Coach on the Spot
That closes September in style, and we'll be on to the College Football Playoff rankings before you know it. Week 5 schedule for top games. Alabama's Jalen Hurts is hovering around with odds for the Heisman Trophy, and he continues to lead the Crimson Tide in an efficient manner. Hurts is 45 of 70 with yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The growth continues with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, and even with Tua Tagovailoa getting reps as a backup, Hurts still can put up big numbers. Alabama is the only FBS team that does not have a single interception or fumble lost this season.
That starts this week at home against Ole Miss. As long as Hurts continues to make good decisions in the passing game and tacks on the rushing stats, then his Heisman case will grow a little bit with each passing week. Jones is right about one thing when he says, " negativity can be overwhelming. Jones has helped rebuild the Tennessee program, but now the impatience is there because the Volunteers haven't played for a SEC East championship, haven't beat Alabama and face the threat of losing to both Florida and Georgia before the end of September.
At that point, the season feels like it's over before it even starts, and overwhelming doesn't begin to describe the negativity at that point. Jones can silence some of that by knocking off the Bulldogs on Saturday, and recent history suggests it will be a tight game no matter what. If the Vols lose, however, the spotlight will be on the next news conference. Straight up Against the spread.
Florida State, generally considered the best threat to Alabama in the preseason, is , unranked and still breaking in its new starting quarterback in James Blackman.
It's going to go one of two ways when they travel to face a Wake Forest team playing with a ton of confidence on Saturday. The Demon Deacons, led by dual-threat John Walford, make things interesting right away. Week 5 picks against the spread.
Sporting News is this season after going in its Week 4 picks. The Hurricanes have got way more time off than they wanted, and face a short week before traveling to Durham. Could David Cutcliffe get Duke a signature win? What to make of this one? Darnold, meanwhile, has completed Week 5 bowl projections. Georgia looks more and more like the class of the East after dismantling two ranked teams in three weeks, including a rout of No.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is coming off a terrible win over UMass. Still, the Volunteers have some advantages in this one: Plus, running back John Kelly is pretty good — but not good enough to consistently beat that Georgia defense. Mississippi State was brought down to earth hard after getting blown out by Georgia in Athens.