Let's take a look back at what we learned from the bad beats, the big victories and the top ranked teams that may or may not have lived up to their billing.
They said it wasn't personal but you had to know it was. The University of Washington upperclassmen who were recruited by coach Steve Sarkisian couldn't have been pleased when the man with whom they invested their trust and predicated their college choice decided to up and leave for the sunny skies of USC. Thursday night was payback as the Washington Huskies held USC's high octane offense in check and defeated a ranked team for the first time under second-year head coach Chris Petersen.
When the dust settled the Huskies notched a 17-12 win and their first victory in the Coliseum since 2010 proving the college football odds makers very wrong by installing them as 17-point underdogs. Those who figured a money line bet on Washington had a better chance of cashing than a lottery ticket were handsomely rewarded with a +600 return. Next week USC travels to South Bend to take on the Irish while Washington hosts Oregon.
Buckeyes Winning But Not Covering
Ohio State will retain their number one in the nation status with a 49-28 victory over unranked Maryland but for those who like to back their opinions up with cold hard cash the wins haven't been impressive enough. The Buckeyes may be 6-0 straight up but those who have blindly included them in their college football picks know that they are 1-5 ATS which includes their victory on Saturday as 32-point favorites.
Ohio State will host the Nittany Lions next week while the Terps lick their wounds until they meet the same Nittany Lions in two weeks at a neutral site.
The Beasts of Baylor
The Baylor Bears' offense is leaving opposing teams breathless. After scoring a mere 56 points in their opening game victory over SMU the Bears have now burned out the bulbs on the scoreboard by scoring 60+ points in their fourth consecutive game with a 66-7 shellacking over their Big 12 neighbors the Kansas Jayhawks. Baylor will attempt to tie the record (five) for most consecutive 60 plus point games set by Oklahoma in 2008 when they take on West Virginia next week in Waco.
Horns Sack Sooners
The Texas Longhorns were 1-4 headed into Week 6 fresh off a 50-7 drilling by TCU the week before and owned the dubious distinction of having the worst start in 59 years. Head coach Charlie Strong could not feel good about his season or his chances of employment come the end of the year. The Red River Showdown was supposed to be more of a stone cold smack-down coming courtesy of Oklahoma that came into Dallas (neutral site) as 16-point NCAAF odds favorites. But the Longhorns had different plans and created chaos in Oklahoma's backfield all day long with six sacks and kept quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambling for his life.
When the day was done the Longhorns celebrated a 24-17 victory and the players lifted Charlie Strong high into the air as the team stormed the field. Football at the University of Texas is good...at least for a day. Texas gets a bye week while the Sooners travel to Kansas State.
Michigan Trounces Northwestern
Somebody knew something. The college football odds on 18th ranked Michigan pegged them as 9-point favorites over Northwestern but by the time the game kicked it had spiked to 11. While a two-point move isn't unheard of in college football it certainly makes your ears perk up when it passes through a critical number like 10. Alas it could have been Michigan -37 as the Wolverines dispatched their 13th ranked Big Ten rivals from Northwestern 38-0. Tom Brady's alma mater meets Michigan State next week while the Wildcats host Iowa.