Takeaways, thoughts and takedowns from Week 5 of the college football season. 1. As the fans poured out of Neyland Stadium and Georgia’s fourth-string tailback scored a touchdown , what came to mind was this: When is Tennessee’s off week? Because that would be an opportune time to fire Butch Jones.
Lamical Perine scored three touchdowns, Malik Davis added two and No. 21 Florida beat Vanderbilt 38-24 on Saturday despite losing quarterback Luke Del Rio for the season with a broken left collarbone. Coach Jim McElwain says Del Rio will have season-ending surgery Monday. It’s the second straight year Del Rio failed to make it through the season uninjured.
Saturday’s college football action in Florida is expected to leave fans of the state’s major football schools happy by the end of the day. Every one of them is favored to win today. The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes began the weekend on Friday by going to Duke and easily handling the Blue Devils 31-6.
No. 21 Florida is turning to a familiar face to fix an all-too-familiar problem. Luke Del Rio will get another chance as the team’s starting quarterback when the Gators (2-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) host Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1) on Saturday.
A young, inexperienced starting quarterback is the talk of college football in the state of Florida. How will Florida State true freshman James Blackman do this weekend as he steps in for the injured Deondre Francois? The Seminoles are not the only ones starting a signal caller with precious little experience. Though he is now a legend among the Florida faithful, the Gators’ redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks has started a grand total of two games.
When coach Jim McElwain took over at Florida, he inherited one of the Southeastern Conference’s stingiest defenses. The unit got even better during McElwain’s first two seasons in Gainesville. The Gators finished eighth in yards allowed in 2015 and fifth last year, no question the main reason they played for back-to-back conference championships.
It appears the Oakland Raiders will be moving from their home on the east side of San Francisco Bay in the not-too-distant future. While Las Vegas is the final destination, pending NFL approval, the Raiders are establishing a temporary residence in the Tampa Bay area this week. After Oakland’s 33-16 romp over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Coach Jack Del Rio and his team flew to Sarasota instead of home to Oakland to spend the week. With a game on Sunday…