The Week 5 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 5 Roundup
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Clemson 21, UNC 20 | Big Ten | SEC
5. Winners & Losers From Week 5
It’s a strange team that seems to play just well enough to uncomfortably win. The Gophers are 4-0 and could very, very easily be 0-4 – but they’re not. They’ve got a backfield loaded with terrific veteran running backs, and yet NFL-caliber receiver Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman are the stars. QB Tanner Morgan? Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Those are the only other quarterbacks in college football with a passer efficiency rating of 200 or higher. The Gophers get Illinois next.
It’s been a bad, bad season for Purdue. It started out with a collapse/choke in the loss to a Nevada team that’s getting obliterated by anyone who can throw a forward pass, and now it’s 1-3 with a rough slate ahead. Worse yet, star WR Rondale Moore left the loss to Minnesota with a scary leg injury, and QB Elijah Sindelar hurt his shoulder. Oh goody … up next is a trip to Penn State.
Winner: Arizona and Colorado
Utah and Arizona State might just be the two best teams in the Pac-12 South, and USC and UCLA get most of the national headlines, but …
Loser: UCLA 67, Washington State 63 turning the season around
So would the momentum carry over from that epic win by UCLA two Saturdays ago? Arizona was without QB Khalil Tate and RB JJ Taylor, and still beat the Bruins 20-17.
Winner: Chuba Hubbard
The Oklahoma State sophomore leads the nation in rushing by a mile, with 938 yards and ten scores in five games. In five games, Ohio State’s JK Dobbins is No. 2 with 654 yards and five scores. Hubbard ran for 296 yards and a score in the 26-13 win over Kansas State, or 46 more yards than the total so far by …
Dead last in the nation in rushing and coming off an embarrassing loss to UMass, Akron has gained 250 yards and two scores in just five games. It’s averaging 1.77 yards per carry. The second-worst team in YPC is Tulsa, and it’s averaging 2.42 yards per pop.
Winner: SMU and Appalachian State
5-0 SMU cracked the top 25 of the AP Poll, checking in at 24. It’s now ranked for the first time since the 1980s, but it’s still in the Others Receiving Votes category in the Coaches Poll. Appalachian State – the team that beat North Carolina – is still unbeaten and unranked, meanwhile …
Loser: Ranking UCF in the polls
Oh how quickly everyone forgot that loss to Pitt. UCF hasn’t beaten anyone all that great, blasted a bad UConn program that hasn’t won a game over an FBS team since 2017, and that warranted the No. 18 spot in the AP and No. 19 ranking in the Coaches. By the way, Pitt needed everything in the bag to get by Delaware this weekend.
Winner: DeVonta Smith
Ole Miss is an SEC football team with a whole lot of talent and, technically, SEC-caliber football players. Alabama ripped through it like butter in the 59-31 win, with Tua Tagovailoa throwing six touchdown passes and running for another. 11 of his passes were caught by Smith – known for his national title-winning touchdown catch over Georgia – for 274 yards and five touchdowns. In one game, Smith scored as many or more receiving touchdowns than …
Loser: 41 college football teams
Of course the pure-running teams like Army, Georgia Southern and Navy are among those who have yet to throw for five touchdowns or more, but Northwestern is in that mix. So is Wisconsin, NC State, BYU and Kansas State. And as for the 274 yards by Smith, those are more than Army and Georgia Southern have amassed all year. too.