College Football Week Five Thoughts and Opinions

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 5, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with David DeCastro #52 and Ryan Whalen #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Huskies at Stanford Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I Don’t Need No Stinking Helmet

Tanner Brock of TCU made a key block on a punt return. My favorite part was that he did it without his helmet. At some point during the return he lost it. He kept playing anyway. He saw a guy and blocked him.

Teammate Jeremy Kerley used the block to take the punt to the end zone. This was the first punt return by the Horned Frogs in seven years.

Notre Dame

At the start of the season, we were told over and over that Notre Dame could be a BCS bowl team because their schedule is weak and they could run through it. Now I know they are winning and sitting at 4-1, but if you have followed them at all you would know it isn’t as good as it seems.

The last three wins have been by a combined 13 points and the one against Washington was in overtime. You would think that a team that is supposed to make it to a BCS bowl due to their weak schedule would have an easier time.

The schedule is still weak. Of their five opponents, only Michigan, who is their one loss, even has a winning record. So is Notre Dame good or lucky?

USC, Oregon, and…Stanford??

The Pac-10 race right now appears like it will come down to annual favorite USC, Oregon, who usually is in the mix, and now the Stanford Cardinal, who most expected to be improved and challenge to make a bowl, but has surprised by going 4-1 and 3-0 in-conference.

Auburn Turnaround

Auburn finds themselves at 5-0 to start the season. Last year they had five wins total. Five is also the total number of wins that head coach Gene Chizik had in his career prior to taking over on the plains.

As of right now, Chizik is well ahead of schedule to return Auburn to a top program and is ahead of the other new SEC coaches, as well as a few of the old ones, I think.

Conference USA—Wait, I Mean Big East

Cincinnati and South Florida are leading the way in the Big East, just a few years removed from the Conference USA. When the ACC raided the Big East and a couple teams jumped conferences, the Big East picked up three from the Conference USA. Louisville, Cincinnati, and South Florida joined the Big East in 2004.

Louisville won the Big East in 2006 and Cincinnati won it last season. As of right now, both Cincinnati and South Florida are 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference to sit atop the conference standings.

Back to the Usual Suspects

Houston was a nice story and was making a great run, giving Conference USA a contender for a BCS Bowl bid. They had beaten both Oklahoma State and Texas Tech from the Big 12. Unfortunately, they lost to UTEP in conference play.

Now we are left with Boise State and TCU as the main teams with a shot at a BCS bowl. BYU is on the outside, waiting for slip ups and a win streak.


Everyone always picks Boise State to win. They usually do and probably will again this year. After that, it isn’t so easy.

Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, and Nevada have all been named as contenders to challenge for the conference.

Suddenly a new name appears on the list, and it is a surprise to everyone. Idaho has started the season 4-1 overall and is already 1-0 in-conference. I didn’t see this coming. If anyone out there did, all I can say is "wow."

There Is Still Time on the Clock

I lost track of it, too.

Just when it seems Washington is out of it, they drive the field and kick a field goal to tie it up and send the game to overtime.

Ball State gave up a touchdown to lose the lead and the game to Toledo with 27 seconds left. This was right after scoring on a Statue of Liberty play. 

Oregon’s Running Game Blountly

You may have heard Oregon has changed the status of suspended running back LeGarrette Blount, to a possibility of retuning to play for the Ducks in November. I wrote an article on my opinion of the situation already, so here is a quick recap of what I think.

Oregon doesn’t need Blount. The Ducks ran for 318 yards against the Cougars. Five players ran in for touchdowns. Three players were over 50 yards and two more just under with over 40 yards.

Five players took it in for a touchdown.

If he does come back, I am ok with that, too. I didn’t really think a full season suspension was needed.


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