The Weekend: Week 5
No major upsets this week but there was a couple scares. Florida State for the 2nd week almost suffered a loss. Majority of the experts are already claiming that this team will lose down the line, taking Jameis out of Heisman considerations, and just downplaying them as a whole. The Noles haven't played their best football yet but still they are #1 in the country. I was not shocked that the Wolfpack was a tough game for the Noles, in fact, I called it in The Weekend Preview. As a fan of the Noles, I would love to see them blow opponents out every week but that wouldn't be fun. Going through back-to-back weeks where your team is on the brink of losing isn't fun either but to see them pull the win out is fulfilling. As long as that loss column has a zero in it, I am satisfied.
AP Top 25
1Florida State (27)4-01416
- Florida State (4-0) LW 1, W 56-41 @ NC State
- Alabama (4-0) LW 2, BYE
- Oregon (4-0) LW 3, BYE
- Oklahoma (4-0) LW 4, BYE
- Auburn (4-0) LW 5, W 45-17 Louisiana Tech
- Baylor (4-0) LW 6, W 49-28 @ Iowa State
- Texas A&M (5-0) LW 7, W 35-28 OT Arkansas*
- UCLA (4-0) LW 8, W 62-27 @ #13 Arizona State
- Notre Dame (4-0) LW 9, W 31-15 Syracuse*
- Michigan State (3-1) LW 10, W 56-14 Wyoming
- Ole Miss (4-0) LW 11, W 24-3 Memphis
- Georgia (3-1) LW 16, W 35-32 Tennessee
- Nebraska (5-0) LW 19, W 45-14 Illinois
- LSU (4-1) LW 14, W 63-7 New Mexico State
- Ohio State (3-1) LW 15, W 50-28 Cincinnati
- USC (3-1) LW 17, W 35-10 Oregon State
- Stanford (3-1) LW 18, W 20-13 @ Washington
- Wisconsin (3-1) LW 20, W 27-10 South Florida
- BYU (4-0) LW 21, BYE
- Arizona (3-1) LW 13, L 27-62 #8 UCLA
- Mississippi State (4-0) LW 25, BYE
- Marshall (4-0) LW 24, BYE
- Oklahoma State (3-1) LW NR, W 45-35 Texas Tech
- Mizzou (4-1) LW NR, W 21-20 @ #12 South Carolina
- TCU (3-0) LW NR, W 56-0 SMU
Three of the top 5 teams had a bye this week. Florida State and Texas A&M were the only teams in the top 10 that had a scare this week. The Aggies found themselves down 28-14 at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Kenny Hill throw his second interception of the year, caught by Baltimore native and good friend of mine, Carroll Washington. It wasn't looking good for the Aggies until they scored 14 unanswered in the 4th to send it into overtime. It took only one play for the Aggies to take lead in the first possession of overtime and on defense they stuffed the Razorbacks 4 plays straight to win the game. This was a good test for the Aggies and Kenny Hill. A comeback victory against an SEC foe will be a good look at the end of the season when the committee are reviewing team's resume.
- Notre Dame committed 5 turnovers but still managed to win by two possessions. I don't know if this shows how good ND defense or how bad Cuse's offense is. Golson threw his first interception of the season but also completed 25 straight passes, 1 shy of the record set by ECU's Dominique Davis in 2011.
- UCLA completely destroyed the Sun Devils in Arizona. Arizona State had a 6-10 lead at the end of the first quarter but in the next 3 quarters they were outscored 56-17; Make it sting.
- South Carolina loss their 2nd SEC game at home this year which pretty much eliminates them from any playoff consideration. Their win against Georgia will keep them in the convo for SEC East champs but they must run the table from here on out. Even though the division is weak, 3 conference losses will knock them out of contention.
- Nebraska is 5-0 for the first time since 2010. The only true test they have had was against Miami last week but they have yet to face a ranked opponent, that will change next week. Next Saturday the Cornhuskers will travel to East Lansing to face the #9 Michigan State Spartans.
Baller of the Week
QB Daeshaun Watson, Clemson - 27/36 435 yards 6 TDs 1 INT vs North Carolina
- RB Ameer Abdulla, Nebraska - 22 carries, 208 yards, 3 TDs vs Illinois
- RB Todd Gurley, Georgia - 28 carries, 208 yards, 2 TDs vs Tennessee
- QB Brett Hundley, UCLA - 437 total yards, 5 TDs
I can't really put my hand on what's wrong with the Wolverines. I have only watched them play once this season, their 31-0 loss to Notre Dame. In that game Devin Gardner threw 3 picks and the defense couldn't stop Everett Golson. Head coach, Brady Hoke, I would think is on the hot seat. He is currently 28-16 in his 4th season at Michigan, which isn't bad, but it isn't Michigan football. The Wolverines hasn't been in title contention since Hoke been there and for a program like Michigan, that is a problem. And honestly the Wolverines hasn't been in title contention since Lloyd Carr.
In the preview, I spoke about how Texas, Miami, Michigan, and Florida were a few wins away from being included in the top 25 and all 4 has failed to do that. I think all 4 need to restore what made them a prestige program. Get a coach in there that actually understand the culture and history of the program. When it comes to recruiting, get back to the basics, same thing with style of play. Florida and Miami are know for having elite play-makers all over the field, mainly Florida boys. Texas is known for having great running backs, mainly Texas boys. Michigan always had big cornfed country boys from the midwest that could run. I actually want to see all 4 programs rise back to the top because I think it will be good for college football.
We are officially 1 month in the college football season, and even though we didn't have any big upsets, it was still an eventful month. Entering October, I expect more fireworks with bigger games on the schedule. Here is a run down of the big games next weekend, it's a lot of good ones so don't plan anything for Saturday.
*Fan-i 25 rankings*
- Arizona (4-0) @ #3 Oregon (4-0) Thursday - The Ducks are looking for revenge since the Wildcats defeated them 42-17 last season.
- #2 Alabama (4-0) @ #11 Ole Miss (4-0) - I said in the beginning of the season that both teams could enter this game undefeated and look what we have here. Expect a good one.
- #4 Oklahoma (4-0) @ #25 TCU (3-0) - This will be a test for both teams, Sooners first big game on the road and an opportunity for TCU to enter back into the national conversation.
- #14 LSU (3-1) @ #5 Auburn (4-0) - The battle of the Tigers. Auburn only loss last season came against LSU, revenge is on their minds.
- #7 Texas A&M (5-0) @ #21 Mississippi State (4-0) - Both teams have been somewhat a surprise this season. Perfect seasons are on the line.
- #6 Baylor (4-0) @ Texas (2-2) - Will the Longhorns step up to the challenge or will they fold?
- #13 Nebraska (5-0) @ #10 Michigan State (3-1) - Ameer Abdullah will have his hands full running against this defense. The Spartans are currently 7th in the country in run defense while Nebraska is 3rd in rush offense. I can't wait
- #17 Stanford (3-1) @ #9 Notre Dame (4-0) - How will Golson fare against a tough Stanford defense?
- Arizona State (3-1) @ #16 USC (3-1) - The Sun Devils dropped 62 points on the Trojans last season. They just allowed 62 points to the other LA team. Not sure how this one will pan out.