The Replacements was a movie that came out in 2000. The plot was simple. During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players. Coach Jimmy McGinty (played by Gene Hackman) says to Shane Falco, his quarterback, (played by Keanu Reeves)…
“I look at you and I see two men: the man you are, and the man you ought to be. Someday those two will meet. Should make for a hell of a football player.”
That is exactly what I feel when I watch college football on Saturday. These are young men growing before our eyes.
Here are 5 Things The Sports Whisperer Learned about Week 5 in College Football.
#5) How about them Oregon Ducks!
In three games this season, the Ducks have scored 77,42,49 points. On Saturday afternoon, Oregon manhandled Wyoming 49-13. RB, Royce Freeman (who should be a top 15 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft) rushed 30 times for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns. I don’t think the Ducks will ever get back to their glory days,when they were led by quarterback Marcus Mariota. But, they are improved and deserve their new #24 ranking. Many so called “experts” have said Wyoming QB, Josh Allen can be the #1 overall pick in the draft. I am not one of those people. Coming into this game, against Power 5 teams, Allen was 0-3, averaged 190 yards per game, had 3 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Everyone “slow down” with Allen. Against a good not great Oregon Ducks defense he was 9-24 for 65 yards. To quote Charles Barkley. He was terrible!
#4) Say goodbye to UCLA’s coach Jim Mora after losing to Memphis 48-45.
In his first three years as UCLA’s coach, Mora was 29-11. Since then he is 14-14. #25 UCLA lost to Memphis on the road 48-45. Memphis has now beaten 3 power 5 schools at home. Memphis is a quality team, but you can’t lose to them if you want to be an elite program. Mora has seemed to run out of momentum with this Bruins team. I would be very surprised if he is not fired by the end of the year.
#3) #24 Florida defeats #23 Tennessee with a Hail Mary Pass 26-20.
Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired to lead the Gators to an amazing come from behind win. Florida scored 20 points in the 4th quarter to upset Tenn. For the past few seasons, I have heard that Vols coach, Butch Jones, was going to finally get his team into the top 10. But every year they seem to blow a lead, give up a late 4th quarter touchdown or screw up in clock management. Jones is 32-22 as the Vols coach and they have had at least 5 heart breaking losses during his Tenure. He is 14-19 in the SEC.
#2) New Coach…. Same LSU team.
Since 2000, LSU is ranked in the top 10 for sending players to the NFL. Yet, every year, they can’t seem to get a legitimate college quarterback. #12 LSU got embarrassed on the road 37-7 to Mississippi State. The Tigers quarterback, Danny Etling was 13-29 for 137 yards. LSU coach Ed Orgeron has been a great assistant coach throughout his career. When he is “running the show” as a head coach, he has a career record of 24-30. I don’t know if he is the right man for this job. LSU was once a top 10 school, they appear to be far from that now.
#1) Clemson’s head coach, Dabo Swinney is a bad, bad Man.
Over the past 6 season there are only two coaches in college football who have won at least ten games per year…. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Swinney. The Tigers are the defending national champions and they look ready to repeat. #3 Clemson defeated #14 Louisville 47-21 and don’t let that score fool you. The game was a blow out from start to finish. Going into the 4th quarter Clemson was up 33-7. The Tigers limited last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson for three quarters. When Jackson finally put up points (14 in the fourth quarter) the game was long out of reach. Since Week 1 I have been saying Clemson’s quarterback Kelly Bryant could steal the Heisman Trophy. In his first big start on the road he threw for over 300 yards and had 3 touchdowns. I would not be surprised if Clemson and Alabama meet for a 3rd straight time in the National Championship Game.
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5
#5 Penn State
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