October 2, 2015By Brittnee Taylor Newman
A roundup of my pieces for Football.com this week. Who are your picks to win in Week 5?
The #3-ranked Ole Miss Rebels and the #35-ranked Florida Gators have both come into the first weekend of October 4-0, in a matchup when many fans and analysts think the walls are going to finally cave in on Jim McElwain’s Gators.
Florida has won a couple of hard-fought victories already this season, against SEC-opponents Kentucky and Tennesee, and have the home field advantage in welcoming the Rebels to The Swamp. In addition to keep the home crowd rowdy, there’s five things the Gators will need to do to pull off the upset. Read More
698 miles apart, two football teams are preparing for what could be their toughest game of the entire season: a raucous, Saturday night matchup in a stadium aptly known as “Death Valley.”
At this point, both Notre Dame and Clemson are largely considered unexplored territory on the college football landscape. Aside from Louisville, Clemson has not yet played any notable teams coming into Week 5; the bulk of their conference play is still looming in front of them. Notre Dame has played Texas. UVA, Georgia Tech and UMass, of which the two most heavily anticipated opponents (Texas and Georgia Tech) performed below expectations.
At the risk of repitition, this game could finally be the one that draws the map on exactly how good both of these teams are. Two stingy defenses, two quarterbacks looking to prove their worth—and both teams need this statement win on their resume to make a case to the College Football Playoff Committee. Here, we break down the strengths and advantages of both teams heading into the first must-see game of October. Read More
The Seminoles are 3-0 heading into October, and the crux of conference play. Does head coach Jimbo Fisher feel that his quarterback, Everett Golson, has improved?
“I don’t know. I hope so. We’ll find out,” Fisher said Thursday. “He needs to do a much better job, a much better job.”
Sounds more like a question than an answer. Read More