2016 Top Games of the Week Recap (Week 5)

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In actual football news, the Playoff picture gets clearer in some conferences but murkier in others.

Top Ten Games of the Week Recap

10. Oklahoma State 49-#22 Texas 31

Hey remember when Texas beat a top ten ranked Notre Dame and we thought they were back? Yeah, me neither (even though I might have suggested it four weeks ago). Oklahoma State pulled out to a lead in the second quarter and didn’t look back.

9. West Virginia 17-Kansas State 16

West Virginia has won their way into the polls with their gutsy win over Kansas State in Morgantown. Gutsy is a kind way of saying that they barely won and didn’t make a great case for themselves as an actual good team. The Mountaineers trailed 13-0 at halftime and had to score two touchdowns in the fourth to overcome the Wildcats.

8. North Carolina 37-#12 Florida State 35

A big upset in the ACC. North Carolina played a stupendous game against Florida State to upset the Seminoles in Tallahassee. FSU hadn’t lost at home since 2012 and hadn’t lost a conference game at home since 2011. The Noles, a Playoff hopeful, are sliding down the polls at an unexpected pace. A loss to a surprisingly good Miami this coming week will likely push them out of the Top 25 for the first time SINCE that 2011 loss at home to Virginia. 

7. #14 Miami FL 35-Georgia Tech 21

Miami took care of Georgia Tech in Atlanta and vaulted themselves into the top ten. It’s a huge book for the Hurricanes in their first year under Mark Richt, who with most of the same personnel, has transformed the Canes back into an ACC contender. They still appear to be below the level of the very top tier of the conference, but if they keep winning they’ll obviously force the issue. Next week’s matchup against Florida State has the potential to be a big statement win.

6. California 28-#18 Utah 23

Cal upsets Utah in Berkeley to end the Utes’ perfect season. Combined with ASU’s and Stanford’s losses, the PAC-12 is down to only one undefeated team, the lowest of the Power 5 conferences. The Bears had a surprisingly strong defensive game, including a goal-line stand to keep Utah out of the endzone on the final play of the game to clinch the victory. California will remain a dangerous force that could potentially upset most comers in the PAC-12.

5. Oklahoma 52-#21 TCU 46

Looks like Oklahoma has some life to them after all. Both teams traded off time pasting the other. TCU dominated the first and fourth quarters, which in these situations normally gives you the win. However, the Sooners scored 42 in the middle quarters including four unanswered touchdowns, giving OU just enough of a cushion against the comeback minded Horned Frogs. Since Baylor is still a rather unknown quantity, this still might have been the Big 12′s two best teams going at it. That Oklahoma won is somewhat of a blow to the league, who are basically assured to not have a Playoff contender unless the Bears can somehow win out despite barely beating Iowa State.

4. #11 Tennessee 34-#25 Georgia 31

I’m done at recapping Tennessee games. I just can’t capture the excitement, there’s no reason to try. These wild comebacks are baffling to me and I think it’ll eventually bite this team in the butt. But for now we can watch the 2013 Auburn-like wildness that this team is creating.

3. #4 Michigan 14-#8 Wisconsin 7

How bout that for an old fashioned Big Ten throwdown? Michigan could probably have scored a bit more, but what’s the fun in that? Wisconsin barely managed anything on the offensive side of the game, and they really didn’t deserve to win it. However they did play very well against what’s apparently one of the best teams in the nation right now. It wouldn’t be unlikely to see this matchup again in the Big Ten Championship Game.

2. #10 Washington 44-#7 Stanford 6

WOW! There are very few times when the power balance of a conference is shaken up so severely. Stanford, who has won 3 of 4 PAC-12 Championships, was utterly humiliated by Washington. The Huskies have pulled off a coup out West, and are currently the clear best team in the league. In a way Stanford shot themselves in the foot. It’s one thing to be out-muscled on offense and defense and utterly shut down on passing and rushing plays (which they were), but the Cardinal system of not adjusting to an opponent’s game is what really buried them. This is the worst Stanford loss since before Jim Harbaugh came into town.

1. #3 Clemson 42-#5 Louisville 36

This might go down as one of the best games of the season. A scoreless tie in the first quarter was busted wide open, mostly by Clemson, in the second. The Tigers led 28-10 at halftime. Louisville charged out of the gate and gave Clemson all they could handle in the second half. The Cardinals went up 29-28 in the third and threatened to take the game away from the Tigers. Clemson scored two touchdowns to Louisville’s one in the fourth quarter to win the game. The Cardinals came up just a few yards short on a fourth down conversion with just over 30 seconds left in the game, sealing their loss. The Tigers are now in the driver’s seat in the ACC race.

5 Group of 5 Games of the Week

5. #6 Houston 42-Connecticut 14

Looks like Houston didn’t have a problem with Connecticut this time around.

4. South Florida 45-Cincinnati 20

South Florida went to Nippert Stadium and totally handled Cincinnati. The Bulls wore down the Bearcats and pulled away in the second half.

3. Western Michigan 49-Central Michigan 10

Western Michigan stays unbeaten. The Broncos control their destiny in the MAC West.

2. #16 Ole Miss 48-Memphis 28

No upset, Memphis played well but Ole Miss was clearly the better team. I guess that’s how it should be.

1. Air Force 28-Navy 14

The undefeated service academy duel went Air Force’s way. The Falcons are getting AP votes and I’m happy.

FCS Game of the Week

#10 Charleston Southern 59-#14 Coastal Carolina 58 (2OT)

I doubt any of you saw it, and I didn’t either, but this was an incredible game. The last game scheduled between these two high powered FCS squads. It was a back and forth slug-fest with both schools trading the lead multiple times. It all came down to a blocked point after attempt that sealed Charleston Southern’s victory.

Other Important Games of the Week

BYU 55-Toledo 53

A hell of a game.

#2 Ohio State 58-Rutgers 0

We are in year 4 of Rutgers and Maryland not belonging in the Big Ten.

Northwestern 38-Iowa 31

Nobody cares about the Big Ten West but Iowa is overrated, just like last year.

LSU 42-Missouri 7

I guess LSU was right in revamping their offense. I’ll give them that.

Indiana 24-#17 Michigan State 21 (OT)

This wasn’t an upset. Michigan State was as good as Indiana. Indiana was as good as Michigan State. Yeah, really. What a strange world.

South Alabama 42-San Diego State 24

As an SDSU alum, this bites.

USC 41-Arizona State 20

Big surprise, USC is still talented and Arizona State is overrated.

Washington State 51-Oregon 33

An actual surprise, Washington State totally handled Oregon. This is a big deal for the Ducks. If they can’t get the defense working then Oregon era might be closing and the whole sport will be less interesting as a result.

 



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