CFB Stock Report - Week 5

Five weeks of college football are in the books, with just 13 teams remaining undefeated. Four of them are SEC squads. Not all performances are created equal - some wins still diminish confidence in the teams who triumph and some teams outperform expectations in a noble defeat. Here's a look at some of the weekend's college football winners and losers.


Gus Malzahn, Auburn offensive coordinator -
Malzahn's offense put up 459 yards on Monte Kiffin's Tennessee defense in Knoxville and scored the necessary points to put the game away. Ten years ago Mike Leach spent just one year as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator before Texas Tech snatched him up as a head coach. Malzahn is well positioned for a similar jump, as his attack has flourished in Auburn while other offensive gurus continue to struggle.  

Miami - The Hurricanes made it through the roughest portion of their schedule with just one loss by defeating Oklahoma. Of the eight games left on Miami's schedule, a visit to Wake Forest appears to be the most intimidating matchup remaining. With national commentators eager to proclaim the return to relevance of the U, reaching a BCS bowl is a feasible possibility for Randy Shannon's team.  

TCU - The Horned Frogs should move into the top 10 in the polls after a victory over SMU. Houston's upset loss to UTEP removed one of the two other non-BCS conference teams that were still alive for the so called "BCS Buster" spot. Boise State remains ahead of them in the rankings, but now that only they and TCU are contending more people are likely to take note that TCU won the bowl between the two last year. It all sets up for TCU to have a good shot at their first BCS appearance this season.  

Florida - For the Gators, it was a good day and they didn't even have to play. Four of their division rivals picked up losses to teams from the SEC West. Included among those winners was LSU, meaning Florida's meeting with them in Baton Rouge will have intense national attention as a top four matchup. Meanwhile, FSU continued its ongoing implosion with a loss at Boston College and Tim Tebow got closer to being ready to play again. Hard to imagine a bye weekend more to Florida's liking.  

Erin Andrews, ESPN sideline reporter - America's Sideline Sweetheart received great news with the arrest of a man the FBI maintains was the stalker who videotaped her nude in her hotel room and put the clips up on the Internet. Aside from Andrews presumably feeling safer knowing that the person authorities believe is responsible for her ordeal has been caught, this news should knock some sense into anyone who foolishly speculated the crime was some sort of publicity play.  


LSU/Georgia referees -
Marc Curles's crew appeared obsessed with removing anything resembling emotion from a huge SEC football game, calling multiple celebration penalties on both squads. Their decision to call a needless celebration penalty on Georgia's A.J. Green with 1:09 remaining wound up impacting the outcome of the game. Green wasn't taunting LSU, he was reacting to a possible game deciding play against the No. 4 team in the country. Instead of talking about Green and Charles Scott's spectacular late efforts, people came away from the game talking about the guys in stripes. That's awful, and the SEC should be ashamed it happened.  

Cal - Two weeks ago the Bears were perceived as the front runners for the Pac-10's Rose Bowl spot. USC had lost to Washington and would have to visit Berkeley just 14 days later. Jahvid Best had worked himself into Heisman Trophy discussion with a big September. Cal's next opponent Oregon was still shaky after the LaGarrette Blount punching incident. It's hard to imagine a more disastrous two games, as Cal lost by a combined margin of 72-6. Jeff Tedford's image as an offensive wizard is taking a major beating, and the team looks to be in free fall mode for the second time in three seasons.  

The ACC - Five weeks into the season there are only three teams undefeated in conference play. One is Virginia Tech. The other two are national punchlines Maryland and Virginia, which both picked up their first D-1 wins of the year Saturday. The three best teams in the conference are VT, Miami and Georgia Tech, all from the Coastal division. But hey, the league championship game's in prime time this year - everyone's going to want to tune in!  

Tyrone Willingham, unemployed guy - Willingham's stock was already around Enron's level but seeing his two most recent programs, including a group of guys he "led" to an 0-12 2008 record, combine for over a 1,000 yards of offense and 67 points drove home just how terrible a job of coaching he really did. Washington already has more impressive performances under rookie coach Steve Sarkisian than they did in Willingham's entire tenure. In an interview last month, Willingham said he wasnt sure if he'd coach again. I am - he won't.  

Mike Sanford, UNLV coach - Urban Meyer's Utah offensive coordinator Sanford became coach of the Rebels in 2005 with a major rebuilding job ahead of him. Five years later, he still hasn't gotten the program bowl eligible and continues to constantly lose road games even when he has the favored squad. After blowing it against Wyoming last week, UNLV was humiliated 63-28 by previously winless Nevada. That's five straight years of their instate rival maintaining ownership of the Fremont Cannon, and unless Sanford somehow gets his 2-3 team to a bowl he won't get a sixth chance at it.  


Clemson  -
Tommy Bowden's gone, but the Tigers continue to perform as if he never left. Up 13-3 on a horrible Maryland team, Clemson never scored another offensive point the rest of the way. Maryland did everything possible to give the game away, going for a fourth down unsuccessfully from their own 29 with six minutes remaining. When Clemson missed a 48 yard field goal afterward, the Terrapins immediately fumbled the ball on their first offensive play to set up another 48 yard miss. Given yet another chance after a three and out, Clemson fumbled at the Maryland 28 to seal their fate.   

Dabo Swinney's a first year coach with an offense that depends almost exclusively on two seniors in C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. Now he's 2-3 with a 1-2 ACC mark and difficult road games remaining against Miami, NC State and South Carolina. Missing a bowl is a very real possibility, and with Swinney having a small buyout it's not out of the question his run as coach could be one and done.

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