College Football Big Game Reaction: Cincinnati, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Cincinnati, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Cincinnati, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma 37, Kansas State 31 Reaction

5-0 is 5-0 is 5-0.

Is this a pretty Oklahoma team with a whole lot of pyrotechnics and crazy offensive explosions? No, and that might be okay.

Is this a team that’s struggling against inferior competition and making things way too hard on itself?

Absolutely.

The defense that has the experience and talent to be a rock allowed 320 yards and three touchdown passes to Skylar Thompson, who came back from injury and got the Wildcats back in the game late. But the Sooners were able to hang on, they overcame a slew of attempted haymakers that almost landed – an onside kick that was flagged because of a double touch, and a barely missed catch on a key fourth down – and …

5-0 is 5-0 is 5-0.

Spencer Rattler was terrific. He completed 22-of-25 passes for 243 yards and two scores with a no-big-whoop interception that was like a deep punt. He got the O down the field at the end of the first half to set up a field goal, and he didn’t give Kansas State anything easy to work with.

He also helped OU score 24 second half points, and it still almost wasn’t enough.

We’re five games in and there still isn’t enough of a running game. 131 yards and 4.1 yards per carry isn’t going to get through the rest of the schedule unscathed, but that might just be what this team is.

More controlled, more steady, and with less of a margin for error.

Don’t start worrying about what might happen in the College Football Playoff. That’s for way down the road. Get through this, get through Texas, and keep on improving with a full four quarters at some point.

Week 5 Big Game Reactions
Cincinnati 24, Notre Dame 13
Stanford 31, Oregon 24 OT
Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17
Georgia 37, Arkansas 0
Alabama 42, Ole Miss 21

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