Week six featured some big wins, some heartbreaking losses, and everywhere in between. But before we get to the recaps, let's take a look at the recruiting trail. Mississippi State has by far the most commitments, signing a four-star FS last week and nabbing three-star punter Darius Bush away from Arizona this week. Their commitment total currently sits five, as they are well set up to make some more splashes in the second half of the season. Ole Miss filled a need by picking up a two-star kicker this week as well. That's it as far as user commitments go, but many user targets have decided to play ball for soulless computer-ran coaching staffs. Commies. Now to the recaps.
Oklahoma St. @ Ole Miss (PB)
We'll start off with some good news, as PB PICKS UP HER FIRST VICTORY!!!! HOORAYY!!! This warrants a round of applause as PB looks to be making some strides after all. Ole Miss brought a balanced and effective attack while keeping the fightin' T. Boone Pickens' off the field on third down. PB's squad held a 35-14 lead going into the fourth quarter when OSU scored two touchdowns in the last 0:36 to make this game appear closer than it was. She held the boys from Stillwater to -2 rushing yards while adding 196 on 29 carries herself. Running back Jay McDonald ran for 207 and a touchdown, bringing his rushing total to 567 on the year, three spots behind the NCAA leader from Mississippi State.
UCF (nugget) @ Kansas
And now to the bad news. Nugget was unable to play his game this week and the computer took some liberties with how well his team performed. Though the Knights never punted in this one, they threw six interceptions, and scored two touchdowns on eight drives. Ridiculous. UCF could not stop shooting themselves in the foot and the evil ones came away with an ugly but decisive 27-14 victory. Apparently the simulation gods have a fetish for KU in this dynasty rendition, as they are 4-1. So watch out for that I guess.
West Virginia @ Baylor (JT)
West Virginia's previous 2-0 record against user teams did not do much to help them this week. Baylor QB Justin Kirkpatrick carried the offense on his back despite throwing four interceptions, accounting for 418 of Baylor's 485 total yards throwing for three touchdowns. His mobility was on full display rushing for 128 yards and running it in for a score. West Virginia's offensive line was like a sieve giving up six sacks and gaining merely 0.7 yards per rushing attempt. Baylor walked away with this one, 39-22.
Mississippi State (stark (EMAW's brother))@ Auburn
This game was a beat down from the get go. The Bulldogs pulled out to a 21-0 lead before finishing off Auburn to a tune of 56-14. Running back Richard Wheeler had his weekly ridiculous game rushing for about a half mile (277 yards) and two touchdowns. Eric Blount's completion percentage was just barely over 50%, but had a fantastic statistic day throwing for 257 yards, five touchdowns, and one pick. Tight end Tyler Huff pulled in eight of Blount's twelve completions totaling 170 yards and two touchdowns.
USC @ Texas Tech (GriM (nugget's friend))
In our other simulated game this week, Tech beat an underachieving but very talented USC team 38-27, outscoring USC 21-0 in the fourth quarter. USC's QB had a day to forget, completing a measly 37% of his throws with three of them going to the Red Raiders. Tech's QB added five picks himself, but managed to come out of the contest with a 1:1 TD:INT ratio. It must have been tough for Herbie to watch.
UCLA (His Pervisness) @ Duke
The Bruins needed to take care of business against their least talented opponent of the year, and they did just that. After scoring a touchdown on Duke's opening drive, they didn't get past the 50 yard line for the rest of the game. Matt Cassel threw for 289 yards, a score, and a pick, and gained all of his 60 rushing yards on 12 QB sneaks (I swear). Defensive end Terrance Woods was all up in Duke's business coming away with three sacks. The Blue Devils lost ten yards on the ground in total and could not keep the extraordinarily well coached UCLA offense off the field, as they went 9/10 on third down.
Oregon State (EMAW) @ Arizona
Our only user-user matchup and BOTC game of the week was quite the nail-biter. Arizona took a 13-7 lead into half and had a 20-13 advantage in the fourth quarter but couldn't hold on giving up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Arizona scored with 3:56 in the final segment but allowed a Beaver touchdown only forty seconds later. Reggie Jordan threw his second touchdown of his very efficient day with thirteen seconds left, not giving Arizona much of an opportunity to send it to OT. Neither team could get their running game going but ECAW couldn't figure out how to stop Oregon State's passing attack as it racked up 296 yards with an incredible 17.4 yards per attempt. EMAW remains undefeated, situating himself to make a strong run for a title in the very difficult Pac-12 North. Beavers win, 27-20
Performance of the Week: Richard Wheeler of Mississippi State; 277 yards, 2 TD's, 12 ypc. Against an all-powerful ESS-EEE-CEE defense, nonetheless.
Douche Move of the Week: I've got to give this one to the computer for throwing six picks on nugget's behalf, to KU of all teams, with the possibly number one overall draft selection, of all people. Bad, wicked, naughty computer. It deserves a spanking.
To Week 7... And Beyond!
Before we get into user games, I will talk about a few other matchups this week that have title implications for the rest of us. It's the Red River Rivalry this week. Texas sits a top the Big 12 South at 4-1 (3-0) while Oklahoma lurks behind Mississippi State at 3-1 (2-1). OU could really help out stark this week by sending a shock to the Longhorn's confidence before they go head to head next week. That's all I got, actually. Oh, and rankings. Even though they didn't crack the top 25, Texas Tech and Baylor both got some respect from the coaches, coming in at #29 and #30 respectfully. Tech got even more love from the media coming in at 26, but I guess they haven't been as impressed with the Bears.
#20 Mississippi State @ UCF
Our only user on user action this week is a matchup of two teams going in opposite directions. The Bulldogs are absolutely killing it right now, outscoring their opponents by an average of 56-24, while UCF is on a three game losing streak. Mississippi State will need to pick up a victory if they want to stay with Texas, their opponent next week, for a shot at the Big 12 South championship. UCF could benefit highly from a victory if they want to have a chance at a respectable bowl bid.
Washington State @ Oregon State
This is apparently some form of rivalry, and while on the field may be a mismatch, there are large off the field recruiting implications in this one. EMAW has sixteen prospects to entertain this week and hopes to impress them by blowing out the not-so-talented Cougars. The Beavers could get more than they bargained for though, as WSU has the #1 passing offense in the nation. But that probably won't matter much, will it?
USC @ Arizona
Arizona looks to pick up their first conference victory over a disappointing but talented USC squad. Like nugget, ECAW is also on a three game skid, but the schedule looks to lighten up a bit after this week with Utah on deck and Colorado in the hole.
Kansas State @ Baylor
The Wildcats go to Waco looking to drop Baylor down a peg from their current 3-1 conference record. The Bears sit in second place behind those who shall not be named, who is 1-0, in the Big 12 North. Baylor looks to finish off a successful three game home stand on a positive note before going on a three game road journey to powerhouses such as Iowa State, KU, and Wake Forest. Ouch...?
Texas Tech @ Arkansas State
Texas Tech gets a cupcake this week as they sit alone a top a very uncompetitive (for now, ECAW) Pac-12 South. This game could get ugly, and fast.
Ole Miss @ Iowa State
PB visits Ames hoping to keep her momentum going and stay alive for a bowl bid. It's a tall task as of this point, but it is still do able, especially with the hardest part of the schedule behind her. Iowa State beat lowly Colorado State and Western Michigan, but didn't put up much of a fight against Texas or Iowa. So the odds are in your favor this week, PB.
#15 California @ #9 UCLA
And finally, Pervis plays in state rival Cal in a top 15 matchup with large post season implications. Cal and UCLA are currently tied for the lead in the Pac-12 North along with Oregon State, so this game could possibly deside who represents their division in the Pac-12 'ship, and possibly more if the cards fall just so. Eight prospects are visiting this week, so victories are not the only thing at stake for Omari Lawrence and crew. The schedule for UCLA gets significantly tougher starting this week, facing four top 15 teams in a span of five weeks, including trips to Stanford and Oregon. Not to mention a home battle with Oregon State on November 9th. No pressure, me.