Marc Lawrence — They’re back. NCAA.com reports Week 5 of the 2020 college football season on Saturday featured 17 ranked teams, including the first matchup between top-10 teams. No. 4 Georgia pulled away with a 27-6 win over No. 7 Auburn while No. 9 Texas was stunned by TCU. Included among the 9 things that stood out from this week’s games: There is far less wiggle room for self-induced error during a shortened season. In some ways, Texas beat itself in Saturday’s 33-31 loss to TCU. While the Horned Frogs ran for 226 yards and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes, the No. 9 Longhorns committed double-digit penalties for a second straight week, giving away 92 yards to TCU … A week after MSU quarterback K.J. Costello threw for an SEC-record 623 yards, Arkansas shut down the Bulldogs’ air raid with three interceptions. Arkansas’ win is its first against an SEC opponent since October 2017, snapping a 20-game SEC losing skein… snapping a 20-game SEC losing skein… Read more here.
When Oklahoma fell at Iowa State it marked the first time since 1960 that the Cyclones had defeated the Sooners at home. Coming into the 2020 college football season, a lot of attention in Ames was on Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy. In Saturday’s 37-30 win over Oklahoma, the junior signal-caller was steady with 254 passing yards and two total touchdowns. But it was running back Breece Hall that the Sooners had no answer for. The sophomore posted his third-straight 100-yard game, going for 138 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones stormed back to score the game’s final 14 points. On the other hand, the Sooners are 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1998 and the first time since 1999 that OU has dropped consecutive games.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK TOTALS TIPSHEET FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Heading into yesterday, undefeated home teams in Game Four of the season (read: Green Bay tonight) were 19-4 OVER the total in games in which the O/U line was set at more than 44 points. On the flip side, winless teams in Game Four of the season were 2-12 UNDER the total since 2015. In this collision of the 3-0 Packers taking on the 0-3 Falcons, you make the call.