Can we really already be at Week 5 of the college football season?
It feels like I was just complaining to anyone and everyone that would listen that college football needed to be back in my life as soon as possible; and now we sit one-third of the way through the season.
So, what did Week 5 bring? Well, that’s easy…..
Aaron Murray showed he is a true winner, Lane Kiffin did not, and Alabama did what they always do: silence loud and annoying foes.
Here’s a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from the past week.
I’ll admit, I’ve bashed Aaron Murray several times.
Mr. Murray, I apologize and take it all back.
Murray led Georgia to a victory over LSU in a battle of Top-10 SEC heavyweights by throwing for almost 300 yards and four touchdowns.
After years of being overshadowed, Murray appears to have found his way in Athens, piling up stats and wins in bunches right now.
Georgia looks poised to get back into national-title contention after a Week 1 loss to Clemson, and, if things continue to go in this direction, they might get a chance at redemption vs. the Tigers in January.
Also of note, has anybody picked up on what Stanford is doing? Quietly, the Cardinal and David Shaw waxed Washington State, 55-17, and look like a real threat to Oregon’s run to a BCS championship game.
And, let’s all give Dana Holgerson a hand in West Virginia.
He was ripped apart for a lack of offense, but the Mountaineers put it all together at home and upset then-No. 11 Oklahoma State.
A tip of the cap to you, Mr. Holgerson.
Give Bo Wallace some credit, as the Ole Miss quarterback made a name for himself by calling out Alabama’s defense.
Wallace, though, failed to remember one thing: they might not be top-draft choices, but they are still Alabama’s secondary.
The Crimson Tide heard the words and proceeded to shutout the Rebels, pitching a 25-0 victory. Wallace went 17 of 31 for just 159 yards, while also getting sacked for a safety.
He had stated the Tide couldn’t keep his receivers quiet all day, and they did, limiting top threats Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell to 10 catches for just over 100 yards; not bad, but not nearly enough to beat Bama.
Some will say that Alabama didn’t do enough to impress, but I disagree. They showed already they can win high-scoring thrillers when they defeated Texas A&M, and this weekend, they showed they can shut a team down.
Lane Kiffin, please report to the office of the Athletic Director, and bring your keys with you.
Kiffin was handed his walking papers following an unbelievable 62-41 defeat at the hands of Arizona State on the road.
Granted, it’s not all Kiffin’s fault, as his previous boss, Pete Carroll, left him short of scholarships and other things. But, he knew this going in.
Kiffin still felt he could be the one to restore Southern Cal to greatness, and he failed.
I am sure he will land on his feet somewhere else, but the college game just isn’t for Kiffin. He lacks the needed emotion to relate to these players. He’s no Carroll, no Dabo Swinney, no Kevin Sumlin.
In terms of actual football ugly, that went down in Columbus and involved Wisconsin’s late-game actions.
Earlier in the year, the Badgers blew a chance to leave Arizona with a win when they let the clock run out. Against Ohio State, Wisky didn’t even get that opportunity, as Joel Stave was sacked, failed to complete a pass and the game ended with Urban Meyer remaining unbeaten as coach of the Buckeyes.
Maybe this week in practice Wisconsin should solely practice some late-game management. Just a thought.
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