October 1, 2012

College Football Week 5 Recap

    Week 5 proved to be one of the most exciting weekends of football so far, with upsets and many shoot-outs.

    #8 West Virginia and Baylor combined for 133 points, and West Virginia won 70-63. Mountaineer's quarterback Gino Smith is having an outstanding season, and he burst onto everyone's radar with his performance vs. Baylor. Smith threw for 656 yards, and eight touchdowns. He had more touchdown passes then incompletions, as he went 45/51.

Geno Smith, WVU Quarterback

    Baylor quarterback Nick Florence also had his own spectacular game, throwing for 581 yards, 5 touchdowns, and one interception. He was also 29/47.

    But the real hero was Smith, who now is my Heisman favorite. Smith not only has 1,728 yards thus far, and has 20 touchdowns and not one interception. Jaw-dropping numbers.

    #7 Texas and Oklahoma State also had their own shootout, and it came down to the wire. Texas pulled ahead and won 41-36, and did not fall victim to an upset like I had predicted. 

    Even the SEC got into the action with its own shootout. #6 Georgia beat Tennessee 51-44.

    In other games, #11 Stanford was upset by Washington on Thursday night. #15 Ohio State and #18 Michigan State had a close battle. Both teams were very evenly-matched, and the Buckeyes won 17-16. #5 South Carolina had troubles vs. Kentucky, and #3 LSU had problems verse Towson. 

    The Big 10's troubles continued, and only four teams are ranked this week. That is not what the Big 10 is accustomed to. To get a better sense of how bad the Big 10 is, Northwestern looks like they will be in the Big 10 Championship. Think of that, Northwestern could be the best team in the Big 10.

Top 25:

1. Alabama 5-0
2. Florida State 5-0
3. Oregon 5-0
4. LSU 5-0
5. Georgia 5-0
6. South Carolina 5-0
7. Texas 4-0
8. West Virginia 4-0
9. Notre Dame 4-0
10. USC 3-1
11. Kansas State 4-0
12. Ohio State 5-0
13. TCU 4-0
14. Oklahoma 2-1
15. Clemson 4-1
16. Louisville 5-0
17. Oregon State 3-0
18. Florida 4-0
19. Northwestern 4-0
20. Nebraska 4-1
21. Mississippi State 4-0
22. Stanford 3-1
23. Washington 3-1
24. Michigan State 3-2
25. Cincinnati 3-0

Next 5 In:

Rutgers 4-0
Michigan 2-2
Arizona State 4-1
Ohio 5-0
Texas Tech 4-0

Dropped Out:

Michigan (#23)
N.C. State (#21)
Boise State (#25)

What To Watch:

#10 USC (3-1) @ Utah (2-2)
Thursday, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN

The Trojans should pick up a big conference win here, against a down Utah squad. A win can get them back into the national scene.

Prediction: USC 42 Utah 14

#4 LSU (5-0) @ #18 Florida (4-0)
3:30 pm ET, CBS

I haven't jumped on the Florida bandwagon like most have this season, and this is where they have their first test. LSU has had some close games with Auburn and Towson but should roll here. Florida is not yet back as an SEC-contender, and this is the week LSU exposes the Gators's bluff.

Prediction: LSU 35 Florida 21

#14 Oklahoma (2-1) @ Texas Tech (4-0)
3:30 pm ET, ESPN2

Last year Texas Tech upset Oklahoma, and now they look to do it again. The Red Raiders are 4-0, and Oklahoma is coming off a bye week after a loss to Kansas State. The Sooners have looked overrated this year too, and Texas Tech may give them problems. 

Prediction: OU 34 TTU 14

#8 West Virginia (4-0) @ #7 Texas (4-0)
7:00 pm ET, FOX

Both teams are coming off high scoring games, but Texas's defense should keep Gino Smith from putting up those kind of numbers again. The argument many use against WVU is that they havn't played anyone. I don't think Baylor is nearly as good as some say they are, and Texas will be the first real test. This is where Gino Smith needs to have a huge game to stay in the Heisman race.

Prediction: Texas 40 WVU 33

#5 Georgia (5-0) @ #6 South Carolina (5-0)
7:00 pm ET, ESPN

Georgia and South Carolina are the top teams in the SEC East, and neither have shown anything this season to show they are better then the other. This could be the only way to distinguish who is the better team, and this one is a toss-up.

Prediction: South Car 37 UGA 34

#20 Nebraska (4-1) @ #12 Ohio State (5-0)
8:00 pm ET, ABC

Ohio State looks to get revenge for its meltdown against Nebraska last season. The Cornhuskers look to show they are the best team in the Big 10 with a win here. Ohio State proved they can play with top teams last week by beating Michigan State, and Nebraska took a while to get going vs. Wisconsin. Could go either way, but Ohio State has the revenge factor, and Braxton Miller is one of the top players in the country right now. The Buckeyes should match last years win total this Saturday.

Prediction: OSU 27 Neb 22

#23 Washington (3-1) @ #3 Oregon (5-0)
10:30 pm ET, ESPN

Washington shocked Stanford last week, but Oregon is the second best team in the Pac-12 and is head and shoulders above the Huskies. A lot of points will be scored, but the Ducks will still win by three touchdowns. Will look like Oregon's win last week vs. Washington State.

Prediction: ORE 54 UW 28

Other Predictions:

BYU 28 Utah State 14
#17 Oregon State 31 Washington State 19
Air Force 36 Navy 3
Auburn 35 Arkansas 27
#21 Mississippi State 42 Kentucky 14
Boise State 22 Southern Miss 15
#11 Kansas State 45 Kansas 17
#19 Northwestern 21 Penn State 20
Virginia Tech 28 North Carolina 27
#22 Stanford 37 Arizona 34
Wisconsin 42 Illinois 10
#15 Clemson 41 Georgia Tech 28
Michigan 25 Purdue 18
Vanderbilt 25 Missouri 22
Texas AM 37 Ole Miss 21
#25 Cincinnati 34 Miami (OH) 14
#9 Notre Dame 28 Miami (FL) 20
#2 Florida State 21 NC State 10
UCLA 45 California 17

BCS Bowls Right Now:

Championship: #1 Alabama vs #2 Florida State

Rose: #19 Northwestern vs #3 Oregon

Orange: #16 Louisville vs #8 West Virginia

Fiesta: #7 Texas vs #10 USC

Sugar: #4 LSU vs #9 Notre Dame

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