College Football, Week 5 – Alabama and Georgia continue to dominate


At this point in the season, two teams break away. Alabama and Georgia confirmed their might this weekend with dominant wins over SEC-ranked opponents. But if these two universities seem above, difficult to know who will participate in the playoffs. Because all the other suitors stumble, and it was Oregon’s turn this weekend. This situation opens the door to other programs, especially in Cincinnati. Back on a 5th lively day.


Alabama and Georgia impose their laws in the SEC

  • (1) Alabama (5-0) 42 – (12) Ole Miss (3-1) 21
  • (2) Georgia (5-0) 37 – (8) Arkansas (4-1) 0

Authors of a perfect start to the season, with 3 wins in 3 games, the Rebels could test themselves in Alabama this weekend. And like all of Nick Saban’s former assistants before him, Lane Kiffin got spanked by his master. The coach of Ole Miss had however told reporters to « bring out the popcorn » before the match, but his team found themselves trapped to 35-0 in the 3th quarter time. Nick Saban now has a 24-0 record against his former students …

The match between Alabama and Ole Miss was also an opportunity to see a duel between two contenders for the Heisman Trophy. If Bryce Young emerges with the victory, he was not perfect, with 241 yards (20/26), 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Opposite, Matt Corral displays 213 yards (21/29), 1 touchdown and 1 fumble lost. The star of this meeting was rather the RB of the Crimson Tide, Brian Robinson Jr, who totals 171 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

Already victorious over Texas and Texas A&M this season, the Razorbacks arrived in Georgia with a lot of confidence, and the desire to confirm against one of the best teams in the country. Unfortunately for Arkansas, there was no game as the domination of the Bulldogs was strong. The absence of QB number 1, JT Daniels, did not bother Georgia much, who relied on a powerful ground game (273 yards, 3 TD) and a stifling defense (0 point, 162 yards allowed). This is the second consecutive shutout for the Bulldogs, who have conceded only 23 points in 5 games. If Alabama remains ranked number 1, Georgia is probably the best team in the country right now.


Bearcats further increase their credibility

  • (9) Notre Dame (4-1) 13 – (7) Cincinnati (4-0) 24

For several seasons now, Cincinnati has been one of the benchmark universities of the Group of Five, and the name of the Bearcats is timidly returning to discussions for the playoffs. To give itself even more credibility and to definitely interfere in this elite, the program had to hit hard this weekend in a match against a team classified in the top 10, and which participated in the playoffs recently: Our Lady.

And the Bearcats did not take long to silence the Fighting Irish fans, leading 17-0 thanks in particular to 3 forced losses. Notre Dame then came back to 4 lengths, but Desmond Ridder’s third touchdown sealed the deal in the 4th quarter time. The Cincinnati QB finished with 297 yards and 2 touchdowns in the air, as well as 26 yards and 1 more touchdown on the ground.

After this success, coach Luke Fickell’s team must be part of the conversation for the playoffs, and it will be difficult to let the Bearcats out if they finish undefeated in the AAC conference. The chaos in the standings, with the defeats of many contenders, only adds weight to Cincinnati’s bid. Only one classified opponent (currently) remains on the team’s road, SMU on November 20.


Iowa, Penn State and Michigan continue their clear rounds

  • Maryland (4-1) 14 – (5) Iowa (5-0) 51
  • Wisconsin (1-3) 17 – (14) Michigan (5-0) 38
  • (4) Penn State (5-0) 24 – Indiana (2-3) 0

Maryland was traveling to Iowa with a perfect record and a great Taulia Tagovailoa, and the idea was to surprise the No.5-ranked team for a big hit in the Big Ten. But the Terrapins fell on a super strong defense, which intercepted 6 passes in total, including 5 from Tagovailoa. Behind, Spencer Petras (259 yards, 3 TD) took advantage of the recoveries to sanction Maryland. Some will find the Hawkeyes’ style unglamorous, but it works and this defense has already forced 16 losses in 5 games.

After 2 very complicated seasons with Michigan, Jim Harbaugh seems to have put his team back on the right track. The start of the season is very convincing, but the Wolverines still have to face the bigger teams (Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State). This Wisconsin-tale game was an interesting first test, even if the Badgers are a little tough. And that was even truer after the injury of QB Graham Mertz, as Michigan made the break in the second half. The QB Cade McNamara leaves a good game, with 197 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Another Big Ten conference university that retains its invincibility, Penn State has made short work of Indiana. QB Sean Clifford threw for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 INT), and the defense forced 2 interceptions. Serious things are happening in the Big Ten, with a clash between the Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes next weekend.


Oregon’s turn to fall

  • Stanford (3-2) 31 – (3) Oregon (4-1) 24

The 5th day obviously had its victim, and it was Oregon’s turn to fall. Very convincing since the start of the season, the Ducks had climbed to the 3th place in the standings thanks to a success at Ohio State in the 2th daytime. But everything was erased on Saturday with the overtime loss to Stanford, and the hopes of qualifying for the playoffs took a hit.

Led 17-7, the Ducks had yet done the hard part by reversing the trend and taking the advantage (24-17) in the 4th quarter time. But questionable choices on the part of the coach, penalties and a good Tanner McKee (230 yards, 3 TD) in front, allowed the Cardinals to snatch the extension. In addition to the loss, Oregon lost several important players to injuries, such as RB CJ Verdell or LB Noah Sewell.


Oklahoma State makes its way into the Big 12

  • (19) Oklahoma State (5-0) 25 – (21) Baylor (4-1) 14

Duel between surprise and undefeated teams from the Big 12 conference this weekend. And thanks to a still very inspired defense, like last week against Kansas State, the Cowboys took over the Bears. It’s a change of course for this team, which was used to the opposite configuration, including a big attack. But stars like Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace are gone, leaving a group that is still looking for each other. QB Spencer Sanders perfectly embodied this feeling with a complicated game (182 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT). But the defense took matters into their own hands, and RB Jaylen Warren shone with 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Oklahoma State vs Baylor
The Cowboys are still unbeaten after 5 days (photo: the Oklahoman)

Bo Nix and Auburn win Tigers clash

  • LSU (3-2) 19 – (22) Auburn (4-1) 24

For the first time since 1999, Auburn won at Tiger Stadium. And the great architect of this success is quarterback Bo Nix, who has unleashed his magical powers. Put on the bench last week during the difficult victory against Georgia State, the QB responded perfectly. Regularly let down by his offensive line, he ran for his life and created actions from little. At the end of the game, he posted 255 yards and 1 touchdown in the air, and 74 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.

Thanks to this success at Baton Rouge, Auburn improved his record to 4 wins and 1 loss (against Penn State). Next week, a huge game awaits Bo Nix and the Tigers, with the reception from Georgia.


The Gators and Aggies beaten again

  • Kentucky (5-0) 20 – (10) Florida (3-2) 13
  • (15) Texas A&M (3-2) 22 – Mississippi State (3-2) 26

Losing narrowly to Alabama isn’t catastrophic, but falling to an unranked opponent is another story. And against Kentucky on Saturday, the Gators almost fought on their own. The QB Emory Jones (203 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) was in difficulty in the second part of the match and the penalties followed one another. Opportunistic, the Wildcats did the round back and they surprised Florida on a blocked field-goal and returned in touchdown of 76 yards. This is the first time since 1986 that Kentucky has won at Lexington against the Gators.

Big contenders for the playoffs this year, the Aggies are already offside in the SEC after just 5 days and 2 losses. Already beaten by Arkansas last week, they relapsed against Mississippi State this weekend. The Aggies’ defense was notably cut out by QB Will Rogers (407 yards, 3 TD). With a game against Alabama on the schedule for the next day, chances are Texas A&M will be 0-3 in the SEC conference. Very disappointing for Jimbo Fisher’s team.


The other important results of Week 5

  • Kansas State (3-2) 31 – (6) Oklahoma (5-0) 37
  • Rutgers (3-2) 13 – (11) Ohio State (4-1) 52
  • Utah State (3-2) 20 – (13) BYU (5-0) 34
  • (16) Coastal Carolina (5-0) 59 – UL Monroe (2-2) 6
  • (17) Michigan State (5-0) 48 – Western Kentucky (1-3) 31
  • Hawai’i (3-3) 27 – (18) Fresno State (4-2) 24
  • (20) UCLA (3-2) 23 – Arizona State (4-1) 42
  • (23) NC State (4-1) 34 – Louisiana Tech (2-3) 27
  • (24) Wake Forest (5-0) 37 – Louisville (3-2) 34
  • (25) Clemson (3-2) 19 – Boston College (4-1) 13

The best performances of the week

QB

  1. Will Rogers (Mississippi State): 46/59, 408 yards, 3 TD
  2. Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh): 23/36, 389 yards, 4 TD
  3. Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky): 46/64, 488 yards, 3 TD

RB

  1. Bijan Robinson (Texas): 35 races, 216 yards, 2 TD
  2. Tyler Allgeier (BYU): 22 races, 218 yards, 3 TD
  3. Chase Brown (Illinois): 26 races, 257 yards, 2 TD

WR

  1. Skyy Moore (Western Michigan): 11 receptions, 163 yards, 2 TD
  2. Jerreth Sterns (Western Kentucky): 17 receptions, 186 yards, 1 TD
  3. Josh Downs (North Carolina): 8 receptions, 168 yards, 1 TD

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