College football: Scores, highlights from Saturday's action
Saturday's college football action did not disappoint, with two of the best games of the season in Tennessee-Texas A&M and Florida State-Miami (Fla.) leading the way.
Read through the blog below to relive all the action from Week 6.
Alabama vs. Arkansas | Gamecenter
Top-ranked Alabama has sailed to 5-0 record with only a 5-point win over No. 19 Ole Miss causing head coach Nick Saban any stress. The Crimson Tide’s bid for their nation-leading 18th consecutive win starts with a visit to No. 16 Arkansas, the first of three consecutive ranked opponents. The Razorbacks toppled Alcorn State last time out but will need a herculean effort to improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2011.
Players to watch
Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught 11 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns against Kentucky -- all career-bests. The sophomore has two 100-yard, one-or-more touchdown receiving games this season after doing so three times last year. Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season. The junior has gone 120 attempts without an interception and is one of eight FBS quarterbacks with 12 touchdowns and two or less interceptions.
- Alabama is 16-8 all-time against Arkansas and has won nine straight meetings.
- The Crimson Tide have held three opponents to single digits and are allowing 13 points per game -- ninth-best in the country.
- Alabama has outscored opponents 108-33 in the first half this season.
- Crimson Tide freshman running back Joshua Jacobs rushed for a career-best 100 yards against Kentucky and has rattled off at least 130 total yards in two straight games.
- Alabama has recorded a non-offensive touchdown in nine consecutive games.
- Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III ranks fifth nationally with 559 rushing yards.
- Razorbacks wide receiver Jared Cornelius has scored a touchdown in seven of his last nine games played.
- Arkansas has scored 40 points in eight of its last 12 games and has produced 400 yards of offense in four straight games.
Tennessee vs Texas A&M | Gamecenter
No. 9 Tennessee is 5-0 for the first time since 1998 and coming off consecutive dramatic comeback wins over Florida and Georgia. The Volunteers now head to College Station for their first-ever SEC meeting with No. 8 Texas A&M. The Aggies are also 5-0 for the third straight season and have won 11. consecutive games, which trails only Alabama’s 17 wins for the longest active streak in the country.
Players to watch
Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs has thrown for 549 yards and seven touchdowns over the last two games. The senior has accounted for 18 of the Volunteers’ 22 total touchdowns this season. Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight is averaging 252.2 passing yards and 78.4 rushing yards per game. The transfer from Oklahoma has amassed 13 total touchdowns and has Texas A&M seeking its first 6-0 start since 1994.
- Tennessee is 2-0 all-time against Texas A&M.
- Tennessee has trailed by double digits in four of its five games and has erased a total of 65 points.
- Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings caught a fourth-quarter, game-winning touchdown against both Florida and Georgia.
- Tennessee has not defeated ranked opponents in three straight weeks since 1991.
- The Volunteers have won 13 straight games when scoring 30 points and are 18-2 under coach Butch Jones when doing so.
- Texas A&M is averaging an SEC-best 521.0 total yards per game, including 258.6 yards on the ground.
- Tennessee is averaging 381.6 total yards per game.
- Aggies freshman running back Trayveon Williams has run for at least 94 yards in all four games against Power 5 opponents.
- Of Texas A&M wide Josh Reynolds’ 20 catches this year, 16 have produced a first down or touchdown.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina | Gamecenter
No. 25 Virginia Tech comes off its bye week a ranked team for the first time since 2014 and has won two straight since being toppled by Tennessee. The Hokies now visit No. 17 North Carolina, a squad it has found great success against. The Tar Heels are playing with plenty of confidence as they own a nine-game home winning streak and just snapped Florida State’s nation-leading 22 game home winning streak.
Players to watch
Hokies quarterback Jerod Evans has thrown for 535 yards and eight touchdowns over the last two games. The junior is one of two quarterbacks in the country with at least 13 touchdowns and fewer than two interceptions. The other is Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky who has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. The junior finished 31-for-38 for 405 yards and four total touchdowns against Florida State.
- Virginia Tech is 20-12-6 all-time against North Carolina and has won seven of the last 10 meetings.
- The Hokies have totaled 450 yards in three of the first four games to open a season for the first time since 2000.
- Virginia Tech has outscored its last two opponents 59-0 in the first half and has not lost a fumble after losing nine over its first two games.
- Hokies wide receiver Isaiah Ford has a touchdown in seven of the last eight games.
- The Tar Heels are 3-8 against ranked opponents under head coach Larry Fedora.
- North Carolina has won 16 straight games under Fedora when scoring 30 points but has dropped 10 consecutive when scoring fewer than 25 points.
- Tar Heels wide receiver Ryan Switzer has been arguably the nation’s best receiver the last two weeks during which he has caught 30 passes for 366 yards and a touchdown.
Florida State vs. Miami (Fla.) | Gamecenter
No. 23 Florida State overcame a 21-point deficit to North Carolina last weekend but still saw its nation-leading 22-game home winning streak snapped on a last-second field goal. The Seminoles look to get out of the ACC Atlantic cellar as they visit a third ranked opponent this season in No. 10 Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off a win over Georgia Tech that moved them to 4-0 for the sixth time since 2000.
Players to watch
Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook carried the ball 29 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns against North Carolina. The junior leads the nation with 921 total yards from scrimmage and has multiple rushing touchdowns in three of the last four games. Hurricanes running back Mark Walton failed to run for 100 yards for the first time this season when Georgia Tech held him to 44 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The sophomore has scored a touchdown in every game this season and has 18 touchdowns in 17 career games.
- Florida State is 29-31 all-time against Miami, but has won the last six meetings.
- The Seminoles have the nation’s longest streak without back-to-back losses, spanning 68 games and dating back to 2011.
- Florida State is 43-1 under head coach Jimbo Fisher when allowing fewer than 17 points.
- Seminoles freshman quarterback Deondre Francois has thrown for or run for a touchdown in every game this season and is coming off a 372-yard passing performance against North Carolina.
- Miami head coach Mark Richt is seeking his 150th career win.
- The Hurricanes have not allowed a single point in the first or fourth quarter this season.
- In two career games against Florida State, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya has thrown for 721 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.