January 21, 2018

Bulldogs Beat Tigers and Reverse Positions in the Top 16

As Week 6 of the college football season is upon us, the top five teams in the Leatherheads Top 16 remain unchanged since last week’s poll. The number 6  team and the number 11 team from last week switched places after Georgia defeated LSU 44-41 in Athens.

The Bulldogs scored with less than two minutes to go to take the lead and ultimately beat the Tigers. Quarterback Aaron Murray threw 4 touchdown passes and became number 2 in total offense in SEC history behind everyone’s favorite unemployed QB from the University of Florida, Tim Tebow. Murray now trails Tebow by 573 and should eclipse the record in a few weeks, barring injury.

The Tigers will look to destroy Mississippi State this weekend and move back up in the Top 16. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs get to play a non-ranked team in the 3-2 Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.

As for number 1 Alabama, they easily beat Ole Miss 25-0 as T.J. Yeldon ran for 121 yards and the Crimson Tide defense kept the Rebels ground game to just 46 yards. Basically, the game was no contest (duh?). Up next for Alabama is the 0-4 Georgia State Panthers. Does the game really need to be played? Will the Panthers get on the board? What will be the victory margin? Where will HaHa Clinton-Dix getting his disposable income?

The other big game of Week 5 was Oklahoma at Notre Dame. The Sooners got off to a quick 14-0 lead which made the difference in their 35-21 victory over the Fighting Irish. The Sooners moved up from number 12 to the number 10 spot and will play TCU this weekend and have a possible 5-0 start. The Irish are now 3-2 and dreams of a national championship are on hold for another season.

The 4-0 Washington Huskies beat Arizona and moved into the Top 16 in the number 15 spot while the idle Baylor Bears joined the ranks at number 16.

Falling from our rankings were the Oklahoma State Cowboys who lost to West Virginia and Michigan who had the week off to dwell on their near loss to the Paul Pasqualoni-led UConn Huskies. Don’t worry Wolverines fans, Paul has cleaned out his desk and you don’t have to play UConn again this season.

While UCLA already won against Utah in last night’s game, the games to watch this week include Ohio State at Northwestern, Washington at Stanford, Maryland at Florida State and Georgia Tech at Miami. Wow! Now we have some matchups.

Can Leatherhead Bob Swick’s sleeper team, Northwestern beat Leatherhead Ronnie Foreman’s favorite team in the Buckeyes? Leatherhead Brandon Williams thinks the one team that can match Alabama physically is Stanford. Lets see if they can get by the Huskies. They may be distracted, as Leatherhead-insider Terry Keshner told me they are laughing about Lane Kiffin but then again who isn’t? Well, maybe his dad Monte and Mr. Pasqualoni.

Here are the rankings by Leatherheads of the Gridiron after Week 5:

Rank Team   Record    Points  Last Week
1 Alabama (11)     4-0      176         1
2 Oregon     4-0      162         2
3 Clemson     4-0      146         3
4 Ohio State     5-0      145         4
5 Stanford     4-0      123         5
6 Georgia     3-1      107        11
7 Florida State     4-0        98         8
8 Louisville     4-0        96         7
9 Texas A&M     4-1        82         9
10 Oklahoma     4-0        71        12
11 LSU     4-1        56         6
12 UCLA     3-0        54        13
13 Miami     4-0        39        15
14 South Carolina     3-1        30        14
15 Washington     4-0        27        NR
16 Baylor     3-0        24        NR

Others receiving votes
: Northwestern – 12, Florida – 10, Oklahoma State – 8, Texas Tech – 8, Notre Dame – 7, Michigan – 6, Wisconsin – 4, Ole Miss – 3, Fresno State – 1, Nebraska – 1.

Participating voters: Jon Blayne, David Boyce, Ronnie Foreman, Chris Garbarino, Terry Keshner, Bob Lazzari, Tex Noel, Bob Swick, Brandon Williams, Joe Williams, Tony Williams.