What a weekend it was. The showdown between LSU and Georgia was everything everyone hoped it would be. The Tigers took a 41-37 lead over the Bulldogs with 4:14 remaining, but Aaron Murray’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 helped reclaim the lead and get a 44-41 win to keep Georgia in the BCS National Championship picture.
After a shaky start this season, Oklahoma proved to be a national contender with a convincing 35-21 win at Notre Dame. On the other hand, in-state rival Oklahoma State made their way to Morgantown to face a struggling West Virginia squad and were upset 30-21.
Johnny Manziel’s Aggies ended up getting more than they bargained for at Arkansas with a 45-33 win, the No. 1 Crimson Tide blanked Ole Miss 25-0 and South Carolina managed to escape from a dangerous UCF team 28-25.
Washington and Stanford stayed undefeated with wins, but the biggest story in the Pac-12 was Lane Kiffin getting fired right after the Trojans returned home to Los Angeles. Arizona State manhandled USC 62-41 in Tempe.
Quarterback Braxton Miller returned and led the Buckeyes to a 31-24 home victory over Leaders Division opponent Wisconsin.
Lastly, mid-major potential BCS bowl busters Northern Illinois and Fresno State stayed undefeated. The Huskies went into Purdue and knocked off their second Big Ten opponent of the season 55-24, and the Bulldogs held on to defeat Hawaii 42-37.
Game Attended: Oklahoma 35 at Notre Dame 21
It got ugly early for the Irish. On Notre Dame’s first two possessions, quarterback Tommy Rees threw interceptions, with one going for a touchdown. Rees finished the day with 104 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Irish defense tried to keep their team in the game, but it wasn’t enough. Oklahoma looked the best it has this season with quarterback Blake Bell under center and a defense that caused problems for the Notre Dame offense the entire game.
While the Sooners prove to be back in the national spotlight, the Irish have dropped out of the AP Top 25 and are in danger of losing their third game of the season against Arizona State this upcoming weekend in Arlington, Texas.
Overall Record: 37-13
Week 5 Record: 8-2
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: LSU 38, Georgia 35
Result: Georgia 44, LSU 41
Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Oklahoma 23
Result: Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21
Prediction: Alabama 35, Ole Miss 21
Result: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 30
Result: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24
Prediction: Arizona State 27, USC 17
Result: Arizona State 62, USC 41
Prediction: South Carolina 38, UCF 24
Result: South Carolina 28, UCF 25
Prediction: Iowa 30, Minnesota 27
Result: Iowa 23, Minnesota 7
Prediction: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 21
Result: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33
Prediction: Washington 45, Arizona 28
Result: Washington 31, Arizona 13
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington State 23
Result: Stanford 55, Washington State 17
Who knew USC had the guts to fire head coach Lane Kiffin just five games into the season? The four-year head coach went just 28-15 while in Los Angeles, as he tried to revive the program, which was hit with the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, as well as a two-year bowl ban.
Last season was supposed to be the year the Trojans returned to prominence, but everything went downhill. Finishing 7-6 after being ranked No. 1 in the AP poll heading into the 2012 season was a black eye, and with Kiffin’s seat already hot heading into this season, the 10-7 home loss to Washington State in Week 2 put his seat on fire.
The blowout loss at Arizona State was the icing on the cake, though.
The decision to fire Kiffin now made sense, because it was likely his time at USC would be over at the end of the season anyways. When fans in the stands are chanting to fire a coach, you know there was turmoil within the program.
The USC offense has not been up to par, even though running back Tre Madden has been impressive thus far, rushing for 583 yards and six total touchdowns. The defense actually was the strongest aspect to this USC team, before giving up 612 yards and getting manhandled by Arizona State.
With Kiffin gone, will assistant head coach Ed Orgeron salvage the season as the interim head coach?