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October 3 - College Football Wrap-Up
Monday, October 5, 2009
NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 5) - Here's a brief look at the highlights of the fifth week of the college football season, the least tumultuous week of the year to date with just four top-25 teams losing and two of those to other ranked programs.
BCS BustersNo. 5 Boise State 34, UC Davis 16: A bit closer than expected, but still an easy victory against a FCS foe.
No. 11 TCU 39, SMU 14: TCU running attack pulls away in challenging rivalry game.
UTEP 58, No. 12 Houston 41: Cougar's BCS hopes crushed by devastating UTEP running game.
No. 20 BYU 35, Utah State 17: Cougars still have big games remaining that could lift them in rankings.
CruisingNo. 3 Alabama 38, Kentucky 20: Crimson Tide continues to pick up votes towards Top 2 ranking.
No. 9 Ohio State 33, Indiana 14: Tressel's crew handles Indiana in Big Ten battle.
No. 10 Cincinnati 37, Miami (Ohio) 13: Bearcats (pictured above) remain undefeated, leapfrog in-state rival Ohio State in AP poll.
No. 16 Oregon 52, Washington State 6: Memory of opening game loss to Boise has far less sting after four straight wins.
Back on TrackNo. 7 USC 30, No. 24 Cal 3: Trojans recovering from Washington loss, shut down ranked Bears.
No. 17 Miami 21, No. 8 Oklahoma 20: Hurricanes climb back towards top-10; deal serious blow to Sooner's title hopes.
No. 15 Penn State 35, Illinois 17: Nittany Lions shut down struggling Illinois.
No. 21 Ole Miss 23, Vanderbilt 7: Commodores just what Rebels needed to get on track - Alabama's up next at home.
EscapesNo. 4 LSU 20, No. 18 Georgia 13: LSU's last-minute rushing TD lifts it to key SEC road victory.
No. 6 Virginia Tech 34, Duke 26: Hokies have more trouble with Devils than expected, but remain atop ACC.
No. 13 Iowa 24, Arkansas State 21: Hawkeyes remain perfect by handling on-side kick in final minute.
Notre Dame 37, Washington 30 (OT): Irish continue string of down-to-the-wire showdowns.
Still Undefeated and On the MoveAuburn 26, Tennessee 22: Tigers edge Vols, now 5-0 and ranked No. 17.
South Florida 34, Syracuse 20: Bulls keep rolling with No. 2 quarterback, enter AP poll at No. 23.
Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 28: Badgers hold off Gophers, enter Coaches Poll with perfect 5-0 mark.
Missouri: Moves into AP Poll despite a bye - hosts No. 21 Nebraska this weekend in most challenging game to date.
Other Undefeateds with Byes (13 total undefeated remain in FBS)
No. 1 Florida: Travel to LSU this weekend, Tebow's status uncertain.
No. 2 Texas: Host Colorado this weekend with chance for No. 1 if Gators go down.
No. 18 Kansas: Jayhawks will be favored again this weekend against struggling Iowa State.
First LossesMichigan State 26, No. 22 Michigan 20 (OT): Spartans pull together to deal first loss to Wolverines.
Arkansas 47, Texas A&M 19: Arkansas offense runs and passes all over Aggies in Cowboys Stadium.
Stanford 24, UCLA 16: Bruins were last undefeated team in Pac-10; Stanford is 3-0 in league.
InjuriesFlorida QB and Manning Award winner Tim Tebow's status remains unclear for Saturday's LSU game after suffering a concussion on Sept. 26.
Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts suffered a concussion in Saturday's game, questionable on return date.
Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles injured his shoulder against Miami and could miss a month.
Southern Miss QB and Manning Award Watch Lister Austin Davis tore a ligament in his foot and will miss the rest of the year.
Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week five:
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
23-of-31, 422 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT: Another nail-biter for the Irish - his career-best yardage total lifts ND to overtime victory over Washington.
Jacory Harris, Miami
19-of-28, 202 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs: Miami defeats No. 8 Oklahoma, finishing brutal season-opening stretch at 3-1.
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
15-of-18, 208 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT: Adds 173 rushing yards in 63-28 whipping of UNLV.
Case Keenum, Houston
51-of-76, 536 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT: No fault for UTEP loss on Keenum who again puts up ridiculous numbers.
Manning Award Players to WatchThe Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at fifth-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
17-of-27, 271 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT: 6-7 gunslinger struts SEC stuff in blowout of previously undefeated Texas A&M.
Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
11-of-14, 266 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT: Speedster adds 56 rushing yards as Tech tops Mississippi State.
Aaron Opelt, Toledo
30-of-38, 422 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT: Rockets shock Ball State with last minute 51-yard TD pass for victory.
Steven Sheffield, Texas Tech
16-of-23, 238 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT: Backup replaces injured Taylor Potts and puts up big numbers in little over a half of action.
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
17-of-22, 327 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT: Career-high passing yards for Taylor in 34-26 win over Duke.
This Week's Key Games (with new AP rankings)No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU - Will Tebow play? is the big question, but either way an undefeated will go down.
No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Ole Miss - Another key SEC showdown, Rebels look to deal first loss to Bama at home.
Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State - Badgers remain undefeated, could surprise Buckeyes in Columbus.
Michigan at No. 12 Iowa - Wolverines suffered first loss on Saturday, Iowa looks to remain undefeated.
No. 21 Nebraska at No. 24 Missouri (Thursday) - Key Big 12 North battle; Missouri undefeated, Nebraska with only loss to No. 5 Va. Tech.
No. 17 Auburn at Arkansas - Undefeated Tigers will have toughest challenge of year against potent Razorback offense.
No. 13 Oregon at UCLA - Bruins just suffered first loss, Oregon is rolling since opener.
No. 22 Georgia Tech at Florida State - Up-and-down Seminoles look to get back on track against Tech's triple-option.
Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News: Alabama vs. Miami
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Cincinnati