Five weeks down, eleven to go. The college football landscape is off to a wild start. Here’s a smattering of what we learned about the Week in Week 5.
1. Louisville wins in the old school way. While former Big East quarterback Geno Smith throws about 25 passes per half, the entire Louisville-Southern Miss game saw 25 passes hit the air — combined. Running games dominated on Saturday as the Cardinals escape with a 21-17 win over a winless Conference USA foe. This type of effort won’t be good enough to beat Rutgers down the line.
2. Cincinnati could be really good. While the Big East talk has been about Louisville and Rutgers early this season, Cincy is quietly undefeated. Their last second win — on a neutral field — against Virginia Tech is the type of win that defines a season for some programs. If they continue to get dynamic play out of the quarterback position and opportunistic play from the defense, the Bearcats have a shot in the Big East.
3. UConn continues to win with defense. Despite being out-gained by Buffalo, the Huskies moved to 3-2 with a 24-17 win on Saturday. At some point, Connecticut is either going to steal and ugly game against a better team — watch out, Rutgers — or lose enough close, ugly games to require a switch at quarterback.
4. South Florida gave an inspired effort against Florida State. These aren’t the losses that hurt in the long run. Can the Bulls use this loss as motivation moving forward?