Week 6 of the college football season didn’t shake up the BCS title picture on Oct. 5. But it came close in some areas, as the Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes and Stanford Cardinal were all challenged. However, the Bulldogs weren’t supposed to break a sweat against the Tennessee Volunteers, and yet their 34-31 overtime win was even tougher than their triumphs over the South Carolina Gamecocks and LSU Tigers.
Georgia finally needed a breather after its daunting September, but mediocre Tennessee wouldn’t give it one. In fact, the Volunteers erased an early 17-3 deficit to take a 31-24 lead with under three minutes left. Yet with the season on the line, Aaron Murray marched the Bulldogs down the field, finally connecting on the tying touchdown with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Overtime started out well for the Volunteers, as Pig Howard rushed into the end zone and seemed to touch the pylon with the football. But replay showed that Howard lost control of the ball a second early, causing a touchback and giving the Bulldogs possession. They couldn’t move the ball on three plays, yet Marshall Morgan connected on a 42-yard field goal anyway.
If the Bulldogs could be challenged this much by a team outside of the top 10, perhaps their gauntlet is finally destined to catch up with them. Injuries to running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, along with wide receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley, have left Georgia almost too shorthanded if not for Murray.
But the Bulldogs are still standing, just like the BCS contenders who were supposed to get scares this week and passed anyway -- while others didn’t need to sweat as much. Here is a full list of the biggest games from Oct. 5, whether they were thrillers or blowouts. Yet in each case, the status quo held on top anyway.