By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
The first month of the season is gone. Hello, October. Big rivalries are coming up and some of the biggest conference games of the year will start to shape the playoff picture.
Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly after Week 5.
The Good: Ohio State. Nobody outside of Columbus wants to see this team win, but the Buckeyes overcame a double-digit deficit twice on the road against a top 10 conference rival. That’s really hard to do. Ohio State will be heavily favored in every game it plays until it visits Michigan State on Nov. 10.
Honorable Mention: Notre Dame. The Irish shut down Bryce Love and ran away from a top ten Stanford team that was coming off a big road win at Oregon the week before. Ian Book appears to be the answer at quarterback. If Notre Dame can survive a road trip to Virginia Tech then an undefeated regular season is very doable.
The Bad: Mississippi State. The cross-division games are often huge in the SEC. Mississippi State lost both of them in back-to-back weeks. A week after losing to Kentucky by three touchdowns the Bulldogs lost to their former coach Dan Mullen, scoring only six points in the process.
Honorable Mention: Duke. Virginia Tech is a good football team that suffered a really bad loss a week ago, but when you’re a top 25 team, at home and are favored in a big conference game, you need to show up. Duke didn’t and the Blue Devils were run out of their own stadium by three scores.
The Ugly: UCLA. It’s hard to see a Chip Kelly team sitting at 0-4, but this rebuild is going to take a while. The Bruins haven’t looked competitive and have a long way to go before they start looking like the team Kelly is shaping them to be.
Honorable Mention: Louisville. Bobby Petrino had the lead and the ball deep inside Florida State territory in the fourth quarter. Petrino put it in the air and into the hands of the Seminoles. Florida State drove down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown. The Cardinals entered the fourth quarter leading by ten, but Petrino’s questionable decision making dropped his team to 2-3.