After five weeks, it's safe to start forming opinions about most teams. I think the consensus is that outside of LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, and maybe a few others, everyone has either a glaring weakness or is downright terrible. Several high profile teams are already all but assured of flopping in the face of high expectations. It's not just a down year for the Big Ten - it's a down year for basically everyone.
Well now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's take a look at what happened this weekend.
Games of Note
Game of the Week: (18) Arkansas Razorbacks vs. (14) Texas A&M Aggies
Final Score: Piggy 42 - A&M 38
A&M jumped out to a 35-17 halftime lead, and looked like they were firmly in control of things. However, they seemingly forgot about playing defense in the second half, as Tyler Wilson threw for a school record 510 yards and two touchdowns. For those of you keeping score at home, that's two consecutive second half collapses for the Aggies. In retrospect, expecting big things from them may not have been wise.
Final Score: Bama 38 - UF 10
Perhaps the title of this post is misleading, because Alabama definitely is not terrible. They took the Gators apart in cold, calculated fashion after allowing a long touchdown to Andre DuBose on the first play of the game. Trent Richardson went for 181 yards on 29 carries, and scored twice. Florida, as a team, ran the ball 29 times for 15 yards. Looking back, I think scoring 11 points against Alabama is a pretty big accomplishment.
Final Score: AU 16 - USC 13
The much maligned Auburn defense held Marcus Lattimore to 66 yards rushing. If you can explain how they did that, I'd love to hear it. In other news, South Carolina is still South Carolina.
Final Score: CU 23 - VT 3
We are confronted with a reality in which Clemson has won a big game on the road. Hold me.
Final Score: KSU 36 - BU 35
Robert Griffin III no longer has more touchdowns than incompletions, and has thrown an interception. It's a strange world where a stat line of 23/31 for 346 yards, five TDs and one interception represents a statistical step backwards.
Final Score: AFA 35 - Navy 34 (OT)
Navy came back from an 18 point deficit in the 4th quarter to force overtime, and that's when things got interesting. QB Kriss Proctor was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after scoring to start overtime, which caused the extra point to be taken from 35 yards out. Naturally, Navy missed the point after, and Air Force went on to win the game in the next possession. For those of you who didn't see it, the penalty was utter, utter garbage.
Final Score: Toledo 36 - Temple 13
WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN US, O STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE GODS?
Final Score: SMU 40 - TCU 33 (OT)
SMU hasn't beaten TCU since 2005, and have only beaten two ranked teams since they were hit with the death penalty. I know SMU was supposed to be decent this year, and that TCU isn't as good as they were last year, but this one has to sting in Fort Worth.