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

If university football experienced a defining concept in September, it was that there were being two certainly great teams—Alabama and Georgia—and that it was hard to form out all people else. College football Week 5 (the to start with weekend of October) bolstered that concept. The No. 3 group in the AP Poll, Oregon, misplaced to an unranked Stanford, although Bama and Georgia ruined the ranked opponents on their own plates. As the year methods its halfway stage, here’s a sampling of who arrived out of the weekend looking superior and who didn’t.



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Winner: Kirby Clever

Smart’s No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs walloped Arkansas in Athens, 37–0. It was an suitable Clever victory in that Georgia handed the ball 11 times, authorized zero details, and ensured the below strike. Smart’s pleased spot is to acquire bullyball-type video games that never entail newfangled developments like “spread passing” and “downfield obtaining threats,” even while UGA has dabbled in individuals areas from time to time.

An evident damage to starting QB JT Daniels intended backup Stetson Bennett experienced to stage in. He’s a previous wander-on who’s been entrusted with not messing up on arguably the most proficient roster in university football. He has succeeded in that pursuit so much, but it would be superior for Clever if Daniels returned to well being swiftly (and stayed that way).

Loser: Other Former Nick Saban Assistants in the SEC

Clever, a previous Alabama defensive coordinator below Saban, experienced a great weekend. What about the other ex-Saban understudies who now have their own SEC groups? They did not. Ole Overlook coach Lane Kiffin, who served as Bama’s offensive coordinator from 2014–16, was on the obtaining close of a 42–21 shellacking by the Crimson Tide. Kiffin attempted to change five fourth downs and only made two of them, hastening his team’s demise—although punting most likely wouldn’t have made considerably change anyway.

Somewhere else, Saban’s extended-in the past LSU offensive coordinator, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, misplaced at household to Mississippi Point out, 26–22. The Aggies entered the calendar year with plausible national title hopes, but individuals are now a point of the previous.

Winner: Cincinnati

The even now-unbeaten Bearcats bolstered their circumstance to be the Team of Five’s to start with-at any time College Soccer Playoff group by convincingly beating Notre Dame in South Bend by a rating of 24–13. Luke Fickell’s protection was suffocating as common, and some Notre Dame turnovers aided Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder and the offense get into the 20s in opposition to their team’s previous defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, who now retains that gig at Notre Dame.

The Playoff choice committee will most likely uncover a way to devalue Cincinnati and exclude it from the field even if UC wins out, but for the to start with time at any time, there’s at minimum a flicker of a rationale to think a non-electric power-convention university would make the slash. (A acquire around Notre Dame would be a headliner most elite G5 groups absence, as extended as the Irish never slide apart in the back again 50 % of the year.)

But Cincy’s validation needn’t occur from some satisfies on a committee. Any one who watches them is familiar with they’re critical.

Loser: Oregon

Part of Cincinnati’s optimistic outlook arrives down to the Pac-12’s lone Playoff contender, Oregon, dropping a 31–24 final decision at Stanford in extra time. The Ducks have what might be the most effective acquire of any group this year—they pounded Ohio Point out in Columbus back again in Week 2—but they haven’t appeared elite outside of that. Quarterback Anthony Brown struggled in Palo Alto, and the offense never ever appeared ideal with coordinator Joe Moorhead not present. (Moorhead was unwell, while not with COVID-19.) The Cardinal seem superior than they did in the season’s to start with couple weeks, but this even now constitutes a funds-b Terrible loss for Mario Cristobal and his group.

Winner: Kentucky

Kentucky plays Florida in football just about every calendar year, and the video games alternate involving Lexington and Gainesville. The final time the Wildcats beat the Gators in Lexington was in 1986. What adopted was a streak of sixteen straight losses, but it is around now that British isles gained on Saturday, 20–13. In addition to burying a persistent demon, Mark Stoops’ group is 5–0 and has a respectable probability to finish next in the SEC East powering Georgia.

Loser: Maryland

Here’s just one group that did not bury a demon. Maryland has continually struggled to crack into university football’s upper tier. Heading back again various head coaches, the Terps have usually begun effectively, broken into or in the vicinity of the top rated twenty five, and then experience-planted although seeking to set up on their own as a great group. The vintage of the genre is a 63–0 loss to Florida Point out in 2013, when the Terps were being briefly ranked twenty fifth. A close-more than enough remake happened on Friday evening, when the 4–0 Terps hosted No. 5 Iowa and experienced an prospect to demonstrate they’d leveled up below head coach Mike Locksley. It did not go effectively. Maryland passers threw six interceptions, and Iowa gained in College Park, 51–14. The lesson? Never ever dream.

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