3 Winners and Losers From NCAAF Week 5 - Sportsfinda's Marketplace

Winners-

1: Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats came into this week with something to prove. Coming into the week the 4-0 Wildcats were still unranked and felt disrespected, but they knew all that can change with a big win over the 10th ranked Florida Gators. 

In a game that went back and forth, the Wildcats despite being out gained by over 150 yards on offense picked up the defense in the second half as they didn’t allow a second half touchdown and squeaked out the win 20-13.

Kentucky now moves to 5-0 as they will likely see a ranking next to their name next week, and now have earned the respect of fans with a huge win over a top 10 team. The Wildcats will look to keep the momentum going with some tough matchups in the coming weeks. 

2: Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati has been solid all season long, yet are still being overlooked. However, that should very well change after a huge win over the 9th ranked Notre Dame. Their 24-13 victory over the Irish marks the Bearcats FIRST EVER top 10 road victory in the schools history. This will also likely bump the Bearcats into the top 5 rankings as they are now a legit contender for the college football playoffs. 

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder played great, throwing just shy of 300 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. The defense did their job too against a tough Notre Dame offense forcing a couple turnovers in the victory. 

Cincinnati seems to have the hardest of their schedule behind them, as they look to run the table from here to try and get into the college football playoffs. 

3: Stanford Cardinal

Stanford came into the week with very few people giving them a chance. Facing the 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks as 8 point underdogs, people were counting the Cardinal out. Late in the 4th quarter it looked like the Cardinal would fall just short until a miracle 4th down conversion went for a touchdown with just 5 seconds in the game to force overtime. 

The Cardinal scored first in overtime then got a stop to secure a 31-24 upset over the Oregon Ducks. This win showed resilience by Stanford as they never gave up and just barely came away with the biggest win of the season. 

Stanford still has a tough road ahead of them as they are now 3-2 on the season, but they will be riding high off a huge upset victory over the Ducks. 

Losers- 

1: Oregon Ducks

Oregon has been a big surprise to many this season starting 4-0 and being ranked number 3rd in the country. However, they may have got a little too comfortable as they blew a late lead to unranked Stanford on Saturday and fell short in overtime 31-24. 

This being their first loss of the season, Oregon will certainly take a hit on the rankings, however with no ranked teams on the radar for the rest of the season, Oregon’s hopes of making the CFB remain alive if they can win out the rest of their schedule and somehow climb back into the top 4. 

Can the Ducks stay positive after a heartbreaking loss and bounce back? I sure think so. 

2: Arkansas Razorbacks

The 8th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks came into this week one of the most hyped up teams in the country. Following wins over 15th ranked Texas and 7th ranked Texas A&M Arkansas was feeling like they could beat anyone.

However, they got humbled on Saturday as they fell to the 2nd ranked Georgia Bulldogs 37-0. In a game many expected to be a clash between two top 10 teams, Arkansas looked like they did not belong as they got shutout and really had no answer on either side of the ball.

Following their first loss of the season, it will be interesting to see how the Razorbacks come out next week as they get another stiff test going on the road to face Ole Miss. 

3: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame did not look legit on Saturday. In a matchup of two top 10 teams, Cincinnati looked like the far better team as they came out with a 24-13 victory over the Irish. The Irish came into Saturday’s clash with a 26 game home winning streak, which is now over as they drop their first game of the season and fall to 4-1 on the year.

The Irish also became the first top 10 team that Cincinnati has beaten on the road, which is not like Notre Dame. The Irish will likely fall just outside the top 10, and have a lot of work to do if they want a chance to make the CFB they would need to do it by dominating the rest of their schedule, which just seems unlikely at this point.

 

-Noah Danzig

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