Week five of the college football season provided some of the closest and most intensely fought games of the year.
LSU snatched victory from the jaws of "jawja," Minnesota came up three points short against Wisconsin, Notre Dame went into overtime to defeat Washington, and The Navy used an extra period to defeat The Air Force.
The fact all of these games were on Baby's Losers last week simply proved the razor-thin difference between a successful Saturday and one we wish to forget.
Baby's Losers For Saturday, Oct. 10
1. Alabama @ Mississippi
Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead has five interceptions with only nine touchdown passes this season. The Rebels are used to having their way with defenses, but that is not going to happen against the mighty Red Elephants.
Baby's Loser: Mississippi
2. Michigan @ Iowa
The Wolverines certainly have their work cut out for them following their first loss of the year. Iowa is a Dow Joneser, going up and down. The Hawkeyes should be ready.
Baby's Loser: Michigan
3. Auburn @ Arkansas
The Razorbacks have all the advantages going in to this SEC West match. The Tigers have the potential to survive due to a balanced offense and good line play.
Baby's Loser: Arkansas
4. Wisconsin @ Ohio State
The Badgers' Big John Clay is on the verge of becoming one of the great backs in the country. Wisconsin has won three of their last four games in Columbus. The Buckeyes will need all the power and skill of their great defense to avoid an upset.
Baby's Loser, Close: Wisconsin
5. Oregon @ UCLA
The Ducks have found their game and are ready to take a long trip after disposing of Washington State last week. UCLA staggers close behind an improved defense.
Baby's Loser: UCLA
6. Michigan State @ Illinois
The Spartans took out the rival Wolverines in overtime and are ready to move into a bowl-bound mentality. Illinois has talent and could catch the Spartans coming down.
Baby's Loser, Close: Illinois
7. Georgia @ Tennessee
The Volunteers are looking for a signature win to give coach Lane Kiffin, and the wildly unpredictable Bulldogs just could fit the bill. A vote for the Georgia offense to escape.
Baby's Loser: Tennessee
Saturday's Tough One
8. Arizona @ Washington
In what should be the closest game of the day, the rugged Wildcats from Tucson can expect nothing but three hours of hard hitting from the vastly improved Huskies.
Baby's Loser, in a surprise: Arizona
Game of the Week
9. Florida @ Louisiana State
It is doubtful anyone seriously believes the Gators will lose this game or any other contest. LSU has no offensive identity, vacillating between gimmicks, an unproven option attack, and a pure passing game. Shaping up as a Gator statement game.
Baby's Loser: Florida
Baby Tate went 7-2 last week, missing Wisconsin and Miami. For the year 32-13.
9-0: Mosang Miles: Congratulations to the legendary editor of the Bleacher Report for a perfect week.
8-1: Connor, Brandon H., and Tony A.
7-2: Baby Tate, 12, Georgia Dawg, Bill B., Dan S., Cliff, Scott, Taylor, Jim, and James.
6-3: Dan B., Tim C., Southern Man, Illya, Tom O., Robert, Dominick, Brandon E., Matt, Carl, RunTell, Daryl T., Stephen S., and Andrew.
5-4: Kimberley, Kristofer, Michael C., Brad, Ronnie, Kenneth, Tim P., Red Raider, Trey, Michael O., Ryan R., Tyler L., Larry C., and Darrell.
Daniel H. went 4-4 but did not pick the Oklahoma-Miami game and Blake B. went 5-3 but did not pick the Navy-Air Force game.
Below The Mendoza Line: Jonny (9-0 to 4-5 in one week, what a strange sport it is), Kent (One of the Top Predictors week in and out), Ben Long, Alex, Tyler, Chris C., Drew, Josh, Rick, and Michael M.
From the looks of it, this was the toughest week yet. Let's hope we can all do better with this round, everyone except Mosang of course. You can't improve on perfection; at least that is what the dressmaker for Kim Novak used to say in the 1950s.
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