The 2015 college football season has seen Week 6 come and go and there were a lot entertaining and exciting games. Teams are beginning to separate themselves and show us that they are college football playoff contenders. Some other teams are dropping and losing games that they should have won easily.
One entertaining thing to do throughout each week of the season is to list five big winners and losers of the week.
There are plenty of candidates this week and there are too many to choose from. As is the case with almost anything in sports, there will be fans that believe other teams or players should be on this list than we have ranked, but keep in mind that there are simply too many to choose from for every list to add up with another list.
Let’s take a look at who the top five winners and the top five losers were of this past week in college football.
Winner: Michigan Wolverines
Perhaps the most obvious winner of this week’s action was Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. They were able to knock off the No. 13 ranked Northwestern Wildcats 31-0 and will certainly rise from their No. 18 ranking. This is exactly what the Wolverines were hoping Harbaugh could bring them and he hasn’t disappointed.
Loser: Oklahoma Sooners
Heading into this week’s slate of games, the Oklahoma Sooners were faced with the task of heading into Texas and playing the unranked Longhorns. They ended up falling by a final score of 24-17 and are going to be plummeting from their No. 10 spot in the rankings this week. It was a disappointing performance and it likely ends their chances of making a run at the college football playoff.
Winner: Baylor Bears
Art Briles and the Baylor Bears have to be feeling even more confident than they already were following their impressive 66-7 victory over Kansas. They once again proved that their offense is among the best if not the best in the nation. Baylor is going to be a contender to be one of the four teams in the playoff at the end of the season and they certainly look nearly unbeatable right now.
Loser: USC Trojans
Another ranked team that ended up losing to an unranked team this week was the No. 17 USC Trojans who fell at home to the Washington Huskies. It was an embarrassing loss and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them fall out of the top-25 rankings. USC is now 3-2 on the season and any strand of hope that they had of making the playoff is now gone.
Winner: Leonard Fournette, LSU Running Back
Once again, LSU running back Leonard Fournette graces this list with his presence. He carried the football 20 times for 158 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon and helped lead his Tigers to a win over South Carolina. Fournette is still the Heisman front-runner and proved why once again his week.
Loser: Nick Chubb, Georgia Running Back
Nick Chubb has been in the Heisman Trophy watch all season, but his season has likely come to an abrupt end due to the injury that he suffered today against the Tennessee Volunteers. It has not been confirmed that he is done for the season, but the injury looked gruesome. Georgia will likely fall off quickly without him on the field and it is a crushing end to his impressive season.
Winner: Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett, Ohio State QB’s
Ohio State has had issues at the quarterback position with consistency this season, but they didn’t have issues this week against Maryland. Cardale Jones threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while J.T. Barrett carried the football 12 times for 62 yards and three touchdowns. That was the type of game that Ohio State was needing from both of those guys and it gives Urban Meyer a dual-threat weapon at the quarterback position.
Loser: Cody Kessler, USC Quarterback
Coming into this week, USC quarterback Cody Kessler had seen his name mentioned in the Heisman watch. Following this week, his name isn’t going to be anywhere near the Heisman rankings. He threw for just 156 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, which puts him firmly on this list.
Winner: Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee Quarterback
The Tennessee Volunteers were able to pull out a 38-31 victory over the Nick Chubb-less Georgia Bulldogs this afternoon, but the play of quarterback Joshua Hobbs stole the show. He threw for 312 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also recording 118 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers make him one of the biggest winners on the week and he belongs on this list.
Winner: C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame Running Back
Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise has been a pleasant surprise for the Fighting Irish since star quarterback Malik Zaire went down with an ankle injury. He had another big game this week against Navy and picked up 129 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and caught four passes for 56 yards. Prosise is beginning to work his way into the Heisman conversation and could very well be in the rankings this week.