WEEK FIVE IN REVIEW - PART I

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WEEK FIVE IN REVIEW - PART I

Week Five’s Theme: “Play as lousily as possible without taking a loss…”

The way this weekend went, I’m assuming there is a significant possibility that no team will finish undefeated this year… that’s about the only thing you can be certain of after this wild week of upsets, no-shows, all out flops, and messily won contests…

--Oklahoma’s 4th quarter meltdown against Colorado was absolutely depressing and hard to watch. Not only did Bradford crumble under pressure – the defense gave upIcon significant yardage on big plays. The Sooners chances at a title-run have taken significant hit (if not ended) – the lack of opponent in the Big12 combined with Colorado being rather pitiful do not bode well for the Sooners. Now that opponents know how to disrupt the OU offense, and fluster OU’s defense, they could be tested throughout the rest of the season. For the Sooners to get back into title contention – they need to a.) win all their remaining games in convincing fashion; b.) hope other top dogs lose - which partially came true this weekend; c.) hope Colorado puts together a decent season; d.) pray to the college football gods that the computers are in their favor come BCS ranking time…

--Texas’s flaws were finally exposed, and in a big way. McCoy was absolutely dismal, throwing FOUR interceptions. I can’t believe they got owned AT HOME by an alright but not that great Kansas State team. Did both Texas and Oklahoma get caught up in their game next week, so much so that they forgot they had games this week? At least Oklahoma was on the road. Way to take the luster off this coming weekend’s Red River Shoot-out…

--It appears Oklahoma and Texas weren’t the only teams who either a.) didn’t show up or b.) were looking ahead to a big match-up next week. Florida played a level beyond dismal in the first half, and didn’t get much better until it was too late in the second. Auburn clearly wanted the win more, and overpowered Florida in all phases of the game (sans Tebow’s comeback play in the fourth) to hand Urban Meyer his first loss in The Swamp. Oh Florida, thou should know not to underestimate thee SEC brethren, even if they are in a demonstrative slump. Oh well for a “revenge factor". Props to Tuberville, whenever you think this man is down and out, he finds a way to come back and bite you. I told you Auburn's road record against highly ranked foes was rather significant, and I did not lie...

--LSU’s extreme sloppiness against a severely over-matched Tulane exposed several cracks in their offense and showed than even the vaunted Tigers are human. Then of course, they come out in the 2nd half and play lights out…

--USC’s sloppiness against Washington also exposed several flaws with this Trojan team. I’m still not sold that they have the title winning credentials of the other Trojan Icon Sports Mediateams of this decade. They racked up significant penalty yardage (16 for 161, good lord…) over the course of the game – something I’ve never seen one of Carroll’s teams do. As well, they seemed to handle the ball quite careless, including one costly turnover converted to points. Even though they bested Washington in most if not all of the statistical categories, by significant margins (463 yards vs. 188 yards, wow...) THEY ONLY WON BY THREE POINTS. Booty’s play continues to be rather insignificant, in fact quite bad this game with two interceptions. If someone ever made the Trojans one dimension and shut down their powerful running game, I’m not sure that Booty has what it takes to single handily win a major game…

--The whole Jake Locker being the savior of Washington was a sign that you shouldn’t anoint anyone so quickly. Although the Huskies played it close with USC, Locker’s performance was a step past grisly. 13 for 29 for 89 yards with one interception is repugnant. He made bad throws and decisions, often being indecisive on whether to run or throw. I’m surprised he wasn’t sacked considering how long he would linger in the pocket at times. I'm not one easily impressed, you want to get in my "super-star" or "savior" book, you show up for big games and produce, it's easy as that. Or, at least be pseudo-efficient. Had Locker made a few plays here or there (say, hitting a WIDE OPEN receiver or two) - Washington could have had this game despite being out-played because of USC's continuous blunders... 

--The Michigan State – Wisconsin game, was a really good game – a true “nail-biter”, as I predicted in my last article. The Spartans proved they are for real, and the Wisconsin team made you wonder even more about them. Michigan State out played Wisconsin in nearly every category I could find – excluding time of possession, which they won; and penalties – which in the end, cost them the game. Wisconsin gave up nearly 570 yards of offense…  quite woeful a defensive performance considering they had possession of the ball nearly a whole ten minutes more than Michigan State. Yet, they always find a way to win…

--The California – Oregon game didn’t have the offensive power I expected (namely in the first half) – but it appeared to me the more physical team won it in the end. Oregon’s final drive to win in the last minute proved costly – and that fumble in the end could be the lone play that costs them a BCS bid later this fall… 

--To be continued... (please see, Part II)

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