Heading into mid-season form, most preseason rankings, thoughts and opinions are quite moot at this point. The SEC has folded under its own applied stress and many teams, such as TCU, are found chipping away at a more shallow conference.
But one underdog – and unexpected surprise – of this season has been the defense of Michigan, who has continued to shutout opponents, including their most recent victim in Northwestern. At the end of Week 6, Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has found solace in producing a volatile unit which ranks second nationally in total defense (allow 181.3 yards per game) behind Boston College.
With the surge of popularity and evolution of analytics, statistics in college football have risen substantially and running backs, such as Leonard Fournette, who are taking a majority of the slices from pie with monstrous performances week in and out. Even most linebackers, like Kentrell Brothers of Missouri, are positioning themselves for a 140-plus tackle count for the entire season.
Whatever the outlook may be, here are the top performances of Week 6 college football action, followed by other notable efforts from around the country.
RB Royce Freeman, Oregon
vs. Washington State: 27 carries, 246 yards, 3 TD
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
vs. Georgia: 430 total yards, 5 TD
RB Algernon Brown, Brigham Young
vs. East Carolina: 24 carries, 134 yards, 3 TD
QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
vs. Iowa State: 428 total yards, 5 TD
DB Jalen Myrick, Minnesota
vs. Purdue: 2 interceptions, DEF TD
RB DeVontae Booker, Utah
vs. California: 34 carries, 222 yards, 2 TD
RB Jordan Cameron, Iowa
vs. Illinois: 43 carries, 256 yards, TD
WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
vs. Michigan State: 7 receptions, 134 yards, 3 TD
QB Joe Hubener, Kansas State
vs. Texas Christian: 268 total yards, 4 rush TD
QB Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
vs. Massachusetts: 450 yards, 5 TD
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