CFB Winners & Losers – Week 5

Things are getting interesting in the College Football world after week five. After a big win last week Mike Leach and co were humbled by Arkansas, UCF fell to Tulsa and FSU got a win(!!). Last week’s winner Kyle Pitts continued where he left off and frankly looks like a mismatch, no matter who is covering him, and his QB Kyle Trask is making a case for the QB3/4 in the upcoming draft.

Whilst some giants were being humbled, the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Clemson kept rumbling on nicely – with ‘Bama in particular looking strong with Mac Jones under centre. LSU bounced back in style, with Myles Brennan putting up 337 yards and 4 TDs against a Vandy team that was really never in the game.

With all that going on, we had plenty to choose from for our winners and losers. Agree? Disagree? Let us know @Full10YardsCFB. 

Winners (Wakefield90)

  1. Oklahoma State 

 The Cowboys are ranked #10 in the nation and are 3-0 with each of their victories coming by more than double digits.

Due to a second loss for Oklahoma and Texas’ loss to TCU, the Big XII is now wide open and Oklahoma State should be looking at making a charge at the conference title. Is this possible? I’m not 100% sure, but to just be in the conversation is a huge positive for Oklahoma State in a conference where it’s usually their in-state rivals who take the plaudits.

How are Oklahoma State doing this?

Well in Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboys have two of the premier offensive weapons in college football and they’re putting up video game numbers.

Hubbard has 332 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns, Wallace has 320 yards and 2 scores in 3 games.

Keep feeding these two young guys and good things happen!

  1. Mac Jones

Mac Jones is good. Which will come as a shock to some but against A&M, Jones put on a show and put an exclamation point on his performance with some really nice deep throws.

Jones only missed 7 throws all day, completing 20 for 435 yards and 4 TD’s, but what was most impressive is that Jones looked the part.

We got a taste of the Junior QB last year once Tua Tagovailoa was hurt but I don’t think anyone was really sitting up and taking notice of #10. However, through two games this year, Jones’ passer rating is well over 220, he looks confident, he’s making plays and as I called on the podcast last week – He’s taking Alabama to a National Championship.

  1. SMU Mustangs Offense

The SMU offense has, quite frankly, been ridiculous through the first 4 games of their season.

The Mustangs average 44 points a game having registered scores of 31, 65, 50 and 30 points in their four outings so far. I mentioned video game numbers earlier on when talking about Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace but SMU has a handful of guys who are producing at pace!

The QB that Texas should have kept, Shane Buechele is playing really well, Ulysses Bentley IV is a redshirt freshman who is averaging over 100 yards a game and then they have (had?) Reggie Roberson Jr. who had a big game on Saturday with 243 yards and 2 TD’s.

Roberson seemed to suffer a nasty knee injury on Saturday – We all hope he’s back as soon as possible and that it doesn’t affect SMU’s season too badly, because the Mustangs are looking dangerous in the American Conference, at 4-0 so far this year.

Losers (ajmoore21)

  1. Texas Longhorns

Coming off a barnstorming shootout with Texas Tech last week, the Longhorns looked to capitalise on that momentum against a 0-1 TCU. However, the Horned Frogs found their kryptonite and ran the ball to a shock 33-31 win. The defeat marked the first time this season that the Longhorns failed to score more than 50 points, but that didn’t stop Sam Ehlinger throwing for 4 TDs in an up and down performance which also saw him throw an INT. However, it was a mix of undisciplined play (92 yards of penalties) and a Keaontay Ingram goalline fumble that cost Texas badly in this one. The route to the playoffs now looks incredibly difficult.

  1. Oklahoma Sooners

Back to back appearances in the losers column for the Sooners (maybe it’s because Spencer Rattler is easy to dislike?!). This time they make an appearance after a 37-30 defeat to the Iowa State Cyclones. In a back and forth game, Brock Purdy and the Cyclones offense hit some big plays, including a 65 yard TD grab from Xavier Hutchinson. Rattler didn’t start the game badly, scoring on a TD run and hitting Jeremiah Hall for a four yard touchdown pass to go up 17-6. But it will be the INT with just over a minute on the clock that sticks in the minds of fans this week, as the first year starter was punished for forcing the ball into double coverage. 

  1. Auburn Tigers

Coming into their matchup with Georgia, the Auburn Tigers were hoping to take advantage of a seemingly slow start for the Bulldogs as question marks remained around their QB situation. If anything, it’ll be the Tigers who leave this one with some big question marks hanging over them. Quarterback Bo Nix was around 50%, averaging just 4.4 yards per pass and failing to get the ball into the end zone. Indeed, the whole offense looked awful, on 22 carries Auburn managed a paltry 39 yards as Georgia controlled possession and the clock throughout. Some serious contemplation will need to take place this week as Nix and co move onto play an Arkansas team that will feel confident coming off a big win.

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