OCTOBER 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP park
The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the fifth week of the college football season, a week which featured five games between ranked teams, including a couple of conference showdowns between top-10 programs. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.
ANSWERING THE CHALLENGE
#4 Oregon 52, #9 Stanford 31: Trailing 21-3 early, Oregon rides a sensational performance from star tailback LaMichael James, who registers 257 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
#5 TCU 27, Colorado State 0: The Horned Frogs struggled mightily in the first half, managing just two field goals, but the defense stays strong throughout and the offense comes together enough for a convincing win.
#19 Michigan 42, Indiana 35: Indiana's Ben Chappell throws a TD pass to tie the game with 1:20 to go, but Denard Robinson leads the winning drive, scoring on a five-yard run with 21 clicks remaining.
Washington 32, #18 USC 31: For the second straight year, Washington kicker Erik Folk boots a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to upset nationally-ranked USC.
Virginia Tech 41, #23 North Carolina State 30: The Hokies seem to be pulling together after two season-opening losses as they upset the previously undefeated Wolfpack behind a strong effort from Tyrod Taylor.
#8 Oklahoma 28, #21 Texas 20: The Sooners were in control of the Red River Rivalry from the start, but Texas made it interesting late forcing Oklahoma to escape with the victory – its fourth this year by eight points or less.
#16 Miami 30, Clemson 21: Jacory Harris throws four first-half touchdowns and Clemson can't climb back into the game as the Hurricanes pick up a key ACC win to open league play.
#17 Iowa 24, #22 Penn State 3: The Hawkeyes have now won eight of their past nine against the Nittany Lions, but this one is by their largest margin ever over Penn State, which has managed just two field goals in its two losses.
#10 Auburn 52, UL Monroe 3: Another stat-stuffer day for Cam Newton as he leads Tigers to major blowout.
INTO THE RANKINGS (with updated rankings)
#23 Florida State 34, Virginia 13: The Seminoles climb back into the rankings, building a 27-0 advantage over Virginia in the first half and rolling to the key ACC victory.
#24 Missouri: The undefeated Tigers make a jump into the rankings without playing a game, though they meet 3-1 Colorado next week.
#25 Air Force 14, Navy 6: Air Force upends Navy to snap the Falcons seven-game losing streak to their service academy rival and to become the third Mountain West team in the rankings.
|This Week's Key Games
#1 Alabama at #19 South Carolina: The Crimson Tide play a nationally-ranked foe for the third week in a row while Steve Spurrier hopes his true freshman running back, Marcus Lattimore, can put up big numbers against the top-ranked Tide.
#12 LSU at #14 Florida: Florida is coming off a convincing defeat at the hands of Bama, while LSU and head coach Les Miles are coming off a miraculous ending in their win over Tennessee.
#17 Michigan State at #18 Michigan: In the preseason, this game was expected to be a typical rivalry game, but with both undefeated and nationally-ranked, it has become a key game in the national picture as well.
Texas A&M vs. #11 Arkansas (Dallas): Texas A&M's loss to Oklahoma State brought up a lot of questions about the Aggies; and Arkansas is coming off a bye after giving Alabama a run for its money.
#23 Florida State at #13 Miami: Both teams have lost games to top-10 teams and returned to the win column since, so this is still a major ACC showdown between state rivals.
Clemson at North Carolina: Both teams were expected to compete for the ACC title, but both lost their league openers making this a potential knockout game as two losses so early may be impossible from which to recover.
#7 Nebraska at Kansas State (Thursday): Nebraska expects to be favored for the remainder of its games, but Bill Snyder's Kansas State squad is undefeated and at home.
Oregon State at #9 Arizona: Arizona remains undefeated and in the top-15, while Oregon State may be over-looked with two losses, but both losses came to top-5 teams; Beavers should prove to be a challenge.
|Manning Stars of the Week
From the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week five:
Nathan Enderle, Idaho
Robert Griffin, Baylor
Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
Kyle Padron, SMU
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
|Manning Players to Watch
While 33 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season (Oct. 25). Here's a look at this week's best performances from players making a bid to be added.
Ben Chappell, Indiana
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Dan Persa, Northwestern
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Sugar Bowl Bowl Projections
ESPN (Schlabach): Auburn vs. Oklahoma (Both teams change as he replaces Florida and Wisconsin)