This week saw 3 Top 10 match-ups, with Stanford taking on Washington, Wisconsin facing Michigan and Louisville in a battle against Clemson. These games would separate the good teams from the elite on the road to the College Football Playoff. Here’s how the Top 25 went in Week 5:
#1 Alabama – WEEK 5: W vs Kentucky 34-6
The Crimson Tide had another easier game in Week 5, taking down Kentucky. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a career day, finishing with 174 yards and 2 TDs. Alabama’s defense managed to hold Kentucky to under 200 yards on offense. The next three weeks will show where the #1 team in the nation is at this point, as they take on Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
#2 Ohio State – WEEK 5: W vs Rutgers 58-0
J.T. Barrett became Ohio State’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns during the Buckeye’s rout of Rutgers. Barrett threw 4 TDs for 238 yards, while running back Mike Weber rushed for 144 yards and 1 TD. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten action in Week 6 against Indiana.
#3 Louisville – WEEK 5: L vs #5 Clemson 36-42
In what was one of the best games of the season, Louisville fell one yard short against Clemson. Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson finished with 295 passing yards, 162 rushing yards and 3 total TDs in the loss. The Cardinals chances to make the College Football Playoff are not doomed and they will hope Clemson and themselves can finish the season undefeated in order to enter the playoff as a 1-loss team. Lousiville have a much-needed bye following this tough loss.
#4 Michigan – WEEK 5: W vs #8 Wisconsin 14-7
In a tight battle at the Big House, the Wolverines escaped with a 14-7 victory. Wilton Speight threw for 219 yards and 1 TD. That lone touchdown was the game-winning 46 yard score to Amara Darboh. That play was also the longest of the game, in a defensive battle between two stiff defenses. The game-clinching play was a spectacular one-handed interception by corner Jourdan Lewis, in a catch that would make Odell Beckham jealous. The other two picks by Michigan went to Channing Stribling.
#5 Clemson – WEEK 5: W vs #3 Louisville 42-36
The Tigers starved off a fierce Louisville side, keeping their 18 game win streak in Death Valley alive. Deshaun Watson threw the go-ahead score to tight end Jordan Leggett for the win in what was an exciting game to watch. Watson, despite throwing 3 interceptions, finished with 5 TDs for 397 total yards. Tailback Wayne Gallman finished with 110 yards and 1 TD.
#6 Houston – WEEK 5: W vs Connecticut 42-14
Houston gained revenge over Connecticut, who were the only team to beat the Cougars last season. Greg Ward Jr completed 32/38 passes for 389 yards and 3 TDs, while adding 65 yards and 2 scores on the ground. Wide receiver Linell Bonner caught 12 passes for 159 yards and 1 TD. The Cougars face a tough Navy side in Week 6.
#7 Stanford – WEEK 5: L vs #10 Washington 6-44
Stanford struggled at Washington as they went down to the Huskies’ young and ferocious defense. Heisman contender Christian McCaffrey was limited to just 49 rushing yards, although he did have 144 total yards on kick returns. Ryan Burns was sacked a total of 8 times in the loss.
#8 Wisconsin – WEEK 5: L vs #4 Michigan 7-14
Wisconsin tried to defeat their third ranked opponent this season, but unfortunately went down in a tight game with Michigan. Alex Hornibrook was held to only 88 yards, throwing 3 interceptions in the loss. The Badgers have a bye this week, before taking on Ohio State in Week 7.
#9 Texas A&M – WEEK 5: W vs South Carolina 24-13
Without star defensive end Myles Garrett, Texas A&M won to make their record 5-0 this season and 3-0 in conference play. Quarterback Trevor Knight accounted for 290 total yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season. Week 7 sees the Aggies face fellow undefeated SEC school Tennessee in what will be the College Gameday Match-up of the Week.
#10 Washington – WEEK 5: W vs #7 Stanford 44-6
Washington passed their biggest test so far with flying colours, as they dismantled Stanford by 38 points. The defense was huge, picking up 6 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in the first half alone. Quarterback Jake Browning continued his hot start to the year, finishing with 210 yards and 3 TDs. Running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 100 yards and 2 TDs. The Huskies take on Pac 12 rivals Oregon next.
#11 Tennessee – WEEK 5: W vs #25 Georgia 34-31
The Vols escaped with a game-winning Hail Mary to start the year 5-0. The young Tennessee side has shown perseverance and tenacity this season, coming back from 14, 17 and 21 point halftime deficits this year. Josh Dobbs had 256 total offensive yards and 4 TDs in the win. Next week, the Vols face their toughest game of the season, as they travel to Texas A&M.
#12 Florida State – WEEK 5: L vs North Carolina 35-37
A game-winning field goal as time expired sent the Seminoles to 3-2 for the season and ended their 22 game winning streak at home. Despite the loss, running back Dalvin Cook ran for 140 yards and 3 TDs, while also gaining 106 receiving yards. Deondre Francois threw for 372 yards without throwing a touchdown, while receiver Jesus Wilson caught 6 passes for 120 yards.
#13 Baylor – WEEK 5: W vs Iowa State 45-42
The Bears barely escaped the 1-4 Cyclones, kicking a short-range field goal to see them out to 5-0 for the year. Seth Russell was limited to just 178 passing yards and a score, but he added 88 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Iowa State was no match for the Bear’s rushing attack, as Shock Linwood rushed for a career high 237 yards and 1 TD, while Terence Williams added 126 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
#14 Miami (FL) – WEEK 5: W vs Georgia Tech 35-21
Miami remains undefeated in large part due to their defense, who scooped up two fumbles for defensive scores. Brad Kaaya threw for 241 yards and 1 TD in the win. That TD pass ws his 50th career TD, which puts him 3rd all-time on the Hurricane’s career passing touchdowns list. Mark Richt’s team face their first test of the year against Florida State in Week 6.
#15 Nebraska – WEEK 5: W vs Illinois 31-16
Nebraska is another team to start the year 5-0, scoring 21 unanswered 4th quarter points tow in their Big Ten opener. Tommy Armstrong Jr finished with 220 passing yards and 1 TD, while running back Terrell Newby ran for 140 yards and 2 scores.
#16 Ole Miss – WEEK 5: W vs Memphis 48-28
The Rebels handed Memphis their first loss of the season in another high-scoring game. Ole Miss have now scored at least 38 points in 9 consecutive games. Chad Kelly threw for 361 yards and 1 TD, which is now his 18th straight game with a touchdown pass – a school record. Running backs Eugene Brazley and Akeem Judd rushed for 124 and 108 rushing yards respectively, with Brazley getting into the end-zone twice. Ole Miss has a bye this week, before facing Arkansas in Week 7.
#17 Michigan State – WEEK 5: L vs Indiana 21-24
The Spartans fall to 2-2 for the season after going down in overtime to the Hoosiers. Tyler O’Conner threw for 263 yards and 3 TDs, with wide receiver RJ Shelton making 7 catches for 141 yards and a score in the loss. Michigan State look to bounce back this week against BYU.
#18 Utah – WEEK 5: L vs California 23-28
Utah suffered their first loss of the year after not being able to break Cal’s goal line stand. Quarterback Troy Williams threw for 266 yards in the loss, while Armand Shayne rushed for 99 yards and 2 TDs. The Utes take on Pac 12 rivals Arizona next.
#19 San Diego State – WEEK 5: L vs South Alabama 24-42
South Alabama provided San Diego State with their first loss after scoring 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. In the loss, star Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 151 yards and 1 TD, in the process becoming the 21st player in NCAA history with 5000 career rushing yards.
#20 Arkansas – WEEK 5: W vs Alcorn State 52-10
The Razorbacks had a tune-up game this week before they welcome #1 Alabama in Week 7. It was an offensive onslaught from Arkansas as they rushed for over 350 yards as a team. Running backs Devwah Whaley and Rawleigh Williams III rushed for 135 and 126 yards respectively, with Whaley scoring 1 TD. Quarterback Austin Allen threw for 206 yards and 3 TDs, maintaining his streak of throwing at least 2 TDs in each game this year. Receiver Jared Cornelius caught 4 passes for 106 yards and 2 TDs.
#21 TCU – WEEK 5: L vs Oklahoma 46-52
In a high-scoring affair, TCU went down to Big 12 rivals Oklahoma. Quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 449 yards and 5 TDs, with his receiver Taj Williams gaining 210 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
#22 Texas – WEEK 5: L vs Oklahoma State 31-49
Texas couldn’t stop Oklahoma State’s offense in a tough loss, which also saw them lose their two leading rushers during the game to injury. Shane Beuchele threw for 239 yards and 1 TD in the loss. Despite both being injured, D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III rushed for 148 and 106 yards respectively. Foreman ended up scoring twice in the game. Things don’t get any easier for the Longhorns, as they face Oklahoma in Week 6.
#23 Florida – WEEK 5: W vs Vanderbilt 13-6
Florida escaped with a narrow victory, with the defense forcing two turnovers to seal the win. Star linebacker Jarrad Davis had a game-high 15 tackles, taking his total tally to 40 after 5 games. The Gators take on LSU in Week 6.
#24 Boise State – WEEK 5: W vs Utah State 21-10
Boise State are the only school who can compete with Houston for a Group of 5 spot in the New Year’s Six Games. They added to their bid by defeating Utah State to start the year 4-0. Brett Rypien threw for 163 yards and 2 TDs, while running back Jeremy McNichols had 132 rushing yards in the win.
#25 Georgia – WEEK 5: L vs #11 Tennessee 31-34
It was very unfortunate for the Bulldogs as they lost on a Hail Mary against Tennessee as time expired. Jacob Eason finished with 211 passing yards and 2 TDs. In a game where star back Nick Chubb was limited to just one carry, Sony Michel stepped up and rushed for 91 yards and a score in the loss.