College Football Review Week 5

College Football Review Week 5

A look back at the week that was with three college football teams that impressed and three whose weekends did not go as planned.

Three Up

Tennessee Volunteers

2016 Record: Straight-Up 5-0, Against-the-Spread 2-3

The game was over. Georgia scored on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Eason to Riley Ridley with 10 seconds left to take a 31-28 lead. Then, as the Bulldogs fans were celebrating, Tennessee returned the ensuing kickoff into position for one last desperation heave into the end zone. Against all odds, Joshua Dobbs threw a 43-yard pass with no time remaining to Jauan Jennings for a touchdown.

Tennessee’s Hail Mary was the first game-winning touchdown as time expired in the SEC since Auburn’s “kick-six” miracle against Alabama in 2013. The Vols rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth time in five games and now have a commanding lead in the SEC East.

Next Up: Texas A&M

Trends

Tennessee is 3-26 straight-up since 2005 on the road against ranked teams.

Clemson Tigers

2016 Record: Straight-Up 5-0, Against-the-Spread 2-2-1

Clemson rallied to score two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat No. 3 Louisville 42-36 Saturday night. The Tigers had to stop the Cardinals on fourth down with 33 seconds to play to hold on for the victory.

Deshaun Watson scored five touchdowns, the last two came in the final seven minutes. His heroics help bettors cash big on the in-game line.

Clemson is in command in the ACC and will likely be favored to make the College Football Playoff after the dramatic win over Louisville.

Next Up: Boston College

Trends

Clemson is 10-2 straight-up in games not played on Saturday (7-5 ATS).

Washington Huskies

2016 Record: Straight-Up 5-0, Against-the-Spread 3-2

Purple haze: No. 10 Washington rolled No. 7 Stanford 44-6 Friday night. It was the largest win ever for the Huskies over an AP top-10 team. Chris Petersen’s squad now has the inside track for the Pac-12 North title.

Washington is now 5-0 for the first time in 24 years. Quarterback Jake Browning led the way throwing for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Myles Gaskin ran for 100 yards and two scores as well and the defense bottled up Heisman hopeful Christian McCaffrey (49 rushing yards on 12 carries).

The statement game from UW puts the program firmly in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. The celebration could be short lived, a tough road test awaits with a trip to Eugene.

Next Up: Oregon

Trend

Washington has lost 10 straight to Oregon (0-10 ATS)

Three Down

Iowa State Cyclones

2016 Record: Straight-Up 1-4, Against-the-Spread 3-2

Chris Callahan kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to complete Baylor’s rally from down 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Cyclones were over 95% likely to win before falling 45-42.

Iowa State has lost 17 straight against ranked teams. Third longest active streak among current Power 5 teams. Weird things happen in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones have been known to put a scare in ranked teams at home but often that is all it is, a scare not a win.

Next Up: Oklahoma State

Trends

Since 2006, Iowa State is winless in the state of Oklahoma (1-7 ATS).

Texas Longhorns

2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-2, Against-the-Spread 2-2

Texas has allowed 45 or more points in three of the team’s first four games this season for the first time in school history. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns as Justice Hill rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys 49-31 upset of the Longhorns.

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin reportedly told Orangebloods.com, when asked about coach Charlie Strong’s future, “We need to evaluate what happened here.” It seems like an eternity since the ‘Horns beat Notre Dame in the season opener. At 2-2, Strong will need to finish strong or risk losing his job.

Next Up: Oklahoma

Trends

Texas is 7-3 ATS against Oklahoma since 2005. 

Kickers

Kickers are generally worthless. No one considers kickers real football players. So it is really upsetting when one tries to contribute to the team by making tackles. I want to thank Jaylen Waters (why did he get ejected for that hit?) for putting Joey Julius, and kickers in general, back in their place. Know your role, stay in your lane.

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