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College Football Roundup: Week 5
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“We are who we are. We’re not a very good team, but we’re 3-1 somehow and we got all the voters fooled thinking we’re pretty good, I guess ’cause we beat Georgia.” —South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier on his team barely beating unranked Vanderbilt last week. Turns out Spurrier knew what he was talking about. This week, South Carolina lost to unranked Missouri.
THINGS TO KNOW
No. 13 South Carolina Lost, Which Means They No Longer Lead the SEC East
After giving up 34 points to unranked Vanderbilt last week, South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier called his team “embarrassing.” They won, sure, but they weren’t deserving of their No. 13 ranking, he said. Turns out, he was right. South Carolina lost 21-20 this week to unranked Missouri after leading 20-7 with a about seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. In other words, South Carolina went to sleep.
Remember how we said South Carolina controlled their own destiny in the SEC East after Georgia lost last week? As in, if South Carolina won the rest of their games, they would play in the SEC Championship? Now it seems Missouri is in control, and even if Missouri loses, Georgia takes back the top spot. (FYI, Missouri plays No. 12 Georgia next week, so anything we say at this point is pure speculation. The SEC East is in shambles.)
Everything Else Played Out As Expected (Sort Of)
The biggest game of the week, No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State, went as expected. In a clash of unbeaten Pac-12 teams, higher-ranked UCLA came out on top 62-27. Otherwise, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the squeak-by.
No. 1 Florida State trailed 24-7 against unranked North Carolina State at the end of the first quarter, but Florida State came back to win 56-41.
No. 6 Texas A&M sat tied 28-28 with unranked Arkansas at the end of the fourth quarter, but Texas A&M won 35-28 in overtime.
No. 12 Georgia went back and forth against unranked Tennessee, though Georgia eventually won 35-32.
No. 16 Stanford beat unranked Washington by a single touchdown, 20-13.
Squeaky, squeaky, squeaky, squeaky.
As one sports commentator said, the new College Football Playoff is kind of like a beauty pageant. Everyone is paying attention to how teams look, and so far, many top teams aren’t looking good. If you’re one of those teams, you better start worrying about appearances, or the selection committee just might give you the boot at the end of the season.
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY…
Are 100-year floods difficult for you to imagine?
They’re difficult for Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke to imagine, too, and he’s in the middle of one.
With a 30-14 loss against unranked Big Ten team Minnesota Saturday, Michigan has lost three games in September for the first time in its 135-year history with a football program. Reminder: Most powerhouse teams, which Michigan traditionally is, schedule cupcake games, or games against easy opponents, throughout September to get their seasons off to good starts. Another fun fact: Minnesota hadn’t beaten Michigan since 1986.
Fans started shouting for Brady Hoke’s resignation at the end of the game. Hoke is 3-8 in his last 11 games.
When two or more teams in the same conference have the same number of losses, in-conference rankings are determined by the head-t0-head matchup between those teams, also called the “tiebreaker.”
South Carolina held the tiebreaker over SEC foe Georgia after South Carolina beat Georgia in the second week of the season, but the significance of that game was erased yesterday when South Carolina added another SEC loss to its record. Now, Georgia will be hoping to win its own “tiebreaker” against Missouri next week, which would give both teams one SEC loss apiece.
GAMES TO WATCH
Texas A&M (#6) at Mississippi State (#14): ESPN, Saturday, Oct. 4, 12 p.m. EST
Alabama (#3) at Ole Miss (#10): TBA, Saturday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. EST
Stanford (#16) at Notre Dame (#8): NBC, Saturday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. EST
LSU (#17) at Auburn (#5): ESPN, Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. EST
Nebraska (#21) at Michigan State (#9): ABC, Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. EST
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