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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