Week 5 of College Football is in the books…..
Below is a review of the five biggest games of the weekend:
USC 48 @ Colorado 41
Even though the Buffaloes lost, they put up a far better fight this week.
Despite being down over 20 points at various stages of the game, Colorado was able to come back by the end to make it a one score game.
Coach Prime can use this performance as a stepping stone on there way to trying to get bowl eligibility.
For USC, the same themes are coming out of this game – they have a great offense but a below average defense.
“They have a great offense but a below average defense” is the theme of Lincoln Riley’s head coaching career, and until he gets the defense sorted out his teams will fall short.
USC may only be the 4th best team in the PAC 12…. Oregon and Washington are ahead of the Trojans right now, AND if Utah has a healthy Cam Rising then USC is likely behind the Utes.
Notre Dame 21 @ Duke 14
This was a gutsy win by the Irish.
Following a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State, there was a fear that Notre Dame would turn one loss into two.
Instead, Notre Dame largely controlled the game throughout – Duke did take the lead late, but the Irish scored a late touchdown to seal it.
Now Notre Dame can use this win to springboard the second half of the season (I know, it is hard to believe we are already half way through the season!).
For Duke, this was their chance!
The Blue Devils could have made a SERIOUS statement on national TV.
Now Duke will have to regroup and hope to finish the season strong.
LSU 49 @ Ole Miss 55
Well hello offense!
Ole Miss came out swinging and did not look back on route to 55 points.
It was a far cry from the offense or lack thereof that we saw vs Alabama a week ago.
It now puts the Rebels in the driving seat to be the number two team in the SEC West (though they will have to hope Alabama slips up TWICE to reach the SEC Championship)
But the REAL story here is LSU.
Forget the woeful defense which was non existent – the Tigers are out of the playoff conversation in SEPTEMBER.
This has to be a disappointment for Tiger nation who had aspirations of winning the SEC West and making the CFP.
To make matters worse this likely won’t be the last loss LSU has – the Tigers still have to play Alabama, AND have to go through a full SEC schedule.
Kansas 14 @ Texas 40
This win further cements the notion that Texas is back.
And those “Texas is back” believers have a point.
The Longhorns are undefeated and playing great football.
Yes, Kansas was without their starting quarterback, but still – Texas is 5-0 and now has a big matchup against Oklahoma this week.
For Longhorns fans this is nearly a decade in the making and certainly bodes well for their introduction to the SEC next year.
Georgia 27 @ Auburn 20
The Bulldogs were once again on the ropes, but once again answered the call.
The Tigers were up double digits at one point, and it was a tie game in the fourth quarter, but Georgia does what Georgia does – WIN!
For Dawgs fans they would definitely like to start games a bit better, and against stronger teams they will not be able to afford double digit deficits.
Still, Georgia keeps winning, which is all they can do.
Georgia is one of just a few teams who can play a C- game and still win.
In other words, until someone proves they can beat the Dawgs, I am a believer in the Dawgs (at least making the CFP).