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College Football Recap Week 5: Favorites Going Down Harder than Linda Lovelace

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It’s taken me a while to put this weekend of college football into writing. Never before have I witnessed upsets of this magnitude. It just proves that as much as any experts or I think we know about football, in reality we know absolutely nothing.

One of two things can be gleaned out of these games. Either there is parity in college football where a team can beat any other team regardless of ranking on any given Saturday, or there is a surge of mediocrity in college football.

Either way it’s making for some of the most exciting games in college ball I’ve ever seen on a week-to-week basis.

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Colorado Buffaloes over #3 Oklahoma Sooners 27-24. Although a program on the rise, let’s not mistake Colorado as a juggernaut in the Big 12. At the end of the season they will barely qualify for a bowl game. But they sure did expose Oklahoma as imposters. The Sooner offense is run by freshman quarterback Sam Bradford who has taken advantage of bad teams like North Texas and Utah State. Thank you Colorado for exposing the Sooners sooner than later. I’m a fucking riot!

Auburn Tigers over #4 Florida Gators 20-17. The Tigers showed that if you have a defensive speed, you can confuse sophomore Gator quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow looked awkward throughout the game while the Tigers surprisingly exposed the Gators linebackers and secondary by passing for 227 yards. Though they were short slant passes, they were able to slash through the Gator defense slowly but surely. And that freshman kicker who kicked the winning field goal twice thanks to a heads up time out called by Gator coach Urban Meyer. Wow.

#18 South Florida Bulls over #5 West Virginia Mountaineers 21-13. I did feature the Bulls last week for good reason. They are a good but overlooked team that have a good chance of winning the Big East. The Mountaineers looked lazy throughout the game, and the Bulls have the speed to overcome what they lack in talent.

Kansas State Wildcats over #7 Texas Longhorns 41-21. In the Big 12, no team can sleep on Kansas State. I remember back in 2003 going into the Big 12 championship, then #1 ranked Oklahoma was upset by the Wildcats 35-7. The Wildcats upset the Longhorns last year 45-42, and now this.

Maryland Terps over #10 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 34-24. It's amazing that each time Rutgers gets ranked in the AP top ten, they go on to lose the following week.


In light of these upsets (seven of teams I ranked last week lost), it came time for me to rethink the rankings as a whole. For instance is the Oregon team that lost a close game to California a worse team than an undefeated Wisconsin team that has struggled all season long? So while some credit is given to a team's records, a bigger consideration was given to whether a team can beat another team.

1. LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC, 1)
2. USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10, 2)
3. California (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10, 6)
4. Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten, 8)
5. Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10, 10)
6. Oklahoma (4-1, 0-1 Big 12, 3)
7. Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC, 4)
8. Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten, 11)
9. Boston College (5-0, 3-0 ACC, 13)
10. South Florida (4-0, 1-0 Big East, unranked)
11. Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC, 14)
12. Kentucky (5-0, 1-0 SEC, unranked)
13. Hawaii (5-0, 2-0 WAC, 15)
14. West Virginia (4-1, 0-1 Big East, 5)
15. Rutgers (3-1, 0-0 Big East, 9)

So Oregon despite their loss gained five places. I do not see anyone ranked below them beating them at all. I mean can Wisconsin seriously beat Oregon? Absurdity! Actually just looking at this makes me think I still ranked Wisconsin too high. But they do have a groovy fight song.

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