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College Football Week 6 Preview: Buckeyes Face First Ranked Test, While Hurts Hunts Heisman

Welcome to Week 6 of the College Football season, where we’ll see if the Ohio State Buckeyes, LSU Tigers, and Oklahoma Sooners can keep pace with the rest of the undefeated teams and hold their place in the national title hunt. We’ll also be keeping an eye on Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts, who are determined to stay in the Heisman conversation. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store this week.

#6 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) vs Kansas Jayhawks (2-3)
Saturday at noon ET on ESPN3
Another Saturday, another demolition by the Sooners and Jalen Hurts, as they beat Texas Tech 55-16. Hurts had another crazy day, hitting on 17 of 24 for 415 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another 70 yards on nine carries. Hurts now leads the nation in yards per attempt (15.2), passer rating (249.9) and QB rushing yards (443). The Heisman race between him and Tua Tagovailoa is gonna be epic. The Jayhawks are coming off their second consecutive loss, a 51-14 drubbing at the hands of TCU, and the game wasn’t that close as they went into half down 38-0. It was arguably the worst day of Carter Stanley’s college career, as he completed just 12 of 29 for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Utah State Aggies (3-1) vs #5 LSU Tigers (4-0)
Saturday at noon ET on SEC
The Aggies last week had trouble pulling away from lowly Colorado State, but did finally manage to score 10 unanswered points in the final 18 minutes to secure a 34-24 win. Fifth-year senior Gerold Bright had a career day, rushing for 179 yards on 36 carries. The Tigers are coming off a bye week after burying Vandy 66-38 in Week 4, as QB Joe Burrow hit on 25 of 34 for 398 yards and six touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 230.1. WR Ja’Marr Chase was on the receiving end of 10 of those passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns. LSU leads the country in scoring with 57.8 points per game, and Burrow is number one in passing yards per game and completion percentage (80.6%).

#25 Michigan State Spartans (4-1) vs #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)
Saturday at 7:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3
The Spartans barely survived a tough fight against Indiana last week. They were tied with two minutes to play, kicked a go-ahead field goal with five seconds to play and then on the final play of the game, an Indiana lateral, returned a fumble for a touchdown. MSU QB Brian Lewerke completed just 18 of 36, but gained 300 yards and 3 TDs. The Buckeyes steamrolled Nebraska last week, 48-7, as JK Dobbins rushed for 177 yards on 24 carries and Justin Fields completed 15 of 21 for 212 yards and three scores. OSU is third in scoring average and fourth in points allowed, but has yet to play a ranked team. The picnics ends this week, as four of their final seven games are against ranked teams. The Buckeyes have won their last three games against MSU.

#15 Washington Huskies (4-1) vs Stanford Cardinal (2-3)
Saturday at 8pm ET on FOX
The Huskies’ Salvon Ahmed ran for 153 yards and a TD on 17 carries last week to lead the team to a 28-14 win over then #21 USC. On the other side of the ball, freshman DB Cameron Williams had two picks and now leads the nation with three INTs. Stanford blew a 21-point third-quarter lead over Oregon State last week before sealing a 31-28 victory with a last-second field goal. Only 13 out of 130 DI schools are averaging fewer yards per game than Stanford’s 327.2.

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