Edited by: Justin Brown
1: Florida State
The Noles traveled to the ‘friendly’ confines of Carter-Finley Stadium, home to the second most savage/inbred fans in all of sports (we all know the Mountaineers and their Neanderthal fans will forever sit atop the inbred throne), and pulled out a 56-41 victory over NC State. Wolf Pack QB Jacoby Brissett made some marvelous plays early in the game, but the Pack defense eventually succumbed to four straight Jameis Winston TD drives as the Noles erased a 24-7 first quarter deficit. It is noteworthy that FSU finally found a way to get some yards on the ground as Karlos Williams ran for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21 carries and true Freshman Dalvin Cook rushed for 45 yards on 6 carries and found the end zone on an explosive 19 yard run. FSU was without starting DT Nile Lawrence-Stample (Season, torn pectoral muscle) and future first round DE Mario Edwards (concussion) and it showed as they gave up over 500 yards of total offense. Despite a lackluster defensive performance, the Noles did what the Noles do; win games.
The Tide had a bye week. They travel to play Ole Miss next week.
The Ducks had a bye week. They play Arizona in Autzen this Thursday. Oregon will be seeking revenge for last years 42-16 castration. Marriotta is 100% healthy for this game so the Wildcats will have their hands full.
The Boomer Sooners had a bye too. They face TCU on the road.
Auburn handled their business the way they should have against Louisiana Tech, dominating from wire to wire en route to a 45-17 win at Jordan Hare. Montravius Adams picked off a deflected Cody Sokol pass and returned it 37 yards to set up a 5 yard Cameron Artis-Payne (116 yards on 22 carries) touchdown. The Tigers never looked back. QB Nick Marshall was his usual dynamic self, throwing for 166 yards (10/17) and 3 touchdowns while running for 105 yards on 13 carries. Auburn gets a visit from LSU next week. Should be fun.
6: Texas A&M
This game was hyped as an offensive slobber knocker featuring the Razorback’s dominant ground game against the Aggies’ air raid offense. Going into this game Kenny Hill was averaging a 69.8% completion percentage, 339 yards per game and 13 touchdowns to only one pick. With Hill at the helm, the Aggies gutted out a tough SEC victory over Arkansas, winning 35-28 in overtime. Hill was 21/41 with 4 scores and 1 pick. Arkansas RB Alex Collins put in good work as he ran for 131 yards on 21 carries.
He also broke this 50 yard TD
Baylor rolled Iowa State 49-28 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. Heading into the half the Bears held a commanding 35-7 lead over Iowa State. Pure child’s play. Baylor QB Bryce Petty finished the game with 336 yards passing, a TD, and a pick. He also added 47 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Baylor RB Shock Linwood scored 3 times and ran for 82 yards on 15 carries and two Baylor wide receivers, Corey Coleman (12/154/1) and Antwan Goodly (6/114), amassed over 100 yards receiving. Baylor plays Charlie Strong and Texas in Austin next week, assuming Strong still has enough men to field a team.
8: Notre Dame
The Irish overcame the Orangemen 31-15. For Everett Golson, It was the best of times (25 straight completions) it was the worst of times (2 picks, 2 fumbles lost). He ended up with 362 yards on an impressive 32/39 passing to go with 4 touchdowns. ND coach Brian Kelly said his team knew they didn't play the "kind of football necessary to win each and every week," after the game. The Irish get a huge test in Stanford next week. With Notre Dame's schedule, Kelly was spot on in saying that the way they played yesterday would not suffice week in and week out. The easy road is behind them, and after Stanford they still have to face FSU, a scrappy Navy team, Arizona State, Louisville, and of course USC.
9: Michigan State
The Spartans smashed the hapless Wyoming Cowboys 56-14. Nothing to see here people move along. State plays Nebraska and the mighty Heisman candidate Ameer Abdullah (coming off back to back 200 yard games) next week. The where clearly not overlooking the Cowboys however.
10: Ole Miss
Ole Miss, unlike MSU, may have been overlooking their week 5 opponent because they play Bama next Saturday. On the other hand, their performance may have been in protest of those ugly ass powder blue helmets that someone thought was a good look. Seriously, fire whoever the hell orchestrated that visual nightmare. Whatever the excuse, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace was off, terribly .He threw for a measly 248 yards on 22 for 37 passing, averaging a minuscule 6.7 yards per completion, as well as tossing two to the powder blue fairies and pooping out his brown bible to the bad guys. Now I know Memphis is known for having one of the best defensive units since the 85 Bears and everything, but come on Bo.
Anyway, Wallace did throw for two touchdowns that both went to 6'2" 229 pound Laquon Treadwell. The most impressive of Treadwell's two touchdowns came in the first quarter in the form of a 63 yard bomb. He beat what looked to be a cover two with a post route. After making the catch, the Memphis safety was able to get hold of Treadwell's foot but Laquon (that's fun to say) acrobatically stretched his frame and extended the ball over the goal line for 6.
Regardless of how the offense played, Ole Miss's defense is up there with the best of them. Yesterday was no different as they held the Tigers to 104 TOTAL YARDS and a pathetic 3 for 17 3rd down conversion rate. It suffices to say that the Defense was locked in yesterday and bailed out Bo Wallace and the offense.
Next week all eyes will be on Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to see how Dave Womack's defense handles Lame Kitten’s offense.