It’s all about upsets in week five of college football. It all started on Thursday night in Corvallis, OR where the unranked Beavers of Oregon State shocked the world again as they beat the number one ranked USC Trojans. Not to be outdone, unranked Ole Miss upset 4th ranked Florida in Gainesville at the Swamp. And on it goes. The Houston Cougars upset 23rd ranked East Carolina. The Michigan Wolverines made a valiant come-back to upset 9th ranked Wisconsin. Navy beat 16th ranked Wake Forest, Maryland got 20th ranked Clemson, and the Alabama Crimson Tide (9th ranked) upended the 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Is that enough for us? There will probably be more to come this year. Few teams look unbeatable. Most have stumbled and played sloppy. Teams can’t do that anymore as the parody is prominent.
I did watch the Oklahoma-TCU game and I was very impressed with the Sooners. The Horned Frogs held OU to 25 yard rushing, therefore, Sam Bradford dropped back and threw the ball over the coverage for a total of 411 yards passing. Broken plays cost TCU along with penalties. TCU was able to do what no other team has been able to do against OU this year and that was slow down the attack. They held Oklahoma to almost 20 points below their average, but TCU’s offense just wasn’t explosive enough to stay with OU. As they Sooners get into Big 12 Conference play, they will face far more explosive offenses. They will need that ground game to keep offenses of teams like Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State’s off the field. Otherwise, they might be in for several shootouts. Nevertheless, I now put Sam Bradford at the top of my Heisman Trophy list. He was just plain impressive. He was knocked down, sacked and hurried all day, but he delivered.
Oregon State vs. Utah
Fresh off their upset victory over USC, the Beavers travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utes. Utah is undefeated, but less impressive than I expected at this point. Can the Beavers parlay their win over USC into a successful season?
Oregon vs. USC
Oregon is is 4-1 with its only loss coming to Boise State. USC is coming off of their upset loss to Oregon State. Oregon State showed that a shifty, small back can help keep the chains and the clock moving against USC. Can the Ducks follow that recipe to a win in LA? Or does upset simply refer to what the Trojans will be when they step on the field?
Auburn vs. Vanderbilt
The Commodores, yes Vanderbilt, is on top of the SEC East standings. They play an Auburn team that has shown very little on offense in their transition to a spread by new Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin. Well, Vanderbilt does it pretty well, and maybe they can give the Tigers a few tips, after the game. Vandy averages a full touchdown more a game than Auburn, and they are gunning for an historic year. Oh, and the game is in Nashville, and both teams are ranked.
Missouri vs. Nebraska
The Cornhuskers had a chance to be ranked this week. All they had to do was beat an improving Virginia Tech at home on national TV, run their record to 4-0, and await their showdown with Mizzou. Well, it didn’t work out as planned. Tyrod Taylor gave Nebraska fits, and Tech got the quality win on the road. Now Mizzou comes to town, and I am sure Chase Daniel was watching that game.