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5 biggest winners from Week 5

TCU and Iowa State came up big last Saturday

Missouri v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

There’s usually two things I’m interested in on a college football Saturday: (1) will Kentucky win and (2) will there be an awesome upset. While there wasn’t the former we had a whole bunch of the latter. Let’s dive in:

5. Virginia Tech

The Hokies had over 20(!) players out due to COVID-19 in their game against Duke, after having 23 players (and two coaches) out the week before against NC State. They won both games. Duke and NC State may be bad (and Duke is horrible), but to reach 2-0 with only 75% of a team at the FBS level is a major accomplishment.

4. Tulsa

UCF’s rise to annual Top 25 random has made them a highly sought-after target in AAC games. Tulsa, after seriously challenging Oklahoma State, earned a huge victory for their program after taking down the #11 Knights.

3. TCU

Never underestimate Gary Patterson. One week after a close loss to Iowa State, the Frogs beat #9 Texas on the road in a game that ended with a safety (what?). The Horned Frogs have shown these last few years that they belong in the Big 12 and are a force to be reckoned with.

2. Iowa State

The pressure must have been high for the Cyclones to topple the most vulnerable Oklahoma team they’d seen in years, but they got it done late and sit at 2-0 in Big 12 play after their season opening loss to Louisiana. It’s looking like your Big 12 Championship Game will be TCU vs Iowa State!

1. Arkansas

What a shocker. What a story. Arkansas after losing their last twenty SEC games and being predicted to finish 0-10 this season, toppled the #16 Mississippi State team that just defeated the defending national champions. 2020, man.