- After three high-profile matchups and some surprising upsets in Week 5, two new teams crack the top five, including Washington, which pummeled Stanford 44–6.
As promised, Week 5 of the 2016 college football season delivered. Clemson and Louisville presented a classic heavyweight bout in the nightcap after Wisconsin-Michigan provided the Big Ten fare that fans were waiting for (or, depending on their predilection, dreaded). Tennessee managed yet another comeback with a miraculous Hail Mary, North Carolina walked-off vs. Florida State and Washington thumped Stanford in a result few saw coming.
Throughout the top 25, a number of contests either extended pre-existing storylines or shook up widely held assumptions. Six teams departed the rankings, paving the way for a Week 6 full of captivating rivalry meetings and conference showcases. With playoff projections picking up meaning by the week, it’s time to start finding some separation in a top 10 that features a tremendous amount of ability and experience.