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Welcome to Week 6 of the college football season. We’re just two weeks out from the Big Ten joining the mix.
This week, there’s a big test with No. 7 Miami visiting No. 1 Clemson, just the fifth ACC game featuring two top-10 teams since 2014, when the College Football Playoff era began. What Miami is up against: Clemson’s 24-game home winning streak, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Tennessee has its own streak to break. The Vols have lost 33 straight games to AP top-10 teams heading into the afternoon game at No. 3 Georgia.
Texas and Oklahoma will meet at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, which will be odd without the State Fair of Texas going on outside. They’re also both coming off a loss for just the ninth time in the 116 years this game has been played. Still, the pure vicious disdain these two have for each other will flow through the stadium.
We’ll be here all day to keep you updated.
Top 25 games
All times Eastern. Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
Missouri 45, No. 17 LSU 41
LSU didn’t exactly come into the season expected to replicate last year’s championship team, but with an opening three-game schedule of Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Missouri, a 1-2 record didn’t figure to be in the cards to start the year, either. After a horrific defense showing in a 45-41 loss to Missouri, though, that’s where the Tigers are. Even with several high-profile departures for various reasons, losing defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who left to become the head coach at Baylor, is the most glaring. –Kyle Bonagura
No. 8 North Carolina 56, No. 19 Virginia Tech 45
Headed into Saturday’s game, Mack Brown had to answer questions about why the Tar Heels offense was not making as many explosive plays as many anticipated. The narrative will be vastly different after a 56-45 win over the Hokies, in which they had 656 yards of total offense, Michael Carter and Javonte Williams each rushing for more than 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Sam Howell throwing three touchdown passes. North Carolina raced out to a 21-0 lead, and after Virginia Tech closed within five in the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels scored on consecutive drives to put the game out of reach. It was by far their most impressive performance of the season, and they showed they are more than worthy of their Top-10 ranking. — Andrea Adelson
For the third straight game, Virginia Tech was forced to play without key starters and backups on defense. It finally caught up with them. After a disastrous start to the game, Virginia Tech fought its way back behind Khalil Herbert and some important runs, closing the gap to 42-37 to end the third quarter. But the defense simply couldn’t make the stops when it needed, and ended up allowing 399 yards rushing and 9.3 yards per carry. Herbert had another 100-yard rushing game, while Braxton Burmeister and Hendon Hooker both played quarterback for the Hokies, but it simply wasn’t enough. — Andrea Adelson
No. 4 Florida (-6.5) at No. 21 Texas A&M, noon, ESPN/ESPN App
No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma (-2), noon, Fox
No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia (-13), 3:30 p.m., CBS
UTSA at No. 15 BYU (-34.5), 3:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN App
Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State (-12.5), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App
Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn (-16.5), 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App
No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson (-14), 7:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App
No. 2 Alabama (-24) at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App
Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame (-20.5), 7:30 p.m., NBC
Big man TD!
NC State lineman Alim McNeill made a heads-up play to tip Lindell Stone’s pass for an 18-yard pick 6.
BIG. MAN. PICK. SIX. 😤 pic.twitter.com/zhPFtKSzGT
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) October 10, 2020
Sky cam to moth cam
Florida vs. Texas A&M is briefly interrupted by a moth landing on the SkyCam’s camera lens.
Saturday’s matchup between Florida and Texas A&M was supposed to air on ESPN, but then something flew in the way.
A fitting sign
El Arroyo, a well-known restaurant in Austin known for its colorful signs, wants Texas and Oklahoma to play nice … jk.
Way to make it weird
Against Kansas State, TCU is wearing its alternate uniform featuring red accents, which first made an appearance alongside the Horned Frogs’ purple and white or black in 2009, when Nike unveiled the “Spit Blood” Pro Combat uniforms. The red, Nike said, represents “the blood that shoots from a horned frog’s eyes when under attack.”
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 8, 2020
He seemed delighted with the question
You might have heard that Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin face off today. Saban agreed with Kiffin’s assessment of what a one-on-one matchup on the outside might look like in 2020.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 7, 2020
Remembering a legend
Houston honored its former coach, Bill Yeoman, in Thursday night’s 49-31 win over Tulane.
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) October 8, 2020