Just when you start to think you have it all figured out, you soon realize that nothing is set in stone. When it comes to the world of college football, that’s just the way it goes.
Five weeks in the 2015 season, and it’s safe to say no team in the country has managed to separate itself from the rest of the pack. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of talented squads in the land. On the contrary, there most certainly are. But as we inch closer and closer to the College Football Playoff, it becomes even more clear that it’s going to take most of the year before the real contenders distinguish themselves.
This latest week of play featured plenty of excitement and loads of drama. Top teams fell, underdogs rose to the occasion, and some favorites found the will to stave off major upsets. It was everything you could’ve possibly wanted from college football. That is, if you were able to catch all the action.
Something tells us not everyone had the opportunity to see all the goodness that this past week of college football had to offer. And that’s not right. So we’re here to change all that. Therefore, with that in mind, here’s a look at the five biggest surprises from Week 5 in college football.
1. Ezekiel Elliott races back into the Heisman picture
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has been solid for much of the 2015 season. However, he had yet to give us that “statement” game. That all changed this past Saturday during the Buckeyes’ 34-27 victory against Indiana. Elliott carried the ball 23 times for 274 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards. With No. 15 at his best, the Buckeyes staved off what would’ve been a major upset. And Elliott, for all his efforts, just put himself back into the Heisman conversation.
2. The Tide roll over the Bulldogs
Despite entering its Week 5 matchup against Georgia as the underdog, Alabama proved to the entire country that you might not want to count the Crimson Tide out of the College Football Playoff picture just yet. Behind 148 rushing yards from Derrick Henry, Nick Saban’s group traveled to Athens and destroyed the No. 8 Bulldogs by a score of 38-10. It’s not that we’re surprised Alabama came out of this contest as the victor. We just figured Georgia would’ve put up more of a fight.
3. Texas is far from strong
If you were wondering just how far the Texas Longhorns had fallen, look no further than this past Saturday’s beatdown at the hands of TCU. Against the No. 4 team in the land, Charlie Strong’s group gave up 604 total yards, allowed Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin to throw for 332 yards and five touchdowns, and got throttled by a score of 50-7. At 1-4 on the year, including 0-2 in conference play, the Longhorns aren’t just bad, they are in complete disarray. Should this sort of play continue, Strong’s brief tenure as Texas’ head coach could soon be coming to an end.
4. No luck for the Irish
In this past Saturday’s much-anticipated clash of undefeated teams, Notre Dame had plenty of chances to get back into the game against the No. 12 ranked Clemson Tigers. However, the Fighting Irish just couldn’t get out of their own way. The No. 6 team in the land had four costly turnovers and ended up falling to the Tigers by a score of 24-22. Unless some other teams falter along the way, we’d say Notre Dame’s chances of reaching the College Football Playoff are slim to none. Talk about bad luck.
5. The Gators feast on the Rebels
The Ole Miss Rebels may have defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide the week before, but clearly they were not prepared for The Swamp. Behind a near-flawless performance from quarterback Will Grier, the Florida Gators decimated the Rebels in every facet of the game, on their way to a 38-10 romp of the No. 3 team in the country. Don’t look now, but coach Jim McElwain has already brought the swagger back to Gainesville. The Florida Gators could very well be the best team in all of college football. There’s no way anyone saw that coming.