Badgers! Elephants! Tigers! Week 5 of the College Football Season Remarks

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIOctober 3, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL -  OCTOBER 1:  A large poster of coach Will Muschamp of Florida Gators is displayed by fans during play against the Alabama Crimson Tide October 1, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Last week we told you to fear the badger and fear the elephant, and we were right.

Wisconsin and Alabama both strode to statement-making victories on Saturday night, while Clemson also had everyone on their feet after going to Lane Stadium and dismantling Virginia Tech on the road.

Anyway, here's our Impressed and Depressed from Week 5 of the college football season.



The first drive of the game turned The Swamp into an explosion of sound, but for the rest of the game, Alabama absolutely dominated Florida en route to a convincing 38-10 victory over the Gators.

Trent Richardson really, really is the real deal (he ran for 181 yards and two TDs). We look forward to him in the 2012 NFL draft. God help us all if he goes for the 2013 one.


Another impressive road victory—and this time for the Clemson Tigers.

Are they for real? Well, after they beat Virginia Tech in a 24-3 laugher, we'd argue that they are.

The Tajh Boyd factor seems to be a feel-good one in Death Valley—but wasn't in Lane. This was a great performance.


Russell Wilson's one of the Top Five quarterbacks in the football, and you could see the difference between him and Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, who was absolutely awful in Wisconsin's 48-17 ass-kicking off the Huskers at a noisy Camp Randall.

The Badgers—helped by running back Montee Ball—were up 27-13 and never looked back, and behind one of the best student sections in college football, they look one of the best teams in Big Ten.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 01: Cameron Meredith #34 Nebraska Cornhuskers pressures Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers  October 1, 2011 at Camp Randall stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 48-17. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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No-one really expected Auburn to go into Williams-Brice and win this one, particularly considering the offensive and defensive weapons the previously-unbeaten Gamecocks had.

But then again, SC also had Stephen Garcia, who was once again poor in a 16-yard passing, two-interception effort. The Tigers are still riding Lady Luck in close games this year, but will it happen against Alabama and LSU?

Kansas State

The Bill Snyder revolution continues in the other Manhattan as the Wildcats beat Baylor 36-35 in an absolute classic on Saturday afternoon.

It was ironic that Robert Griffin III should have one dark moment in a sparkling season so far, getting intercepted and sacked by Arthur Brown, but this was a great game, and a great advertisement for the Big 12.


Playing well, and 5-0. Is this Ron Zook coaching the Fighting Illini, or someone else in his body?


Classic game in Dallas before the Classic Game in Dallas next week, if you know what I mean.

But for SMU fans, beating the 2010 Rose Bowl Champions 40-33 is the sign of a revival for June Jones' squad.


MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Chance Casey #9 of the Baylor Bears defends a pass to Andre McDonald #18 of the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats won 36-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/
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Can't say we saw Pitt putting up 44 points on South Florida on Thursday night.


The Dawgs just get better and better, although the game against Mississippi State probably should have been over by halftime.

But suddenly, the Cocktail Party's looking a little better for Richt's boys this year, although two losses probably aren't going to do them any favors with the pollsters. And they don't have any of the nasty teams on their schedule, either.

Washington State

Everyone's favorite College Gameday flag-bearers are 3-1 and 1-0 in the Pac-12 after beating Colorado. While this certainly isn't perfection, it certainly is progress—we're happy to say.

The noise in The Swamp

Check out the atmosphere when Andre Debose caught a touchdown in the opening seconds.

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 01:  Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs cheer against the Mississippi State Bulldogs offense at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Penn State

An horrific performance at Indiana.

Yes, we know the Nittany Lions won 16-10, but as PSU writer Bob Flounders put it: "It was two steps forward and two steps back." Again.

There are so, so many holes in this team—and it starts at quarterback. Should it be Matt McGloin? Should it be Rob Bolden? Or can we just wildcat all day and not let them throw?

Oh, wait a minute! The offensive line isn't good enough for that! Props to the D though—those boys are good.

Mind you, Penn State could have gone 14-0 up early if they hadn't turned the ball over in the red zone. Things will get better—we hope.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks to pass against the Florida Gators January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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This was meant to be a statement game for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their first Big Ten game. They got their butts handed to them in Camp Randall.

True, the defense probably won't play against a better QB than Russell Wilson, but the defense didn't throw three awful interceptions, did it?

The State of Mississippi

Although Ole Miss might be rejoicing a 38-28 victory over Fresno State, the fact of the matter is is that they are a very poor team. And after their neighbors in Starkville got pumped at Georgia, it's fairly obvious the State of Mississippi is going to struggle this year.

Texas A&M

Wow. Great introduction to the SEC, A&M. You took a 35-17 lead over Arkansas—and then blew it. That's the second big lead in two weeks, Aggies!

We can't wait to see how you'll perform in Death Valley and Tuscaloosa!

You'll be hearing a lot of this next season.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Luke Joeckel #76 of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts during a loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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