Another weekend, another round of great games for college football. We had it all: blowouts, nail-biters, come-from-behinds and “are you kidding me?” finales. One primetime match-up (Florida-Alabama) didn’t live up the billing. The other (Stanford-Oregon) was tight through three quarters.
There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get to it. Here are winners and losers from Week 5 …
Never in a million years would you think a victory over Vanderbilt would be the Marquee win for the Big East, but in a year where Big East football has been on par with the Sun Belt, teams were looking for whatever they can get and UConn got just that in a 40-21 win over Vandy. It should be noted,however, that Rutgers did their part to help the credibility of the conference by losing 17-14 to Tulane. At home. Gag me.
Michigan State assistant coach Don Treadwell
It’s been an emotional two weeks for Michigan State with the heart attack of head coach Mark Dantonio. But Sparty responded, ripping off two wins under the guidance of their interim head coach, including a 34-24 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin.
It wasn’t pretty, but the finishes to Tennessee-LSU and Texas-OU were nothing short of amazing. LSU looked as though they were experiencing clock-management snafu 2.0, but due to a Tennessee penalty, got another (and successful) crack at a touchdown.
Texas looked all but defeated with under two minutes to play in the game until Oklahoma’s Landry Jones fumbled a ball that sloooooowwwwlllllyyyyyy rolled out of bounds as a Longhorn defender crawled on the ground after it. A muffed punt return by Texas two plays later sealed the deal and Oklahoma walked away with the victory.
North Texas’ resilience
It’s not often I get to say anything positive about my alma mater, so I’m going to take a moment and give them their due. My father often tells me, albeit somewhat jokingly, “To be a North Texas fan is to suffer”. No argument here. Nothing was easy for the Mean Green Saturday as the team was suffering the loss of receiver Josh Rake, who was killed on Friday in a car accident. Even harder was the 28-27 loss the Mean Green received at the hands of Louisiana-Lafayette. With under a minute to go, North Texas scored a touchdown to make it a one point game, but the tying extra point was blocked.
That’s suffering. But give North Texas credit. For all the injuries, heartbreak and losses they’ve been handed, they’ve hung tough and played hard. That’s something everyone can admire.
Oregon’s second-half D
You don’t always think of amazing defense when you picture Oregon football. Mostly it’s just fancy-pants spread offenses and highlighter yellow uniforms that make your eyes bleed. However, in Saturday night’s game against Stanford, the Ducks’ defense held one of the country’s highest-scoring offenses (and best quarterbacks) off the scoreboard in the second half and intercepted Andrew Luck twice. The Ducks rolled 52-31.
Virginia Tech started the season 0-2 with losses to Boise State and James Madison. Since then, they’ve fired off three straight wins, including one in week five against favored North Carolina State. Furthermore, Tech was down much of the game and showed a tremendous amount of mental toughness by making a comeback win.
I don’t care what anybody says. Beamer’s teams always seem to get better as the season progresses. That’s the sign of great coaching.
Everything about the 2010 Alabama football team
Coming from behind to knock off Arkansas on the road was impressive. Coming back the following week and dismantling Florida at home was more impressive. Shutting Florida down inside the redzone on what seemed like 10 different occasions was the most impressive.
Oh, yeah. That Alabama offense isn’t too shabby, either. Without getting too ahead of myself, Alabama looks like they could run the table and play for a national championship again this year. With Ohio State struggling today, the gap between the Tide and everybody else is getting bigger by the weekend.
Jacory Harris’ multiple personality medication
The junior quarterback threw four touchdowns against Clemson, but his ongoing problem with interceptions was evident in the first half, including one in the endzone.
Overall, Harris was an ugly 13-of-33 for 205 yards. Historically, Harris has been egregiously bad on the road, but he pulled out the victory today.
Color Commentator/Captain Obvious Herm Edwards.
Some quotes from the ESPNU broadcaster during the ULM-Auburn game. “The SEC is a good conference”, “Alabama’s quarterback has never lost”. “Wasn’t Michigan’s coach on the hot seat at the beginning of the year?” “They play defense good”.
Texas’ mental errors
Texas had, count ’em, 9 penalties for 81 yards in a 28-20 loss to Oklahoma, including some really dumb personal foul penalties that kept Oklahoma scoring drives alive. On the flip side, it seemed like anytime the Longhorns managed any kind of offense, it was at the hands (no pun intended) of a holding call. Texas’ offense and special teams committed two turnovers in dropping their second straight game.
Clemson’s wide receivers
Quarterback Kyle Parker was 14-of-33 (only one completion better than Jacory Harris), but got no help from his receivers. Dropped passes for Clemson were painfully abundant for the Tigers. The look on Parker’s face during one dropped pass could only be read as “I turned down millions of dollars for this crap?”
Who accidentally calls Derek Dooley by his father’s name, Vince Dooley, anyway? I’ll tell ya who: the same guy who said USC was going to dominate Washington after picking Washington to beat Nebraska.
Just received this text from John Taylor: “Ben. U R no longer allowed 2 do predictions n previews for CFT LOLZ!!1!”
Also, noticeably absent was other intern Sean Martin.
Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson all had rough games today, with Luck and Wilson being on the losing end of their games. Pryor and Luck’s chances at the hardware may have taken a lesser hit, but Wilson, who was just getting on the cusp of Heisman talk (at least according to JT) threw three interceptions too many against VA Tech.
Georgia football & Colorado fans
It was bad enough that the Bulldogs lost in Boulder, but it’s even worse that the fans at Folsom Field rushed the field after beating a now 1-4 football team. Used to winning much?