Winners and Losers from Week 6 of College Football Season
The Biggest Loser: Mario Cristobal of Miami. What on earth was the head coach and entire staff thinking? Instead of taking the knee and win against Georgia Tech, the Hurricanes ran a play, fumbled and wound up with one of the worst losses of all time. Cristobal is 9-8 at Miami and he just gave the administration an excuse if it decides to eventually move on.
Winner: Noah Fatita of Arizona. In his second career start, Fajita outplayed reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams in a triple overtime loss to USC. He threw for 303 yards and 5 touchdowns and showed incredible poise.
Loser: For the first time this season, Williams is no longer the favorite for the Heisman Trophy. His odds are +225 and Michael Penix Jr. of Washington is at +200. Williams is in no way a “loser,” per se.He did rush for 3 touchdowns but only completed 14 passes in a triple-overtime game. He also saved the day with a fantastic, game-winning 2-point conversion.
Winners: Bo Nix and Penix. Neither played on Saturday but the quarterbacks, who will meet in Week 7, saw their Heisman stock improve as Williams had a rare off-game.
Losers: Missouri and those who backed the Tigers. Mizzou fell from the ranks of the undefeated and those who waged on the Tigers took a tough beat as LSU got a late picks six to cover the spread.
Winner: Jelani Stafford of UConn. The Huskies downed Rice for their first win after an 0-5 start. Stafford is 303-pound defensive lineman who now has scored 5 rushing touchdowns. He had 2 more against the Owls, his second multi-touchdown game of the season.
Loser: Texas Longhorns. In the final Big 12 game of the Red River Rivalry, Texas appeared to be on the right side of the final score but allowed a long Sooners drive to absorb the loss.
Winner: Dillon Gabriel of Oklahoma. The quarterback missed last year’s edition of the Red River Rivalry due to a concussion. On Saturday, he etched his name into the rivalry’s history wit a dramatic game-winning TD drive. OU and Texas are off to the SEC next year.
Winner: Louisville and Jeff Brohm. The first-year coach has his Cardinals at 6-0 after a massive victory over Notre Dame. There were major questions about whether Louisville was real and after the way it throttled the Fighting Irish, many of those were erased.
Loser: Notre Dame. The Ohio State loss was close. The Louisville defeat wasn’t. The Fighting Irish are relegated to spoilers against USC and have no hopes to make the College Football Playoff after their second loss
Losers: Washington State and Fresno State. They came into the weekend undefeated and each left with their first loss. UCLA’s defense smothered the Cougars, and the Bulldogs were jarred by Wyoming. Neither of these teams had the luxury of this kind of loss.
Winner: Virginia. The Cavaliers eanred their first victory of the season, topping William & Mary. A great sign for a team that has been through an incredibly rough stretch since the tragic shootings on-campus toward the end of the 2022 season.