College football: Player rankings after Week 5

While Week 5 of the college football season showcased why the the Big Three are the best teams in the nation, some individual player performances may have suggested otherwise.

Bijan Robinson (c) of the Texas Longhorns runs the ball while defended by Mumu Bin-Wahad (l) of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Bijan Robinson (c) of the Texas Longhorns runs the ball while defended by Mumu Bin-Wahad (l) of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.  © Tim Warner / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Alabama and Ohio State were the talk of Week 5's individual performances, but not for reasons you would expect.

Bryce Young, arguably the best quarterback in college football aside from Ohio State's CJ Stroud, left the Crimson Tide's game against Arkansas due to injury.

He finished with 7 of 13 completions for 173 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. There is no word on whether Alabama's star player will return for Alabama's Week 6 matchup against Texas A&M.

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With Tennessee's QB Hendon Hooker getting a bye last weekend, fans missed out on his electrifying offensive ways, but were instead treated to Clemson's DJ Uiagalelei racking up a career-high of 73 rushing yards, Texas' Bijan Robinson's 30th career touchdown, and a Buckeye running back who had a sensational breakout performance.

Following the wild action of Week 5, here's what our player rankings look like heading into the sixth week of the college football season:

1. CJ Stroud – QB, Ohio State (+1)

2. Bryce Young – QB, Alabama

3. Hendon Hooker – QB, Tennessee

4. Emeka Egbuka – WR, Ohio State

5. Julian Flemming – WR, Ohio State

6. Will Anderson – LB, Alabama (-1)

7. DJ Uiagalelei – QB, Clemson

8. Sam Hartman – QB, Wake Forest

9. Bijan Robinson – RB, Texas

10. Miyan Williams – RB, Ohio State (n)

Ohio State's Miyan Williams ties program record with a huge performance

Miyan Williams of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball during the third quarter of a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium.
Miyan Williams of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball during the third quarter of a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium.  © BEN JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Miyan Williams made a huge statement last weekend with one of the greatest performances we've seen offensively or defensively this season.

Carrying the running back load in TreVeyon Henderson's absence, Williams rushed for 189 yards on 21 carries and became the third buckeye in Ohio State history to score five touchdowns in a single game.

The outstanding junior's signature moment came in the second play of the fourth quarter when he scored his fifth record-tying touchdown on a 2-yard rush – putting Ohio State up 49-10.

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To no surprise, Ohio State named Williams the offensive player of the game for the second time this season.

The Big Ten conference also named Williams the Offensive Player of the Week, marking the first time in Williams’ career that he has earned weekly conference honors.

Heading into Week 6, Williams ranks sixth in the Big Ten in rushing with 497 yards on 64 carries. Nationally, among running backs with 50 or more carries, his 7.7 yards-per-rush average ranks No. 1, and his eight touchdowns put him in the No. 4 spot.

Cover photo: TIM WARNER / Ben Jackson / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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