College Football Contenders/Pretenders; Week 5 results
In week 5 college football games, many schools had a chance to prove themselves that they were among the elite to make it to the college football playoffs. However, reality did sit in for those that had that dream. Let's start from the beginning:
Iowa 51 Maryland 14
The media excited Maryland's Taulia Tagovailoa as the Quarterback to dismantle the Iowa defense. Many did not realize that Iowa's defense is one of the best teams in the nation. They had only given up 10 points in the second half in four games. Tagovailoa threw 5 interceptions.
Iowa's running game and defense are a threat in the Big Ten Conference, and they can potentially make the college football playoffs should they win the conference championship.
Arkansas 0 Georgia 37
Two Top 10 teams battled, but there was not much to see. Georgia dominated all three sides (offense, defense, special teams). It was an excellent documentary about how Sam Pittman turned the program around. It will always be the same outcome when playing teams like Alabama and Georgia because they have the top talents in the conference.
Michigan 38 Wisconsin 17
The Wolverines seem like a real team to be contenders. Many are waiting for the team to fail so that they can say, "I told you so.". Michigan is starting their season 5-0 for the first time since 2016 when the team started 9-0. Is this the year for Michigan to beat Ohio State? That is the focus right now rather than making the CFP.
Ole Miss 21 Alabama 42
Ole Miss's 21 points are a far stretch from the truth. I do not know what Kiffin was doing on the sidelines, but his play calling sucked in the first half. How do you go for 4th down on your side of the field? Regardless, Ole Miss played like an overrated team. I expected better for them. For Alabama, they are vulnerable, and it shows. I am anticipating an SEC matchup between Alabama and Georgia.
Cincinnati 24 Notre Dame 13
Desmond Ridder kept the Notre Dame fans quiet. He backed up his words and came out victorious. It is hard to say if Ridder can become a Heisman candidate. For now, all he cares about is making the CFP. Cincinnati deserves it.
Notre Dame played a good game with Drew Pyne as a starter. Unfortunately, Brian Kelly started with Jack Coan, and the offense looked terrible. Kelly's management skills for the game resulted in a loss.
Start DREW PYNE!!!
Oregon 24 Stanford 31
Oregon's offense started to click in the second half. But the defense failed to stop Stanford's rally. Oregon had to deal with injuries and Kayvon Thibodeaux's ejection for targeting. With a depleted talent, it proves that Oregon does not have the next man up to get the job done. Oregon and the PAC 12 may not reach the CFP. However, an Oregon State, which nobody is talking about, take over the conference?
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