Jack Geary’s College Football Week 5 Top 25 and Analysis.
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Who wants Bama? Honestly, no one should. You are going to lose if you play Alabama. The game against Vanderbilt was over in the first quarter and it validated Bama’s dominance. I’m convinced if Alabama started their second stringers they would still run the table. It’s Alabama’s national title to lose at this point.
For 3 quarters it seemed as if Clemson was vulnerable to lose to a far less talented team. Then the Tigers exploded and finished off Boston College with a 34-7 win. Clemson gets its biggest test if the season Saturday against Virginia Tech. If they win Saturday, running the table would seem incredibly plausible.
Weirdly, Baylor was able to hang with Oklahoma. The Sooners showed their defense is vulnerable. Although, Oklahoma gets a week off to figure it out.
4. Penn State
Penn State dodged a bullet by barely escaping Kinnick Stadium with a win. This game had all the ingredients of an upset and it came oh so close. The Nittany Lions look to have escaped their trap game and will take on Indiana this week. Saquon Barkley continues to keep his heisman campaign ascending.
USC is content with outlasting teams and winning games in the fourth quarter. Although, Washington State is a team that is good enough to outlast USC if it’s close late in the game. This is definitely a season defining game for USC.
The Bulldogs are absolutely flame right now. There are hardly any flaws to this football team right now. The offense is stellar and the defense is stupendous. Georgia is the hottest team in the country and should beat a lingering Tennessee team.
Washington completely dominated Colorado. If it wasn’t for the monumental win from Georgia, I would have slid Washington into that sixth spot. Washington doesn’t have any big time games approaching on the schedule and should cruise for a while.
8. Ohio State
The Buckeyes beat up on another weak victim. UNLV was no match for Ohio State. Neither is Rutgers… Skip to next week.
The Horned Frogs took a huge leap into the top 10 this week. They were able to shut down Mason Rudolph and create their own bandwagon. TCU gets their bye week leaving up to another ranked matchup against West Virginia.
Harbaugh knows how to control a game and has continued to do so every week this season. Michigan will look to control the game against Michigan State for their first conference win.
The Badgers have demolished every team they have faced this year. This week shouldn’t be any different but for some reason I think Northwestern will make it a close game this week. The Big 10 is a wacky conference, you never know.
12. Virginia Tech
Saturday is a program changing opportunity that has been earned by Virginia Tech. The Hokies would take the college football world by storm if they beat the (win) streaking Tigers. The ACC is their’s if they beat Clemson. These are all “ifs”, but Saturday we will see if Virginia Tech is a contender.
The Hurricanes have benefited from fellow ranked teams losing as they move up week by week. Duke is an underrated team that is on the fringe of entering the rankings. Expect Miami to be challenged at the very least in their first true test.
Redemption will be on the mind of Mississippi State as they take on Auburn. They just got clobbered by Georgia and need a bounce back game. Although, Auburn is too talented. Stidham should hold off the Bulldogs.
15. Oklahoma State
Not even Mike Gundy’s mullet could save Oklahoma State from TCU. Seriously though, this was an extremely underwhelming performance from a highly regarded top 10 team. Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys get a bounce back opportunity against an underrated, and undefeated Texas Tech team.
South Florida did wonders to boost their stock this week against Temple. The Bulls dominated on both sides of the ball. As expected, the offense did their thing with Flowers at the helm. A pleasant surprise was the defense dominating Temple for a complete game. USF’s defense is the key to an undefeated season.
Spirits are down in Louisville; as they should be. The FBI investigation of Louisville basketball could trickle to all sports at the university, including football. Bobby Petrino isn’t a loyal coach and I wouldn’t be surprised if he bolted at the end of this season. For the time being, Louisville will continue to handle business against Murray State this Saturday.
18. Washington State
Luke Falk has put up ridiculous stats this year with a 14 touchdown to 1 interception ratio. Albeit Luke Falk is impressive but USC has a stingier defense than Nevada. Falk will need to play lights out to beat USC.
19. San Diego State
The game between San Diego State and Air Force was played in unbearable conditions. 88 minutes were needed for a rain delay but in the end San Diego State was able to outlast Air Force. Rashad Penny is generating a little heisman buzz too.
20. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish have jumped back onto the national radar after two preeminent wins. The Michigan State win on the road was convincing enough to move ND back into the top 20. I expect Notre Dame to keep churning out wins against mediocre opponents leading up to a highly anticipated USC matchup. If ND could beat USC they would be slung into the playoff conversation. For now they will take on Miami of Ohio.
The Gators looked less than impressive in the win against Kentucky. If Florida wants to remain in the rankings they need to show more. Vanderbilt will be a test to prove Florida’s legitimacy.
Utah did just enough to beat Arizona and stay in the rankings. As I always say, wins are wins. But a matchup against Stanford will be a tougher one to seize for Utah.
23. West Virginia
Will Grier and West Virginia have been posting sick numbers. Will Grier is a top college football qb and in my opinion is very underrated. A fourth straight 50+ point game for the Mountaineers would be enough to upset TCU.
24. NC State
The Wolfpack appearing in my rankings may come as a surprise to readers. Although, this team has talent and is a sleeper ACC contender. Ryan Finley did enough to beat the coveted Florida State defense and will be able to beat middle of the toad ACC teams. It will be determined if NC State can pick up bigger wins against upcoming Louisville and Notre Dame.
Many questions remain about LSU. One relating to the quarterback playing time dealing with Danny Etling and Myles Brennan. Etling is expected to remain the started but Brennan is getting chances and could steal some reps. Regardless of the starting quarterback LSU should roll over Troy Saturday.
On the Horizon: Texas Tech, Iowa, Miss. State, Duke