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College football Saturday, Week 5: Now that was more like it

Last week wasn't a memorable one for college football. But Week 5 brought it. Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Alabama are the day's biggest winners. Stay tuned for more here heading into Week 6.

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TWIS: LSU fans smell like bourbon

TWIS unearths the funniest/stupidest/most unhinged fan behavior on the college football internet. This week: LSU fans self-scout about corndogs! Georgia Tech deploys umlauts! Notre Dame does not sing a particular song! Purdue! Even more Monsoon Popcorn Guy! Voyeurs from the land of Gump!

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The Alphabetical

Bret Bielema's head will leave a crater, Alabama has applied its 60-minute arm bar, and Paul Pasqualoni is still staring at you.

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Oregon is terrifying

Oregon couldn't hold onto the ball, quarterback Marcus Mariota had a poor game, and it didn't matter one bit. Also: it was a bad week for quarterbacks and a good one for late surges.

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Who are college football's 4 best teams?

There's no College Football Playoff this year, but we can still argue about which four teams lead the Playoff pack anyway. This week, Spencer Hall, Dan Rubenstein, Bill Connelly, and Jason Kirk try to build a semifinal round.

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Recruiting news roundup: USC, Georgia make gains

USC fires Lane Kiffin, while Georgia and Ohio State secure big wins at home in front of top recruits.

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It's still all about the trenches

The SEC's year of high-scoring offenses and great quarterbacking still boils down to which defensive lines can beat which offensive lines.

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Updated bowl projections

Last week, the dream national championship matchup looked like a little bit less of a sure thing. Back on course?

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Oklahoma to Coaches' top 10

Lots of movings and shakings in the Coaches' Poll after a week with four matchups between ranked teams.

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AP Poll: Georgia rising, LSU and OK St falling

Another top-ten SEC clash sees the two teams head in opposite directions in the AP Poll.

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The Top 25 review

Todd Graham does not appreciate the classics, Georgia won a disgraceful shootout a display of traditional SEC offensive firepower, and Tommy Rees just does the things he does.

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Several superstars injured during week 5

Though the quality of the football being played on Saturday was much improved over last week, it came at the cost of the health of some the game's biggest stars.

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Arizona State tops Trojans

The Trojans go down in Tempe.

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Oregon swims, sinks Cal

The rain doesn't stop Oregon, apparently. The college football world is still looking for something that will.

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Stanford blows out Washington State

Washington State kept it close through halftime, but Stanford blew past the Cougars with a big third quarter on their way to a comfortable win in Seattle.

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Marqise Lee appears to hurt knee vs ASU

A potentially tough loss to an offense that is already struggling.

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Washington State fan eats popcorn in the rain

The product on the field was ugly, but at least this fan had some delicious popcorn.

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Barry Sanders has moves (of course)

The young Cardinal back is an outstanding athlete with a promising career ahead of him. He also might remind you of somebody.

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Miller's four TDs leads Buckeyes to win

On the strength of four Braxton Miller touchdowns, Ohio State passed its first test of the year.

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De'Anthony Thomas injures ankle against Cal

The Ducks will be without their biggest weapon for at least a bit.

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Texas A&M outlasts Arkansas, 45-33

Arkansas showed a lot of fight but could not keep pace with Texas A&M.

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Huskies knock off Wildcats

Heavy rain wasn't able to derail the Huskies and Washington notched its first Pac-12 win of the season.

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Braxton Miller has stellar first half in return

Braxton Miller is back and still very good at playing football.

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No. 20 Florida beats Kentucky 24-7

It wasn't a particularly pretty game by Florida, but an effective offense and a suffocating defense led the Gators to another win.

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Alabama pulls away for easy 25-0 win

The Tide defense completely shut down Ole Miss while Alabama's running game provided a more than healthy cushion.

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Targeting call reversed in Bama-Ole Miss

The controversial targeting ruling rears its head again with another reversed call.

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Penalty flag nails Ole Miss player in eye

BAMA, HOW MUCH ARE YOU PAYING THE REFS TO BLIND EVERY ONE OF BAMA'S OPPONENTS

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GIF: Yeldon puts on outrageous spin move for TD

Alabama's running back sent Cody Prewitt helplessly to the ground on an incredible spin move.

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Alabama vs Ole Miss halftime update

The Rebels are giving Alabama all they can handle.

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Sam Houston State fends off Eastern Washington

Just like last December, Sam Houston State was able to outlast Eastern Washington in a matchup of two of FCS's top programs.

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Mark Richt gives emotional interview after win

The Bulldogs' head man was understandably feeling pretty emotional after his team picked up a monster win over LSU.

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FSU 48, Boston College 34

A valiant Boston College effort kept the game reasonably close, but FSU comes home with the win.

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Oklahoma finishes off Notre Dame, 35-21

The Sooners had an answer every time the Irish pressed the issue, and they leave South Bend with a 35-21 win as a result.

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Notre Dame LB Ben Councell ejected for targeting

Linebacker hit Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay above the shoulders, drawing a targeting flag.

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Clemson breezes past Wake Forest, 56-7

The Tigers made quick work of the Demon Deacons, rolling to an easy 56-7 win.

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FINAL: Iowa 23, Minnesota 7

Iowa's bruising ground game and punishing defense combined for a convincing victory at Minnesota.

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Blake Bell briefly leaves game with apparent cramp

The Belldozer had to go into the shop for a few minutes to deal with cramps, but he's back on the field for the Sooners.

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HALFTIME: FSU 24, BC 17

Florida State, a 24-point favorite entering Saturday's road game at Boston College, needed a miraculous Hail Mary to take a lead into the half against the pesky Eagles.

Jameis Winston got off to a slow start, but his 56-yard touchdown throw to Rashad Greene put FSU in the end zone for the first time. He later found Chad Abram for a score after a masterful seven-play, 80-yard drive that tied the game up with 1:49 left in the half. FSU got the ball back with less than a minute to play after forcing a three-and-out, at which point Winston's heroics came into play.

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The momentum is all Florida State's at this point as BC goes into the break with three straight punts and 22 total yards on those drives.

If there's any consolation for BC, it's that the defensive line has pressured Winston into three sacks and has given the FSU line fits. So, if the Eagle offense can keep it close, this one's not over.

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VIDEO: Jameis Winston Hail Mary

Winston makes a highlight reel play to find Kenny Shaw for the score and the lead.

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Georgia leads LSU 24-17 at the half

After 30 minutes between the hedges, the Georgia Bulldogs lead the LSU Tigers 24-17. The game has been a tale of two quarters: After 15 minutes, it looked to be a last-possession-wins shootout. The defenses took charge in the second, though, and the offenses slowed to a crawl.

Georgia took the opening kickoff 75 yards in just eight plays, capped with a five-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett.  LSU answered back quickly when Zach Mettenberger connected with Kadron Boone on a 48-yard touchdown pass. Mettenberger extended the LSU lead with a second touchdown pass to Boone six minutes later, but Georgia evened things on a perfect-placed pass from Aaron Murray to Chris Conley on a post route to the back of the end zone.

Georgia kicked a field goal midway through the second quarter to retake the lead after a 10-play drive stalled inside the LSU 10 yard line, but LSU quickly answered with a long field goal of their own. Georgia took the halftime lead when Murray dove across the goal line for a touchdown, cashing in on a pass interference call that gave the Bulldogs first-and-goal from two yards out.

Georgia running back Todd Gurley left with an injury in the second quarter, but it has done little to stop the Georgia running attack. The Bulldogs have 143 yards on just 21 carries with Keith Marshall filling in capably for the injured star. Murray has been his usual solid self, going 11 of 19 for 163 yards, the two aforementioned touchdown throws, and one interception.

Mettenberger, a former Georgia player whose mom works for the Bulldogs as an administrative assistant, has been stellar. He is 10 of 15 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The running game has been nonexistent for the Tigers, though, leading to them currently trailing.

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Georgia RB Todd Gurley injured

One of the Bulldogs' offensive stars goes out with an apparent leg injury.

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LARGE MAN INTERCEPTION in LSU-UGA

Most wide receivers don't have hands as good as this defensive tackle.

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West Virginia knocks off No. 11 Oklahoma State

Clint Trickett and his bum right shoulder led the Mountaineers to a possible season-saving win on Saturday.

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Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24

South Alabama rallies for 17 straight points and reaches the Tennessee 6 on its last drive, but the Vols prevail.

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South Carolina hangs on for 28-25 win over UCF

The Gamecocks started slow before turning it on, earning a tough win over a competitive UCF squad.

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WVU QB Clint Trickett injured after big hit

Trickett took a shot after chucking the ball deep down the field.

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Holgo chuggin Red Bull, smashin headsets

West Virginia is holding on to a slim lead against Oklahoma State AND DANA HOLGORSEN IS GETTING AGGRAVATED.

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South Carolina, big fans of sideline shoving

Football is an emotional game.

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LSU-Georgia and Oklahoma-Notre Dame

Join us below for live coverage (and jokes and GIFs and such!) of the college football Saturday's busy afternoon, led by a top-10 SEC battle and classic powers meeting in South Bend. Full TV schedule right here.

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SC's Brandon Wilds leaves UCF game with injury

The offensive options are getting thin for South Carolina after Wilds left the game after taking a shot to the head.

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West Virginia puts No. 11 Ok. State on upset alert

After naming a new starting quarterback and making 23 changes to the depth chart this past week, West Virginia has No. 11 Oklahoma State on upset alert. At the half, WVU holds a 24-14 lead.

Oklahoma State moved out to an early 7-0 lead, but a 58-yard interception return from Ishmael Banks tied things up midway through the first quarter. Clint Trickett then connected with Kevin White on a 17-yard touchdown strike to give the Mountaineers the lead. Josh Lambert then hit a 42-yard field goal to give West Virginia a 17-7 lead.

J.W. Walsh led the Cowboys back down the field on the ensuing drive to restore some stability for a team that appeared to be somewhat rattled on the road. WVU stole the momentum right back before the half, though, as Charles Sims plowed his way through the goal line to put the Mountaineers up 24-14. Oklahoma State attempted a long field goal just before halftime, but it sailed wide-left.

For a team most had counted out, West Virginia really battled in the first half. A win over OSU could be a season-saver, and it would certainly help some of the faithful in Morgantown step away from the ledge a bit.

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Today’s college football news headlines

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South Carolina on upset alert vs. UCF

The Gamecocks are down 10-0 at halftime in Orlando. Can they turn it around or will the Knights claim the biggest scalp in program history?

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FAT GUY PUNT RETURN

Some defensive tackles wait a life time for a moment like this.

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Brison Williams flagged for this hit vs. UCF

The South Carolina defender was initially ejected for targeting, but the call was correctly reversed after review.

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GIF: Duke Johnson out

A shot to the head took the Hurricanes' top rusher to the locker room, but he returned on the next possession.

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West Virginia's impressive pick-6 return

The West Virginia Mountaineers are coming off one of their worst losses in school history. With No. 11 Oklahoma State in town, Ishmael Banks' 58-yard interception return was capped off with a leap into the end zone that tied the score at 7-7.

Wearing their all-yellow uniforms today, I'm not quite sure how J.W. Walsh didn't see Banks standing right there.

WVU's offense has really struggled the past couple of weeks as they adjust to life without Geno Smith. Perhaps the pick-six was just what they needed to get their offense going once again on Saturday afternoon.

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Longform: Inside Chip Kelly’s offense at New Hampshire

Today’s college football news headlines

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Connor Shaw out of UCF game with injury

The Gamecocks will be without their starting quarterback for a while, as Connor Shaw left the UCF game in the first quarter with a right shoulder sprain.

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LSU fan dyes dog as Bengal Collie

Paint your chest. Don't dye your dog.

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12 fun facts about the UCF Knights

Wacky mascots, a city no one actually lives in, and two all-name candidates in the backfield. What's not to love?

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LeBron to give Ohio State a pregame speech

The Buckeyes should get an even bigger recruiting boost from their prime time rivalry game than expected, with King James in the building.

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Golfer, Duck Dynasty star will appear on GameDay

The former Bulldog golfer and the reality show/LSU fan will square off on ESPN.

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Your Georgia-LSU tailgating guide

Anyone who spends a weekend bored in Athens just isn't trying hard enough.

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Did A&M show Ole Miss how to beat Bama?

Unlike last year at this time, Alabama has been kind enough to show us some faults and offer us the chance to critique some iffy play in 2013. Will the Tide's perceived defensive weaknesses at cornerback be of any value to Ole Miss this Saturday? (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.)

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CFB picks, fried chicken and Kings of Leon

ABOVE: Dan Rubenstein runs down some pretty outstanding Week 5 college football matchups at Hill Country Chicken and is joined by Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill to discuss his beloved Oklahoma Sooners, food on the road, and KoL's new album, Mechanical Bull.

BELOW: SB Nation pick oracle Bud Elliott locks in his week five picks, including major matchups LSU-Georgia, Ole Miss-Alabama, and Wisconsin-Ohio State.

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Your Week 5 TV schedule guide

The wretched non-conference slate of Week 4 is gone, and now a classic SEC matchup, a potential Big Ten division championship, and a bevy of solid late-night games await.

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Braxton's back vs. Wisconsin: Now what?

Wisconsin has enough strengths to give itself a chance even on the road, and if the Badgers don't do the deed, it's unclear whether anybody will. (8 p.m. ET, ABC.)

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LSU, Georgia, and the SEC offense's revenge

Because experience still matters, we probably should have seen the SEC's early defensive regression (and offensive surge) coming. But before the Ds figure things out, the Os should have a nice time when LSU takes on Georgia in Athens on Saturday.

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