2014 Who's Not ... Week 5
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Is it December yet? Army
Ivy League teams are on the schedule to make reaching bowl-eligibility one step easier. However, that did not apply to the Black Knights, which fell in overtime to Yale, 49-43. It was the Bulldogs’ first win over an FBS team since they dropped down a level to what was then known as I-AA in 1982. The culprit in New Haven was an Army defense that yielded 625 yards, including five rushing touchdowns to Tyler Varga.
Being Voted Off College Football Island: Kansas head coach Charlie Weis
Literally. Although Weis had gotten exposed as an overrated head coach in five years in South Bend, the Jayhawks decided to give him a chance anyway. A chance they undoubtedly now regret. The plug was surprisingly pulled on Weis Sunday after Kansas was shutout by Texas, 23-0. The coach leaves Lawrence 6-22, with lagging attendance, another hefty payout and absolutely no one who’ll miss his presence within the program.
Heisman Nopeful: Pitt RB James Conner
For the first time this season, Conner was pedestrian by the lofty standard he set during the first month of the season. And even worse, the brick wall he hit on Saturday was decked out in the school colors of the Akron Zips. The sophomore was held below 100 yards for the first time since last November, toughing out 92 yards on 25 carries in a deflating 21-10 loss. If QB Chad Voytik can’t provide better cover, Week 5 won’t be the last time Conner gets hemmed in.
Start evacuating the bandwagon of … Arizona State
The curtain finally got pulled back on the Sun Devils Thursday night, and it was not a pretty sight. And oddly enough, first-time starting QB Mike Bercovici was not the big issue. Bercovici played relatively well, throwing for 488 yards and three scores, but the makeshift Sun Devil D too often was lost. Testament to the work that’s ahead for the entire staff, ASU allowed five 80-yard plays, one run, two passes, one pick and one kick return.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: The Vanderbilt offense
Good news? The Commodores’ six non-offensive touchdowns are more than any other FBS team. The bad? That’s one more touchdown than the offense has produced in five feeble games. Vanderbilt became the first SEC team to lose to Kentucky since Dec. 26, 2011, thanks to an attack that managed just 138 yards, eight first downs and no red-zone trips in Lexington.
Needing a vote of confidence: Carolina co- defensive coordinators Dan Disch and Vic Koenning
Never before in the history of Tar Heel football had this program allowed 50 points in consecutive games … until Saturday night. After true freshman QB Deshaun Watson got done throwing a Clemson-record six touchdown passes, Carolina had yielded 120 points since last Saturday annihilation at the hands of East Carolina. Against Clemson, the Heel defensive backs were out of position on most of Watson’s long connections.
Football in Pennsylvania
It’s never a good sign when a Temple win over Connecticut is a state’s highlight of the weekend. It was an ugly afternoon for the Keystone State, whose two marquee programs acted like Keystone Cops. Penn State’s dearth of talent, especially up front, was glaring in an ugly 29-6 loss to Northwestern, its worst home defeat in 13 years. Pitt has now dropped two straight after inexplicably getting by Akron, 21-10.
Each week brings more indisputable evidence that the Seminoles aren’t the same team that won the national championship a year ago. They keep winning, yes. But they’ve been eminently vulnerable, including Saturday in Raleigh. Kudos to Jameis Winston and the offense, which stormed back from an early deficit with seven scores in the final three quarters. The D, though, played poorly by allowing more than 40 points and 500 yards for the first time in six years.
The SEC East
The East is wide-open, and not in a good way, like it’s brethren over in the SEC West. South Carolina already has a pair of league losses after falling again at home, Georgia is flawed on both sides of the ball, and Mizzou lost to Indiana just a week ago. Forget just two losses. At this rate, the winner of the Eastern half of the Southeastern Conference could have three losses by early December.
Team of the Weak: Michigan
The fans are disgusted. The players look disinterested. And the staff is preparing for the inevitable. Nothing is working in Ann Arbor, especially on offense, where the Wolverines averaged eight points in three games with Power Five opponents. On Saturday, Michigan suffered its worst home loss to Minnesota since 1962, routinely sputtering with the ball. At this rate, it’s fair to wonder if Brady Hoke’s kids even qualify for a bowl game this year.
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