For The Win
Published 11:33 AM EDT Oct 9, 2018
This weekend of college football surpassed expectations going into Saturday's games. Sure, teams like Ohio State and Alabama had their expected blowouts, but it was upset central with Texas overpowering (and then hanging on against) Oklahoma, Florida taking down LSU and Mississippi State knocking off Auburn.
Especially with conference championship and College Football Playoff implications for the top-ranked teams - which often produce crazy moments of their own - it's easy for amazing plays in less high-profile games to get overlooked.
So this week, we're here to correct that with the top-7 jaw-dropping catches that didn't get enough attention from Week 6.
7. Eastern Michigan TE Gunnar Oakes' one-handed TD
It wasn't enough to help lift the Eagles over Western Michigan, but this catch from the freshman tight end certainly deserves a slow-motion replay.
6. Northwestern WR JJ Jefferson's deep dive
Perfectly thrown by Clayton Thorson, the freshman wide receiver was able to extend into the end zone as the Wildcats upset Michigan State on the road.
5. Hakeem Butler's no-look TD catch
Iowa State's wide receiver has shown off some incredible plays this season, but this 21-yard touchdown catch where he's basically not looking in the direction of the pass is amazing. Iowa State upset Oklahoma State too.
4. Indiana WR Nick Westbrook's "butt" catch
OK, so no, the junior wide receiver didn't actually make this catch with his backside, but while it was being reviewed, the announcers spent a couple minutes debating about where his derriere landed. The call on the field was overturned and ruled a 38-yard catch, but the Hoosiers still lost badly to Ohio State.
3. Iowa WR Brandon Smith's catch through another human
Not only did the Hawkeyes sophomore receiver make this 26-yard catch, but Minnesota was flagged for pass interference because of how much defensive back Terell Smith was in the way. Iowa ended up walking away with the W in this one.
2. Arizona State WR Frank Darby's deep double-coverage grab
Even days later, it's still so unclear how the sophomore wide receiver pulled in this ball. Sure, Manny Wilkins' 40-yard pass was dead-on, but this catch is something else. The Sun Devils ultimately lost to Colorado.
1. Baylor WR Denzel Mims' end zone stunner
There probably isn't a limit for how many time you can watch this before getting bored. This 21-yard grab is just insane and helped Baylor beat Kansas State.
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