A million years have occurred. Pigs have flown. And hell has frozen over: Tennessee has beaten Florida!
The Volunteers erased eleven years of shortcomings against their SEC East rivals last Saturday, thanks in part to Joshua Dobbs’ enormous second half in their 38-28 win. Dobbs threw for four touchdowns down the stretch that had Neyland Stadium rocking, and the Volunteers rolling back up the rankings. Butch Jones’ team can firmly take hold of the division this week as his team rolls into Athens to take on an embarrassed Bulldogs team, who lost at the hands of Ole Miss 45-14 a week ago. It may only be the first weekend in October, but its safe to say this Tennessee team has grown into the SEC and title contenders many thought they could be. 2015 saw this team lose four times by one possession or less, and they were determined to flip the script this fall. Time will tell if Tennessee can hold on and claim the SEC East, but this team has the looks of one who will be playing (Alabama) in Atlanta come conference title weekend. Kudos to you Butch Jones. Now it’s time to finish the job.
Week 4 made its mark through a number of thrilling finishes from ranked teams. Utah pulled it out at home late Friday vs. USC (Clay Helton is 1-5 in this last six games in charge). Stanford pulled off a clinical TD drive late in the Rose Bowl. Washington stayed unbeaten vs. Arizona in the desert. And down went LSU in controversial fashion, along with their (former) beloved leader, Les Miles.
Oh and by the way, Lamar Jackson is still amazing (473 total yards, 7 TD).
But as we look ahead to week 5, teams will continue to be tested, and the big games keep on coming. Be sure to leave a comment below on your thoughts on where this college season has been, where it is going, and who you think will be in be playing in the playoff on January 1st! Here’s this week’s 6:
Pick 1: Week 5’s Best games to Watch
6.) Oklahoma 1-2 @ TCU (21) 3-1
OKLA -3.5 5:00 PM FOX
5.) Utah (18) 4-0 @ Cal 2-2
CAL -2.0 6:00 PM PAC 12 NETWORK
4.) Tennessee (11) 4-0 @ Georgia (25) 3-1
TENN -3.5 3:30 PM CBS
3.) Stanford (7) 3-0 @ Washington (10) 4-0
WASH -3.0 9:00 PM ESPN
2.) Wisconsin (8) 4-0 @ Michigan (4) 4-0
MICH -10.5 3:30 PM ABC
1.) Louisville (3) 4-0 @ Clemson (5) 4-0
LOU -2.0 8:00 PM ABC
Pick 2: Week 5 Storylines
6.) If both Miami (at Georgia Tech) and Florida State (vs. North Carolina) take care of business this week, we could be looking at a classic top 10 rivalry game that is always great for college football.
5.) If Oklahoma can’t take down TCU on the road this weekend, they’ll fall to 1-3 on the season and will be crawling into their rivalry game with Texas on October 8th, and the inevitable will take over the news: what does Bob Stoops’ future hold in Norman?
4.) Can Nebraska keep the ball rolling this weekend and get to an impressive 5-0 by beating Illinois? Their schedule sets up nicely in the coming weeks (Illinois, Indiana, Purdue), and could be 7-0 by the time they head into Wisconsin on October 29th.
3.) Who will take hold of the title as the best team in the Pac 12 in the battle of the established commodity (Stanford) and the up and comers (Washington)?
2.) Will Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines survive their first real contest this week at home vs. Wisconsin? A surprisingly high spread for a top 10 matchup of -10.5 MICH says they will be just fine.
1.) Can Lamar Jackson have his “Heisman moment” and defeat DeShaun Watson and Co. in Death Valley?
Pick 3: Book Suggestions for College Coaches
6.) Nick Saban, Alabama: Sometimes it’s nice to read a book that is all about you. We all know all Saban does is win titles, and it would be nice for coach Saban to sit down and enjoy his story for once.
The Lord of the Rings
5.) Bobby Petrino, Louisville: Your team is on a magical ride, sitting at 4-0 and number 3 in the polls. So remember, Bobby: it’s not all about where you end up, but the journey and road you took to get there.
4.) Chris Ash, Rutgers: 38.5 underdogs in conference play (at Ohio State)? Only one way to try to fix that situation.
The Holy Bible
3.) Ed Orgeron, LSU: “Coach O” is in his first week in charge of the Tigers, and is looking to unite his team and get them moving in the right direction. What better way than a little team bonding?
Chicken Soup for the College Soul
2.) Tom Herman, Houston: Herman has his Cougars ranked 6th in the nation, and he has his sights set right on the playoff this season. Can the Cougars shock the world and be playing in a semifinal on New Year’s Day? You better believe Herman thinks so.
The Little Engine that Could
1.) James Franklin, Penn State: Calling a timeout, on the four yard line, down 28-0, in the second half, just to kick a field goal? There could only be one suggestion:
Football for Dummies
Pick 4: Possible Les Miles Replacements at LSURead more
6.) Lane Kiffin, Alabama (Offensive Coordinator)
Please, please, let this happen.
5.) Ed Orgeron, LSU Interim Head Coach
Can coach O impress and take the job over full time?
4.) Gary Patterson, TCU
Is this the job that finally makes Patterson waive goodbye to Forth Worth?
3.) David Shaw, Stanford
Shaw has mentioned that he enjoys life out in Palo Alto, but who knows what could happen throughout the season.
2.) Tom Herman, Houston
Herman will have his choice at a number of elite college (and possibly NFL) gigs after the season, and LSU might already be calling.
1.) Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
A former LSU coordinator under Nick Saban, Fisher has continued to deny any interest in the LSU job, and honestly, why would he be interested? He continues to recruit at an elite, “SEC”, level at Florida State, and enjoys an easier road to the playoff in the ACC. Jimbo, you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone, so enjoy life down in Tallahassee.
Pick 5: Playoff Power Rankings
6.) Louisville (Next: at Clemson)
5.) Clemson (Next: vs. Louisville)
4.) Stanford (Next: at Washington)
3.) Michigan (Next: vs. Wisconsin)
2.) Ohio State (Next: vs Rutgers)
1.) Alabama (Next: vs. Kentucky)
Pick 6: Heisman Power Rankings
6.) DeShaun Watson, QB Clemson
5.) Greg Ward Jr., QB Houston
4.) Donnell Pumphrey, RB San Diego St.
3.) Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
2.) J.T. Barrett, QB Ohio State
1.) Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
Written by Corey McDonnell
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