Week 6 winners and losers: Dak Prescott, Mike Bercovici come up clutch
Another week in the books and another report card for college football's players and teams. Who stepped up and who stumbled in Week 6?
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Winner: Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State
Bercovici had a realistic shot of making this list if his Hail Mary throw to shock No. 16 USC was the only play he made the entire night. But in just his second start (and first on the road), the junior QB finished with five passing TDs and 510 throwing yards, too.
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Loser: Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma
As painful as it is to put him on this list a day after his birthday, there was little choice after Knight went 14 of 35 with two interceptions in the No. 4 Sooners' loss to No. 25 TCU. Who would have guessed the day would end on such a sour note after it started with Katy Perry hitting on him?
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Winner: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Before Saturday, there was talk of the Alabama-Miss State game being the perfect opportunity for Prescott to launch himself into the Heisman discussion. Five touchdowns (two passing) and 336 total yards of offense later, consider it done.
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Maybe the No. 8 Bruins were watching too much football Saturday and subconsciously decided to join the upset train, dropping a 30-28 decision to unranked Utah at the Rose Bowl. The offensive line left Brett Hundley out to dry; he was sacked 10 times overall and on three consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. After UCLA's loss, only one undefeated Pac-12 team remains: 5-0 Arizona, unranked before Week 7's poll.
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Winner: J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
After a slip-up vs. Virginia Tech, OSU has rattled off three straight Ws, including one in its first game of Big Ten play Saturday. Against Maryland, Barrett completed 18 of 23 passes for four scores and 267 yards, plus one more TD on the ground. After connecting on just 31 percent of his passes vs. the Hokies, his completion percentage has reached the 70s the past three games.
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Loser: Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida
The Gators may have won but Driskel lost in Week 6. The senior signal-caller went 11 of 23 passing for a mere 59 yards – oh, and three interceptions – vs. Tennessee. Coach Will Muschamp stood behind his QB after the Alabama loss, but Driskel didn’t see the field after the third quarter of the Vols game, replaced by freshman Treon Harris.
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Opening the season 0-2 was a troubling sign for the Wildcats, but have they ever turned it around. Last week's win over Penn State and now a huge upset of No. 17 Wisconsin makes them 2-0 in Big Ten play. How could we leave them off this list?
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Loser: Stanford offense
The Stanford-Notre Dame game wasn’t a shootout by any stretch of the imagination, as the teams combined for 575 total yards on a rainy day in South Bend. Stanford tallied just 205 of those yards and averaged an especially woeful 1.5 yards per rush. Those two interceptions from Kevin Hogan didn’t help either. The defense has been great for coach David Shaw in 2014, but in order to make any move in the Pac-12, the attack is going to have to contribute something.
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Winner: Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss
The senior QB wasn't sensational in Week 6, but three TD passes and 251 passing yards is nothing to scoff at, especially since those stats helped lift the No. 11 Rebels to a huge win over the third-ranked Tide.
Loser: South Carolina
Remember that Gamecocks team that was ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll and considered a favorite to win the SEC East? It’s tough, right? After a 45-38 loss to Kentucky, South Carolina is now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference. It’ll take a miracle to live up to those expectations now.