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The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 5 of the college football season

The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 5 of the college football season

Coaches are getting fired for losing to Michigan. That's where we are now in the college football season. With the first firing out of the way, no doubt the flood gates will open so coaches who are on the hot seat? Beware.

In terms of results, Week 5 was not the most exciting, but it did show us that the mascot may be the toughest bulldog at Mississippi State, Georgia Tech is still having some growing pains as it transitions away from the option and the demise of mankind's supremacy of the Earth was made inevitable by Virginia Tech's new robot creation.

Here are the seven craziest things that happened in Week 5.

Virginia Tech's pushup robot

There wasn’t much to cheer about for Hokies fans on Friday...except for the pushup robot.

When Virginia Tech scores, it is traditional to do pushups for the number of points the Hokies have. Well, on Friday, they unveiled a new cheerleader to do the honors a robotic one.

Unfortunately, Virginia Tech scored only 10 points against Duke, thus delaying the inevitable robot takeover that this will spawn.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

A big hit for Bully

Live mascots are the best. Mississippi State’s Bully may not be the most well-known mascot around the country, but a live bulldog is a live bulldog and that makes him awesome.

What wasn’t awesome was Saturday’s game against Auburn, at least for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were trounced 56-23, but the real low point of the game came on Auburn’s first touchdown when JaTarvious Whitlow was knocked out the side of the end zone and into Bully.

Don’t worry. We can laugh about this now because Bully was not hurt from the hit as he tweeted afterward.

Perhaps Bully needs to take a lesson from Uga. Uga doesn’t take that kind of crap.

Clemson almost botched its free path to the playoff

The ACC stinks this year except for Clemson who is the defending national champion and again one of the best teams in the nation. The best team on the Tigers’ schedule was Texas A&M and Clemson already dispatched them with ease so clearly the rest of the season should be a breeze, right?

Not quite. Clemson was given all they could handle on Saturday by North Carolina who took a 7-0 and a 14-7 lead over the Tigers. At halftime, the game was tied at 14. In the fourth quarter, Clemson took a seven-point lead, but the Tar Heels responded and scored a touchdown with 1:17 remaining in the game to make the score 21-20. Rather than kicking the extra point, Mack Brown elected to go for two and the win.

I have no problem with the decision to go for two, but the play call...was not great. North Carolina dialed up an option play and was stopped short of the goal line giving Clemson the one-point win.

Is Clemson not as good as we thought? What does this game mean? Nothing.

In college football, every team is going to have a bad week. Clemson escaped from theirs, but just barely.

Georgia Tech scored two points

College football sometimes gives us scores that you can't help but laugh at and Saturday provided one such score as Georgia Tech lost to Temple 24-2. This loss was especially unfortunate for Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins who was the previous head coach at Temple thus adding insult to injury.

And speaking of adding insult….

This was Georgia Tech’s second straight loss. Its last loss came at the hands of FCS opponent The Citadel. The Citadel has a savage Twitter account and they came after Georgia Tech on Friday.

Yeah, it was a brutal weekend in Atlanta.

Mike Leach is displeased

Washington State suffered a brutal 67-63 loss to previously winless UCLA last week. On Saturday, they were blown out 38-13 by Utah. To say head coach Mike Leach was displeased by his team’s performance would be putting it mildly.

Coach Leach, never change.

The Pac-12 is even worse than we all thought

The Pac-12 has not been represented in the College Football Playoff since 2016-17 and things aren’t looking great for its chances this season either.

Cal was the conference’s last remaining undefeated team and, because any shred of hope for the Pac-12 must be stamped out as quickly as possible, the Golden Bears predictably lost to Arizona State on Friday.

It’s early, you may be thinking, there is still plenty of time for the conference to rebound. That’s true, but this is the first time since 2009 that no team from the Pac-12 has gone 5-0.

So a conference that has not made the playoff in either of the last two seasons and that has been one of if not the weakest of the Power Five conferences over the last 10 years also already has a weaker resume at this point in the season than it has in any of the past 10.

Chris Ash is the first coaching casualty

How far has Michigan football fallen? They are now the program that forces teams to fire their coach if you lose to them.

Rutgers fired head coach Chris Ash after the team’s 52-0 loss in Ann Arbor on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were off to a 1-3 start which...of course they were. Seriously, if you had told anyone that Rutgers was going to start the season 1-3 would anyone have been surprised?

The final straw was the loss to Michigan who Rutgers evidently must not think is that good and, really, who can blame them? The Wolverines almost lost to Army at home and were blown out by Wisconsin just last week. Luckily for Rutgers, they do not play Wisconsin this year, but the Scarlet Knights do still have to play Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State so...yeah suddenly firing Ash makes sense. If he can’t even beat Michigan, what will Rutgers do when they play teams that are actually good?

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Sidwell Friends alum and Villanova forward Saddiq Bey wins Julius Erving Award, declares for NBA draft

Sidwell Friends alum and Villanova forward Saddiq Bey wins Julius Erving Award, declares for NBA draft

While an incredible season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Villanova’s Saddiq Bey has won the Julius Erving Award as the top Div. I men's hoops small forward, it was announced Tuesday.

Bey, a graduate of Sidwell Friends in Bethesda, Md., announced that he'll be taking the momentum from that award and entering the 2020 NBA Draft. 

“I will definitely go through that process, whenever I’ll be able to, whenever that opens up, and I’ll be keeping my options open for sure,” Bey said in a conference call Tuesday. 

Bey, who at one point was slated to attend NC State, is the third Villanova forward to receive the Julius Erving Award in the past six seasons -- Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends alum) in 2017,  and Mikal Bridges in 2018. Last season the award was given to Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura for his time at Gonzaga. 

“As a sophomore, Saddiq Bey was an all-around competitor delivering buckets and consistency when Villanova needed it most,” the former 76er Erving said in a statement released by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

“To come into a well-established program and find your place as an underclassman is no easy task, and it’s clear Saddiq earned the respect of his teammates and competition.”

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The Ultimate Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket: Who is the best team of all-time? First Round

The Ultimate Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket: Who is the best team of all-time? First Round

A bracket to determine which NCAA Tournament team is the greatest ever is bound to have some upsets. There were three in the play-in round alone. 

The 2001-02 Maryland Terrapins unseated last year's champion Virginia Cavaliers in a landslide (77% to 23%). Upsets followed with 1990 Loyola Marymount and the 1967-68 Houston Cougars getting bounced before the field was narrowed down to 16. 

FULL BRACKET AND RULES

PLAY-IN ROUND RESULTS:

#20 Maryland Terrapins (2001-02) d. #13 Virginia Cavaliers (2019) 77%-23%
#19 Kentucky Wildcats (2010) d. #14 Loyola Marymount (1990) 57%-43%
#15 Georgetown Hoyas (1984-85) d. #18 North Carolina Tar Heels (2016-17) 75%-25%
#17 Kansas Jayhawks (2007-08) d. #16 Houston Cougars (1967-68) 53%-47%

Now that the Ultimate Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket had the field of 16, which teams will survive? 

The top four seeds in this tournament are in college basketball lore and will forever be on the short-list of best teams ever. But perhaps in biggest danger is the 1955-56 San Francisco Dons led by Bill Russell. Fan-favorite Maryland is primed for a Cinderella run that many pundits predicted could stretch far into this championship. 

Another darkhorse is the 1984-85 Georgetown Hoyas who won the popular vote in the play-in round. Up against the UNLV Running Rebels is no tall task and sometimes takes two turns on the court to knock them off. 

Will the Dons and Rebels make it through their first game of March Madness this go around? Will any other upsets happen? This round is sure to be hectic. Vote to find out.

Voting for the play-in will take place on NBCSWashington's Twitter on Wednesday, April 8 for 24 hours. The subsequent rounds will be on Friday, April 10; Monday, April 13 and the championship on Wednesday, April 15.

Teams will advance to the next round based on seeding. 

ULTIMATE NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET

#1 UCLA Bruins (1967-69) vs. #17 Kansas Jayhawks (2007-08)
#8 Kentucky Wildcats (2012) vs. #9 UCLA Bruins (1964-65)

#4 San Francisco Dons (1955-56) vs. #20 Maryland Terrapins (2001-02)
#5 Villanova Wildcats (2018) vs. #12 Indiana Hoosiers (1975-76)


 
#3 UCLA Bruins (1972-73) vs. #19 Kentucky Wildcats (2010)
#6 Duke Blue Devils (1991-92)  vs. #11 Ohio State Buckeyes (1960-61)

#7 Houston Cougars (1982-84) vs. #10 Kentucky Wildcats (2015) 
#2 UNLV Running Rebels (1990-91) vs. #15 Georgetown Hoyas (1984-85)

FIRST ROUND

#1 UCLA Bruins (1967-69) vs. #17 Kansas Jayhawks (2007-08)

1967-69 UCLA Bruins (88-2, 41-1 AAWU/ Pac-8 Combined) – 3x National Champions, AAWU Champion, 2x Pac-8 Champion

Top Players: Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Lucius Allen, Mike Warren
Head Coach: John Wooden
Wrap: There’s only one obstacle that prevented one of the best basketball players of all-time in Lew Alcindor from dominating college for four years: Freshmen could not play on the varsity team. There are several legendary John Wooden UCLA teams, but the three-year stretch with Alcindor was one of the best dynasties in sports. They have two of the seven-longest winning streaks in NCAA history by winning 47 and 41 games in a row. Not only did they win all the time, but they also blew out opponents en route to three NCAA Championships. In 1968, they won their last three games by a combined 76 points.

2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks (70–8, 27–5 Big 12 Combined) - National Champion, 2 Elite Eights, 2 Big 12 Tournament Championships, 2 Big12 Regular Season Championships

Top Players: Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush
Head Coach: Bill Self
Wrap: Kansas made history in 2008 by becoming the first team to ever win 37 games in a season. In the tournament, they rolled through some fan-favorites, including Steph Curry's Davidson team, Tyler Hansbrough's North Carolina team and Derrick Rose's Memphis team.

#8 Kentucky Wildcats (2012) vs. #9 UCLA Bruins (1964-65)

2012 Kentucky Wildcats (38-2, 16-0 SEC) – National Champions, SEC Regular Season Champion

Top Players: Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquise Teague
Head Coach: John Calipari
Wrap: The 2012 Wildcats had one of the most impressive modern runs through the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky controlled every contest throughout the Big Dance, including rolling past a who’s who of notable college coaches (Tom Crean, Scott Drew, Rick Pitino and Bill Self). Anthony Davis was the star of the team, but it was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that turned it on for a roster with seven future NBA players on it. 

1964-65 UCLA Bruins (58-2, 29-0 AAWU Combined) – 2x National Champions, 2x AAWU Champion

Top Players: Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson
Head Coach: John Wooden
Wrap: Before all the legendary John Wooden led UCLA Bruin teams, it had to start somewhere. In 1964, Wooden won his first championship in his 16th season as coach for UCLA. This was just prior to Kareem-Abdul Jabbar joining the Bruins, but the teams were just as dominant. They had just as many losses as they did championships in that two-year stretch.

#4 San Francisco Dons (1955-56) vs. #20 Maryland Terrapins (2001-02)

1955-56 San Francisco Dons (57-1, 26-0 CBA Combined) – 2x National Champions, 2x CBA Champion

Top Players: Bill Russell, K.C. Jones
Head Coach: Phil Woolpert
Wrap: In back-to-back seasons Celtics great Bill Russell led the Dons with a shot-blocking ability, 20+ points and 20+ rebounds to two national titles. At the time, there was no one in the college game that could stop his game. Due to Russell’s influence and dominant play in his sophomore season (1955), the NCAA widened the lane to prevent him from camping under the basket. Crazy to think that USF was the only school to recruit him.

2001-02 Maryland Terrapins (57-15, 25-7 ACC Combined) - National Championship, ACC Regular Season Champion, 2 Final Fours

Top Players: Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Steve Blake
Head Coach: Gary Williams
Wrap: The 2001 and 2002 Terps were easily the best two seasons in Maryland's history. In back-to-back seasons they made the Final Four, with the second resulting in a national championship. As the game and tournament have grown, that is not easy to do. Williams did it in two seasons with another talent-filled ACC. 

#5 Villanova Wildcats (2018) vs. #12 Indiana Hoosiers (1975-76)

2018 Villanova Wildcats (36-4, 14-4 Big East) - National Champions, Big East Tournament Champion

Top Players: Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Eric Paschall
Head Coach: Jay Wright
Wrap: Not many think of the 2018 Villanova team in the list of greatest champions because there was no memorable moment from their tournament. Their memorable moment was winning every game by double-figures and blowing past every opponent with ease in the NCAA Tournament.

1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers (63-1, 36-0 Big Ten Combined) – National Champion, 2x Elite Eight, 2x Big Ten Champion

Top Players: Scott May, Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, Tom Abernethy
Head Coach: Bobby Knight
Wrap: The starting five from both the 1975 and 1976 Indiana teams are two of the few college basketball lineups to all play on in the NBA. In total, those two squads had eight NBA players and they rarely faced defeat. Not against the UCLA Bruins, not against the Soviet National Team, only once to Kentucky. Had it not been a Scott May injury near the end of the 1975 season, Indiana could very well have won back-to-back National Championships. Oh, and the 1975 season also was Mike Krzyzewski’s only season as an assistant in the sport.

#3 UCLA Bruins (1972-73) vs. #19 Kentucky Wildcats (2010)

1972-73 UCLA Bruins (60-0, 28-0 Pac-8 Combined) – 2x National Champion, 2x Pac-8 Champion

Top Players: Bill Walton, Keith Wilkes, Larry Farmer
Head Coach: John Wooden
Wrap: Coming off a national championship and a one-loss season, the Bruins graduated their entire starting lineup after 1971. In 1972, it was an entirely fresh roster, but they got it done and continued the program’s winning ways. Led by Bill Walton this UCLA team is regarded as one of the best, ever. In those two seasons, they contributed to 60 of their record 88 straight wins.

2010 Kentucky Wildcats (35-3, 14-2 SEC) - Elite Eight, SEC Regular Season Champion, SEC Tournament Champion

Top Players: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Peterson, Eric Bledsoe
Head Coach: John Calipari
Wrap: In John Calipari's first season with the Wildcats, he quickly returned Kentucky to a national powerhouse. With John Wall as the face of the team, Kentucky started off 19-0 and was a freight train of young talent. Eventually, they were upended by West Virginia in the Elite Eight, but there is no denying the star power on that team. 

#6 Duke Blue Devils (1991-92)  vs. #11 Ohio State Buckeyes (1960-61)

1991-92 Duke Blue Devils (66-9, 25-5 ACC Combined) – 2x National Champions, 2x ACC Regular Season Champion, ACC Tournament Champion

Top Players: Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski 
Wrap: Coach K’s legacy at Duke didn’t begin until the late 1980s, but year after year the championship alluded him and the Blue Devils. At the end of the 1990 season, Duke ended its season with a 30-point loss to UNLV in the championship. After losing three starters they re-tooled with a legendary 1-2-3 punch. Eventually, Duke became the first back-to-back champion in nearly 20 years and a new blue-blood was born. 

1960-61 Ohio State Buckeyes (52-4, 27-1 Big Ten Combined) – National Champions, 2x Final Four, 2x Big Ten Champions

Top Players: Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Bob Knight, Larry Sigfried
Head Coach: Fred Taylor 
Wrap: Ohio State would have three future Hall of Famers – one of which would turn to coaching in Bobby Knight – during their great 1960 and 1961 seasons. The Buckeyes changed the game with fast-break baskets and a never-before-seen offense with 90 points per game and no 3-point line. In the first year, they blew past every team in the tournament (closest victory was by 17 points). Next year they lost to cross-state rival Cincinnati in the championship.

#7 Houston Cougars (1982-84) vs. #10 Kentucky Wildcats (2015) 

1982-84 Houston Cougars (88-16, 42-6 SWC Combined) – 3x Final Four, 2x Southwest Regular Season Champ, 2x Southwest Tournament Champ

Top Players: Rob Williams, Michael Young, Clyde Drexler, Akeem Olajuwon
Head Coach: Guy Lewis 
Wrap: Phi Slama Jama changed the sport and introduced the game to the casual sports fan off the sheer athleticism of the seven players who were drafted into the NBA. Most remember their history based on their final two seasons with Drexler and Olajuwon running the show with their slam dunking and fast-break, frenetic, playground style. Although they never won the title, they were runner-ups twice and contrasted the dynasties of Wooden’s Bruins from the previous decade.

2015 Kentucky Wildcats (38-1, 18-0 SEC) – Final Four, SEC Regular Season Champions, SEC Tournament Champions

Top Players: Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein
Head Coach: John Calipari
Wrap: This version of the Kentucky Wildcats was two games short of joining an exclusive list of undefeated champions. Had they done so, it would have been the first since the 70s. Throughout the year, Kentucky made its season a cakewalk, leading many to believe they were not tested enough to win it all. Losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four proved them right. Nine of the 13 scholarship players have gone on to the NBA.

#2 UNLV Running Rebels (1990-91) vs. #15 Georgetown Hoyas (1984-85)

1990-91 UNLV Running Rebels (69-6, 34-2 Big West Combined) – National Champion, 2 Final Fours, 2x Big West Regular Season Champion, 2x Big West Tournament Champion

Top Players: Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt, Stacey Augmon
Head Coach: Jerry Tarkanian 
Wrap: A 30-point victory over Duke in the championship game was the exclamation point on this stretch of UNLV basketball. From 1990 to 1991 they had a 45-game winning streak that remains the fourth-longest in the men’s game. The Running Rebels are also the last national champion from a non-major seven conference. 

1984-85 Georgetown Hoyas (69-6, 28-4 Big East Combined) - National Champion, 2 Final Fours, 2 Big East Tournament Championships, Big East Regular Season Champion

Top Players: Patrick Ewing, David Wingate, Michael Jackson, Reggie Williams
Head Coach: John Thompson II
Wrap: Georgetown was only eight points away from a perfect season in 1984. Four NBA stars made them one of the roughest, toughest and baddest teams in all of the country and Patrick Ewing was at the forefront with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks a game. In the championship, they ended the Phi Slama Jama era of Houston basketball. The next season they made the championship game again.