Week five of college football season is in the books and fans who tuned in to watch Georgia take on LSU witnessed a shootout between two offenses that are armed to the teeth. The Bulldogs finished ahead of the Tigers, moving them up in the polls to number six. The win is also an impressive addition to an already polished resume for a BCS title contender, as Georgia has already beaten two teams ranked among the top ten.
The rankings are still loaded with unbeaten competitors, which leaves analysts speculating as to which team can make it through their schedule unscathed. Ohio State will face its most daunting test yet in week six as they travel to Ryan Field to face the sixteenth ranked Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern running back Venric Mark will be returning for action after being injured and will make the Wildcat offense much more dynamic.
Stanford is hungry for revenge against the Washington Huskies who handed them their first loss in the 2012 season. The fifteenth ranked Huskies may be an even more dangerous opponent than last year.
The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide still have a target on their backs. Their opponents can breathe a little easier due to the apparent season-ending suspension of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, one of the Tide’s most valuable defensive weapons. Alabama’s program is notoriously tight-lipped regarding suspensions, but there have been small drops seeping out of Tuscaloosa that indicate Clinton-Dix may have accepted money from a member of the Bama coaching staff.
The University of Southern California wasted no time in firing head coach Lane Kiffin after an embarrassing loss to Arizona State. Kiffin was allegedly pulled off of the team’s bus in the ASU parking lot and presented with the news of his termination.
Florida State is on upset alert as they host a rowdy Maryland defense that has yet to suffer a loss this season. Seminole freshman signal caller Jameis Winston will undergo his first true test of the season against the Terrapins. Maryland has never won in Tallahassee and hopes to break that tradition before they make their exit from the ACC conference after the 2013 season. The Terrapins’ helmet and uniforms may draw some laughs from rival fanbases, but their defense is no joke. Maryland has racked up more sacks than any other unit in the nation and will likely add to that number against a freshman quarterback. Maryland will likely be the hottest topic in the college football world following week six.