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Mid-term report cards for Power 5 teams

The season and the semester are about halfway over, so it’s time to go over each team in the Power 5 conferences and grade their performance to this point.   Final grades are what counts of course, and your comments are encouraged!


FLORIDA STATE  A….Can Jameis Winston stay on the field?
DUKE A-…Blue Demons proving last year was not a fluke.
GEORGIA TECH B….Coming off first loss. Jackets in line for a strong finish.
CLEMSON  B….Deshaun Watson goes down with a hand injury. Defense will need to rise up.
LOUISVILLE B-…3-2 IN ACC play. A solid debut so far for the Cardinals.
VIRGINIA  B-…Quarterback play will determine just how far the Cavaliers will go.
VIRGINIA TECH  C+…Home losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech have me shaking my head.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE C….4-0 in non-conference. 0-3 in league play!
PITTSBURGH C….The panthers started 3-0, now they are 3-3. (4-3 after last night)
MIAMI C….Hurricane warning for the second half. This team could surprise.
BOSTON COLLEGE C….This team looks like world-beaters one week, then falls apart!
WAKE FOREST D….Wins over Gardner-Webb and Army. This simply Isn’t good enough!
SYRACUSE D….The Orange own wins over Villanova and Central Michigan. C’mon man!
NORTH CAROLINA F….Huge disappointment so far, but the Heels were last year before winning six of seven.

BIG 10 

MICHIGAN STATE  A….Hiccup at Oregon looking better all the time. Watch out for Sparty!
OHIO STATE A….J.T. Barrett getting better and better! Buckeyes could be a playoff team.
RUTGERS A-…At 5-1 Knights have been a surprise but a tough second half is ahead.
MINNESOTA A-…Gophers quietly chewing up ground in the Big 10.
NEBRASKA  B….Huskers could run the table and finish at 11-1.
IOWA B….A three-point loss away from being 6-0. The Hawkeyes control their own destiny.
WISCONSIN B-…Stave gives the Badgers the better chance to win moving forward.
MARYLAND B-..A smooth transition to Big 10 at this point. Terps need two wins for a bowl.
NORTHWESTERN  C+…Mystery team of the Big 10. Don’t sleep on the Wildcats!
MICHIGAN  C….Turmoil. I am a big Brady Hoke supporter. He needs big win and bowl to save job.
PENN STATE  C….Bowl ban lifted! Will Lions get to six wins? Yes.
INDIANA  C….At 3-3 the Hoosiers will need a road victory at Michigan or Rutgers for bowl.
PURDUE C….Baby steps for the Boilermakers. Three wins already surpasses last years total.
ILLINOIS D….Allowing 36 points per game! Quarterback Wes Lunt lost to injury. Trouble ahead.

BIG 12 

BAYLOR A….Road trip to Oklahoma could be only stumbling block to unbeaten season.
TCU A….Horned Frogs are for real but they will need Baylor to stumble down the stretch.
OKLAHOMA B+…Sooners are still in the driver’s seat for a conference championship!
OKLAHOMA STATE  B+…Cowboys are a six point loss to Florida State from being 6-0. Tough schedule looms.
KANSAS STATE B….Solid to this point, with the real season starting Saturday.
WEST VIRGINIA B….What a difference a year makes. Trickett gives Mounties a chance to win every game.
TEXAS  C-…The future is now with Swoopes at quarterback. Horns will return.
KANSAS D….Fresh start for Jayhawks with the firing of Weis. They will upset someone!
TEXAS TECH D….What has happened here? I’m not even sure!
IOWA STATE D….Injuries have hampered the Cyclones. Youngsters to get plenty of play.


ARIZONA A….A missed field goal from being 6-0. Rich Rodriguez has these boys believing!
UTAH A-…Utes stunning everyone! Can they keep it up?
OREGON B+…When everyone had written them off, they came back to dominate UCLA on the road.
STANFORD B+…They have played brutal schedule, and still have the top ranked defense in the nation!
CALIFORNIA B+…Jared Goff for Heisman? Maybe next year. If only the Bears played “D”.
ARIZONA STATE B….Sun Devils to get Taylor Kelly back soon! Don’t count them out.
USC B….The Trojans have just over 50 scholarship players. Will they wear down?
WASHINGTON B….Mystery team of the Pac-12. Finally played a complete game over Cal.
OREGON STATE C+…Beavers have yet to beat anyone significant despite a 4-1 record!
UCLA C….Two straight losses to Utah and Oregon, have me scratching my head.
COLORADO C….Steady improvement for the Buffaloes. Sefo Liufau gives them a chance.
WASHINGTON STATE D….I thought the Cougars were headed to a bowl game. They will stun someone!


MISSISSIPPI STATE A+…Dak Prescott is now a Heisman hopeful! That defense is first-rate!
MISSISSIPPI A….Hugh Freeze has the Rebels playing lights out. Could the Egg Bowl decide all?
KENTUCKY B+…An overtime loss from being 6-0! Cats will go bowling for the first time since 2010
AUBURN B….Losing to the Bulldogs is suddenly a good loss. The Tigers are poised to make a move.
GEORGIA B….Bulldogs rallied behind the loss of Gurley. Can they sustain that?
MISSOURI B….I know the Tigers just got waxed at home, but they are still better than I thought.
TEXAS A&M B-…This is a young team and will continue to be up and down. Will be the spoiler!
ARKANSAS B….Hogs still looking for that signature win. They will get one before the season ends.
LSU C+…The Tigers are playing true freshmen at key positions. They will be dangerous!
TENNESSEE C….Vols took Bulldogs and Gators to final gun. They’ll need a road upset to get six wins.
ALABAMA C….The Tide were lucky to beat Arkansas as they were outplayed. Still can win the West.
SOUTH CAROLINA C-…Gamecocks giving up 35 points per game! That’s unheard of around these parts!
FLORIDA D….This was the year the Gators were going to contend. Will Muschamp keep his job?
VANDERBILT D….Back to steerage for the Commodores. They might not win another game.

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