October 3, 2010

College Football Week 5 Recap, News, and Notes

The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its fifth week of play on Saturday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 5 college football betting action!

Gator Bait: If there was any doubt that the Alabama Crimson Tide had the best team in the country, we can remove those doubts right away. Not only did the Ohio State Buckeyes struggle last weekend in their first road game, but the Tide absolutely rolled over the Florida Gators 31-6 in one of the more powerful displays of the weekend. The offense for Alabama looked sparkling, especially in the first half, while Florida couldn’t get out of its own way down near the goal line. Two more TD runs for Mark Ingram suggests that he is firmly back in the Heisman Trophy race once and for all.

Nightmare Weekend for Undefeated Teams: There were six teams that came into this week that were undefeated ATS. However, the Virginia Cavaliers, Central Michigan Chippewas, Ohio State Buckeyes, and North Carolina State Wolfpack were all covered this weekend. The other two undefeated ATS teams, the San Diego State Aztecs (4-0 ATS) and the Utah Utes (3-0-1 ATS) were both off in Week 5 and will return to action this coming Week 6. Central Michigan was a 19.5 point home favorite against the Ball State Falcons, but was ultimately crushed 31-17 in a game that was never really that close.

Winless Woes Still Continue for Four: Save the Pittsburgh Panthers, the rest of the teams that were winless ATS coming into the season still remain that way. All four of the New Mexico Lobos, New Mexico State Aggies, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and Boston College Eagles were bounced once again. Things were especially embarrassing for Rutgers, as it was the subject of the second biggest upset of the weekend, a 17-14 loss to the Tulane Green Wave as 17 point favorites.

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Saturday Night Delights: The Auburn Tigers started off the parade of 50+ point scoring teams on Saturday afternoon when they posted 52 on the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. After that, the Baylor Bears (55), Northern Illinois Huskies (50), Iowa State Cyclones (52), Oregon Ducks (52), and Boise State Broncos (59) all followed suit. This was the first week of the year in which there were no teams that ended up scoring at least 60.

Falling Out Party: After their defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns ended up crashing out of the Top 25 for the first time since October 2000. They had the longest streak of Top 25 appearances in the Associated Press Poll, but they now turn that title over to the Ohio State Buckeyes, which have 90 straight weeks inside the Top 25.

Still Waiting for Touchdowns: We’ve already discussed just how bad the Florida Gators were against the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend. HC Urban Meyer had four chances for his team down by the goal line in the game, but all he had to show for it was two field goals and two turnovers. Remember the infamous “Jump Pass” that QB Tim Tebow used to throw? Apparently, that play will be leaving the playbook. Trey Burton tried the exact same thing on 4th and Goal from the 1 yard line, and the Tide not only stopped it, but they picked it off as well. Florida was one a ton of teams that failed to score a TD yesterday. Joining them were the Penn State Nittany Lions (3), New Mexico State Aggies (0), Florida Atlantic Owls (3), Colorado State Rams (0), Navy Midshipmen (6), and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (3).

West is Best in SEC: The SEC still has three teams that are undefeated, but all three of them are in the SEC West. The Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, and Auburn Tigers still have donuts in their loss columns. With Florida’s loss, not only do all six teams in the SEC East have losses to speak of, but they all have losses in conference as well! The East division only has four wins to speak of this year, two of which belong to the Gators, while the West has a whopping ten victories. Needless to say, the winner of the West should be considered a real threat to take down not just the SEC Championship, but the National Championship as well.

Top Passers: For the second straight week, Hawaii’s Brett Moniz leads all passers in the country, as he came up with 532 yards through the air in a 41-21 win for the Warriors against La Tech on Saturday night. Indiana’s Ben Chappell (480), Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson (409), Baylor’s Robert Griffin (380), Idaho’s Nathan Enderle (380), Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts (377), SMU’s Kyle Padron (371), NC State’s Russell Wilson (362), and Duke’s Sean Renfree (351) were the other eight 350+ yard passers for Week 5.

Running All Over the Competition: This week, there were so many 150 yard rushers that we are going to boost the rushing total to make to 200 yards! With Dion Lewis sidelined, U-Pitt’s Ray Graham took charge, rushing for a whopping 277 yards and three TDs against Florida International. LaMichael James probably made himself one of the Heisman Trophy frontrunners as well after picking up 257 yards and three scores in a triumph over the very physical Stanford Cardinal. Other 200+ yard rushers include Temple’s Matt Brown (226), USC’s Allen Bradford (223), Michigan’s Denard Robinson (217), and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin (216).

Receiving the Top Prizes: There were six receivers that accounted for at least 150 yards this week through the air, but we have to take a moment to recognize the pair of Warriors that got the deed done. Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas both had huge games, as they combined for 28 catches, 414 yards, and four scores between them. However, the leading receiver on the day was Indiana’s Tandon Doss, who caught 15 passes for 221 yards against the Wolverines. Other 150+ yard receivers include UNLV’s Phillip Payne (170), Baylor’s Josh Gordon (161), and SMU’s Cole Beasley (158).

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