There are a lot of interesting college football games today on this second Saturday in October. And believe it or not, we are already into Week 6 of the 2020 college football season — the halfway point for the conferences that kicked off on time. So join us throughout the day in our college football live blog for analysis, opinions, and breaking news. Additionally, college football scores, along with information on how and where to watch, including kickoff times and the TV schedule, can be found below.
Week 6 College Football Scores Today and Schedule
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Week 6 College Football Live Blog with Tony Pauline, Ian Cummings, Matt Valdovinos, and Nick Farabaugh
All of the live college football Week 6 news and analysis will get underway at noon and wrap up after midnight ET in our College Football Live Game Day Blog. Be sure to also keep up with NFL Draft stories and analysis from the PFN NFL Draft Crew.
Updates for college football scores and games today through midnight ET will be timestamped once we kick off at noon. Each update will be followed by the initials of the analyst. “IC” is Ian Cummings, “MV” is Matt Valdovinos, “NF” is Nick Farabaugh, and “TP” is me (Tony Pauline).
Hurricanes putting the spotlight on Roche (7:55 PM)
Temple transfer Quincy Roche was a favorite of mine and I graded him as a potential fourth round pick- a full round higher than scouts. The question everyone has about Roche is where will he play at the next level? At 6-feet-2-inches and 250 pounds he’s a bit light to come out of a three point stance and scouts question whether he has the athleticism for linebacker.
Yet the way the Hurricanes are using Roche- occasionally out of a three point stance, sometimes rushing the passer standing over tackle and even dropping off the line into coverage, is answering a lot of questions.
More underclassmen DT’s heading to the ’21 draft? (7:35 PM)
As we get ready kick-off of this evening’s games, lets start with a bit of news.
During today’s pre-game I highlighted Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis as a player to key this afternoon. The junior was facing Trey Smith, the Tennessee guard graded by many scouts as the top senior prospect in the nation regardless of position. I thought Davis played well and for the most part got the better of Smith when they went head-to-head.
Today sources told me the plans for Davis, who has shown a lot of improvement this season, include entering the draft after the season. In fact one source told me, “It’s a done deal,” on the matter of Davis entering the draft. Presently Davis grades as a fourth round prospect on my board, though he has upward momentum on his side. Scouts I’ve spoken with believe he’s a late second, early third round selection.
Ifeanyi Maijeh of Temple is another junior defensive tackle I expect will enter the draft.
Maijeh considered making the jump last April, after his red-shirt sophomore season. And while nothings definite, the rumblings I’m hearing assure me Maijeh won’t return to college for the 2021 season. Maijeh is a three technique tackle as he’s undersized but explosive and mobile. I consider him a poor mans Jaylen Twyman, the Pittsburgh junior who opted out of the season to prepare for the draft and is expected to be a day two selection.
Star PITT Safety dealing punishment. (7:15PM)
Pittsburgh has a number of talented players on the defense. My personal favorite is defensive-end Patrick Jones, who is currently my top ranked EDGE rusher in the 2021 class. However the most exciting prospect on Pittsburgh’s defense isn’t Jones, it’s safety Paris Ford. Ford is lightning in a bottle, as he brings an energy and swagger to the defensive backfield.
Ford is a great athlete, and has the movement skills to play as a single high free safety in the NFL. However, unlike most single high safeties, Ford is a sound and aggressive tackler against the run. Offensive players are forced to play with their head on a swivel, because if they don’t Ford might take it off. He’s one of the most vicious hitters we’ve seen in some time. –MV
Breakout WR nobody is talking about! (6:45PM)
Coming into the season, the draft eligible talent on Georgia’s offense was…lacking. Their best player, WR George Pickens, is a true sophomore and top receiver in the 2022 class. However, Pickens hasn’t been the team’s top wide-out this season, redshirt sophomore Kearis Jackson has been. Coming into today’s game, Jackson had registered 15 receptions for 209 yards this season. Leading the team in both. Today, against Tennessee, he’s ramped up the production, registering 4 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson had only produced a measly 79 receiving yards in 15 games coming into the season. He was on virtually no-one’s radar, but he should be climbing draft boards very soon. If he continues the pace he’s performing, he could be a Day 2 selection. – MV
New Contender for 2021 QB4? (6:30PM)
One of the most hotly contested spots in the 2021 NFL Draft is the QB4 crown. The summer consensus was Iowa State Brock Purdy, and a guy like Kyle Trask has had the most buzz over the first few weeks of the season. However, another player starting to get a lot of notice is BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson had two very pedestrian seasons where he threw a combined 3,960 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. However this season Wilson has taken a noticeable step of improvement, where he looks like an almost entirely new quarterback. He’s already thrown 949 yards and 6 touchdowns this season, and he’s already put up 259 yards and 2 touchdowns today. Could Wilson continue his development and take ahold of the QB4 title? – MV
SEC showdown showcases duel of draft prospects (6:15 PM)
Tennessee vs Georgia has been an exciting and hotly contested match-up. The best individual match-up of this game? It’s happening at the line of scrimmage where standout Tennessee guard Trey Smith faces off against dominant Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis. Both players are listed at exactly 6’6 and 330lbs, and they’re both among the strongest players in the country. Smith is expected to be a first round selection, and Davis shouldn’t be taken too far behind. They’ve put on a delightful battle of power so far today. – MV
Kenny Pickett again flashes traits in first half vs. Eagles (5:55 PM)
The Pitt Panthers find themselves down 14-17 at the half, and while Kenny Pickett hasn’t been perfect, he has again displayed the upside that scouts should be most focused on.
On one particular play, Pickett dropped back to pass, and when the play collapsed around him, he stepped up into the pocket, avoided a rusher, and looked like he was going to sprint up the middle of the field. Instead, however, Pickett had the awareness to realize that he’d attracted the linebacker’s attention, freeing up a receiver. He hit that receiver for a first down.
Off-script ability is one thing, but quarterbacks who have the ability to process quickly in those heat-of-the-moment instances are very valuable. IC
Patrick Jones II reinforcing status as a defensive playmaker (5:35 PM)
Pitt’s defense failed them last week against the NC State Wolfpack, but this week, there are signs of life again. Patrick Jones II just got a massive sack against Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec, and then contributed to another sack on third down, setting up Pitt with one last drive before the half.
Jones II has the potential to be a menace off the edge at the next level. He’s up to 5.5 sacks through four and a half games this season, and he’s amassed that number with his fearsome combination of athleticism, length, power, and motor. He’ll be key if Pitt wants to gain control in the second half. IC
Josh Palmer making plays for the Volunteers (5:15 PM)
If you’re a little-known senior wide receiver looking to leverage your final season into an NFL Draft selection, how can you do it? Well, one way is to catch two passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and that’s what Tennessee’s Josh Palmer has done.
Palmer displayed impressive body control on his first touchdown catch, contorting his upper body to reel in the football. On the second, he used his sideline awareness to tiptoe the boundary in the corner of the end zone. On the second play, Palmer managed to get separation against Tyson Campbell, who’s known for his size-speed combination.
Palmer only went for 34 catches, 457 yards, and a score last season, but in 2020, he’s already up to 12 catches, 219 yards, and a career-high three touchdowns. At 6-foot-2, 210, Palmer has solid size, and he’s proving that he can supplement that size with other beneficial traits as well. IC
Red River Showdown ends after epic final stanza (5:05 PM)
The Sooners emerged victorious after Texas forced an extended overtime period. The Longhorns helped deliver a legendary college football spectacle, but when quarterback Sam Ehlinger had a chance to separate himself as a closer, his hopes were extinguished by an errant throw that was picked in the end zone.
Opinions on Ehlinger will likely vary as the season continues, but as of now, he’s little more than a statistical standout, and although his dual-threat ability, toughness, and leadership are traits that NFL scouts will gravitate toward, his skill set isn’t yet conducive to passing success at the NFL level.
On a separate note, Tre Brown, the Oklahoma defender who got the interception, is an intriguing NFL Draft prospect. Presently viewed as a late-round candidate at best, the undersized defensive back does have the speed and instincts to compensate, as evidenced by his ball production over the past few years. IC
Iowa State’s offense flourishing vs. Texas Tech (4:50 PM)
In other Power Five news, Iowa State, now ranked after beating the Oklahoma Sooners last week, is currently pulling away against Big 12 opponent Texas Tech. They’re doing so on the back of an offense led by Brock Purdy and a budding playmaker at running back.
Purdy, commonly known as a gunslinger, has instead opted for the efficient strategy so far, completing 17 of his 19 pass attempts and finding the end zone once. Sophomore running back, Breece Hall is also reprising his role after walloping Oklahoma last week; at 6-foot-1, 215, Hall has good athleticism and yards-after-contact propensity, and while he’s not draft eligible this year, he’ll certainly have attention in 2021. IC
Zach Wilson making case to rise up the QB rankings (4:30 PM)
We’ve talked about a couple of quarterbacks with off-script abilities, and while we’re on that topic, we can’t forget about BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Wilson has been one of the NCAA’s most efficient passers outside of the pocket so far in 2020, and against the UTSA Roadrunners, he’s carrying on that trend. He has 12 completions, 154 yards, and a touchdown on 14 attempts. He’s displayed excellent pocket maneuvering skills, rollout ability, and the arm elasticity necessary to generate velocity off-platform through the game so far.
The competition level should at least be noted, but Wilson is showing out so far, as should be expected from a rising quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. IC
Hunter Long makes impression early for Boston College (4:15 PM)
It didn’t take long (pun unintended) for the Eagles’ new X-factor to make his presence felt against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Hunter Long kicked off Boston College’s first offensive possession with a 26-yard reception.
Long, standing at 6-foot-5, 253, already has 25 receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns through three games, and he’s adding to that total early. With a big frame, solid athleticism, and the toughness to get yards after catch, he’s starting to move up in what becomes a relatively hazy tight end class after the top three players. IC
Kenny Pickett a must-watch NFL Draft prospect for Pitt (4:05 PM)
The Pitt Panthers have a surprising amount of draft prospects, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but one player who deserves extra attention rests on the offensive side of the ball: Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett.
The race for QB4 is still an open competition, and while Pickett has been overlooked thus far, he has a lot of the traits people look for. Pickett is a high-upside prospect with tons of arm talent, solid athletic ability, poise, and the mental quickness needed to perform off-script.
He’s strung together a couple of good games, and adding more is the only way he moves up the draft board. IC
Sam Ehlinger adds a page to enigmatic profile with comeback (3:55 PM)
Sam Ehlinger is a tough name for draft analysts to commit to as a legitimate prospect. He has the surface-level production that catches the initial attention of onlookers, but underneath that, he’s a relatively inconsistent passer who has some issues with accuracy and the mental components of the position.
With that being said, Ehlinger does have some things going for him. He’s above-average as an athlete, he has decent arm strength, and he’s no doubt a competitor. With both his running ability and his passing ability, he just rallied Texas from being down two touchdowns and sent the Red River Rivalry to overtime. He may not be an NFL starter, but that poise and grit will give him a floor in the eyes of NFL scouts. IC
Nick Bolton helps Missouri score massive upset of LSU (3:45 PM)
The Missouri Tigers managed to stave off a last-minute LSU drive and close out the defending champions, and a lot of the credit goes to draft-eligible linebacker Nick Bolton, who deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage, using his trademark speed and instincts.
Bolton is a tremendously underrated linebacker prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft; while he is a bit undersized at 6-foot-0, he’s very well-built, and he has the traits to be a game-changer on defense, as he just showed against the No. 17-ranked team in the nation. IC
Kadarius Toney having a game (3:25 PM)
If it’s not Kyle Pitts, it’s someone else on the Gator offense taking it to opponents. That someone else is Kadarius Toney today, the smallish receiver that’s also a vertical threat who has caught seven passes for 92 yards and two TD’s today.
I gave Toney a seventh-round grade entering the season, which is in line with the grade scouts handed him. He offers potential as a slot receiver/return specialist for the next level. TP
Is Cosmi really a first-round prospect? (3:10 PM)
Many label Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi as a first-round prospect, but I have my concerns.
While I like Cosmi and have had him highly rated since his freshman season, my concern is Cosmi does not seem to be much better today than he was in 2018. Cosmi plays uninspired football, doesn’t have a killer instinct, and does too much leaning on opponents versus fundamentally sound blocking.
As a result, I presently grade Cosmi as a bottom half of Round 2 prospect. TP
Kellen Mond continues to tease scouts (2:40 PM)
Coming into the season, Mond was graded as a possible top 45 selection by scouts, and he shows that potential at times. He’s a terrific athlete with a big-time arm and the ability to make throws only a few can deliver. That said, Mond also shows a lot of indecision and a lack of pocket awareness at times- intangibles which could determine whether or not Mond makes it at the next level.
My feeling on Mond three weeks into the TAMU season remain the same as they were over the summer- he’s a physically gifted prospect who will need time and a real good quarterback coach at the next level. TP
Who needs Ja’Marr Chase? (2:25 PM)
LSU and Missouri are hooked up in a surprising track meet as LSU just took a 38-31 lead with ten minutes left in the third quarter. LSU is not the team they were a year ago, and there were additional concerns raised after sensational receiver Ja’Marr Chase opted out of the season.
Not to worry. Terrace Marshall Jr. has picked up the slack, and the junior is watching his draft stock surge.
Putting aside his numbers thus far today, which include four receptions for 115 yards and 3 TD’s, Marshall continues to show he’s a complete receiver effective on underneath, crossing as well as deep routes. If he enters the draft, which I’m told is very likely, expect Marshall to land somewhere in the second round. TP
Tar Heels beating Va Tech with a 1-2 punch (2 PM)
I mentioned UNC senior receiver Dazz Newsome earlier, a late-round prospect who helped the Tar Heels get off to a quick lead against the Hokies. Not to be outdone, junior receiver Dyami Brown, who I presently grade as a third-round prospect, has again shown himself to be a big play, vertical receiver in this game.
Brown has three receptions to his credit for 86 yards with two TD’s. Brown is a true vertical threat besides being a polished receiver with potential as a real good number three at the next level. TP
Keep an eye on Christian Darrisaw (1:20 PM)
Virginia Tech has been playing from behind against North Carolina, as they move into the end zone to close the gap to seven points. Regardless, keep an eye on Hokies left tackle Christian Darrisaw.
The junior is someone I raved about over the summer and a lineman I graded as a second-round prospect. After conversations with league insiders this week, I’m told people in the scouting community are also taking notice. Darrisaw is a smooth, agile left tackle who blocks with terrific fundamentals, showing the ability to slide off the edge. He must improve his run blocking strength, but Darrisaw comes with a huge upside. TP
McNeill is a force in the middle of the line (1:10 PM)
North Carolina State has looked good this year, and presently, they are up 17 points over ACC foe Virginia as the first half is coming to a close. Through it all, nose tackle Alim McNeill has looked very impressive.
He’s a quick, explosive defensive lineman built low to the ground, and McNeill can be impossible to stop. Most impressive is the way he holds his ground against double team blocks, occupying opponents and allowing teammates to make plays on the ball. McNeill is also agile with a good change of direction, which helps him make plays on the ball. TP
The Gators’ other Kyle continues to impress (12:45 PM)
Tight end Kyle Pitts has been the rage in the draft blogosphere this season and with good reason, but don’t sleep on the Gators’ other Kyle: Quarterback Kyle Trask. The senior has shown terrific improvement in his game and is really becoming the complete package at quarterback. Trask has the size and arm strength to play at the next level, but his ability to see the field, read the defense, and lead the offense has been off the charts in 2020.
Trask uses all his targets, makes a lot of NFL passes, and shows terrific accuracy. Entering the season with Day 3 grades, Trask is moving into Top 100 territory with his play this season as we move toward the 2021 NFL Draft. TP
Odeyingbo can’t be stopped (12:35 PM)
Dayo Odeyingbo, a player I raved about over the summer during my Vanderbilt preview, continues to impress on the field.
He’s a nice sized (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) defensive end with terrific athleticism and playmaking ability. Midway through the first quarter against South Carolina, Odeyingbo has already recorded a pair of sacks. He’s a scheme versatile defensive lineman opponents on the college level must game plan around. As I mentioned over the summer, I fully expect Odeyingbo to get second-round consideration next April. TP
UT defense displaying solid individual performances (12:30 PM)
The Longhorns defense has been maligned after giving up a ton of points to Texas Tech and TCU the past two weeks, but there have been individuals who’ve flashed.
Defensive back B.J. Foster, who just made a nice play to break up a third-and-goal to keep the Sooners out of the end zone, has had a lot of noticeable plays the past three weeks, as has nose tackle Keondre Coburn, who continually attracts double team blocks in the middle of the line. TP
Dazz has received draftable grades in the scouting community (12:20 PM)
UNC wideout Dazz Newsome, who had two important receptions on the Tar Heels’ opening drive which resulted in a score, is receiving late-round grades in the scouting community.
At 5-feet-11-inches and barely 190 pounds, as well as timing around 4.55 seconds in the forty, Newsome lacks the great physical skills but has enough pass-catching ability to grab a roster spot as the fifth wideout on an NFL depth chart. TP
Top-rated seniors Duke TE Noah Gray and Tennessee OG Trey Smith highlight afternoon action
From a scouting perspective, the Syracuse vs. Duke contest, which starts just after noon ET, offers a terrific matchup. Duke’s Noah Gray, rated as the top senior tight end prospect in the nation by scouts, squares off against another highly-rated player, junior safety Andre Cisco of Syracuse.
Cisco is small but explosive, feisty, and very much an opportunist. Gray is the consummate move tight end. Expect these two to face off several times during the game. Read more about Cisco and others in the ACC in my ACC Preseason Summer Scouting Preview.
The afternoon games feature another player rated atop the senior class, this one being offensive guard Trey Smith of Tennessee. Entering the season, Smith was graded as the top senior prospect in the nation regardless of position and handed first-round grades. He goes up against the Georgia duo of Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt, players with contrasting styles.
Just a junior, Davis is a wide-bodied mauler who has played very well during the opening weeks of the season. I presently grade him as a fifth-round prospect, which I noted in my SEC Summer Scouting Preview. Wyatt is rated a little higher by league scouts and he’s more of an undersized three-technique type.
#1 Clemson vs. #7 Miami puts Trevor Lawrence back in the national spotlight
There are several meaningful contests at night, none more than the ACC battle between Miami and Clemson. Trevor Lawrence has been unflappable this season and is off to a much better start than a year ago. He’ll be facing his biggest challenge of the year so far against a much-improved Miami Hurricane defense.
Despite the departure of Gregory Rousseau, who opted out of the season to prepare for the draft, the Hurricanes still have a solid defensive line led by Temple transfer Quincy Roche, an efficient linebacker unit, and a playmaking secondary.
It can be a statement game for the Hurricanes, or business as usual for the Clemson Tigers this evening. Next week, the Tigers will take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets while Miami will face off against Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Early Afternoon College Football Scores and Schedule
- #4 Florida 38 at #21 Texas A&M 41– Final – 12 PM ET | ESPN
- #19 Virginia Tech 56 at #8 North Carolina 45 – Final – 12 PM ET | ABC
- Missouri 45 at #17 LSU 41 – Final – 12 PM ET | SECN ALT
- #22 Texas 45 at Oklahoma 53 – Final – 12 PM ET | FOX
- Louisiana-Monroe 7 at Liberty 40 – Final – 12 PM ET | ESPN2
- NC State 38 at Virginia 21 – Final – 12 PM ET | ACCN
- South Carolina 41 at Vanderbilt 7 – Final – 12 PM ET | SECN
- Duke 38 at Syracuse 24 – Final – 12:30 PM ET | ESPN3
- The Citadel 9 at Army 14 – Final – 1:30 PM ET | CBSSN
Late Afternoon College Football Scores and Schedule
- #14 Tennessee at #3 Georgia – 3:30 PM ET | CBS
- UTSA at #15 BYU – 3:30 PM ET | ESPN2
- Texas Tech at #24 Iowa State – 3:30 PM ET | ABC
- Central Arkansas at Arkansas St. – 3:30 PM ET | ESPN3
- Texas St. at Troy – 3:30 PM ET | ESPN3
- Arkansas at #13 Auburn – 4 PM ET | ESPN
- Pittsburgh at Boston College – 4 PM ET | ACCN
- Kansas St. at TCU – 4 PM ET | FOX
- Middle Tennessee at Florida International – 4 PM ET | ESPNU
Evening College Football Scores and Schedule
- Temple at Navy – 6 PM ET | CBSSN
- East Carolina at South Florida – 7 PM ET | ESPN+
- #7 Miami at #1 Clemson – 7:30 PM ET | ABC
- #2 Alabama at Ole Miss – 7:30 PM ET | ESPN
- Florida State at #5 Notre Dame – 7:30 PM ET | NBC
- UTEP at Louisiana Tech – 7:30 PM ET | ESPN2
- Marshall at Western Kentucky – 7:30 PM ET
- Mississippi State at Kentucky – 7:30 PM ET | SECN
- Charlotte at North Texas – 8 PM ET | ESPNU