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2023 College Football season: Top performers from Week 5

Week 5 of the college football season is in the books and it was another memorable day of football across the country with big performances from some of the game's brightest stars.

The action started on Thursday night to whet our appetite, followed by a Saturday that delivered a ton of excitement.

Over the course of the day we had some bad beats, unlikely upsets and terrific wins for programs that made a statement.

With Week 5 behind us, it’s time to look at the top performers from the last few days across the college football landscape.

Quinn Ewers, QB - Texas

Saturday was potentially a difficult task for the Texas Longhorns, but Quinn Ewers and company showed no signs of nerves as they absolutely dominated the upstart Kansas Jayhawks in Austin to remain unbeaten.

As he’s already done earlier this season, Ewers played his best on the big stage, throwing for 325 yards and consistently making great decisions at the helm of this humming offense.

The Longhorns defense stood tall once again and Ewers connected on numerous deep balls with Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell, who continued to demolish opposing defenses with their elite speed and route running.  

This Texas team already had the look of a National Championship contender and Ewers continues to play well as the 'Horns keep moving up the odds board, currently having the third-shortest odds at the title at +750

Caleb Williams, QB - USC

USC’s defense left a lot to be desired against Colorado on Saturday, but Caleb Williams was brilliant once again in a high-profile game.

The current Heisman Trophy holder has been electric in his second season at the controls of USC’s high-powered offense, and that continued against Colorado, where Williams went 30-of-40 for 406 yards passing and six touchdowns in the victory. 

The Trojans hung 48 points on Colorado and will take on Arizona next before a date against Notre Dame looms on October 14.

USC are now priced at +1500 to win the National Championship.

Brock Bowers, TE - Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs have struggled to pull away from teams at times this season and new quarterback Carson Beck clearly struggled in a hostile road environment against Auburn on Saturday. 

However, when the two-time defending national champions needed a big play, Brock Bowers was there to answer the call.

One of the best tight ends around left his imprint all over last Saturday’s 27-20 victory over Auburn in Jordan Hare Stadium, catching eight passes for 157 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Bulldogs to a crucial victory in their first road test of the season.

Bowers was not targeted much in the early going, but he made sure to make himself available for his young, inexperienced quarterback, who was going through growing pains in real time in his first start away from home. 

The pivotal play of the game came in the final minutes of the 4th quarter, as Bowers ran a great route that confused the Auburn defense and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in what would ultimately be the game-winning score. 

Georgia will need another tremendous season from Bowers if the Bulldogs hope to win the SEC championship once again, and it would be hard to doubt that he won’t deliver. 

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