Week 5 winners and losers: Michigan, Tennessee’s Hail Mary

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There’s no doubt Jim Harbaugh has rejuvenated this Michigan football module in a dual brief years of his tenure.

He’s been ardent and outspoken. He’s pushed NCAA manners to their edges. He’s also recruited during an chosen level.

The one thing he hasn’t nonetheless done? Brought Michigan behind into college football’s tip echelon.

It appears that’s about to change. In a diversion that lived adult to a billing — dual defensive stalwarts contrary regularly over a march of 3 and a half hours — Michigan showcased what could eventually be a nation’s best invulnerability en track to a 14-7 win opposite No. 8 Wisconsin.

Despite blank 3 margin goals — a warn deliberation how clever special teams had been via a season’s initial month — and a diversion remaining tied into a fourth quarter, Michigan sealed down on invulnerability and mustered adequate offense during a right time to lift out a many considerable feat of Harbaugh’s tenure.

Quarterback Wilton Speight was 20-for-32 for 219 yards and one touchdown — a 46-yarder to Amara Darboh that put Michigan forward for good in a fourth.

The Wolverines had 3 interceptions on a day, nothing some-more fantastic than Jourdan Lewis’ one-handed squeeze to sign a diversion in a final minutes.

Here are a rest of Saturday’s winners and losers, with one large leader from Saturday:


Tennessee: The Vols don’t like to make it easy on themselves, do they? After descending behind — again — Tennessee stormed behind to beat Georgia with 20 fourth-quarter points to win 34-31. First, a 16-yard touchdown toss from Josh Dobbs to Alvin Kamara. The Vols followed that by forcing a fail in a finish section to score. Then, after giving adult a touchdown to tumble behind 31-28 with reduction than a notation to play, a Vols gathering to within spectacle operation and finished a Hail Mary on a final play, Dobbs to Jauan Jennings in a throng in a finish zone. Tennessee, now 5-0, is in control in a SEC East.

North Carolina: A 54-yard margin idea from Nick Weiler as time lapsed gave a Tar Heels a signature win after a back-and-forth conflict with Florida State. And how about UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky? He finished 31-of-38 for 405 yards and 3 scores.

Clemson: The No. 3 Tigers came from behind in a fourth entertain to kick No. 4 Louisville 42-36 in a classical showdown. Clemson controls a ACC Atlantic and keeps itself in a feverishness of a Playoff conversation. Deshaun Watson struggled in a third entertain while his counterpart, Lamar Jackson, led Louisville to 26 uninterrupted points, though a Clemson QB finished a plays in a end. By the way, Louisville did not play itself out of a Playoff review either, notwithstanding a detriment (on a highway in antagonistic territory).

Miami (Fla.): Georgia pushed Mark Richt out — why, again? Clearly, Richt is a good manager — and he competence only be a right manager to lapse a ‘Canes to their excellence days. Richt changed to 8-0 opposite Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday, winning his ACC debut, 35-21. Miami, led by quarterback Brad Kaaya, looks to be a Coastal multiplication favorite.

Oklahoma: The Sooners stumbled out of a embankment with waste to dual teams that are now in a tip 10, knocking them out of Playoff contention. But a Big 12 is still there for a taking, and Oklahoma started with a large win, 52-46 opposite No. 19 TCU.

USC: After a awful 1-3 start to a deteriorate (0-2 in Pac-12 play), a Trojans finally called themselves winners again. Juju Smith-Schuster hold 3 touchdown passes, and USC pulled divided from Arizona State in a second and third buliding to find a win mainstay for a initial time in 3 weeks. We can imagine Clay Helton’s reaction: “Whew.”

Washington (from Friday): The offseason’s dim equine collect to win a Pac-12 North only incited into a legitimate Playoff contender. With a Huskies’ 44-6 thumping of No. 6 Stanford on Friday night, they announced their attainment on a inhabitant scene. Quarterback Jake Browning was terrific, as was a Washington defensive bid that hold 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up Christian McCaffrey to only 49 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards.


The Big 12’s Playoff chances: This discussion roughly radically separated itself from College Football Playoff quarrel on Oct. 1. But interjection to Baylor’s thespian quip — a Bears fought behind and kicked a game-winning margin idea as time lapsed to kick Iowa State — a Big 12 does have two unbeaten teams left (West Virginia, who degraded Kansas State on Saturday, is 4-0 though had not been seen as a Playoff contender ). Sure, one-loss teams will make a four-team Playoff. But this league, ranked final among the Power Five in USA TODAY Sports’ discussion rankings, has reduction shake room than anyone else deliberation a dismal nonconference performance.

Texas: It seems unfit that this is a same group obliged for a spectacularly stirring Week 1 win over Notre Dame, a feat that resulted in conduct manager Charlie Strong being carried off by his players. What seemed like a branch indicate turns out to be only one of many overreactions tied to Brian Kelly’s squad; violence a Irish this deteriorate does not meant anything. (Heck, even Duke’s finished it.) Now, a Longhorns have mislaid dual in a row, a latest entrance by 18 points to Oklahoma State, and face innumerable issues on both sides of a ball.

Iowa: Since Kirk Ferentz sealed that 10-year contract, a Hawkeyes have left 1-2, with a one win entrance by a touchdown vs. Rutgers. One detriment was to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State, and a other — that came Saturday — was to Northwestern, that entered a diversion with a 1-3 record. What a unsatisfactory follow-up to final season’s Iowa patrol that finished a unchanging deteriorate undefeated.

Navy: The Midshipmen are not used to beatdowns, or being on a losing finish of games opposite other use academies. But Navy wasn’t even tighten in a 28-14 detriment during Air Force, a initial detriment of a season.

Purdue: The Boilermakers were a no-show opposite Maryland, losing 50-7, dropping them to 2-2 and serve endangering conduct manager Darrell Hazell.

San Diego State: The No. 24 Aztecs mislaid to South Alabama 42-24, finale a 13-game winning streak, finale a run in a Amway Coaches Poll during one week and maybe bouncing S.D. State from quarrel for a Group of Five entrance bowl. It came notwithstanding 151 yards from Donnel Pumphrey, who surpassed 5,000 yards rushing for his career.

Oregon: The Ducks’ skirmish into sameness continues. Oregon (2-3) fell to Washington State 51-33, a third uninterrupted detriment and second in a quarrel in a Pac-12. Washington — uninformed off a subjection of Stanford — comes to Eugene subsequent week, and a Ducks’ 12-game winning strain opposite a Huskies is really most in danger.


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