Each and every week during the college football season, CN's founder Steve Deace will be breaking down his top 25 and delivering his thoughts on Iowa State as well. Check out what Deace had to say about week five of the college football season right here at CN.
(5-0)…Remember what I said about
the Buckeyes not looking dominant?
Scratch that, this is clearly the team deserving of the penthouse suite
in college football. They will play
for a spot in the BCS Championship game when the Wolverines come calling
(5-0)…Where is the weakness? Mike Hart is the best tailback in the
Big Ten, Mario Manningham is having an All-American year, they're solid in the
kicking game, Steve Breaston is a threat on returns, and the defense is ranked
in the top 10 in the nation.
(5-0)...The Tigers barely escaped
Carolina with the victory, but got the victory
nonetheless and they still have a very favorable schedule the rest of the
(4-0)…John David Booty made some
nice plays and played well on the road without his biggest weapon. However, Washington State may have shown future Pac-10
opponents how to attack the Trojans via the air.
Florida (5-0)…You knew a program
loaded with pride and tradition like Alabama would play hard in The Swamp, but
the Gators still out-muscled them and kept its lead in the SEC East intact.
(4-0)…The Mountaineers had the
week off and now go on the road to play a SEC team. Well, sort of, since that SEC team is
Louisville (4-0)…Took the week off just like its fellow Big East
powerhouse in Morgantown, and this week's
opponent – Middle
Tennessee State – might be worse than being
(4-1)…Still think the Tigers might
have the fastest team in the country, but if they lose to the Gators this
weekend they would likely be eliminated from BCS contention already this
Texas (4-1)…Sam Houston
Apparently Davey Crockett Tech wasn't available for a game. The Red River Shootout at the Texas
State Fair looms. A win there
anoints the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorite in a down Big 12.
Oregon (5-0)…LSU at Florida
will get all the attention this week as the nations headline game, but the Ducks
waddling into Berkeley to take on the Bears could be just as
(4-1)…Before the season began it
appeared the Volunteers would be in trouble this week between the Hedges, but
the Bulldogs are struggling and a win here keeps the BCS hopes alive.
12. Notre Dame (4-1)…By allowing a couple of
garbage time touchdowns late and letting Curtis Painter play like Doug Flutie in
the second half the Irish lost some style points against Purdue.
Georgia (5-0)…The ‘Dawgs have a national championship caliber
defense, but the ultimate outcome this season will be determined by the ability
– or lack thereof – to develop a quarterback.
Clemson (4-1)…A team one missed
extra point away from thinking national championship. And a team with perhaps the most
explosive offense in college football.
Interesting game at surprising 5-0 Wake Forest this week.
Georgia Tech (4-1)…Quarterback
Reggie Ball isn't making the big mistake anymore, Calvin Johnson is nearly
unstoppable on the outside, and the defense is nasty. Keep your eye on these guys.
(3-1)…Are they finally over their
Oregon Outrage? Have they
rediscovered their defense? If the
answer is yes to both of those questions they could upset Texas and turn their
California (4-1)…The Bears have
been naming the score against foes since they got knocked out in Knoxville, and
this week's track meet with Oregon is must-see TV if you like offense.
Boston College (4-1)…Another
workmanlike win for the gritty Eagles, who get 10 days off to prepare for a
must-win situation at home against the Hokies on ESPN Thursday night
Iowa (4-1)…The Hawkeyes simply got out-classed against
State. It wasn't mistakes. It wasn't execution. It was talent. The reality is that this Iowa team lacks
playmakers, and the Buckeyes were the first team on their schedule willing and
able to expose that.
Virginia Tech (4-1)…The Hokies
flunked their first reality test of the season and got beat by Georgia Tech at
home. They'll get a chance after
the bye to redeem themselves at Boston College on October 12th.
Rutgers (5-0)…Ok, I'll admit it, I've sort of adopted the Scarlet
Knights as my Cinderella team this season.
They're a great story and if you love your football old school watch
fullback Brian Leonard for an entire afternoon.
Boise State (5-0)…Uh-oh, the Broncos' surprisingly convincing win at
they've got a real shot to run the table and steal one of those at-large BCS
berths from the big boys.
Florida State (3-1)…Suddenly nothing looks for certain in the ACC for
the Seminoles, not even a road game against former assistant Chuck Amato and his
(3-1)…The Horned Frogs got rolled
at home by BYU and saw any chances they had of being a BCS spoiler
evaporate. Now they need to worry
about maintaining their grip on the Mountain West Conference.
(4-1)…So long Dennis Franchione,
we hardly knew ye. The Red Raiders'
late comeback in College
Station might have sealed the eventual fate of the
struggling Texas A&M coach.
Honorable Mention: #26 Missouri (5-0), #27 Nebraska (4-1), #28 Wake Forest (5-0), #29 Washington (4-1), #30 Navy (4-1).
The Good, The Bad, & The
Ugly on the Cyclones
Good—A win is always better than a
Bad—Who we kidding with this
question? Did you see the
game? When does a win feel like a
loss? Right about now, in
Ugly—Did you know that Northern Iowa lost to Division II North Dakota at
home? Did you see Pittsburgh rolled Toledo, 45-3? That's the same Pittsburgh that got rolled at home by mighty Michigan State. Did you see Nevada won 31-3 at
UNLV? The point of all this
scoreboard comparison? The point is
that right now Iowa State has the worst resume in the Big 12
North for a team not playing for Ron Prince right now. Winless Colorado has played better and smarter than
the Cyclones have this season. ISU
has maybe one likely win remaining on the schedule, and that's at Kansas State. ISU has done nothing and shown nothing
all season long. They flash at
times, and then fade at most others.
There's something that is or isn't happening in terms of leadership,
discipline, and/or chemistry behind the scenes that we're not seeing. The next three weeks – Nebraska, at Oklahoma, and Texas Tech – will define ISU's
season; and they might also determine the near future of the program.
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