College Football Musings -Week 5

A.J. Green

Some hot seat coaches got much needed wins while others suffered even more damaging losses. The most poised passer in the country might just be a sophomore in South Florida who ensured there would be no BCS Title Game rematch. The South Florida Bulls remain unbeaten, but they're not the worst 5-0 team in the country. And SEC officials take a major role in determining the outcome of a key game.

We'll have those bits of tid and more in this week's musings.

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Excessive officiating ---- Georgia rallied for a late score to take the lead in an exciting game with the LSU Tigers, but a penalty for excessive celebration forced the Bulldogs to kick off from the 15-yard line and LSU soon had a go-ahead score and a 20-13 win. There was no reason at all for that penalty on A.J. Green who merely pointed to the cheering crowd. No, it wasn't the official's fault that Georgia gave up a 40-yard kick off return. No it wasn't the official's fault that Georgia gave up a 33-yard TD run on the second play of the ensuing possession. But the excessive celebration remains the worst most subjective and pointless infraction in the game and needs to be thrown out. Taunting should be illegal. Celebrating should not.

Harris for Heisman ---- No, Miami's Jacory Harris is not going to be receiving college football's top trophy this year, but he might be a top contender in 2010. The sophomore QB was incredibly impressive in staring down a tough Oklahoma defense in Miami's 21-20 win over the Sooners. Harris passed for 202 yards and three TD to push the Hurricanes to 3-1 on the season. What's remarkable about his performance is that Harris was intercepted on Miami's first two possessions and found himself down 10-0 in the second quarter before rallying the troops.

Coaching survivor ---- It was a good Saturday for embattled coaches like George O'Leary (UCF), Al Groh (Virginia) and Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) who all got much needed wins to try to quiet the critics at least temporarily. The same can not be said for Tommy West (Memphis), Ron Zook (Illinois) or Steve Kragthope (Louisville) whose teams went down yet again. Soon we'll have an extensive look at the coaches most likely to be moving on.

A record of 5-0 can be Ugly ---- There are eight teams in the country that have posted 5-0 records already this campaign. While you can't do better than winning every game, not all 5-0 teams are equal. Two Big Ten teams – Iowa and Wisconsin – are waging an interesting battle for the title of the worst of the unbeatens. The case for Wisconsin is four wins by eight points or less over such powerhouses as Northern Illinois, Fresno State, Michigan State and Minnesota. Iowa boasts a big upset over Penn State, but also needed to block two late field goals to edge Northern Iowa and barely topped a lousy Arkansas State team 24-21. We'll give the edge to Iowa at this stage. The Hawkeyes play Michigan this week while the Badgers face Ohio State. They go head to head the following Saturday.

USF, USF ---- The South Florida Bulls are also in the 5-0 club after a 34-20 win at Syracuse. Back up QB B.J. Daniels followed up his win over FSU with another pair of TD passes in the second half to lead his team to a win in the Carrier Dome. A week from Thursday will be the biggest game in USF history when they host Cincinnati in Tampa. The Bearcats and Bulls share the lead in the Big East and the winner of this one will become the favorite for the league title and BCS Bid that goes with it.

One less BCS crasher ---- Another non-BCS conference team saw its chances of crashing the party eliminated Saturday. Houston, which had upset both Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, was stunned by UTEP 58-41. Houston's loss leaves Boise State and TCU with the best chances of earning one of the top ten bowl invites and the massive payday that goes with it.

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