There is a season theme that has been trending since week four, the theme in question is "upsets". In week four, we saw two AP Top 10 fall in unexpected fashion. This week, we saw three more upset wins involving AP Top 25 teams. With high-profile teams falling each week, the unpredictable nature of the season comes to the forefront, reminding us all that no one's position on the top 25 is safe.
What Did We Learn In Week 5?
Tennessee's performance against Missouri presented this fundamental question, are the Volunteers a good team? Well, with one of the strongest offensive lines in the nation and a strong defense, they may end up becoming a real threat in the SEC.
Before the half, South Carolina had a real chance of pulling off a huge upset over Florida. Yet too many errors on offense and too many Gator weapons on offense, resulted in a disappointing outcome for the Gamecocks. It may have been only their second game, but the Gators are already making their case as the nation's no. 1 team.
North Carolina State came out the gates fast and despite the efforts of Pitt Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett, it was Emeka Emezie's game-winning touchdown that made the difference, as the Wolfpack handed the Panthers their first loss of the season.
We all expected Sam Ehlinger to be the story of this year's Texas/TCU rivalry game. Instead, it was Horned Frogs' quarterback Max Duggan that stole the show, and stole the victory away from the Longhorns with his game-winning touchdown.
Once upon a time, Oklahoma won their first game. After that win, all the discussion was about the Sooners as a playoff team, and quarterback Spencer Rattler as a Heisman Trophy candidate. After this week's upset loss to Iowa State, both these occurrences are unlikely to happen. Now the question remains, what can Lincoln Riley do to salvage their season?
As expected, Clemson made quick work of Virginia, reminding everyone why they are the no.1 team in college football.
SMU is without question, the best unranked team in college Football. Their win against no. 25 Memphis should vault them into the top 25. As for receiver Reggie Robertson Jr., he should be on everyone's radar as one of the top overall players in the nation.
Remember when Spencer Sanders was the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State? Well, that may change even when he returns. Freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth found his rhythm early and never looked back, as he Cowboys rolled to an impressive victory over Kansas.
Mississippi State's air raid offense, which completely overwhelmed LSU in week 4, was shockingly neutralized by Arkansas. In doing so, the Razorbacks may have given other SEC teams the blueprint on how to stop Mike Leach's high-tempo offense.
What was billed as a competitive battle between two AP top 10 teams, turned out to be a one-sided affair for Georgia, who thoroughly beat Auburn on both sides of the ball. The Bulldogs are a team to be taken seriously.
Week 5 Honor Roll -
Reggie Robertson - SMU
Max Duggan - TCU
Shane Buechele - SMU
Chuba Hubbard - Oklahoma State
Mac Jones - Alabama
Myles Brennan - LSU
Devin Leary - NC State
Travis Etienne Jr. - Clemson
Tylan Wallace - Oklahoma State
Kenny Pickett - Pitt
Trevor Lawrence - Clemson
Terry Wilson - Kentucky
John Metchie - Alabama
Grayson McCall - Coastal Carolina
Jemel Jones - Army
DJ Turner - Pitt