Sunday, October 11, 2015

Week 5 in Review

Apologies for missing last week. No excuse other than I was just feeling lazy and wanted to play video games as much as I could.

Most Impressive Victory
No. 25 Florida Gators beating No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels 38-10

I only got a chance to watch a small portion of this game as it was happening live but did watch a one hour summary of it on Youtube. I got to say, Florida is blowing away all expectations this year and is now firmly in the driver's seat for winning the SEC East. First year coach Jim McElwain has completely turned around the offense in less than half of a season, proving that Muschamp was even worse at commanding on offense than previously thought. Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier has wrestling the starting job away from Treon Harris and it has paid huge dividends as he tossed four touchdowns against one of the top secondaries in the SEC. The defense isn't as stout as it was under Muschamp, but that was to be expected. Still, the Gators defense is just as tenacious and fierce as it was and is only allowing 16.6 points per game. Their toughest game comes in a couple of weeks at LSU, but if they are able to beat the Bulldogs in their annual match in Jacksonville, this team could be playing in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.

Most Impressive Player
Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State Buckeyes
23 Carries, 274 Yards, 11.9 Yards Per Carry, 3 Touchdowns

All hail Zeke. As has been the case since the Virginia Tech game, Ohio State's offense looked very sluggish in this game. After being bottled up for less than forty yards on ten carries in the first half, Zeke took advantage of some good blocking ahead of him to explode in the second half. He took three carries the distance, each becoming longer and more jaw dropping than the last. His touchdown runs are officially those of 55, 65, and 75 yards. In each one, Zeke showed the ability to one cut and hit the gas to get downfield. You could see him pulling away from defenders on all of those runs. Perhaps the most important was his second run of 65 yards that came on fourth and one when Ohio State was trailing the Hoosiers by four points late in the third quarter. Each run seemed to provide a bigger spark that this team desperately needed to get out of their funk. A performance like this has also put Zeke firmly back into the thick of the Heisman discussion. There is nothing better than having a running back who can just completely take over and dominate a game when the rest of the offense seems to be out of rhythm.

Biggest Disappointment
No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs losing to No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide 10-38 at home

"This is why you NEVER bet on Georgia in a big game" - My Dad

I love my dad for reasons like this. He never minces words and is just brutally honest about teams and head coaches. It really is incredible how Georgia loses these kinds of games annually. You could set your watch by when they completely shit the bed. Georgia is playing in the bad division of the SEC and had everything laid out in front of them, even a chance to win the SEC! But nope, as usual in a big game, Georgia comes out flat and is out of the game before their players even realize that they were supposed to get off the bus. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch Georgia get annihilated by Florida in two weeks.

Did You See That?

After beating Notre Dame on a stopped two point conversion attempt, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was all kinds of worked up. Clemson earned themselves a big victory over the Irish that is a definite resume booster, and despite the torrential downpour, Dabo just couldn't wait to tell everyone how good this Clemson team is and how big of a victory they had just achieved. Everyone seemed to be eating it up too as he just blurted out whatever came to his mind....except for ESPN. If you haven't seen this clip of what happened, check it out. I couldn't stop laughing as it happened.

Week 6 Game to Watch
No. 23 California Golden Bears at No. 5 Utah Utes

I doubt a lot of people will be up for this game since it is being aired at 10PM East coast time, but even if you can tune in for just the first half, do it. Cal boasts quarterback Jared Goff who is in the running for first overall pick this year. He has been a very productive quarterback over the last couple of seasons, but this year the rest of the team seems to have caught up to his talent. Utah is just a very talented team all around and could move up even further in the rankings with a big win over another ranked opponent. I think Utah is too much for Cal to handle and puts this one away at the start of the second half. Utes 42-28.

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