B/R Experts Answer Biggest College Football Questions for Week 6 | Bleacher Report

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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


Five Questions Boston College Has to Answer to Defeat Pitt

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Boston College concludes their three game homestand on Saturday against the Pitt Panthers. Led by quarterback Kenny Pickett and a vicious defense, the Panthers have rolled to a 3-1 start. But what does Boston College have to do to get back into the win column? Let’s explore.

Can the Eagles establish any sort of run?

Boston College is 4th from the bottom in the country in rushing yards this year (70.33 ypg). It seems like every game the offense veers away from the rushing attack as soon as the team falls behind. Jeff Hafley has said that running back David Bailey’s role is going to increase, but wouldn’t say when. It seems like Pitt would be a perfect game to do it. Pitt’s pass rush is relentless, but honestly so is their rush defense. As we saw last year however, their front can be beat up in the trenches, AJ Dillon ran for 178 yards against them last season. Maybe it would just make sense to just do some simple runs with man to man blocking up front, get those four yards a rush which will hopefully open things up for the passing attack.

Can BC stop taking points off the board?

It has been an epidemic for the Eagles, as they have had touchdowns called back in each of the first three games. Hafley has stressed that the team needs to clean up the mental mistakes. That is going to be crucial against a team that is stingy in the red zone, only 42.86% of trips in the red zone end up in touchdowns against the Panthers. BC can ill afford to have touchdowns taken away due to mistakes, and will need to have a cleaner game than the previous three. 

Can the Eagles defense contain Kenny Pickett?



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


The five biggest questions for Week 5 in college football

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With some surprises last week and some big games scheduled Saturday, Week 5 of the college football season should bring us closer to identifying which teams are set to challenge for the College Football Playoff.

Is Texas back? Longhorn QB Sam Ehlinger talks crazy comeback, COVID and competing for CFP



Is Georgia one of those teams? The Bulldogs’ talent level ranks among the nation’s best but there are quarterback issues to address. 

Oklahoma has fallen out of the playoff mix after last week’s loss to Kansas State. But there’s still time for the Sooners to rebound and rally, beginning with Saturday’s game against Iowa State.

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Saturday is also a big weekend for Texas A&M and coach Jimbo Fisher, who is looking to break Nick Saban’s long winning streak against his former assistants. For the Group of Five, there’s no bigger matchup than Memphis at SMU in a pairing of two New Year’s Six bowl contenders.

a group of men playing a game of baseball: Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler looks to throw a pass during the second half against Kansas State at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler looks to throw a pass during the second half against Kansas State at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

These are the big questions as we head into Week 5:

How does Oklahoma respond after last week’s meltdown?

The Sooners looked like the College Football Playoff contender everyone expected late into the third quarter against Kansas State. But in the final 17 minutes, they blew a 21-point lead and raised concerns about where this team is headed. The defense allowed too many big plays, while freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler got flustered as his offensive line struggled to open holes in the running game and pass protect. The road doesn’t get any easier with