Well, another week has gone by and lots of action has taken place. Five teams in the top-25 lose, two of them drop out of the polls (A&M,Louisville) and three news teams are added (Michigan State #23, Arizona State #25, Purdue #25) into the mix. Here is the short version of week 5 in college football.
ACC: Miami made A&M look silly, more specifically, Miami made A&M coaching look silly. Look, Miami apparently is not just a bunch of scrubs, but A&M is hands down better than what was shown. Poor coaching helped Miami, but the Hurricanes players looked a lot better than in recent weeks. Clemson and Boston College continue to be the class of the ACC, both putting up big numbers in wins over NC State and Army. Wake Forest is getting back on track after an 0-2 start, getting back to .500 with their win over conference opponent Maryland in OT. Duke was just eight minutes from their first back to back wins since 2003, but a week second half and Navy just would not allow it. Surprise of the week Virginia who moved to 3-0 in conference play and handed Georgia Tech their second straight conference loss 28-23.
Big XII: Maybe the biggest story/question this week is: has Dennis Franchione finally wore out his welcome at Texas A&M? As mentioned above poor decisions made in the game against Miami. Big XII goes 3-1 against the MAC this week with Colorado and Baylor handling their opponents with somewhat ease, Nebraska surviving an onslaught from the Ball State offense (what happened to the blackshirts?), and Iowa State, fresh off their upset of Iowa losing to Toledo by one. Tulsa's offense puts up 400 yards on a stingy Sooners defense that made OU look human, that is until you saw the final 62-21. Texas flexed their muscle and showed they could play four quarters, albeit against a terrible Rice team, and the surprise of the day was Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State. Two teams thought to contend for a weaker than usual Big XII South title, showed why a defense is important even if you can hang 50 points. With over 1300 yards total offense, 8 TD passes, 5 TD rushes, two Red Raiders with over 200 yards receiving, and three Cowboys with over 100 yards rushing, all I can say is WOW. 49-45 Okie State.
Big East: West Virginia and South Florida laid the smackdown against inferior opponents, but the rest of the country looks forward to their match-up on Friday night in Tampa. Cinncinati breaks into the AP poll at #24, and is just two spots away from the coaches top-25 after handling Marshall 40-14. Of course the surprise of the week is Syracuse over Louisville. The Illini came into this game averaging just under 200 yards total offense and just over 10 points in each game. Four quarters, 465 yards, 38 points, and a home game winning streak dating back to 2003 being ended, Louisville's loss to Kentucky last week no longer mattered.
Big Ten: Michigan State becomes the first team this year to allow a Notre Dame offensive touchdown, but it does not matter as they win 31-14 and get ranked #23 in the country. Wisconsin still looks a little sluggish in beating a pretty good Iowa team, who was about one step away from taking a lead with seconds to go. Michigan shows their ND victory was no fluke in handing #10 Penn State their first loss of the season. The surprise of the day is the Ohio State Buckeyes mental breakdown on special teams that allowed a Northwestern touchdown, thus not preserving the shutout. Ohio State still looks like the team to beat in the Big Ten.
PAC-10: USC and California start strong and win big in their conference openers against Washington State and Arizona. Arizona State for the second time in three weeks forgot that the first quarter begins play, and spots Oregon State a 19 point lead. The Sun-Devils win by 12. Oregon jumps all over Stanford in the first 21-3, trails at the half 31-24, then realizes it was just Stanford and scores 31 unanswered in the second half. Surprise of the week is UCLA over Washington. One week removed from a thumping at the hands of Utah, UCLA scored 34 points in the second half to win 44-31 over a good Washington team.
SEC: Auburn takes out their frustrations, over two straight home losses, on New Mexico State 55-20. Georgia and Alabama play a classic game that ends with Georgia scoring on their first play in OT. Florida's defense has a brain fart in the third quarter giving up 230 of the 390 yards Ole Miss had along with 18 points, but the Gators still win by six. Tebow looked amazing racking up 427 total yards and 4 touchdowns. LSU's defense limited South Carolina to 17 yards rushing and less than 50% passing, all while creating 3 turnovers. The Tigers offense seemed a little off, yet they still managed almost 300 yards on the ground, and 28 points combined with the LSU D should be able to beat just about anyone in the country. The surprise this week is Kentucky over Arkansas. Arkansas was looking to rebound from a heartbreaking loss to Alabama the week before, and looked ready to do so taking an eight point lead with around eleven minutes to go. Twenty-one points later Kentucky showed they were the better team and dropped the Hogs to 1-2.
Interesting games for week 5
#6 California @ #12 Oregon
#23 Michigan State @ #9 Wisconsin
#13 Clemson @ Georgia Tech
Auburn @ #3 Florida
Kansas State @ #7 Texas
Game of the week for week 5
#5 West Virginia @ #18 South Florida-Should be a little more defense on the field than the Oregon/Cal game, with bragging rights to the Big East up for grabs.