College Football: 5 things we learned in Week 5
Lamar Jackson deserved to win
Clemson vs. Louisville was a playoff worthy game, and Lamar Jackson, hands down, was the best player on the field Saturday night.
Lamar Jackson answered a lot of my questions about him as a passer. He’s very accurate and the ball just jumps out of his hand, he’s a special player.
Louisville could have won Saturday — but a brain fart by wide receiver James Quick, who went out of bounds a yard short of the first down marker without much resistance in the final minute. If I’m Jackson, I’m furious with Quick after everything I put into this game, that was such a chickenshit way to end the game.
Luck is on someone’s side
Butch Jones has eaten his Lucky Charms and it’s a damn good thing. Jones needed a miracle to take a late lead against Georgia in Athens, only to then lose it with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Then, win the game on “The HailMary,” after a stupid pooch kick and a UGA’esque, unsportsmanlike penalty placed the Vols near midfield. The Vols are 5-0 and basically clinched a horrible SEC East. Somehow.
Moments before the final miraculous play happened, Jones apparently changed the call from a short pass with laterals to a jump ball in the end zone.
The call of Jones life, WOW!
Florida State’s Season, all but over
Florida State desperately misses Safety Derwin James and with losses to Louisville, and now the Tar Heels, with Clemson still looming, this season is essentially over.
Will Jimbo turn down the chunk of cash LSU plans to throw his way? Maybe. It’s definitely easier to win a title at FSU than it is at LSU, but who knows.
Brandon McIlwain, “ain’t” ready for College Football.
McIlwain was 9-for-15 passing for 34 yards and an interception. He rushed 12 times for seven yards. Gamecock punter, Sean Kelly, had 36 yards passing on a fake punt. Senior, Perry Orth, was 11-for-18 for 138 yards. McILwain may be the future quarterback at South Carolina, but for now, he can’t throw, he’s not making the right decisions with the read option, and his running game, is well below what I expected.
It’s safe to say, the best chance for South Carolina to win now, is for Orth and McILwain to both play.
It’s bad at Nike U
Oregon was blown out by Mike Leach and his Washington State team. Looking at the Oregon schedule, it’ll be tough to become bowl eligible this season.
That’s hard to imagine after the run they’ve had in Eugene.
Tom Herman made the right decision last year holding tight at Houston, he may very well be able to chose between LSU, Oregon and Texas come January.