College Football Week 6 Games to Watch: Tigers Enter The Swamp

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For the first time this season, we have a new No.1.

After surviving an upset threat in Chapel Hill, Clemson has dropped back to No.2 in favor of Alabama jumping up to the top spot in the AP Poll. 

The Crimson Tide throttled Ole Miss at home, 59-31, while the Tigers stopped a two-point conversion attempt in the last minute to beat UNC, 21-20. 

The hysteria of a potential upset in Chapel Hill did cover for a week that was devoid of drama. Notre Dame handled Virginia easily in South Bend, while Ohio State torched Nebraska while College Gameday was in town. 

But Week 6 will be different. With three Top 25 matchups, there should be plenty of can't-miss moments with heavy conference implications that will ripple throughout the rest of the season. 

Here are the must-watch games of Week 6 of the 2019 college football season. 

NO.14 Iowa At No.19 Michigan

Saturday, 10/5 — 12:00 P.M. ET

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines (3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) are looking to make up for their conference blunder two weeks ago against Wisconsin. The blowout 35-14 defeat to the Badgers sent the Wolverines spiraling out of the Top 10 and drew several questions about Harbaugh and the legitimacy of his squad. 

Their chance at redemption comes on Saturday as they welcome fellow Big Ten West opponent Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) to The Big House. The Hawkeyes are cruising in the early season after a rivalry win against Iowa State two weeks ago and a 48-3 whopping of Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. 

This game has huge conference implications for both sides. For Michigan, a second conference loss this early almost guarantees that they won't be able to fight their way back into the Big Ten East title race, especially with Ohio State and Penn State off to fast starts. For Iowa, they're looking to keep pace with Wisconsin, who have emerged as the favorites to come out of the Big Ten West at the end of the season. 

No.7 Auburn At No.10 Florida

Saturday,  10/5 — 3:30 P.M. ET

The biggest game of the weekend goes down in The Swamp. 

College Gameday will be in Gainesville on Saturday when the undefeated Auburn Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) challenge Florida (5-0). 

The Gators have survived the early-season gut punch of starting quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending right leg injury, with backup Kyle Trask leading them to victories over Kentucky, Tennessee and Towson. While Trask has looked sold in his two-and-a-half outings, he's yet to face the pressure that he'll receive from the Tigers this weekend. 

Auburn is coming into The Swamp with loads of momentum after a 56-23 thrashing of Mississippi State last week. The road trip won't prove too intimidating to an Auburn side that already owns a neutral site victory over Oregon and an away win against Texas A&M. 

Depending on the chaos that's likely to occur throughout the rest of the SEC campaign, these two teams could find each other matched up again in the SEC Championship Game if fate deems it so. 

No.11 Texas At West Virginia

SATURDAY, 10/5 — 3:30 P.M. ET

For the first time this season, the Longhorns (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) head out for a true road game. 

A date with a coherent West Virginia (3-1, 1-0 Big 12)  team is dangerous enough to Texas' outside hopes of making it to the College Football Playoff, but they also have to be wary of looking past their opponent — the Longhorns meet Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry on October 12. 

Mountaineers' quarterback Austin Kendall has settled down after a shaky start to the season, making fewer mistakes after an embarrassing 38-7 defeat to Missouri in Week 2. Kendall will be the key if West Virginia hopes to compete in this one.

This game is also a must-watch simply to see Sam Ehlinger continue to work on his Heisman resume. The junior quarterback has thrown for 1,237 yards and 15 touchdowns this season with a passer rating of 181.0.

NO.25 Michigan State At No.4 Ohio State

SATURDAY,  10/5 — 7:30 P.M. ET

After a 48-7 thrashing of Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday night, Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) may be the team to beat in college football. But the Buckeyes don't have a cake walk into the College Football Playoff. While the Big Ten doesn't hold the same degree of danger as the SEC, Ohio State still has to overcome dates with Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan in the regular season. 

But before they can even think about those games, they must face Mark Dantonio and Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) coming to Columbus. 

The Spartans defense struggled in their 40-31 win over Indiana last week and will need to re-calibrate if they hope to compete against Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields. The UGA-transfer has been dominant this season, throwing for 1092 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions through five games. After a relatively easy start to the season for head coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, the Spartans should provide their first litmus test of the season. 

California at No.13 Oregon

SATURDAY, 10/5 — 8:00 P.M. ET

Oregon's (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) quest for a Pac-12 title hits one of its toughest stretches of the season with matchups against California (4-1, 1-1), Colorado and Washington over the next three weeks. 

The Golden Bears are coming off their first loss of the season after falling, 24-17, to Arizona State last Friday. The defeat ruined a potential Top 15 matchup in this game, but California still boasts a roster that can compete with anyone in the conference. 

Oregon will hope to have star freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman implemented into the offense after suffering a shoulder injury during an offseason scrimmage. 


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