Friday, October 7, 2011

College Football Week 5 Review

(AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Wisconsin's quarterback, Russell Wilson, has been incredible for the Badgers 
this season, leading them to a 5-0 record.

This week's review is coming late, but better late than never. This past week, nine teams in the Top 25 lost! While (12) Florida and (8) Nebraska lost to higher ranked opponents, the remaining seven teams lost to lower ranked opponents. (10) South Carolina lost to Auburn, (11) Virginia Tech lost to (13) Clemson, (14) Texas A&M lost to (18) Arkansas, (16) South Florida lost to Pittsburgh, (15) Baylor lost to Kansas State, and (22) TCU lost to Southern Methodist.

Top Three Performances by Team or Player:
1. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones- Landry threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns as the Sooners defeated Ball State 62-6. Jones averaged 13 yards a throw and has been nothing but good this season for Oklahoma.
2. Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson- Wilson had a phenomenal game Saturday and helped lead the Razorbacks over the Texas A&M Aggies. Wilson threw for over 500 yards and three touchdowns.
3. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball- Ball rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns and helped Wisconsin crush Nebraska in their first game in the Big Ten. Ball is having an overall great year for Wisconsin leading the NCAA with 13 rushing touchdowns in just five games.

Top Three Disappointments by Player or Team:
1. Nebraska Cornhuskers- Talk about a buzz kill, in their first Big Ten conference game the Cornhuskers got destroyed by Wisconsin. College Gameday was in Madison for the weekend, and definitely was expecting a much closer game than a 48-17 whooping.
2. Boise State QB Kellen Moore- Moore threw for a career low 142 yards and also had two interceptions. Although the Broncos won, a large part of the win was because their defense, who shut down Nevada.
3. TCU Horned Frogs- TCU didn't lose a single game last season, but has already lost two of their first five games. On top of that, TCU is now considering moving to the Big 12 (really nine), before even playing a single game in the Big East Conference.

Game of the Week: (7) Wisconsin vs. (8) Nebraska

Wisconsin vs. Nebraska was supposed to be a historic game in Big Ten history. It would be the first in conference football game for the Cornhuskers. ESPN's College Gameday was there for the weekend in Madison, and Lee Corso put on a Cornhuskers hat in front of hundreds of Badger fans watching from Bascom Hill. Nebraska came out hot, scoring the first touchdown of the game, and after the Badgers responded with a touchdown of their own, Nebraska jumped back out to a 14-7 lead. Taylor Martinez looked like he was in control of the Cornhuskers' offense and had no problem with Wisconsin's defense. Three drives, and three interceptions later, the Badgers took a 27-14 lead, and would score two more touchdowns to take a 41-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. After jumping around and scoring seventh and final touchdown, the Badgers took this one 48-17.

Next Week's Five Intriguing Matchups:
1. (1) LSU vs. (17) Florida: Will LSU keep their undefeated season alive, or will Florida bounce back from a rough loss and beat the Tigers?
2. (3) Oklahoma vs. (11) Texas: Red River Rivalry at it's best. Texas will try to redeem itself from a horrendous past season, while the Sooners try to re-conquer the top of the rankings.
3. (10) Arkansas vs. (15) Auburn: Auburn starts off the season low in the rankings but starts to make it's way closer and closer to the top each week, sounds familiar? The Tigers are are fresh off of a victory, just like their opponents, who will win this SEC battle?
4. (21) Virginia Tech vs. Miami: This former Big East and current ACC matchup is always a classic. Will Virginia Tech get back on track or will Miami upset the Hokies?
5. (14) Nebraska vs. Ohio State: Can Nebraska make up for their ugly loss last week and beat up on the shorthanded Buckeyes?

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