College football winners and losers from Week 5: Alabama and Georgia show they’re nation’s best; No. 3 Oregon falters

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A game that was supposed to test Alabama’s defense and 17-game winning streak ended in another easy win for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

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The matchup of the country’s top quarterback ends Alabama sommelier is going to Bryce Young’s favor, who had two touchdown passes in the 42-21 win against Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide answers questions about a sputtering ground game with 210 yards and a season-high four rushing touchdowns.

Across the SEC in the East Division, No. 2 Georgia once pushed around unbeaten Arkansas Behind another stellar performance from the nation’s best defence.

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It was another banner Saturday for the Tide and the Bulldogs, who took care of business against the ranked but excessive competition and moved one step closer to a winner-take-all matchup in early December to decide the conference championship. Went.

Two powerhouse events top the list of college football winners and losers:

Winners

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alabama

The 42–21 win against No. 12 Ole Miss was even more impressive than the final score: Alabama took a nearly 35–0 lead in the middle of the third quarter and was in control from the opening kick, in the case of the Tide for No. 1 Supported. USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. (And the Rebels’ 21 points in the second half give Nick Saban something to harp on this week, so it’s a true win.) It’s becoming more and more clear that Alabama and Alabama are in the power rankings for the Football Bowl subdivision. Georgia is at the top, followed by one mile, followed by everyone else.

Bryce Young

Alabama’s second quarterback Heisman becomes clear front-runner for trophy After throwing 241 yards and two scores to lead the Tide near Matt Coral and the rebels. Coral remains a factor after completing 21 of his 29 attempts for 213 yards and having two touchdowns of his own, one on the ground. But Young has the numbers to go for the country’s top-ranked team with a one-off win against his biggest Heisman threat.

Cincinnati

Number 8 Bearcats College football is firmly on the playoff radar A 24–13 win against No. 7 Notre Dame concluded an undefeated non-conference event highlighted by two victories against the Power Five competition. It wasn’t a pretty performance: Cincinnati missed a pair of field goals, had several chances to make an insurmountable lead and led just 17-13 before a late touchdown from quarterback Desmond Ridder sealed the win. But any opening talks for the national semi-finals will have to involve Luke Fikel and the Bearcats.

Georgia

bulldog Number 11 Arkansas suffered a one-sided defeat Which underscores Georgia’s place as perhaps the most influential team in the Football Bowl subdivision. The 37–0 win was also without star quarterback JT Daniels, who was kicked out during a pregame workout, leaving the offense under the direction of backup Stetson Bennett. It didn’t matter: Georgia’s defense was excellent again—the Bulldogs have allowed only one field goal in eight quarters against ranked teams—and the offense leaned on the ongoing play, scoring 273 yards at 4.9 yards per carry. churned at a distance.

Georgia defensive back Darian Kendrick and linebacker Nakobe Dean react after a play against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first half at Sanford Stadium.

Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh Senior Quarterback continued its attack on the record book of the programHe even broke a longtime mark set by Dan Marino by throwing 389 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 52-21 win against Georgia Tech. Piquet’s 16-yard scoring pass was 14th in the last three games to give the Panthers a 42-14 lead late in the first half, breaking the program record for touchdowns in a three-game period set by Marino in 1981. Pickett has been the best quarterback in the ACC — ahead of another two talents, Brennan Armstrong of Virginia and Sam Howell of North Carolina — and is a legitimate candidate for Heisman.

Tennessee

The Volunteers had six touchdown drives of 75 or more yards, scored 35 first downs and 683 yards, covered 458 yards on the ground and scored 28 first-quarter points in a jaw-dropping 62–24 win. Got out of the gate. Overall against Missouri, the offense performed in the ballpark for the best performance in the program’s history, approaching the school’s records for total yardage (718) and rushing yardage (513).

Texas

UT went 4-1 and regained momentum in a series that has recently favored TCU by leaning on star running back Bijan Robinson, who ran a career-high 216 yards on 35 carries, 32- Ran to lead 27 victory. . The winner of six of the last seven in the rivalry, TCU were undone by three turnovers and a second straight pitiless performance against the run, joining last weekend’s sluggishness against SMU. The Longhorns now lead 3-0 with Casey Thompson at quarterback.

losers

Oregon

Ducks failed to get a goal-line stand late and lost 31-24 in overtime to StanfordTo deal with a potentially crippling blow to the Pac-12’s hopes of an eventual return to the playoffs. The loss is particularly painful for Oregon, which had reached No. 3 in the coach poll on the back of a non-conference victory at Ohio State, but now faces the prospect of winning the North Division, let alone finishing on top. Give four. And with games at UCLA, Washington, and Utah to come, it doesn’t look like the last loss of the Ducks season.

Stanford fans storm the field after the win over Oregon.

Arkansas

Not to subtract much from the program’s huge gains under second-year coach Sam Pittman, as more teams would not be swallowed whole by Georgia, the shutout loss speaks to the gap that the Razorbacks still have from the top third of the SEC. separates. And it gets a little easier from here, with LSU and Alabama coming in games against Ole Miss and Auburn in November.

Wisconsin

15 team in the Precision USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, the Badgers have lost three games against the Power Five competition and are at risk of posting the program’s worst season since 2001, the last time Wisconsin finished with a losing record. . Like last Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame, the Badgers were well-competitive in the second half against Michigan, before bottoming out in the fourth quarter. Down 20–10, Wisconsin allowed 18 straight points in a 38–17 loss before scoring a meaningless score in waste time.

West Virginia

The Mountaineers are a team running out of excuses after a 23–20 loss at home to Texas Tech, coach Neil Brown’s third loss in as many tries in the series. West Virginia was viewed as the Big 12 Dark Horse, one of a small group of teams capable of intimidating Oklahoma and making the top 25. Instead, it’s been a team that’s impossible to predict: WVU lost to Maryland, beat Virginia to Teck and then played very close to Oklahoma in last weekend’s loss before meeting and losing to Teck.

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