College football week 5 preview

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College football week 5 preview

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Miamis overtime win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta was just wild. The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 19-0 lead, then allowed the Yellow Jackets to score 36 unanswered and then rallied to beat Tech in overtime. Running back Mike James scored four touchdowns for Al Golden and company. Look at for these Canes.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Honestly, I dont think there was a letdown from last weeks games. Florida State and Clemson was even better than the ACC could have hoped for. Wake Forest, UNC, NC State and Duke all won their non-conference games like they were supposed to. Virginia Tech rebounded from their loss to Pittsburgh with a shutout over Bowling Green and even though Maryland lost, they still fought and scored a respectable 21 points against a very tough West Virginia defense. Virginias loss to TCU was not unexpected but there is drama brewing in Charlottesville.

BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEK'S GAMES
The New Hampshire-Old Dominion game was nothing short of epic. Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heineke set Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 passing yards. The sophomore was 55-79 with five touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. ODUs 64-61 victory over New Hampshire was another example of the CAAs level of play and their domination in the FCS.

Maryland: Bye week

Virginia: Head coach Mike London was noncommittal when asked about his starting quarterback moving forward. Michael Rocco has been ineffective the last three games while backup quarterback Phillip Sims has thrown three touchdown passes in the last two games.

This weekend the Wahoos host Louisiana Tech and this is no gimmie. The Bulldogs dominated Illinois last weekend 52-24. La Tech is averaging 54.7 points per game and are led by senior quarterback Colby Cameron who has 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. The Bulldogs did lose leading rusher Tevin King for the season to an ACL injury but freshman Kenneth Dixon is averaging 81.3 yards per game so dont expect a big drop-off.

PREDICTION: LOUISIANA TECH

Virginia Tech: I think we finally saw the offense click Saturday against Bowling Green. The Hokies once again got off to a slow start but quarterback Logan Thomas started connecting with his receivers and the plethora of running backs found holes and found the endzone.

This weekend the Hokies visit Cincinnati at FedEx Field. Head coach Frank Beamer is very respectful of both the Bearcats offense and defense. Thomas suffered a fingernail injury last Saturday that he described as only a college kid can (ick). Beamer said Tuesday morning that Thomas is a tough guy and will be fine for this weekend. Hokie Nation never passes up an opportunity to see their beloved team, especially at an NFL stadium. For those attending Saturdays game heres my heads up... find something or someone to hold on to during Enter Sandman. The stadium does indeed shake.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

There are two interesting matchups this weekend and neither are ones you would expect (or at least I wouldnt). NC State at Miami and Duke at Wake Forest. All four teams have a 3-1 record and for State and Duke this is their ACC opener. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time since 2008 while the Demon Deacons have won 12 straight against the Blue Devils. I think (I hope) both games go down to the wire and show the improvements by all four teams this season.

PREDICTION: MIAMI AND WAKE FOREST

College Football Playoff projections: From contender to pretender in just four weeks

College Football Playoff projections: From contender to pretender in just four weeks

There were high hopes for LSU at the start of the season. With the collection of talent the Tigers boast on their roster, there was no reason to think they could not challenge Alabama for SEC supremacy.

Even my preseason College Football Playoff projections at the start of the season had LSU as one of the four teams to make the playoff.

SEE THE NEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION HERE

The Tigers' championship hopes took a hit with an opening loss to Wisconsin. Now just four games into their season, Les Miles been fired and their playoff aspirations appear to be completely dashed after a devastating loss Auburn.

With Alabama looking as dominant as ever and what was believed to be their main rival already looking down and out, who else can challenge the Tide for supremacy of the SEC? Who else joins the Alabama in the projected top four?

Find out here in this week's College Football Playoff projection.

Jerod Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Virginia Tech past East Carolina

Jerod Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Virginia Tech past East Carolina

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Jerod Evans said that he needed to clean up some things during Virginia Tech's upcoming off week.

The Hokies' fan base may be wondering what exactly that is. His play so far has been sparkling.

Evans, the Hokies' starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.

The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

Evans completed 13 of 20 passes for a career-best 282 yards and rushed for a career-best 97 more. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three of the Hokies' first four games and is completing 67 percent of his passes.

"I missed a couple of things here and there," Evans said. "I have a lot of things that I can get better at for sure."

Evans entered the game with an ACC-best 10 touchdown passes this season. Of more importance to Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, he has thrown just one interception.

"I think he's pretty good," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of Evans. "He's been judicious with the ball and he's going to the right place most of the time. He's been pretty efficient."

Following a punt return for a touchdown by Greg Stroman and a touchdown run by Marshawn Williams that gave the Hokies a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Evans threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Isaiah Ford, 13 yards to Travon McMillian and 55 yards to Cam Phillips. That final score gave the Hokies a 38-0 halftime lead.

ECU quarterback Philip Nelson had 362 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Jimmy Williams. The Pirates had 443 yards of offense, but committed three special teams mistakes, fumbled once and were sacked six times.

"We studied the film well and they had a lot of keys when they were sliding the protection," said Ken Ekanem, who had two of the Hokies' six sacks. "We had a lot of indicators and we knew when someone was going to be left one-on-one. We look forward to one-on-one matchups and pride ourselves on winning those. We did a good job of that today."

THE TAKEAWAY

EAST CAROLINA: Coming off a 20-15 loss at South Carolina and playing its third consecutive game against a Power 5 opponent, the Pirates looked a step slow and out of sorts from the opening kick. They went three-and-out on five first-half possessions. The Pirates hope to regroup now that they have finished the non-conference portion of their schedule.

"That was clearly the best football team that we have played," ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. "The most physical. The biggest. The fastest. The strongest. The smartest. I thought they competed well in their scheme. They played great emotional football. They leaned on their crowd. They played a complete football game -- as complete as it gets."

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies dominated on special teams, scoring three touchdowns as a result of those units. Greg Stroman scored on an 87-yard punt return, and Cam Phillips blocked a punt that led to an Evans touchdown pass to Travon McMillian. A sack of ECU punter Worth Gregory in the fourth quarter led to a 1-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Brenden Motley.

UP NEXT

EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates open AAC play next Saturday with a home game against UCF. ECU blasted the Golden Knights 44-7 last season for their first win in Orlando since 2008.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies are off next week before taking on North Carolina on Oct. 8 and will be looking to avenge last year's 30-27 overtime loss. The Hokies have won nine of the 12 meetings with the Tar Heels since joining the ACC.