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

If faculty football had a defining theme in September, it was that there have been two certainly wonderful teams—Alabama and Georgia—and that it was tricky to type out absolutely everyone else. Higher education football 7 days five (the to start with weekend of Oct) bolstered that theme. The No. 3 crew in the AP Poll, Oregon, shed to an unranked Stanford, though Bama and Georgia ruined the ranked opponents on their individual plates. As the season strategies its midway stage, here’s a sampling of who arrived out of the weekend looking greater and who didn’t.



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Winner: Kirby Sensible

Smart’s No. two Georgia Bulldogs walloped Arkansas in Athens, 37–0. It was an best Sensible victory in that Georgia passed the ball 11 moments, permitted zero factors, and ensured the under hit. Smart’s joyful spot is to win bullyball-design game titles that don’t require newfangled developments like “spread passing” and “downfield obtaining threats,” even even though UGA has dabbled in individuals areas from time to time.

An clear personal injury to setting up QB JT Daniels meant backup Stetson Bennett had to step in. He’s a previous wander-on who’s been entrusted with not messing up on arguably the most gifted roster in faculty football. He has succeeded in that pursuit so significantly, but it would be greater for Sensible if Daniels returned to health and fitness quickly (and stayed that way).

Loser: Other Former Nick Saban Assistants in the SEC

Sensible, a previous Alabama defensive coordinator under Saban, had a fantastic weekend. What about the other ex-Saban understudies who now have their individual SEC groups? They did not. Ole Overlook mentor Lane Kiffin, who served as Bama’s offensive coordinator from 2014–16, was on the obtaining stop of a 42–21 shellacking by the Crimson Tide. Kiffin attempted to transform five fourth downs and only designed two of them, hastening his team’s demise—although punting in all probability would not have designed significantly big difference anyway.

Somewhere else, Saban’s prolonged-back LSU offensive coordinator, Texas A&M mentor Jimbo Fisher, shed at dwelling to Mississippi Condition, 26–22. The Aggies entered the yr with plausible countrywide title hopes, but individuals are now a point of the earlier.

Winner: Cincinnati

The still-unbeaten Bearcats bolstered their scenario to be the Group of Five’s to start with-ever Higher education Soccer Playoff crew by convincingly beating Notre Dame in South Bend by a rating of 24–13. Luke Fickell’s defense was suffocating as regular, and some Notre Dame turnovers served Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder and the offense get into the 20s versus their team’s previous defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, who now retains that gig at Notre Dame.

The Playoff variety committee will in all probability obtain a way to devalue Cincinnati and exclude it from the area even if UC wins out, but for the to start with time ever, there is at minimum a flicker of a cause to consider a non-power-convention faculty tends to make the reduce. (A win over Notre Dame would be a headliner most elite G5 groups absence, as prolonged as the Irish don’t tumble apart in the back 50 percent of the season.)

But Cincy’s validation needn’t appear from some suits on a committee. Any person who watches them is aware they are really serious.

Loser: Oregon

Component of Cincinnati’s optimistic outlook arrives down to the Pac-12’s lone Playoff contender, Oregon, dropping a 31–24 decision at Stanford in overtime. The Ducks have what could possibly be the ideal win of any crew this year—they pounded Ohio Condition in Columbus back in 7 days 2—but they have not appeared elite exterior of that. Quarterback Anthony Brown struggled in Palo Alto, and the offense never ever appeared proper with coordinator Joe Moorhead not current. (Moorhead was ill, even though not with COVID-19.) The Cardinal seem greater than they did in the season’s to start with few weeks, but this still constitutes a capital-b Lousy loss for Mario Cristobal and his crew.

Winner: Kentucky

Kentucky performs Florida in football each yr, and the game titles alternate amongst Lexington and Gainesville. The last time the Wildcats defeat the Gators in Lexington was in 1986. What followed was a streak of sixteen straight losses, but it is over now that British isles won on Saturday, 20–13. In addition to burying a persistent demon, Mark Stoops’ crew is 5–0 and has a good possibility to complete 2nd in the SEC East driving Georgia.

Loser: Maryland

Here’s one crew that did not bury a demon. Maryland has consistently struggled to crack into faculty football’s higher tier. Going back a number of head coaches, the Terps have typically started out well, damaged into or around the best 25, and then encounter-planted though attempting to create on their own as a fantastic crew. The vintage of the style is a 63–0 loss to Florida Condition in 2013, when the Terps have been briefly ranked twenty fifth. A close-sufficient remake happened on Friday night, when the 4–0 Terps hosted No. five Iowa and had an prospect to confirm they’d leveled up under head mentor Mike Locksley. It did not go well. Maryland passers threw 6 interceptions, and Iowa won in Higher education Park, 51–14. The lesson? Never ever aspiration.

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