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Best of Week 6: The inaugural East/West BBQ Bowl, free popcorn and more

It’s Week 6, and it’s sure to be a good one. We’ve got the Red River showdown early in the day, a top-five matchup between No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State (hey, Cincinnati, this is your time to maybe sneak into the top four with a win over Temple!) and plenty more in store this Saturday.

Check out all the results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.

We rarely get enough time to separate trends from small-sample oddities in a 12-game college football season. A two- to three-game sample is rarely treated as a trend in any other sport, but we have almost no choice here.

I mention that because of this:

  • Texas’ offense in the first two games of 2021, with Hudson Card as starting quarterback: 346 yards per game, 5.2 yards per play, 29.5 points per game

  • Texas’ offense in the past three games with Casey Thompson taking over: 558 yards per game, 7.9 yards per play, 53.3 points per game

Read more from Bill Connelly’s Week 6 preview (ESPN+).

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25


Rivalry beef (or pork, we suppose)

We’ve been waiting all season long for this. The first East/West BBQ Bowl between Gardner-Webb and Campbell. And with a trophy like this on the line that features a hog, how could you not give it your all.

So yeah, let’s get things going already! And maybe this video is a sign of things to come?

And Gardner-Webb has been focused all week long, even preparing with an eating contest.

Just in case you needed some more beef … well, pork, but you get what we mean!

It’s all fun and games

Remember when Lane Kiffin said to get your popcorn ready before Ole Miss played Alabama and then promptly lost 42-21? Well, we sure do, and so does Ole Miss. The first 5,000 fans at Saturday’s game will receive free popcorn.

Know what other game will surely be a fun time? Oh yeah, it’s the Bottom 10 Battle of the Year between UMass and UConn.

Uniform updates

Are you hyped for the Red River rivalry?

Because we sure are, especially after seeing these uniforms from Oklahoma.

It’s all in the details for Ole Miss this weekend.

And Tennessee is going all dark mode.

For more on uniforms, check this out.

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