5 Things we learned from college football in Week 6

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Anyone who says this weekend wasn’t good for college football needs a lesson on how to find value in each game. Sure, Michigan-Iowa and Auburn-Florida could be considered boring, but watching the defenses fly around was fun. If you were looking for more thrilling matchups, the SMU Mustangs comeback win over Tulsa gave you that.

Temple-ECU was lights out

Ok, so the play itself wasn’t exactly high quality, but there was an interesting moment in the game. With under four minutes left in the game, half of the lights in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium went out during the play.

Luckily, the play was nearly over so no one got hurt, and it didn’t affect the outcome either. Neither team played particularly well, so it became just about the only interesting thing from the game.

The Heisman race is tight

If you’re paying attention to the Heisman Trophy race, you have your hands full with the number of players to watch. Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Fields, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts all warrant a part of that discussion, but one running back continues to put up monster numbers. Jonathan Taylor and the Wisconsin Badgers dominated Kent State from the beginning, and Taylor accounted for the first five touchdowns. He now has 745 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, and has already proven why he’s the best running back in Badgers history. If he can add a Heisman to his resume, he’ll be in the discussion for one of the best ever in college football

Nebraska and Miami hype dead

Both Nebraska and Miami thought they’d be in the playoff conversation, but found out quickly that wasn’t the case. Both teams are now a combined 6-5 through Week 6, and are looking for answers. The Cornhuskers struggled to beat a now 1-4 Northwestern team, and Miami lost to a young Virginia Tech team, both at home. Nebraska at least looks to be okay, but Miami’s scrambling for answers. The Huskers should make a bowl game, but the same can’t be said for the Canes right now.

SMU Mustangs reach bowl eligibility

In one of the wildest finishes you’ll see, the Mustangs came back from down 30-9 against Tulsa to win. Not only did they win in spectacular fashion, but it gave them bowl eligibility. They’re also 6-0 for the first time since 1982 when Eric Dickerson was the running back. The SMU Mustangs are now just one of three teams to reach bowl eligibility, joining Ohio State and Florida as the two other 6-0 teams. It’s tough believe this is the first team to reach six wins in the AAC, but the Mustangs are legit. The game-winning touchdown pass from Shane Buechele to James Proche was sensational too.

The Pac-12 continues to be a mess

Where do you even begin? A playoff run remains possible, but the conference needs other elite teams to lose at this point. The Oregon Ducks struggled to put away Cal at home. Stanford upset Washington, Arizona stunned Colorado, and Oregon State put Chip Kelly’s Bruins in their place. It all started with Oregon failing to put away Auburn in Week 1, and the conference continues to produce wacky upsets that hurt their playoff chances (again).

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