The college football landscape was rewritten last weekend when ranked teams dominated, upset and those looking to make a name for themselves in 2021 vociferously said they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. As the hottakes of what happened last weekend are still being made, here’s a recap of Week 5 in college football.
One of the biggest winners on Saturday afternoon was the Cincinnati Bearcats, who traveled to Notre Dame Stadium and left with some money for the program, and their first-ever win over a ranked opponent. The Irish were smothered by the Bearcats, shutout in the top half and 17-0 in the intermission. Cincinnati retained a 24-13 win over the previously #9-ranked Irishmen, keeping Notre Dame out of the College Football Playoff picture this season as the Bearcats were propelled into the post-season talk. If you like chaos, make sure Cincinnati wins this season.
The team that I think had a so-so day was the Georgia Bulldogs. Sure, they lost to the upstart Arkansas Razorbacks 37-0 after leading three touchdowns in the first quarter…namely at The Swamp, where the Kentucky Wildcats upset the Florida Gators 20-13, leaving the Bulldogs and Kentucky remained the last two undefeated teams in the SEC East. That means the path to the conference title game may not be as easy as Georgia once thought, and since Alabama usually seems to be playing with half of their playbook, a trip to the playoffs can still be an uphill task. for the Bulldogs despite being #2 in the nation.
The surprise loser of the day was the Oregon Ducks, who fell victim to this year’s #3 Jinx after losing to the Stanford Cardinal 31-24 in overtime. With only the state of Arizona in the Pac-12 South and the state of Oregon in the Pac-12 North still undefeated, seeing a team from this conference climb the rankings and earn a playoff spot. Both the Sun Devils and Beavers got votes in last week’s AP rankings, but not nearly enough to crack the Top 25; and without having to play against a legitimate title contender, it could be another dark January for the Pac-12 once the Rose Bowl is over.
There’s one conference, and at least one special team that I’m concerned about. The conference is the Big Ten and the team I’m most concerned about is Penn State. With Oregon losing, the Nittany Lions will likely be the third team in the country this week after their 24-0 win over the disappointing Indiana Hoosiers. If Penn State is the third best team in the country, then the national title hunt is sadly over, as Alabama is clearly head and shoulders above anyone else in the Big Ten. They’re playing better on both sides of the ball this year, and with chaos behind them in the rankings, barring and injuries for their quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Bryce Young, everyone else is just playing for second in college football this year.
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