One of the underlying storylines that explains each week’s results in college football is the constant barrage of injuries that are naturally involved in a sport teeming with physicality.
Indeed, many times we can at least partially account for why a certain team won or lost by examining injury reports that indicate which critical players either did or didn’t participate in a specific contest.
The following slideshow alerts and then arms the well-informed fan with a nationwide list of injuries that could affect the outcome of the clashes that combine to make Week 5 of the 2012 season.
These are the guys whose return, complete absence or limited capabilities will likely go a long way in helping to tell the story of yet another delicious chapter of collegiate gridiron action.
Unless otherwise noted, injury statuses are via USA Today’s comprehensive listing.