College Football 2015 – Recapping Week 6

Sports Analyst A To Z is back, bigger (well maybe 10 lbs. heavier) and better (more sarcastic) than ever for your reading pleasure! The 2015 College Football season has been a wild ride so far and it is only going to get crazier as we get deeper and deeper into the schedule and the “big boys” all have to play each other. On top of the play on the field, teams will start to panic and coaches will be fired before the year ends (see Maryland, the left coast USC, and Georgia or Tennessee).

Here is what we know so far. Ohio State is not as good as the experts thought. Sure, they are 6-0 and ranked #1 but the Luckeyes have not played like the top team in the land against their annual cream puff schedule. Michigan State continues to win but like OSU, they have not been impressive. Iowa, considered to have the worst schedule in America and picked to finish 6-6, is now 6-0. Maybe they will lose their last 6 games??? Meechigan, with new boss Jim Harbaugh, was thought to be a middle of the road Big 10 team. After 5 straight wins (3 shut outs in a row), they may be the best team in the Big 10! Weren’t the Florida Gators supposed to be rebuilding once again? Like the Maize and Blue, they too have a new sheriff in town (and a disciplinarian) and are now sitting at #11 in the A To Z weekly poll. Stanford, picked by many to be in the Final 4, stumbled in game 1 and were written off by all. After 4 impressive wins in a row they are now #10 and control their own destiny to reach the Final 4! Did anyone see that steamroller called Utah coming? They have a tough road ahead but are now a Final 4 candidate. Hey all you haters out there (that’s Notre Dame haters), what do you have to say now? You wrote them off several times after they sustained injury after injury and if it weren’t for a horrible play call on a 2 point conversion, the Golden Domers would be sitting around #5 right now waiting for a slip up ahead of them. BTW…if they run the table they WILL be in the Final 4! Some of the Talking Heads had LSU in the Final 4. They do have the Heisman Trophy winner and best player in the country (RB Leonard Fournette) but have a BRUTAL schedule ahead of them. Florida, Western Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and a potential trip to the SEC Championship game stand in their way to the Final 4. OUCH!!

This, That, and some more. Georgia RB and Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb went down yesterday with a knee injury at Tennessee. His season, like Georgia’s has ended. With upcoming games against Missouri and Florida, the Bulldogs are in danger of losing 4 games in a row! Let’s hope Nick can return healthy and turn out like his predecessor Todd Gurley! Hats off to Les Miles and the entire Tiger Nation for all the support they gave to the South Carolina Gamecocks over the last several days. With the flooding disaster in SC and the game being forced to move to Baton Rouge, Les and the school did everything to make USC’s trip to the Bayou as seamless as possible. In a cut throat business like college football, this was a tremendous show of class! Speaking of class, will someone show Duke a little respect? Coach Cut is one of the best in the business and he has quietly built a perennial winning  program in Durham over the last 3 years. Let’s see…you are Texas and have more money than any school in the world (except for ND). You hire a no nonsense coach and expect him to win on day one. He cleans house and starts to bring in his recruits. He loses early and often. You want him gone after 1 1/2 years. The solution? Bring in Big Game Bob and the mighty Sooners. The Longhorns roll the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry and all is well. What a Cinderella story! Hey 10 gallon hats and cowboy boots – leave the dude (Charlie Strong) alone for at least 2 more years. You can’t turn a football program around in 1 year. Wait a minute…SEE Michigan! Didn’t you used to be…Penn State, Virginia Tech, The “U”, Nebraska, and Tennessee? Oh how the mighty have fallen. Year after year, these were the college football heavyweights that dominated the Top 10.

A To Z Top 25

  1. Ohio State 6-0
  2. Baylor 5-0
  3. Utah 5-0
  4. Alabama 5-1
  5. LSU 5-0
  6. TCU 6-0
  7. Michigan State 6-0
  8. Clemson 5-0
  9. Texas A&M 5-0
  10. Stanford 4-1
  11. Florida 6-0
  12. FSU 5-0
  13. Mississippi 5-1
  14. Notre Dame 5-1
  15. Michigan 5-1
  16. UCLA 4-1
  17. Oklahoma State 6-0
  18. Oklahoma 4-1
  19. Northwestern 5-1
  20. Iowa 6-0
  21. Boise State 5-1
  22. Toledo 5-0
  23. Georgia 4-2
  24. Cal 5-1
  25. TIE Duke 5-1, Houston 5-0

WEEK 7 Key Games:

#4 Alabama @ #9 Texas A&M

West Virginia @ #2 Baylor

#21 Boise State @ Utah State

Boston College @ #8 Clemson

#11 Florida @ #5 LSU

#12 FSU @ Louisville

#23 Georgia @ Missouri

#25 Houston @ Tulane

#7 Michigan State @ #15 Michigan

#13 Mississippi @ Memphis

#20 Iowa @ #19 Northwestern

USC @ #14 Notre Dame

Penn State @ #1 Ohio State

#18 Oklahoma @ Kansas State

#16 UCLA @ #10 Stanford

Eastern Michigan @ #22 Toledo

Arizona State @ #3 Utah

We are truly in store for a monster weekend! Teams will be setting themselves up for conference championships and getting themselves in position for a birth in the Final 4. I truly believe we will have 8-10 teams with one loss when it is all said and done. The committee will then have tremendous pressure on them to select just 4. It’s all then going to boil down to conference champions and strength of schedule. Think about it – all of the current Top 25 teams except for Toledo and Houston, have to play each other at some point. It is going to be a gut wrenching final stretch of the season and that is why college football is the greatest game in the land!

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