"Action" Jackson here, and college football continues to impress us. So many big plays, blowouts, and upsets makes every week unpredictable. It also makes my job of trying to predict that much harder. The Top 25 ranked teams remained mostly intact, with the Top 5 teams winning handily. Heisman contenders continued to impress, and with lots of conference match-ups on the horizon, it's going to get a lot more interesting in the next few weeks. Welcome to Week 5.
College Football Top 25: Week 4 Recap
Based on my previews from last week, I wanted to update the scoreboard before heading into the Week 5 Breakdowns:
The Wisconsin Badgers upset the Michigan St. Spartans, ruining their chances of making the College Football Playoffs. The Badgers won at the line of scrimmage, forced turnovers, and generally made Michigan St. look un-Spartan-esque. Final Score: 30-6.
The Florida Gators were unable to capitalize on a lead late against the Tennessee Volunteers, and Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones finally exorcised his gator-shaped demons with his first victory against UF. Final score: 38-28.
The Penn St. Nittany Lions stood no chance against the Michigan Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh made yet another angry statement with this one, and that statement was: "Shut up. Don't ask me anymore questions. We won again. Reporters suck." Final score: 49-10.
Week 5 Match-ups and Breakdowns
With so many great match-ups this week, I wanted to discuss the biggest games that, in my opinion, will have the most impact on conference standings and College Football Playoff chances.
#7 Stanford at #10 Washington
Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey and the Stanford Cardinal travel to Seattle to face the suddenly ultra competitive Washington Huskies. McCaffrey will have to play his best game of the season; the Huskies defense, already one of the best in the nation, will be extra motivated to shut down the Cardinal offense. Weird stat of the century: in all his road match-ups stretching back to 2014, no matter the opponent, Christian McCaffrey has not scored a single rushing touchdown, and only one receiving score. He'll need to improve upon this if he expects to head back to Palo Alto with a win and eventually a Heisman.
#8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan
The Wisconsin Badgers travel to the Big House to take on Jim Harbaugh and his resurgent Michigan Wolverines after Wisconsin upset the Michigan St. Spartans in East Lansing last weekend. This Michigan team is not that Spartan team; they know how to play without making simple mistakes, and they most certainly know how to make a tackle or two. Can the Badgers continue their destructive road trip across the country? Will they upset the playoff-bound Wolverines? Will Harbaugh ever not wear dad khakis? Find out next time on Native Baydestrian!
#11 Tennessee at #25 Georgia
SEC Rivalry alert! SEC Rivalry alert! This is going to be a great one for two reasons. 1) the Tennessee Volunteers are the trendy pick to win the SEC East, and the rival UGA Bulldogs will have plenty to say about that, and 2) Georgia's star running back Nick Chubb tore his knee up last season while playing against the Volunteers, so I expect him to seek revenge against this Tennessee team that isn't the best at slowing down the run game. Both of these teams are unable to win the "big games" with a lot of pressure on them, so let's see who wants it more this weekend: Nick Saban's former understudy (UGA coach Kirby Smart), or the next former head coach in the SEC not named Gus Malzahn (Tennessee coach Butch Jones).
#3 Louisville at #5 Clemson
Two Top 5 programs. Two Heisman contending quarterbacks. Only one can win the ACC, and only one can hoist the trophy. Oh, and they're playing in Death Valley, South Carolina, the ultimate home field advantage. This could very well be the best game of the season, and it's only Week 5! The key to this game: which defense will be able to slow down the other team's dual threat quarterback? Notice is said slow down, not shut down. These young men can score points at will. Deshaun Watson is the national favorite to win the Heisman, but Lamar Jackson has been getting all the media attention the past few weeks due to his incredible play. The last man standing will undoubtedly be the leader in this year's Heisman race.
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