2016-10-03 09:29

That was a great weekend of College Football.

But if you think the first big sorting of contenders and pretenders is over and that's that then you might get fooled.
For sure some teams got hit bad enough to play only a minor role in the play called 'Conference Championship' or even 'National Championship'.
Oregon for example lost to Washington State and are now 0-2 in PAC12 games, which is not a total barring from PAC12 North contention, but still so much that they need more than ONE prayer to get back into the mix.
Believe it or not, but Oregon is at the moment at last place in the PAC12 North and 2 games behind still unbeaten Washington and Washington State.
Another team in depression is Florida State, which lost to North Carolina and is now 0-2 in ACC games and at last place in the ACC Atlantic division, 2 games behind unbeaten Clemson and North Carolina State.
They are also not out of the picture, but it looks grim at the moment.

Also some strange thing which might come back as a boomerang.
Baylor is so far unbeaten in the BIG12 (as is West Virginia) and there is at least a chance they win the conference.
Now with the sexual assault investigations ongoing, NCAA sanctions might come in sooner or later and that means, they might lose their post season rights, they might lose a BIG12 Championship or even more if they advance further.
Now what to do here?
Some programs have banned themselves from the post season in advance in the past to avoid the later consequence and as signal to cooperate.
Many did not and got it all stripped away of them in a later NCAA ruling.
Baylor had so far not done anything here.

Let's have a look at the BLOCK OF GRANITE TOP GAMES FOR WEEK 5

Fri. Sept. 30 - 9:00 PM ET
#7 Stanford @ #10 Washington
Close game ... well not even close picked.
I picked the Huskies, so fine on that one, but Stanford was awful, they were unable to do anything against a stingy Washington team.
The defense held the Cardinals scoreless for the first half and at that point they were down 23-0.
The Huskies did look unbeatable at home, but they have some tough games ahead, on the road.
Oregon next week, Utah end of October and Washington State end of the regular season.
I think they can get bye that unbeaten, but honestly I doubt it.
Stanford on the other hand needs now not only a Washington loss, they need basically 2 Huskies losses to jump them for the division, or they need a 3 team tie and get on top based on a different tie-breaker rules.
Not unlikely, but not probable.
Stanford 6 - Washington 44 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 11-9

Sat. Oct. 1 - 3:30 PM ET
#11 Tennessee @ #25 Georgia
Oh boy, what an ending.
Georgia did make a TD for the lead with 10 ticks left on the clock.
The ensuing kickoff game Tennessee a field position on mid field and then ...
Take a look.

BOOM, big win for Tennessee.
Watch Butch Jones when he went onto the field and collapsed in emotions.
THAT's all you need, if you are not a Bulldogs fan.
I'm not sold the Vols can win the SEC, but they made a play for the division.
Tennessee 34 - Georgia 31 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 12-9

Sat. Oct. 1 - 3:30 PM ET
#8 Wisconsin @ #4 Michigan
Let's do the timewarp again.
This game looked like classic BIG10 football.
Both teams were almost equal and Michigan came out as the winner.
Michigan did lead 7-0 at the half, Wisconsin did tie it up in the 3rd quarter and Michigan did seal the deal in the 4th at home.
Big10 looks to become a great conference for close games the next few weeks.
Wisconsin 7 - Michigan 14 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 13-9

Sat. Oct. 1 - 3:30 PM ET
North Carolina @ #12 Florida State
North Carolina came to town to play and they did.
They did lead 21-0 before FSU did wake up and started playing.
To be fair, the Seminoles had 3 scoring chances during that time and missed 3 field goal in a row.
They were behind 21-7 at the half and barely came back in the 4th quarter to get ahead 35-34 with 23 seconds left.
The Tar Heels started at the 25 after a Touchback on the kickoff and competed 1 pass and draw an interference call at their own 37 yard line with 4 ticks left on the clock.
With 1st and 10 on the FSU 37 yard line the Tar Heels did kick a 54 yarder for the win.
Bye bye and thanks for the fish ...
The Tar Heels stay in the hunt for their division, the Noles are right now lost in their division and 2 behind Clemson and NC State.
Better luck next year as it looks right now.
In this conditions, they might even drop some more in the next weeks.
They play Miami on the road, Clemson at home and don't forget the rival game against the Gators at season final.
I think they will get a bowl spot, but probably no new years bowl.
North Carolina 37 - Florida State 35 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 13-10

Sat. Oct. 1 - 7:00 PM ET
#3 Louisville @ #5 Clemson
This was a great game.
Louisville had some problems in the 1st half and trailed 28-10 when the teams went to the lockerroom.
Some Tigers turnovers in the 3rd quarter did then gave Louisville the chance to come back and actually taking the lead up to 36-28.
Then Clemson got back on their feet and had a quick scoring drive after a great 77 yard return to cut the lead to 36-34 and the Clemson defense stuffed the Cardinals, forced them to punt.
8 plays later did Clemson retake the lead at 42-36.
Louisville still went down the field and at 4th and 12, after a false start penalty a play before on the Clemsons 14 yard line, the pass went incomplete and Death Valley did prove it's name once again.
The Cardinals are not out of competition, the Tigers honestly do not look as the 2015 version and still have games to play, but that game might become crucial in a tie situation.
Louisville 36- Clemson 42 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 13-11

Other interesting games:

Sat. Oct. 1 - 12:00 PM ET
#22 Texas @ Oklahoma State
Texas was awful on defense and Strongs support of his coordinator a week ago might cost him the job at season end.
The Cowboys did dominate the game, leading 37-25 at the half and winning 49-31 overall.
This might become a long season for the Longhorns and Strong.
Jacks interesting games Score: 14-8

Sat. Oct. 1 - 12:00 PM ET
#14 Miami @ Georgia Tech
Miamis defense did more or less the main work here.
The Hurricanes had just scored a TD on offense and GT got the ball back when the Miami defense scoped the ball away and ran to the house.
After the ensuing kickoff and return, on the next 1st down, the defense did that trick AGAIN and Miami pulled away with 3 scores in about 30 seconds.
They won 35-21 at the end.
Miami is in the hunt for the division, GT is not bad this season, but will likely end up in the middle.
Jacks interesting games Score: 15-8

Sat. Oct. 1 - 3:30 PM ET
Navy @ Air Force
The Falcons held Navy scoreless for 3 quarters and won at the end 28-14.
Big win for the Commander-In-Chief-Trophy. Last time Air Force won against Navy, they won the trophy, in 2014 and the same was valid in 2011 and 2010.
But with Army a bit stronger this season, we might see some upsets.
Jacks interesting games Score: 16-8

Sat. Oct. 1 - 5:00 PM ET
Oklahoma @ #21 TCU
Yeah, the BIG12 is all but shooting themselves, in the knee or foot, or what ever body part you like.
TCU was one of the remaining hopes for the BIG12 to get in national contention for a playoff spot, with just 1 loss against Arkansas, a very close loss.
Oklahoma on the other hand had already lost twice.
Of cause you should still play 100% so the result, a win by Oklahoma 52-46 is fine for me, but in the big picture this might get tricky.
To be fair, both teams had awful defenses that day, there were several receivers WIDE open all day long.
The Sooners were up front with a couple of scores and did let TCU back into the game, but did not break.
Both teams can still win the BIG12, but I'm pretty sure non will be in contention for the playoffs.
I also expect both teams to lose at least another game during the season.
Jacks interesting games Score: 16-9

Sat. Oct. 1 - 7:00 PM ET
Memphis @ #16 Ole Miss
This was not THAT interesting after all, the Rebels had Memphis good in check and won 48-28.
This will not help them much in the SEC, but the team for sure got some practice and they still got 28 points from an AAC team.
They better fix this.
Jacks interesting games Score: 17-9

And some other results which might be interesting:
BYU barely did beat Toledo 55-53 on a last second field goal.
Iowa State almost upset Baylor, but lost 45-42 after a 4th quarter meltdown.
Florida did just enough to win against Vanderbilt 13-6.
Northwestern did upset Iowa 38-31. Big hit for Iowa.
UCF did beat East Carolina 47-29.
Virginia won against Duke 34-20.
Colorado did beat Oregon State 47-6 and is now 4-1.
Eastern Michigan won against Bowling Green 28-25 and is also 4-1.
Northern Illinois got their first win by beating Ball State 31-24.
NC State did hand Wake Forest their first loss with a 33-16 win over the Demon Deacons.
West Virginia stayed unbeaten after a 17-16 win over Kansas State.
Penn State won against Minnesota 29-26 in OT.
A big upset inside the Big10 was the win of Indiana over Michigan State 24-21.
Also a big upset was Cals win over Utah 28-23. Cal did stuff Utah on the final play on a nice goalline stand.
South Alabama did upset San Diego State 42-24 with a great 4th quarter of 21-0.
South Florida did overcome Cincinnati 45-20 and are in good position to win their division in the AAC.
LSU did win against Missouri 42-7, the first game under interims coach Orgeron.
New Mexico State did fumble in OT for the win 37-31, when an Aggies player did fall on the ball in the endzone to score the game winner.
USC did win against Arizona State 41-20.
Wazzou did win against Oregon 51-33, as mentioned above.
UNLV did win against Fresno State 45-20, including this:

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