Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/5/12
 Maxwell Award Week 5 Elite
  • In West Virginia’s first Big 12 conference game QB Geno Smith made his mark. In a shootout against Baylor, the senior completed 45 of his 51 passing attempts for 656 yards and a Big 12-record eight touchdowns. His remarkable performance earned him Maxwell Player of the Week; Smith now leads the nation with 20 touchdown passes in just four games, as his accurate arm continues to amaze.
  • In a blowout over Arkansas, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel set an SEC-record for most total yards in a game with 557. The redshirt freshman had 453 yards passing and 104 yards rushing with four total touchdowns (three pass, 1 rush). On the season Manziel has thrown 10 touchdowns, and through 124 passing attempts has yet to throw an interception on the season.
  • Record shattering seemed to be the theme of Saturday as Miami QB Stephen Morris set an ACC-record with 566 passing yards and five touchdowns in a significant win over NC State. This is junior’s second straight game of 430 yards or more.

Since Week 5 featured so many incredible offensive performances we’ve added an honorable mention section to acknowledge some of the best duos of the week.

  • As a result of Geno Smith’s success, WRs Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin were the major benefactors. Bailey had 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns, while Austin collected 14 balls for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Baylor’s QB Nick Florence shared the spotlight with Smith throwing for 581 yards and 5 passing touchdowns (also added one touchdown rushing). Florence can thank WR Terrance Williams for helping him out with 17 receptions for a Big 12 record of 314 receiving yards while finding the end zone twice.
  • Georgia’s freshman running backs gave Bulldogs fans a taste of what to look forward to in the upcoming seasons. Against Tennessee, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 294 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Gurley finished with 130 yards and three touchdowns (nine on the season), and Marshall finished with 164 yards and two touchdowns (five on the season) on just ten carries.
Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel Week 5 Elite
  • Against Cal, Arizona State DT Will Sutton was a complete force registering eight tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble. The junior lineman shook up a dangerous Cal offense, and has emerged as one of the best in the nation. This past week he was just added to our Chuck Bednarik Watch List, and earned the Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week award presented by Cracker Barrel.
  • Penn State LB Mike Mauti helped contain Illinois to just seven points with his six tackles, 0.5 sack, and two interceptions. One of the interceptions he returned for 99 yards.
  • In a close win over Oklahoma State, Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat had seven tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack. Jeffcoat has posted one sack in three consecutive games.
Week 6 Matchups to watch out for
  • No. 21 Nebraska vs No. 12 Ohio State

Last week Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez led the Cornhuskers to a historic comeback in a win over Wisconsin, he’ll have an even tougher task against Ohio State this Saturday. Through five weeks Martinez has 14 total touchdowns and just one interception, and has impressed everyone that once doubted him. Nebraska will also have RB Rex Burkhead at full health as the Cornhuskers offense is fully loaded. However Ohio State might be able to counter with their huge line, which features DT Johnathan Hankins and DE John Simon. Ohio State ranks 26th defensively letting up just 17 points per game, but the Buckeyes will still need the exciting QB Braxton Miller to score a few touchdowns in order to refrain an upset.

  • No. 5 Georgia vs No. 6 South Carolina

Although Georgia’s defense is completely back, they didn’t play like themselves against Tennessee. However, their defense led by LB Jarvis Jones will look to bounce back against South Carolina as they look to fend off QB Connor Shaw and RB Marcus Lattimore. We can be sure South Carolina will look to put as much pressure on QB Aaron Murray with their sack leader DE Jadeveon Clowney. Look for Georgia to get RBs Gurley and Marshall involved early in order to set the pace, and open up the passing game.

  • Miami vs No. 9 Notre Dame

Notre Dame is coming off a bye and their fearless defense should be well prepared for Miami’s slinger Stephen Morris. The Fighting Irish will constantly put pressure on Morris with their stellar defensive line led by DE Stephon Tuitt. Also keep track of Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o as he face a new challenge in the exciting freshman RB Duke Johnson. Miami should play very tough, the last thing they want is another Kansas State fiasco, but it won’t be easy as Notre Dame only lets up an average of 9.0 points per game.

  • No. 4 LSU vs No. 10 Florida

In an unimpressive showing against Towson, LSU will look to bounce back with a vengeance in an SEC rival matchup. Florida leads the series 30-25-4 but LSU has won the past two matchups. Offensively LSU will be led by RB Kenny Hilliard, who has six touchdowns on the season; he will go up against the big DT Shariff Floyd. On the other side Florida has senior RB Mike Gillieslee who will have his toughest matchup against a star-studded defensive line of DEs Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.

Week 6 Maxwell Shootouts
  • No. 8 West Virginia vs No. 11 Texas

Both teams are coming off wins in shootouts of their own. West Virginia QB Geno Smith will be looking to do what he has all season, tearing apart the secondary with speedy help from Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Texas will look to control the game more with RBs Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray, but will also go deep with an improved QB David Ash who has 10 touchdowns through four games.

  • No. 17 Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

Oklahoma QB Landry Jones is still looking for his first 300-yard game and some say that he’s due against Texas Tech who has actually showed signs of an improving defense. The Red Raiders will look for QB Seth Doege, who has 15 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season, to lead them into the top 25 with an upset.

  • No. 23 Washington vs No. 2 Oregon

Washington is coming off a huge victory over Stanford and they clearly have the momentum going into Eugene. Although QB Keith Price has been struggling to get going, he has found weapons in true sophomore WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins; Washington has also found safety in the rushing game led by Bishop Sankey. The Ducks looked a bit shaky last week, but are still as dangerous ever with their three-headed monster consisting of QB Marcus Mariota, RB Kenjon Barner and WR De’Anthony Thomas.

-Schotz

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