Hello again, ladies and gentlemen! I'm back after a full week of vacation and nearly 2300 miles on the Willie Wagon van. We had an incredible time in Florida, but I'm glad to be back in Texas once again.
Before we do anything else, I wanted to thank the ODB contributors who picked up the slack in my absence; you were incredible. Peter, Prashanth, David, Miles, Kate, Ted, Colby, G&BI ... everyone. ODB had a huge week even without a game, and you guys didn't miss a beat. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Your efforts made a great week even greater, since I didn't have to worry about the hands in which I placed the site. Awesome job.
As for Week 5 in the Big 12, obviously we were without a Baylor game yesterday to entertain the masses. Instead, OU gave the conference its marquee non-conference win of the season and OSU didn't so much shoot itself in the foot as take a machine gun to the entire lower half of its body against West Virginia. Was OSU trying to lose? I don't think we can rule it out, even if it doesn't make sense.
TOP 25 RESULTS:
The Top 25 review, Week 5: Oregon is weatherproof, Alabama has a hobby - SBNation.com
Todd Graham does not appreciate the classics, Georgia won a display of traditional SEC offensive firepower, and Tommy Rees just does the things he does.
Look out for the polls coming up later this morning.
LINKS, LINKS, LINKS, NEWS, NEWS, NEWS:
Bears’ stock rising despite off weeks - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Baylor blew up its scoreboard three times, showed otherworldly speed, and played its best defense in a couple of decades.
Lane Kiffin fired by USC after 62-41 loss to Arizona State - SBNation.com
The hottest seat in college football is hot no more.
College football 2013 results: Scores and recap of Saturday's Week 5 games - SBNation.com
A Mountain[eer] of an upset, a shootout in Athens, and more. -- READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE OTHERS.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin final score: Buckeyes outlast Badgers, 31-24 - Land-Grant Holy Land
In a three-act play, the Buckeyes held on late to move to 5-0 (1-0 in conference play), and extend their nation's longest winning streak to 17.
LSU vs. Georgia final score: Bulldogs outduel Tigers 44-41 - SBNation.com
The Bulldogs get the last laugh in a back-and-forth slugfest between the hedges.
West Virginia Shocks The World, Beats #11 Oklahoma State 30-21 - The Smoking Musket
In an upset nobody saw coming, QB Clint Trickett takes the reins and the WVU defense plays out of its mind to beat the #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 30-21. The Big 12 race looks a lot different than it did 4 hours ago.
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas final score: Aggies outlast Razorbacks, 45-33 - SBNation.com
Johnny Manziel guides Texas A&M to a 12-point win, but Arkansas gave the Aggies everything they could handle.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson final score: Tigers smoke the Demon Deacons, 56-7 - SBNation.com
The Tigers had no problem dealing with the Demon Deacons, rolling to an easy 56-7 win.
South Carolina at UCF: A Quick Recap - Garnet And Black Attack
Given that our starting QB was out and that the game looked very losable at the half, we should take the ugly win over Central Florida and be happy. Next week offers a tuneup against Kentucky that...
Ole Miss vs. Alabama final score: Tide roll for easy win, 25-0 - SBNation.com
The Tide dominated on the ground and on defense in another easy win.
ART BRILES TO THE USC TROJ--
I can't even finish that sentence. Art Briles is not going to be the coach at USC, people. Ever. They wouldn't offer it to him, and he wouldn't take it if they did. Had I the time, I'd remake this with "Art Briles is not leaving Baylor for USC." That move makes literally no sense for him. He's not leaving the state of Texas, period.
Lane Kiffin fired: 11 names to know as USC's coaching search gets underway - SBNation.com
One of the top coaching spots in all of football is open. Who might get it?
Just stuff I found on twitter that I thought was interesting. Some of it is my own.
Early offshore Big 12 lines: Texas -9 at Iowa State, Oklahoma -10.5 vs. TCU, Okla. State -15 vs. Kansas State, Baylor -29 vs. West Virginia.— Aaron Dickens (@AaronDickens) September 29, 2013
I wouldn't freak out about that line. The really early offshore ones don't always update immediately for games played yesterday. Expect considerable downward movement, then probably an adjustment back up.
My guess is it settles around 23.5, eventually.
I am going to put up all the money in my piggybank for Oregon and Baylor to play. Also, 30 minute quarters.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 29, 2013
There were a lot of Baylor-Oregon tweets last night. Check my timeline for more. I may have suggested to Rubenstein that we play in Dubai. Or on top of a volcano.
People talk endless crap about the Big 12 and shootouts. SEC does it? Nothing but praise for "amazing games". It's ridiculous.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) September 28, 2013
It's no less ridiculous today.
So once SEC teams got good offenses, the defenses suddenly stopped looking as good. Shocking.— Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) September 28, 2013
SEC supporters would've hated on this kind of score to no end if it came from the Big 12.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) September 28, 2013
He was talking about UGA-LSU, and he was right.
Sagarin's #BCS rankings are out: 1. Oregon 2. Baylor 3. Alabama 4. Oklahoma 5. UCLA 6. Florida St. 7. Stanford 8. LSU 9. Texas A&M— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) September 29, 2013
LOVE YOU, SAGARIN.
Update: Ubbs with the AP rankings news
Oklahoma up three spots to No. 11 in the AP poll. OSU falls 10 spots to No. 21. Baylor up to 17. Tech up to 20 from 24.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 29, 2013
Update: Coach's Poll now out as well.