Week 5 of college football is officially in the books, and we had several bigtime match ups, the results of which have given us a clearer picture of who is legit and who isn’t. CSF breaks down last weekend’s action in our weekly College Football Recap.
Russell Wilson has officially thrown his hat into the Heisman race: The knock on the Badgers going into last weekend’s bigtime match up against Nebraska was that they hadn’t played anyone of substance yet. No one, however, argued the fact that Wilson had been lights out–he entered the weekend with 11 TDs and only one pick. Although he may not rip off as many highlight reel plays as Denard Robinson or Robert Griffin III, consistency is the name of the game, and Wilson has been consistent ever since he started his college football career at NC State. Wilson made critical play after critical play on Saturday night and led the Badgers to a convincing 48-17 victory to open conference play. On the year, he is completing just under 75% of his passes for 13 TDs and just one interception. He has also added two rushing TDs as well. The forced transfer from NC State head coach Tom O’Brien may have been the best thing for Wilson, who now has a shot at a BCS title and a Heisman…neither of which would have been on the table had he stayed in Raleigh.
Bama imposes their will: The highly anticipated clash between Nick Saban’s defense and Charlie Weis’ offense turned out to be all hype with zero substance. The Crimson Tide held Florida’s speedy backfield tandem of Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to a measly 8 yards rushing on their way to a 38-10 rout in the Swamp. The Bama defense is holding opponents to less than 40 yards rushing per game, which is the tops in the FBS. They also rank first in scoring defense, they are #3 in total defense and #5 in passing defense.
Clemson passes another big test: Although the Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins connection was held in check for the first time this season, it was the Clemson defense that took care of business as the Tigers passed their first road test at Virginia Tech 23-3. And here is a name for all the folks that are already taking a peak at the 2012 NFL Draft–Dwayne Allen. The junior is the best TE in the nation and has presented match up problems for every defense the Tigers have faced. He currently has 291 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Dabo Swinney’s team has now beaten three ranked teams in three consecutive weeks.
Andrew Luck lights up UCLA: The most NFL-ready quarterback from last year’s class shocked everyone when he announced that he would play his senior season at Stanford. While other college football players may have more flash, Luck has led the Cardinal to one of the most quiet 4-0 starts in recent memory. The signal caller shredded the Bruin defense last weekend, going 23-27 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. A bye week in week 4 and a pretty weak schedule has kept Luck’s stats under the radar, but when the dust settles, he will be one of the last men standing in the Heisman race.
Ohio State hasn’t earned any free tattoos this year: The Buckeyes were expected to struggle a bit through the first few games because of the suspensions from last year, but very few people would have thought they would be 3-2. The quarterback play simply hasn’t been there for OSU, and it is about to get much worse. The meat of Big Ten schedule has now arrived, with the Buckeyes traveling to Nebraska, a surprising Illinois team and playing host to Big Ten favorite Wisconsin. If things don’t change fast, OSU could easily be 3-5 going into November. Those kinds of results won’t even cover the most basic body piercing.
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