College Football Week 5: Bulldogs, Bearcats, and a Broken Curse

If college or university football experienced a defining concept in September, it was that there were being two obviously terrific teams—Alabama and Georgia—and that it was tricky to type out anyone else. College football 7 days 5 (the to start with weekend of October) bolstered that theme. The No. 3 team in the AP Poll, Oregon, missing to an unranked Stanford, even though Bama and Ga wrecked the ranked opponents on their personal plates. As the year ways its halfway issue, here’s a sampling of who arrived out of the weekend on the lookout greater and who didn’t.

 

 

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Winner: Kirby Wise

Smart’s No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs walloped Arkansas in Athens, 37–0. It was an great Clever victory in that Ga passed the ball 11 occasions, authorized zero points, and ensured the underneath hit. Smart’s content put is to acquire bullyball-style game titles that never include newfangled developments like “spread passing” and “downfield acquiring threats,” even though UGA has dabbled in those spaces from time to time.

An evident injury to commencing QB JT Daniels intended backup Stetson Bennett experienced to move in. He’s a previous stroll-on who’s been entrusted with not messing up on arguably the most gifted roster in university football. He has succeeded in that pursuit so far, but it would be far better for Clever if Daniels returned to health and fitness rapidly (and stayed that way).

Loser: Other Former Nick Saban Assistants in the SEC

Sensible, a former Alabama defensive coordinator underneath Saban, experienced a very good weekend. What about the other ex-Saban understudies who now have their personal SEC teams? They did not. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, who served as Bama’s offensive coordinator from 2014–16, was on the acquiring close of a 42–21 shellacking by the Crimson Tide. Kiffin attempted to transform five fourth downs and only created two of them, hastening his team’s demise—although punting likely would not have built a lot distinction in any case.

Somewhere else, Saban’s very long-in the past LSU offensive coordinator, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, shed at home to Mississippi Condition, 26–22. The Aggies entered the year with plausible countrywide title hopes, but these are now a detail of the past.

Winner: Cincinnati

The continue to-unbeaten Bearcats bolstered their circumstance to be the Group of Five’s 1st-ever School Football Playoff group by convincingly beating Notre Dame in South Bend by a score of 24–13. Luke Fickell’s protection was suffocating as regular, and some Notre Dame turnovers served Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder and the offense get into the 20s against their team’s previous defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, who now holds that gig at Notre Dame.

The Playoff range committee will in all probability uncover a way to devalue Cincinnati and exclude it from the discipline even if UC wins out, but for the 1st time ever, there’s at least a flicker of a motive to believe a non-electrical power-conference faculty would make the minimize. (A gain more than Notre Dame would be a headliner most elite G5 groups lack, as extended as the Irish never drop aside in the back fifty percent of the year.)

But Cincy’s validation needn’t arrive from some suits on a committee. Anyone who watches them knows they are significant.

Loser: Oregon

Aspect of Cincinnati’s optimistic outlook comes down to the Pac-12’s lone Playoff contender, Oregon, dropping a 31–24 decision at Stanford in additional time. The Ducks have what may well be the very best acquire of any team this year—they pounded Ohio Point out in Columbus back again in 7 days 2—but they have not looked elite exterior of that. Quarterback Anthony Brown struggled in Palo Alto, and the offense never appeared right with coordinator Joe Moorhead not present. (Moorhead was ill, while not with COVID-19.) The Cardinal appear greater than they did in the season’s 1st couple of months, but this nevertheless constitutes a money-b Lousy decline for Mario Cristobal and his staff.

Winner: Kentucky

Kentucky performs Florida in soccer each calendar year, and the game titles alternate among Lexington and Gainesville. The previous time the Wildcats beat the Gators in Lexington was in 1986. What adopted was a streak of 16 straight losses, but it is more than now that Uk won on Saturday, 20–13. In addition to burying a persistent demon, Mark Stoops’ crew is 5–0 and has a first rate opportunity to end next in the SEC East powering Georgia.

Loser: Maryland

Here’s one crew that did not bury a demon. Maryland has constantly struggled to crack into college football’s upper tier. Going back various head coaches, the Terps have typically started perfectly, damaged into or near the leading 25, and then confront-planted though striving to set up themselves as a great workforce. The traditional of the genre is a 63–0 reduction to Florida Condition in 2013, when the Terps have been briefly rated 25th. A near-more than enough remake occurred on Friday night, when the 4–0 Terps hosted No. 5 Iowa and had an prospect to prove they’d leveled up underneath head coach Mike Locksley. It did not go very well. Maryland passers threw 6 interceptions, and Iowa gained in Higher education Park, 51–14. The lesson? By no means dream.


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