College Football: Week 5 Wrap Up
What a wacky week we had in college football. It began on Thursday night when the Beavers upset no. 1 ranked USC, you almost had a feeling that game was a lead up to upset filled Saturday, and the prediction did not disappoint. With several ranked teams losing, the top 5 of our power rankings will look much different from last weeks.
Let’s run down a few of the games that made headlines on Saturday.
The ACC had its share of stunning moments this weekend as Maryland upset Clemson in a game that the Tigers had control of in the first half. Their 11 point lead was wiped away as the Terps were able to control James Davis and create some big plays in the second half.
How about the Midshipmen! With the nations leading ground game, Navy went into Winston-Salem and beat up on the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest turned the ball over 6 times in the game, a week after creating 7 turnovers against FSU. Wake Forest got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday, the miscues were mainly the responsibility of quarterback Riley Skinner, who threw 4 interceptions and lost a fumble. This has Wake in danger of falling out of the Top 25 and creates a space open for the possibility of Navy to slip in.
In the most unexpected result of the week, Ole Miss. defeated the 4th ranked Florida Gators in the swamp 31-30 on a blocked extra point. In a back and forth game that saw the Rebels fight back from a 10 point halftime deficit in a stadium where visiting teams don’t have much success the game was decided by a blocked PAT. Florida had their oppurtunities to win this game but did not execute in those situations. A lot of credit goes to the Rebels as they did not let Tim Tebow beat them, by blitzing the quarterback all game one could see he felt uncomfortable in the pocket. Congrats to Ole Miss.
In our preview of College Football Week 5 we mentioned the Wisconsin/Michigan game as one the Badgers should not take lightly. It appears that the Badgers felt they only needed to show up for three quarters, boy were they ever wrong. Michigan capitilized on an interception that went in for a touchdown to give the Wolverines their first lead of the ball game. The game was decided by a failed two point conversion that would have given the Badgers a tie.
In a game that we predicted in our free picks article, the Crimson Tide went into Athens, Georgia and upset the 3rd ranked Bulldogs. Alabama dominated the Bulldogs in the first half outscoring them 31-0 and scoring points on its first five possessions. Knowshon Moreno was completely nullified from the contest due to the outstanding scoreline. The score was no indication of the domination by Alabama, other than a few late scores by Georgia this game was way out of reach heading into the fourthquarter. This now makes it interesting atop the power rankings with 3 out of the top 5 teams losing.
This week we managed to go 2-1 with our free picks and that moves my overall record to 3-3 on the season. Our lone loss this week came at the hands of TCU which did not manage to cover the 18.5 point spread.
Check back next week for our College Football free picks and preview articles.�