College Football Mania: Week 5

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College Football Mania: Week 5

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs against Southern California.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs against Southern California.

Tyler Tiomsland, The Spokesman-Review

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs against Southern California.

Tyler Tiomsland, The Spokesman-Review

Tyler Tiomsland, The Spokesman-Review

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs against Southern California.

Sam Herrold, Reporter

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No. 5 Southern California traveled to No. 16 Washington State and the game was set to be a good one. It finished with an epic ending with the Cougars upsetting the Trojans, 30-27, on a late field goal.

USC’s Sam Darnold had a tough night throwing against the Cougar defense with zero touchdown passes and one interception. His performance diminished his chances in the Heisman Trophy race.

In another upset, Troy upended No. 25 Louisiana State. When was the last time this small Alabama school beat a ranked team on the road? Troy had only done it once in its program’s history before last weekend. Troy controlled the game from start to finish. Leading 21-7 in the fourth quarter, LSU quickly tried for a comeback in Death Valley before losing, 24-21.

No one has been able to stop Clemson and Alabama this year. It seems like both teams are on a whole different level than everyone else in college football. Both teams have locked the top two spots since the start of the season. Alabama blew out Ole Miss, 66-3, in Tuscaloosa while visiting Clemson controlled a good Virginia Tech, 21-17.

 

Heisman Watch

  1. Sarqon Barkley (Penn State) – Barkley has put up a monster performance so far this year for the the frontrunning junior for the Nittany Lions. Penn State would definitely not be in the top 10 were he not on this team. He is the X-factor for Penn State.
  2. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – Mayfield is easily the nation’s most skilled quarterback this year. He has put up many impressive performances this year against many great teams. He will have many more road tests later this season. We will see if he keeps up the pace.
  3. Rashaad Penny (San Diego State) – Penny has finally jumped onto the Heisman scene this year. He might be the the most underrated running back this year. He has run for an impressive 823 yards and seven touchdowns.
  4. Luke Falk (Washington State) – Falk played a great game against Southern California; he threw for 340 yards and two exciting touchdowns. For the season, he has thrown for 16 touchdowns and 1,718 total yards.  
  5. Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) – What  a great week to bounce back for the Cowboys as they played a night game in Lubbock against Texas Tech. He threw for three touchdowns and 376 yards.

 

Week 6 Preview

We have many exciting games to look towards this upcoming weekend with many games that could affect the playoffs. No. 17 Louisville visits No. 24 North Carolina State and we will see how well Lamar Jackson does on the road against an undefeated Wolfpack team. The national game of the week is No. 8 Texas Christian at home  against No. 23 West Virginia. Both teams have played exceptionally this year and it will be an interesting game to watch.

Rankings

  1. Alabama 5-0
  2. Clemson 5-0
  3. Oklahoma 4-0
  4. Penn State 5-0
  5. Georgia 5-0
  6. Washington 5-0
  7. Michigan 4-0
  8. Texas Christian University
  9. Wisconsin 4-0
  10. Ohio State 4-1
  11. Washington State 5-0
  12. Auburn 4-1
  13. Miami 3-0
  14. Southern California 4-1
  15. Oklahoma State 4-1
  16. Virginia Tech 4-1
  17. Louisville 4-1
  18. University South Florida 5-0
  19. San Diego State 5-0
  20. Utah 4-0
  21. Florida 3-1
  22. Notre Dame 4-1
  23. West Virginia 3-1
  24. NC State 4-1
  25. University Central Florida 3-0
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