Looking at the Takeaways From College Football Action in Week Five
From our "upset of the Week" Category:
Sam Picked the Washington State Cougars to upset the Southern Cal Trojans and the Cougs delivered. Mike Leach and his team delivered the numbers they needed to and then the pirate aficionado declared the scene to be the second coming, albeit a less lewd version, of Woodstock.On the Left Coast, that's a good thing. Congrats, Cougars.
Drew went with Eastern Michigan over Kentucky. The Eagles only came up 4 points short. We were excited at the chance of actually getting both upset picks right the first time picking them, especially knowing the odds are against picking either right.
A Mess in Knoxville:
Georgia's 41-0 take down of Tennessee was not only a lopsided loss for the Volunteers. It was also their worst home loss in Neyland Stadium history. The Volunteers have already lost to rival Florida as well as the Dawgs. The schedule has Alabama, Kentucky and Vanderbilt remaining. UK and Vandy wouldn't usually be mention worthy but both are seeing more success this year and with the morale and discipline levels declining rapidly in Knoxville, nothing is off the table. The Vols may find themselves fighting to get bowl eligible at season's end.
Reports of Their Demise May Have Been Premature:
While fans of both programs have voiced some concerns and even dismay at performance this season, both Auburn and Texas A&M are sitting at 4-1 and are still mathematically in the running for the SEC West Title and a trip to Atlanta. Both still have to face Alabama (A&M travels there Saturday). Auburn also still has UGA to play. The Aggies still have to travel to Gainesville to face the Gators. So neither team has a yellow brick road lying in front of them but perhaps the hot seat talk will die down a little and cooler heads will prevail involving two good coaches.
There is a lot of buzz in the Peach State about the Bulldogs, and deservedly so. The Dawgs are 5-0 and coming off of blowout victories over Mississippi State and Tennessee. Georgia's defense looks to be as good as any in the country. Jake Fromm is showing a lot of poise and even some mobility. Chubb and Michel can only benefit from a strong QB who can threaten to hurt opponents multiple ways. The remaining schedule is favorable with the exceptions of the Cocktail Party, a trip to The Plains, and a possible meeting with Alabama in Atlanta. If things continue to come together, this team could do some special stuff.
Our ABG CFB game picks went 8-2 this week. We'll be back in a few days to talk Week Six. Watch for this week's Curator & Coach and our picks later this week!