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College Football Top 10 -- Week 5
by Wayne Root - 09/27/2012
1) Alabama---Bama upped their season record by smashing Florida Atlantic 40-7. Plenty of stats to pad but none to report. This week they turn their attention to Ole Miss at home. Ole Miss comes to town with a 3-1 record so this game will have some life to it. Or not. Bama is more than a 4 TD favorite so we'll have to wait for a real game with the Crimson. Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace sat out practice Wednesday with his sore shoulder and playing Alabama is NOT what a Doctor would order.
2) Oregon---All I can say is WOW! The Ducks put a beating on Arizona 49-0. And the Wildcats were ranked Number 22 in the polls. Even though the final score may differ from most views, it was the defense that gets credit for this win. They scored 14 points and kept the Mildcats out of the end zone. This game was billed as all offense as this is the Pac 12's 2 fastest and highest scoring teams in the conference. Oregon is on the road at Washington St this week.
3) LSU---We knew a Tigers team would be able to keep this game close and get the win. The Auburn Tigers almost did the unthinkable. Many were amazed when Wayne Root came out listing Auburn as his SEC Game of the Year. Not to worry. Auburn grabbed the halftime lead at 10-9 and then held LSU to 3 points in the second half. Playing on the road in these college atmosphere's has that 13th man with all its emotions. The win gave LSU its sixth straight 4-0 start and extended its streak of regular-season wins to 17, the longest in the nation. LSU can go back to their safe house knowing that mighty powerhouse Towson comes to town seeking their paycheck. More importantly, the pointspread win gave Wayne Root a 4-0 start too! Wayne's Games of the Year are 4-0, 100% winners.
4) Florida St---The Seminoles were very fortunate to beat a good Clemson team 49-37. You can't give up 37 points at their level and expect to win these games. The fourth-ranked Seminoles used a 35-3 run in a 20-minute span of the second half Saturday night to remain unbeaten. If anything that came out of this contest is that EJ Manual's name will continue to make the Heisman list. Manuel was brilliant, completing 27 of 35 passes for a career-high 380 yards while rushing for another 102 to become the first Seminole quarterback since Charlie Ward in 1992 to pass for more than 300 yards and run for over 100 in a game. They play South Florida in a fairly competitive game this Saturday.
5) Georgia---The final score was not suppose to be a blowout when the Dawgs played Vandy last week. But it was exactly that; a 48-3 blowout. Georgia was up 27-3 at halftime and never worked up a sweat in the second half. QB Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and got plenty of help from the rest of the offense. Speaking of offense, in over a hundred years of playing, Georgia has scored more than 40 points in its first four games for the first time in school history. Georgia plays Tennessee at home this week.
6) South Carolina---The Gamecocks looked good last week defeating Missouri 31-10. Connor Shaw finally had the game the Coach Steve Spurrier knew he could have. He missed his first pass. Then Shaw was absolutely perfect after that, completing his final 20 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Spurrier, the Heisman Trophy winning passer notoriously harsh on QBs as coach, gave Shaw a game ball and plenty of praise after a performance that left the junior tied for second all-time in the SEC for consecutive completions. Marcus Lattimore ran for two touchdowns to set another school record as the Gamecocks (2-0 SEC) moved to 4-0 for just the ninth time in 119 years of football. They play on the road against Kentucky.
7) Kansas State---The Wildcats shocked a few as they went into Norman and came out with a 24-19 win over Oklahoma. This was definitely payback from a year ago when the Sooners boomed into Kansas and demolished and embarrassed them with a 41 point win. All that K-State needed was the running game of John Hubert. Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown leading a very balanced attack. Kansas St gets a bye this week.
8) Stanford---The Cardinal had a bye week last Saturday and enjoyed 2 weeks of studying and preparing for their Thursday game against Washington on the road. They are a road favorite and we'll have to take the wait and see approach to see it the celebration of defeating USC, along with this lay-off, hurt them or helped them.
9) West Virginia---The Mountaineers defeated a very weak Maryland team 31-21. Nothing impressive to note about that mis-match expect the final score. Despite scoring two early touchdowns, West Virginia (3-0) looked flat at times, after averaging 56 points and 612 yards in its first two games against non-BCS conference opponents. Heisman candidate Geno Smith often threw into tough coverage and had as many incompletions in the first half (nine) as he did in the first two games combined. He spent a lot of time getting knocked on his backside and finished 30 of 43 for 338 yards. Let's just chalk it up that West Virginia was looking ahead to this weeks game against Baylor.
10) Notre Dame---The Irish did NOT have a good game against a horrible Michigan team. But they did get the win and moved to 4-0 so they remain in the Top 10....but barely! Beating Michigan 13-6 at home is not impressive especially with as many turnovers as the Wolverines gave them. The Fighting Irish picked off five Michigan passes and forced a fumble and finished the game with a back-up quarterback. Call it bad offense on Michigan or good defense on Notre Dame but twice Notre Dame held Michigan without points from the Irish 10-yard line. Notre Dame get this week off and then prepares for the Miami game.