Every year, there’s always one specific Saturday in October that just screams “college football drinking binge.”
The weather in Chicago this weekend was way too nice for mid-October, and with the most important part of the college football season upon us, everyone has seemed to move on from their denial that summer is actually over.
Thus, this weekend had the perfect recipe for day-boozing.
I myself took advantage of the situation and attended a keg on my friend’s deck – who also had dual-TV’s inside to make sure Cubs fans and college football fans were both happy.
Keg aside, the best part of every college football weekend is that there’s always plenty of things to take away. And here’s what I took away from Week 6.
Who Said L.A. Needs An NFL Team?
After leaving the Jamie xx show Thursday night, I checked my phone and was greeted with the first upset of Week 6: USC laying an egg at home vs. Washington (the former employer of former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian).
Add this on-field mess to Sarkisian being fired on Monday, the Lane Kiffin debacle from two years ago, and the recruiting scandal Pete Carroll left behind – and you might begin to wonder the same thing we are…
Does Los Angeles even need an NFL team?
The Pac-12 Is WIDE Open
Speaking of the Trojans, their conference is wide open in both divisions.
Utah has a leg up in the South after another big win vs. Cal Saturday night, but they still have plenty of tests to get through.
In the North, Stanford has been absolutely rolling since their upset against Northwestern – but Cal and Washington will likely keep things interesting.
And finally, don’t count out the Oregon Ducks to play the role of ‘spoiler’ down the stretch. How weird does that sound?
Always Take The Underdog In The Red River Shootout
Just like we said last week, Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners thrive when they’re not supposed to. So naturally, they shit the bed in the Red River Shootout, losing to a Texas Longhorns program that needed a win more than any team in the country.
Thank God Michigan vs. Michigan State Is This Weekend
At last, this week brings us a marquee Big Ten matchup in the battle for Pure Michigan.
For completely different reasons, both the Spartans and Wolverines have to be grateful that this game is coming in Week 7.
Since their primetime win over Oregon in Week 2, Sparty has been sleepwalking through a schedule filled with cupcakes (as evident by barely holding off Rutgers on Saturday). Meanwhile, the Jim Harbaugh Wolverines have kicked the shit out of anyone and everyone since losing to the aforementioned Utah Utes in Week 1 – including a 38-0 whooping of previously No. 13 Northwestern on Saturday.
There hasn’t been this much on the line in the Paul Bunyan game for a long time, so it should be a barnburner.
Baylor vs. TCU and Florida State vs. Clemson Are Too Far Away
On the contrary, we have to wait at least four weeks for both the Big 12 and ACC’s regular season championship games, which will tell us a lot more about the four teams involved.
Baylor and TCU keep putting up ridiculous point totals, but nobody really knows how legitimate those numbers are until they play each other. Oklahoma State, who still gets a shot at both, appears to be for real.
But let’s not kid ourselves, the Big 12 discussion comes down to two teams: Baylor and TCU. The two meet in Fort Worth on November 27th.
In the ACC, it’s hard to tell if the post-Jameis era for Florida State will start with a BCS playoff. Of course, we probably won’t know until they head to Clemson on November 7th.
And for the Tigers, the only thing standing in the way of their first undefeated season since 1981 is FSU. If they win, they’ll be a lock for the college football playoff.