watch in college football's Week 6

The SEC and Big 12 dominate the day, while the Big Ten and Pac-12 also have games of interest. Get ready for a much better Saturday than last week's.

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Week 6 CFB bets: Georgia, South Carolina get low

A terrible Week 5 (6-11, -$610) brings a nice season record into the red at 33-34 (-$430). But like a true degenerate, I press on.

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To stop WVU, Texas must play like ... Maryland?

Slowing down the West Virginia offense comes down to an age-old question: What did Maryland do? (And is four the semi-magic number?)

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How much has the Florida offense improved?

Brent Pease's reputation as a sterling play-caller has begun to pay off for the Florida offense. But are quarterback Jeff Driskel and the Gators ready to square off against the swarming LSU defense?

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Shutdown Fullback on Week 6, live from the Bayou!

The world's only college football show previews LSU-Florida, West Virginia-Texas and Georgia-South Carolina the only way it knows how: by bringing in a genuine* Cajun expert* to explain Tigers culture!

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