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    Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo

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    Week 5 of the 2020 college football season was tumultuous. Even though there were only two games pitting ranked teams, eight AP Top 25 squads tasted defeat. Perhaps most surprising was No. 16 Mississippi State scoring just 14 points at home in a loss to Arkansas seven days after hanging about a million passing yards on the defending national champions.

    What drastic twists and turns could Week 6 have up its sleeve?

    With No. 7 Miami paying a visit to Death Valley, could No. 1 Clemson suffer a regular-season loss for the first time in three calendar years?

    Will No. 14 Tennessee at least put up a fight against No. 3 Georgia after three consecutive years of blowouts?

    Is Oklahoma going to lose for a third straight week?

    And keeping with the theme of threes, will the third game of Jimbo Fisher’s third season at Texas A&M be a positive turning point for the program or a negative turning point for his support from the Aggies faithful?

    Bleacher Report’s college football expertsDavid Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Joel Reuter and Brad Shepardhave predictions for each of those questions and more in advance of what should be another stellar weekend of collegiate pigskin.

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    David Kenyon

    After several years of the Miami Hurricanes thriving defensively and falling short on offense, the script has sort of flipped in 2020. While I’m still a bit hesitant to buy Miami’s improvement on offense—tight end Brevin Jordan is a star, but the wide receivers lack a true standout—my larger concern is the defense.

    Can the Hurricanes cover well enough? I’m not confident in any corner beyond Al Blades Jr. to consistently handle


B/R Experts Answer Biggest College Football Questions for Week 5 | Bleacher Report

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    If Week 5 of the 2020 college football season is anything like Week 4 was, strap yourself in for a bumpy ride. No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 LSU both lost at home to unranked opponents, and No. 10 Texas A&M darn near did the same.

    In the entire 2019 season, there was only one instance of a Top 10 team losing at home to an unranked opponent, coming when South Carolina stunned No. 3 Georgia in double overtime. Moreover, it only happened twice in the entire 2018 season: No. 6 Wisconsin losing to BYU and No. 8 Penn State taking an L in a wild finish against Michigan State.

    To have two such upsets in one weekend was something else. Completely unpredictable, you might say.

    But we’re going to keep trying to predict this sport anyway.

    If you have been a loyal reader of this weekly predictions piece, you’ll notice we’re switching up the format. After several seasons of asking each of our five college football expertsDavid Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Joel Reuter, Brad Shepard and myselfto provide a brief response to eight questions each week, now we’re just doing two expert predictions per question.

    Because let’s be honest: You don’t need five short, mostly similar predictions about K.J. Costello’s stat line against Arkansas, the best game between unranked teams and the winner of the colossal Auburn-Georgia showdown. Our hope is that two slightly longer responses will make for a more entertaining read.

    Here’s another fun new wrinkle: If there’s a question you’d like to see us answer about next week’s slate of games, send me a DM on the B/R app (@KerranceJames) by Monday afternoon, and it might be included.

    Until then, here’s what we see going down in


MU says COVID-19 cases have dropped. Experts are skeptical

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By the numbers, COVID-19 cases at the University of Missouri are down, and that looks good on paper.

But it may not reflect reality.

MU and other area universities are not testing students and staff regularly, so officials can’t know how many of them are walking around spreading the coronavirus on campus, and in the surrounding community, infectious disease experts say.

And at MU, only those who show symptoms are told to get a test.

“We should not be reducing testing on college campuses,” said Anthony Fehr, an assistant professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas. “It is clear that they are a hotbed for infections, though few students actually exhibit symptoms.”

Fehr, who has been researching coronaviruses since 2012, said “continued random, regular testing of students on campuses is the only way that these schools will know the true prevalence rate of the virus and be able to contain it such that it does not spread exhaustively out into the larger community, where there are likely to be more at-risk individuals.”

Yet some experts say that wide-scale testing on campuses just isn’t worth the cost.

“Testing does not stop the spread of the disease,” said John Middleton, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and infectious disease. “The problem with mass testing is it uses a lot of resources. It uses a lot of testing capability and with the supply chain the way it is and logistics the way they are, we are better to focus on those people that really need a test because it is medically indicated.”

MU maintains that its limited testing works, and it boasts that case numbers are trending down. Yet a White House report released Sept. 20 said Missouri had the fifth highest rate of cases per capita in the country and