In this periodical, we're keeping track of which college football teams actually still have a chance at playing for the national title. The number is falling quickly, and this sport is the meanest thing in the world.
First up, a handful of important items:
Performance of the week
Geno Smith. Duh.
His performance also makes the Stat of the Week section useless, as all of the stats were his:
- Geno Smith was 45-of-51 for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. He set school records for completions, yards and touchdowns in a game and has yet to throw an interception this year. And yes, that's more touchdowns than incompletions.
- Smith threw for 656 yards against Baylor. The record for a single game is 716 passing yards from Houston's David Klingler against Arizona State in 1991.
- The game did break the Big 12 scoring record in West Virginia's first game in the conference; the previous mark was 116 total points.
Oh, and he tacked on 31 yards in scrambles and didn't turn the ball over once in 88 plays.
GIF of the week
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh messes (very gently) with Texas (trainer Charlie Craven):
Photos of the week
Oh my, the Derek Dooley one:
- Feel like No. 85 has the right idea here Chuck Cook - US PRESSWIRE
- Warmth Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
- Fan of the week Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
- Colorado football, fear not the Insight Bowl Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
- Wisconsin defenders, skipping like rocks off of Taylor Martinez Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE
- This is where #BeaverJuice comes from Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
- The Iron Skillet, among the most fat guy-appropriate rivalry trophies Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
- "What do I do when 'Taco Bell' doesn't work?" Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
- Yes, Ryan Aplin managed to attempt a pass here Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
- Calls to mind a certain college football blog's old header image (but we never used to see a running back on the receiving end here) Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
- The sideways Rose Bowl, finally within reach! Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
- Keep your head up, Kenny Vaccaro Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
- Tigers looking tiny against Towson Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
- NEXT QUESTION Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
- The hedges, post-half-a-hundred-hanging Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
- Urban Meyer likes his quarterback Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
- Keenan Allen gets one shadow down Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
- Ellington the elevator Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
- This is how you know when you've picked a fight Bob Levey/Getty Images
- Go Heels, go America Grant Halverson/Getty Images
- Frantic Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
- No other form of entertainment boasts out-of-context photos as neat as football's Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
- They were fossilized like this Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE
- Eye of the Hurricanes Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
- As Bobby Dodd looks on Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
- Seattle blacks out Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
- Like the Weezer song Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
- WE GET IT OREGON YOU'RE SUPER PRETTY James Snook-US PRESSWIRE
- Bringing home the bacon Matthew Holst/Getty Images
- Hands Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
- Angelo Richardson, former four-star Arizona State recruit, who was shot and paralyzed in 2006 Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
- Glasco Martin scores a touchdown, with his body arriving piecemeal Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
- He never did run out of gun powder Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE
- J.D. Woods' catch of the week Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE
- On to Texas Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
As always, bold teams are just now joining us, and the week of each team's inclusion is in parentheses.
Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State follow Arkansas as teams ranked in the preseason Top 20 who are now completely out of the running. Perhaps no other team will ever match how far and how hard the Hogs have fallen, but
OSU becomes the first serious Big 12 team (as in, not Kansas) to fall, and that's more to do with their loss to Arizona becoming less forgivable over time (Arizona's a respectable 3-2) than it is to them having two losses. The Big 12 is both good at the top and deep, and it's to the conference's great credit that it's the one least represented on this list.
Potential BCS buster Ohio finally leaves the netherrealm and joins the party, as squeaking out wins against UMass is not going to get it done, not in this or any other fantasy scenario. Only one non-AQ hope remains.
LA Tech has now taken down Virginia, Illinois and Houston, all on the road. They're 4-0 heading into conference play with a neutral-siter against Air Raid kin Texas A&M still to go. The problem: that conference is the WAC, which this year includes two FBS newcomers. It's entirely wishful thinking to have them anywhere but Eliminated from the get-go, but the Bulldogs deserve more respect than they're getting (No. 32 in the AP poll) right now.
Also, keeping Michigan here really bothers people. It's stupid to have them here. I have no idea why I continue to do it.
Only 31 teams, or an exact fourth of the country, still have at least a reasonable notion of playing for a national title. Think about that -- after about a month, more NFL teams are alive for the Super Bowl than college football teams are alive for the BCS title game.
See? You can't handle our sport, NFL fan.
Week 6 games between contenders
- Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
- Iowa State vs. TCU
- LSU vs. Florida
- West Virginia vs. Texas
- Georgia vs. South Carolina
- Washington vs. Oregon
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