These five teams impressed us the most.
With the fifth week of college football in the books, it’s time to take stock of what exactly went down now that the dust has settled. We saw Georgia put together its most dominant performance of the season and we also watched No. 25 LSU fall to Troy, and there’s still plenty of the season left to go.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the five teams the teams that impressed us the most this Saturday, listed in alphabetical order:
Auburn quietly dismantled Mississippi State, 49-10, and finally delivered a complete performance. Kerryon Johnson was superb, running for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham was efficient and accurate, going 13-of-16 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers might not be on Alabama's level (who is?), but they have the tools to put up a legitimate fight and compete for a division title.
Clemson faced arguably its toughest test of the season tonight against No. 12 Virginia Tech, and it was just another game for the Tigers. Auburn, Louisville, Virginia Tech—it doesn't seem to matter who the Tigers are up against, they wear teams down with their defense and execute to perfection on offense. Clemson was supposed to take a step back this year, but dare I say the Tigers look even better?
41-0. The Bulldogs beat the life out of the Volunteers 41-0 at home, and it was ugly to watch. Nick Chubb ran for a cool 109 yards on 16 attempts while the offense outgunned Tennessee 378-142, and the Bulldog defense forced four turnovers. We knew Georgia was going to be good this year, but this game put them among the national title contenders.
4. Penn State
Penn State casually dominated the Hoosiers to win 45-14, and Trace McSorley put together his best game of the season in the progress. The QB threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, ran for one more, and ultimately the game was over by the end of the first quarter. Oh, and Saquon Barkley threw a touchdown pass. This team is way too good.
The Trojans somehow did it. 20-point underdogs, the Trojans took down LSU by a score of 24-21 in Baton Rouge to shock everyone, and they did it by laying waste to LSU's defense. Jordan Chunn ran for 191 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and was unstoppable, and the Troy defense did juuuust enough to stifle LSU's offense by forcing four turnovers.