Week 5: Winners and losers from around college football
Week 5 of the college football season is in the books. Who had a great week (Edward Pope) and who would rather forget this ever happened (Brady Hoke)? Let's take a spin through the week's winners and losers.
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Loser: Brady Hoke
We might as well start with the Michigan head coach. After the Wolverines lost at home to Minnesota 30-14, falling to 2-3 on the season, it's not a matter of if Hoke will get fired, but when. He entered the year on the hottest of hot seats and had some chance of keeping his job if Michigan had a good season, but the benefit of the doubt has run out.
Winner: Ohio State offense
The Buckeyes had a great Week 5 on offense, as they put up 50 points in a win over Cincinnati. QB J.T. Barrett went 26-of-36 for 330 yards and four TDs with another 79 yards on the ground, while running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 182 yards and a score on 28 carries. Dontre Wilson also caught six balls for 71 yards and a TD, and Devin Smith hauled in two touchdown catches as well.
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Loser: North Carolina defense
The Tar Heels lost at Clemson, which in and of itself doesn't make them a loser in Week 5. What gets them the title is that they gave up 50 points a week after giving up 70 at East Carolina. UNC has been a disappointment so far this season, considering they were a popular sleeper pick in the ACC this preseason.
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Winner: Edward Pope, WR, Texas A&M
The Aggies started slow against Arkansas, trailing 21-14 at halftime, but then made a few crucial big plays in the second half and overtime to secure a win. Pope did his part with four catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including Texas A&M's first TD of the fourth quarter, which pulled them within one score.
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Loser: South Carolina
After getting blown out at home to Texas A&M in Week 1, South Carolina could have theoretically overcome that loss and still had a run at the College Football Playoff. Not anymore. The Gamecocks lost at home to Missouri in Week 5 and two losses will officially eliminate them from playoff contention. They're not out of the SEC title race, however, as the East division is wide open.
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Winner: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
For a little while in Raleigh, it looked like No. 1 Florida State might have trouble once again at NC State, but the Seminoles eventually pulled away and won 56-41. Williams led the way for FSU with 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns, two of those coming in the fourth quarter.
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Loser: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
The Nittany Lions saw their perfect season end at home in Week 5, as they lost to Northwestern 29-6. Hackenberg had a terrible day, going 22-of-45 for 216 yards, zero TDs and one interception. It was a rare bomb for the sophomore quarterback who's one of the nation's most promising pro prospects.
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The Terrapins, now 4-1, continue to boost their profile as a team that could make some noise in the Big Ten. They went on the road and stuck it to Indiana, 37-15, which won last week at Missouri, which, of course, won at No. 13 South Carolina this week. Who knows how the Indiana win will look at the end of the year, but the Terps don't look like pushovers in the Big Ten East.
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The Blue Devils were seven-point underdogs heading to Miami in Week 5, which seemed absurd considering nobody would have called it an "upset" if Duke won. Well, consider it an opportunity missed (or Las Vegas was right again), as Duke fell 22-10 and wasted a chance to step up in the ACC and announce itself as the team to take the Coastal. Back to the drawing board.
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Sure, sure, the Wildcats beat now 1-4 Vanderbilt 17-7 in Week 5, which might have you thinking why they're a "winner" here. Well, the win snapped Kentucky's streak of 17 straight SEC games without a victory. So the opponent doesn't matter -- it's time to celebrate!
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The Heisman RBs
Three running backs in particular continue to build their Heisman cases. Georgia's Todd Gurley was a beast in Week 5, running for 208 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. as the Bulldogs beat Tennessee. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah matched Gurley's 208 yards and added a third touchdown for good measure in a win over Illinois. And Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 181 yards and two TDs on 32 carries in a win over South Florida. That's quite the trio.