NCAA football Week 5 headlined by close ranked matchups

Games spearheaded by No. 1 Georgia showing struggles

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WSU linebacker Travion Brown (82) tackles California running back Jaydn Ott during an NCAA football match, Oct. 1.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Unlike previous weeks, there were far less upsets during week five of the NCAA football season.

However, a huge upset was mere minutes away from happening as unranked Missouri was leading the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs deep into the fourth quarter. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennet had his worst week of the young season, but battled back in the last ten minutes of the game to will his team to the win.

The stout Bulldog defense was run through like swiss cheese from the Missouri rushing attack, which totaled 102 yards on the ground and had huge runs to set up their drives.

The tough week led to the Bulldogs falling to No. 2 in the most recent AP top 25 poll. On the topic of the poll, even with yet another win, WSU still is on the outside looking in at the top 25 rankings.

After beating Cal by a score of 28-9, Wazzu is the first team out, landing at No. 26 in the voting. It was not the prettiest win by the team, but it sets them up for a huge matchup against USC in week six.

Other top ranked teams from the week five poll had dominating wins.

No. 4 ranked Ohio State took down Rutgers by a score of 49-10 and had some fire between the coaches. Following the Buckeyes’ punter seeing a wide open lane to run on a fourth down, he was hit late. That led to a light scuffle.

After the scuffle, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano ran to the opposite sideline to confront Ohio State coach Ryan Day on the decision to get the first down while winning in blowout fashion.

It was an interesting decision by Schiano, as it was not a designed play call but rather a complete gaffe by the Rutgers special teams unit allowing for a wide open lane for the punter to take.

In the greatest news for Cougs fans, the Washington Huskies choked their No. 15 ranking by losing to UCLA by a score of 40-32. The Huskies looked completely lost on defense and could not stop both the rushing and the passing attack of the Bruins.

There was a matchup that had some serious playoff implications as No. 5 Clemson hosted No. 10 NC State and won 30-20. Clemson QB Dj Uiagalelei looked like the player that Dabo Swinney had recruited to take over after Trevor Lawerence left for the NFL.

He completed 21 passes on 30 attempts for 209 yards and one touchdown. While not necessarily the most impressive box score, he had a much better time reading defense and going through his progressions that he had in the previous season.

With a loss, Clemson would have an incredibly difficult time getting into the playoff, but with a win they now control their destiny on making the playoff.

Another big matchup was No. 7 Kentucky vs No. 12 Ole Miss. The battle that had a controversial last five minutes led to a 22-19 Ole Miss victory. There was a no-call on a potential targeting that would have negated a Wildcats fumble that sealed the game.

The QB battle featured two NFL prospects in this upcoming draft. Kentucky QB Will Levis had the better box score performance going 18/24 with 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart had worse stats but had some dazzling throws throughout the game.

Other ranked matchups included No. 9 Oklahoma State having their first truly impressive win of the season with a win over No. 16 Baylor. As well as this, No. 22 Wake Forest took down No. 23 Florida State by a final score of 31-21.

The Pac-12 has some notable matches coming up in week 6. No. 6 USC hosts WSU and No. 11 Utah faces off against No. 18 UCLA. UCLA and USC are the only two undefeated teams left in the conference and if either wins out they have the chance to make the playoffs.