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Week 5 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers

Believe it or not, we are nearing the midway point of the 2023 college football season.

Generally, during this time, we get a better sense of who could potentially be a playoff team and the ones whose opportunity may have passed them by.

This week was primarily defined by outstanding individual performances by running backs. All in all, there were a lot more things we found out when it was all said and done.


What Did We Learn After Week 5?

  • The Georgia Bulldogs have not been the center of attention as they have been in the last two seasons. Perhaps it's because we're used to seeing them win all the time; Coach Prime and his Buffaloes also have much to do with it. Well, the Bulldogs are back in the spotlight as they narrowly got past Auburn. Anyone watching this team knows they are not the same powerhouse team they were one year ago.

  • USC may have won, but they found that Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes are no pushovers. Undermaned and undersized, it seemed that the game was over by the first half. In the second half, it was a different story as the Buffaloes found their offensive footing, scoring 27 points to the USCs' 14. What everyone needs to remember is that this is Coach Prime's team version 1.0, and even in its current form, they can compete against any team.

  • LSU may be the most interesting team in college football. On one hand, they're down by three scores. The next minute, they're scoring 21 points in a quarter. In a game that featured two of the highest-scoring teams in the SEC, both LSU and Ole Miss combined for 104 points and 1,343 total yards of offense. In the end, the Tigers defense couldn't hold the Rebels from scoring the deciding touchdown in the contest.

  • For Notre Dame, beating Duke on their home turf was sweet. What was sweeter was relegating their star quarterback to just 134 passing yards. The Notre Dame defense was at its best on this day, especially Howard Cross III.

  • As quickly as we were going to put the Florida Gators in place of true credibility, they suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of Kentucky running back Ray Davis, who set the SEC single-game rushing record in the process.

  • Dillon Gabriel and Oklahoma did what they do each week: dominate offensively and win games. If Texas was not in the equation, they would be the top team in the Big 12.

  • Michigan won yet again. So far, the Wolverines have had the luxury of playing a weak schedule. This will unfortunately continue until early November, when they get their first big test against Penn State.

  • If it wasn't bad enough that the Kansas Jayhawks were without their star quarterback Jalon Daniels, their defense had little answers in stopping Texas running back Jonathon Brooks, who single-handedly ruined their day. The Longhorns are looking strong after five weeks and deserve to be in the top 3.

  • Alabama was able to beat Mississippi State without their quarterback, Jalen Milroe, throwing single touchdown pass. How did they manage this? Well, Milroe rushed for two touchdowns, and their defense is amazing.

  • Penn State QB Drew Allar did not have one of his best games. Then again, he didn't need to, as his defense registered seven sacks and dominated Northwestern. Whether it is offense or defense, this Nittany Lions team continues to find different ways to win games.

  • Clemson beat Syracuse in convincing fashion, but with their 3-2 record, they have a long way to go if they want to play for the ACC title, let alone be considered a playoff contender.

  • This was the type of game where Utah could have used their star quarterback, Cameron Rising. Unfortunately,they did not get the offense they needed, and Oregon State came through. If anything can be said about the Utes, their defense is legit.

  • At this point, it would be foolish not to have Louisville in the Top 25. It may not have been one of their best offensive outputs, but they came out on top. 5-0 is 5-0


Week 5 Top Performers

Gold Standard -

QB Caleb Williams - USC

QB Shedeur Sanders - Colorado

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU

DL Howard Cross III - Notre Dame

WR Omarion Miller - Colorado

QB Taulia Tagovailoa - Maryland

RB Ray Davis - Kentucky

QB Jaxson Dart - Ole Miss

S Sione Vaki - Utah

TE Brock Bowers - Georgia

WR Tai Felton - Maryland

LB Smael Mondon - Georgia

WR Brian Thomas Jr. - LSU

RB Quinshon Judkins - Ole Miss

RB Kadarius Calloway - Old Dominion

DE Jonah Elliss - Utah

RB Jonathon Brooks - Texas

DT Zane Durant - Penn State

LB Edgerrin Cooper - Texas A&M

Offense -

QB Dillon Gabriel - Oklahoma

QB Cardell Williams - Tulsa

QB Emory Jones - Cincinnati

WR Brenden Rice - USC

QB Brady Cook - Missouri

WR Adonai Mitchell - Texas

QB Quinn Ewers - Texas

QB Michael Penix Jr. - Washington

WR Tahj Washington - USC

QB Donovan Smith - Houston

RB Terion Stewart - Bowling Green

WR Jeshaun Jones - Maryland

QB Haynes King - Georgia Tech

WR Tyler Brown - Clemson

QB Carson Beck - Georgia

Defense -

LB Easton Mascarenas-Arnold - Oregon

DE Jamil Muhammad - USC

LB Tre Freeman - Duke

DL George Rooks - Boston College

DL Shemar Turner - Texas A&M

DE Devean Deal - Tulane

DE Brandon Dorlus - Oregon

LB Trezmen Marshall - Alabama

DB Markevious Brown - Purdue

DL Pheldarius Payne - Virginia Tech

LB Antwaun Powell-Ryland Jr. - Virginia Tech

LB Kobe King - Penn State

LB Josaiah Stewart - Michigan

LB Donovan Ezeiruaku - Boston College

DL CJ Nunnally - Akron

LB Leon Lowery - Clemson

DE T.J. Parker - Clemson

LB Barrett Carter - Clemson

DE Dani Dennis-Sutton - Penn State

LB D'Eryk Jackson - Kentucky

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