With another great week of college football in the books, we are roughly a third of the way through the 2013 season. There were numerous highly anticipated match-ups in college football this past Saturday, with the SEC again stealing the spotlight. Let’s get into the week 5 headlines.
– Alabama isn’t quite ready to relinquish the crown. After some criticism from everyone, including myself, the Crimson Tide shutout Ole Miss in impressive fashion. Ole Miss has a very young, talented group, but the hype they’ve received thus far is very deceiving. While I do not believe Bama is the best team in the country as of today, they’ll only get better each and every week.
– Did y’all see what Oregon did in a monsoon Saturday night? That Ducks offense is something else. The speedy Ducks overcame a slippery track and were still able to dismantle Cal, 55-16. Things weren’t all roses for the Ducks as Mr. Everything De’Anthony Thomas severely rolled his ankle during a punt return. He was seen on crutches in the 2nd half, and his diagnosis will be pivotal to Oregon’s long-term success.
– The Buckeyes just continue to find a way to get it done. Ohio State faced their toughest test of the year so far on Saturday, when the Wisconsin Badgers traveled to Columbus, giving OSU everything they could handle. Heisman candidate Braxton Miller again took his rightful place under center and threw for a career high 4 TD’s. The Buckeyes are legit BCS title contenders, but while going undefeated for one season is tough, doing it two years in a row is nearly impossible.
– Let me take the opportunity to tip my cap to both Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger for exceptional performances on Saturday afternoon. Both quarterbacks came out and lit it up against two of the best defenses in not only the SEC, but the entire country. Murray’s stat line was a bit more impressive and he was able to lead his team to the victory over the #6 ranked Tigers. The chips are beginning to fall in the SEC, and the cream is starting to rise.
– Is Oklahoma for real? After an impressive win in South Bend over the Fighting Irish, the Sooners moved to 4-0 and are now ranked just outside the top ten, at #11. The BIG 12 is wide open this season, with preseason favorites Ok State and Texas A&M both having a single blemish on their record. Texas Tech also sits at 4-0, but it would be negligent to concede the BIG 12 to any one of these teams this early in the season.
– Maybe Al Davis was on to something. Not only was Lane Kiffen fired after Saturday’s horrendous loss at Arizona State, but he was escorted off the bus upon arriving at LAX, and not welcomed back to campus. I mean, even Rosa Parks was allowed to stay on the bus, they just wanted her to move to the back. In all seriousness, this was a necessary move for USC if they ever want to regain all the respect they’ve lost during the Kiffen era. Kiffen is an absolute joke, and he has not done one singular thing to warrant the numerous coaching opportunities that have came his way. Southern Cal should go after names such as Franklin, Sumlin, and Strong, but it seems as if Denver Broncos DC Jack Del Rio, who has strong ties to SC, may be the leader in the clubhouse.
– Maryland has vaulted into the top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. In one of only three top 25 match-ups this weekend, the Terps travel to Tallahassee to face the #8 ranked Seminoles, and redshirt Freshman sensation, Jameis Winston. The Terps feature a solid group of wideouts, headlined by play-making sophomore Stefon Diggs. The Noles are double digit favorites and barring a major collapse they should move to 5-0, with a top 10 showdown at Clemson looming after their bye week.
– The second top 25 match-up this weekend will showcase two of the best teams in the Pac 12. The #5 ranked Stanford Cardinal will host the #15 ranked Huskies of Washington. Coach Sark has the Huskies running, and throwing on all cylinders early in the season. “U Dub” should create the toughest test for Stanford so far this season, but expect Coach Shaw and QB Kevin Hogan to be ready for the Huskies best shot come Saturday evening.
– This Saturday College Gameday will travel to Evanston….yes, Evanston, home of the Northwestern Wildcats for their showdown with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The Wildcats are undefeated so far this year and will look to knock off the Big 10 favorites in prime time. I don’t envision scenarios in which that happens. Braxton Miller seems to be fully healthy and the Ryan Shazier led defense will surely gives the Wildcats “fitz” all night long.