Ohio State has a problem every school would love to have, the College Football Playoff image becomes a reality, and a new Heisman leader pops up in a wide-open field.
This was arguably the best week of the college football season this year.
Alabama and Georgia played with Ole Miss and Arkansas and proved they have no competition until they meet in the SEC Championship Game and possibly in a rematch in the National Championship Game.
Oregon gave Stanford chance after chance to let the Cardinal upset the Ducks on The Farm.
Cincinnati invaded Notre Dame Stadium to give the Irish their first home defeat in four years.
Kentucky surpassed that, beating Florida at home for the first time since 1986.
Texas A&M lost for the second week in a row, so Jimbo Fisher is likely to get another extension from the Aggies as he lost to Mississippi by just four.
Clemson nearly for the second week in a row and the third time in five games, but outlasted Boston College who whistled inside their 15 in the closing seconds to maintain a 19-13 win.
Does Ohio State Have Too Many Good Quarterbacks?
There is some drama around the state of Ohio. But when is that not the case. After CJ Stroud sat down to heal a nagging injury in the romp over Akron last week, there was some debate over whether he might have lost his job for good. There were whispers about the transfer portal. There was talk that Kyle McCord should keep the court after playing well against the Zips.
After Stroud’s action against Rutgers, all that talk has been silenced.
There is no controversy about a quarterback in the state of Ohio. Stroud is the undisputed starter after throwing six lapses to five touchdowns to go with his 330 yards in the 52-13 win over the Scarlet Knights.
But Ryan Day may have a bit of a “dilemma” on his hands. A dilemma that 129 other FBS coaches would love to have. The state of Ohio has too many good quarterbacks and someone is sure to switch to another opportunity.
Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, among others, have all been transferred for new opportunities elsewhere. Could McCord or Jack Miller choose to do the same if it is clear that Stroud is the quarterback of the present and Quinn Ewers the quarterback of the future?
You couldn’t blame them if they wanted to switch. College football is all about maximizing your small chance and they won’t sit on the couch and let that pass.
Could Ewers even switch? Stroud is in his first year as a starter and could play for another two years after that, so if he is as good as he can be, Ewers will be in for a few more years. He knew he would face some competition for the job if he chose to come to Ohio State, but being the competitor that he is, he probably thought he would be the starter in his sophomore year on campus. Ewers was the top-ranked quarterback in the 247Sports Composite database, even better than Vince Young and Trevor Lawrence, so he’ll want to play too.
Day must manage all of these quarterbacks on his roster, knowing there is only one quarterback who can start. A system with two quarterbacks isn’t going to work, so who’s going to be the odd one out?
Is the Big Ten better than the SEC?
The SEC is the king of college football, but Alabama does a lot of the heavy lifting. The Crimson removed Ole Miss and embarrassed Lane Kiffin. Georgia has, to their credit, the best defense in the nation and is a worthy challenger to their crown. Besides the top two teams in the country, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, Auburn and LSU are all flawed and not overly impressive. Give Kentucky credit for beating the Gators in Lexington and they may be the SEC’s third best team.
However, the Big Ten can claim to be the best conference after five weeks.
Iowa and Penn State will be undefeated when the top two teams meet next week. Michigan remains undefeated and Jim Harbaugh may have its best team in years, and a worthy challenger to actually beat Ohio this year. No seriously. They can give them a game. Ohio State is the only one of the four to have suffered a loss at the hands of Oregon, which was number 3 before losing to Stanford on Saturday. The Buckeyes are the team no one wants to face in the Big Ten. The Big Ten’s top four teams are better than the SEC’s top four.
A new Heisman leader emerges from the pack
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman game over Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, but it was Brian Robinson with four touchdowns and the Tide defense who paved the way. Young will likely be the betting favorite for the Heisman going into Week 6, but Texas running back Bijan Robinson should be.
The Texas sophomore ran for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in the 32-7 win over TCU. With 652 yards and seven touchdowns on the year, Robinson was the catalyst for the Texas offense that had quarterback concerns after Hudson Card was benched for Casey Thompson after losing to Arkansas.
In the two weeks since Card was on the bench for Thompson, Robinson has averaged 7.27 yards per carry for a total of 480 yards. Texas has an average of 52.2 points per game in those three games, all wins for Texas. If Robinson has another monster play with 200 yards and a few scores against rival Oklahoma next week, there will be no doubt about his Heisman candidacy.
He knows he can count on Ricky Williams to give him his vote. Williams is the last player from Texas to win the Heisman. He has also received an endorsement from his former quarterback, with Sam Ehlinger tweeting his support for Robinson to win the Heisman.
College football rankings after week 5
- Penn State
- Ohio state
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