3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 6 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Iowa Hawkeyes

The 3rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes had a classic big10 showdown on saturday when they faced the 4th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes came off a slow start, but their defense was great and kept them in the game throughout.

The Hawkeyes rallied in the second half and scored the final 13 points in the game to defeat Penn State 23-20. With Alabama’s shocking loss, the Hawkeyes will now move up to the #2 team in the country with a lot still to prove, they are off to a great start to this season and look more and more legit every week. 

2: Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies made history on Saturday night. With a shocking 41-38 win over the #1 ranked Crimson Tide, Jimbo Fisher became the first former Nick Saban assistant to beat the Tide under Saban. 

In a game where the Aggies came off to a hot start, the Tide came back and actually took the lead late in the second half, but it was not enough as the Tide shot themselves in the foot time and time again with penalties and poor mental mistakes. 

With the Aggies pulling a stunning upset on Saturday, and likely jumping back into the top 25, how will they show up next game after the biggest win of the season?

3: Oklahoma Sooners

In yet another classic Red River Showdown between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns, this one sure did not disappoint. Texas soared out to a huge lead and looked dominant in this one, but then the Sooners after benching early season Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler, backup Caleb Williams came in and played excellent. 

Williams Threw just over 200 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns, and also added a 66 yard touchdown run. The Sooners scored a walk off touchdown with just a few seconds remaining to defeat Texas 55-48. 

The question for the Sooners remains who will be their quarterback next week, and for the remainder of the season? 

 

Losers- 

1: Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday night marked a bunch of streaks broken by Alabama’s shocking defeat to unranked Texas A&M. Alabama before Saturday’s game had won 100 straight games over an unranked opponent, as well as 19 games in a row dating back to their last loss. Nick Saban was also 24-0 against former assistants prior to Saturday; all those were broken in Alabama’s 41-38 defeat. 

While there is little doubt Alabama will respond in dominating fashion to this loss, this is a game they would like to quickly forget as they seemed to have beaten themselves with the uncharacteristic penalties and mental mistakes which were too much to overcome for the tide. 

Now dropping to #5 in the AP polls, the Tide have something to prove once again, and I see them responding well as Nick Saban will make the adjustments and it will be a tough week of practice for Alabama following their first loss in a long time. 

2: Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns came up short in a classic Red River Showdown matchup with the Sooners 55-48. In a game where they saw a three possession lead numerous times throughout the game, they somehow managed to let it slip away and let up a touchdown with just a few seconds left to lose the game.

Texas looked great when Rattler was on the field, however once the Oklahoma quarterback got pulled out for Caleb Williams, they seemed to have little to no answer on defense as they saw their lead disappear as they fell short in a loss they will want to quickly forget.  

3: BYU Cougars

The 10th ranked BYU Cougars came into Saturday’s matchup with Boise State as sizable favorites. After a good 10- start in the first quarter, Boise State found the rhythm and never looked back as they scored 5 straight times and came out victorious 26-17. 

Despite BYU having 101 more yards on offense, they turned the ball over 4 times and forced 0 on defense which ultimately is a big reason why they lost. After dropping their first game of the season BYU will look to respond in a big way as they go on the road to face a tough Baylor opponent. 

 

-Noah Danzig

 

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