7 days 5 of the higher education football year capabilities the to start with major-10 showdown of 2020.
No. 7 Auburn travels to No. four Ga in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, and that is the spotlight of the agenda. The Bulldogs have received the earlier 3 conferences in that collection.
No. 13 Texas A&M faces No. two Alabama in the only other matchup involving groups ranked in the Major twenty five. That is a collection the Crimson Tide have dominated considering the fact that Johnny Manziel led a 29-24 upset in 2012.
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Every single 7 days, Sporting News will survey the landscape on the lookout for Heisman contenders, coaches on the location, upset alerts and other developments. With that in head, get all set for Week 5.
A overall of six quarterbacks have a passer rating of a lot more than two hundred at this place, and that listing consists of Heisman Trophy entrance-runner Trevor Lawrence alongside with Florida’s Kyle Trask, who loved a six-TD debut from Ole Miss out on in 7 days four.
BYU’s Zach Wilson is a further a person of these quarterbacks, and he will get the Friday night stage in what should be a shootout with Louisiana Tech. Wilson averages 312 passing yards for every video game by means of two weeks, and that arrives with a 78.3 completion percentage on 13.six yards for every try. The figures aren’t that unique than Lawrence.
BYU has a very pleased quarterback tradition, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of Ty Detmer’s Heisman Trophy operate in 1990. Wilson is a fringe candidate, but as lengthy as the Cougars stay unbeaten he can continue to be in the combine.
Coach on the spot
Georgia’s Kirby Intelligent took a not-so veiled jab at Auburn mentor Gus Malzahn in advance of this week’s video game, and that provides some flavor to the matchup.
Kirby Intelligent calls out Gus Malzahn for his mentor converse, fires some ideal back again at the Auburn mentor.
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— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 29, 2020
Try to remember, it was Malzahn who mentioned, “We whipped the puppy crap out of them, did not we?” right after Auburn defeat Ga forty-17 on Nov. eleven, 2017.
The Bulldogs obtained revenge with a 28-seven victory in the SEC championship video game later that year, and Ga has received the earlier two conferences heading into the next installment.
Which mentor faces a lot more stress? The solution is both of those. Intelligent needs to locate the ideal quarterback amongst Stetson Bennett, D’Wan Mathis and JT Daniels. Auburn was one-3 from major-10 groups final year, and the Tigers have not received in Athens considering the fact that 2005.
We are going to see irrespective of whether Malzahn can get the final term.
Ga-Auburn is a person of two games involving major-twenty five groups with a single-digit distribute. The other is an American Athletic Convention matchup involving No. twenty five Memphis and SMU. The Tigers and Mustangs played a 54-48 shootout in primetime final 12 months.
Memphis has not played considering the fact that a 37-24 victory from Arkansas Condition on Sept. 5. The Tigers missed the earlier 3 weeks right after gamers analyzed optimistic for COVID-19. SMU, meanwhile, is 3- and senior quarterback Shane Buechele (852 yards, seven TDs, two INTs) is participating in even better in 2020.
Buechele and Memphis quarterback Brady White mixed for 806 passing yards, six TDs and no interceptions in final year’s matchup. The rematch should be even better.
Manziel led the Aggies to a 29-24 victory from Alabama on Nov. 10, 2012. Manziel’s initiatives — 253 passing yards, 92 hurrying yards and 3 TDs — were the centerpiece of his Heisman Trophy marketing campaign.
Alabama has received the earlier 7 conferences by an common rating of 43-21 considering the fact that that famous upset. Manziel had 464 passing yards, five TDs and two interceptions in a 49-forty two decline the following season.
Quarterback participate in has been a large big difference in the six conferences considering the fact that. The yardage overall isn’t all that unique — Alabama’s QBs have a 239-225 advantage in common passing yards for every video game. Crimson Tide QBs, nonetheless, have a 15:3 TD:INT ratio. That is significantly better than the Aggies’ quarterbacks at seven:9.
Kellen Mond has to be almost flawless opposite Mac Jones for Texas A&M to have a opportunity.
Believe about it …
There are only two 3- groups in the AP Major twenty five on the to start with weekend of Oct.
No. eight Miami (3-) is on an open up date and will confront No. one Clemson in Loss of life Valley on Oct. 10. No. 24 Pitt (3-) is the other a person, and the Panthers are on the lookout for their to start with four- start considering the fact that 2000 from North Carolina Condition this 7 days.
The Panthers have quietly absent about their business in September. Preseason All-American defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman opted out before the year started out, but defensive stop Rashad Weaver (3.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL) has stepped up in his place. Safety Paris Ford (two INTs) has arrive as advertised, and the protection has allowed just 10 points for every video game. Imagine wherever they would be with Twyman.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett also has shown enhancement, and the Panthers have benefited from a constant agenda that has not been impacted by COVID-19. Will it final? As lengthy as Pitt can take care of business from N.C. Condition and Boston Higher education the next two weeks, showdowns from Miami, No. 5 Notre Dame and Clemson spotlight the back again 50 % of the agenda.