After five full weeks of play, it’s natural that the college football injury list would grow and become more critical in deciding the outcome of games.
The following slideshow provides not only an update on some of the more prominent injuries coming into Week 6, but also recaps a week that has been pockmarked with off-field issues that have led to suspensions.
This list provides a very brief sampling of which athlete’s absence, or muted performance, might affect the outcome of Saturday's generous offering of college football games.
Status: Ready to Go vs. Georgia Tech
After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension, and then last week’s contest at Boston College due to a virus, Watkins has been “cleared to play” in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
Status: Expected to Play vs. South Carolina
Though standout junior linebacker Jarvis Jones is expected to play in Saturday’s blockbuster at South Carolina, questions linger about whether or not he is “100 percent” due to a lingering groin injury.
Status: Suspended for Game vs. Vanderbilt
Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, tight end Brandon Holifield and defensive lineman Harold Brantley are all out of Saturday’s game against Vandy.
They are all suspended after being arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession on the Missouri campus.
Status: Doubtful vs. Nebraska
Though it remains unclear as to whether or not the Buckeyes' senior running back Jordan Hall will see any action in Saturday night’s showdown with Nebraska, The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that junior Carlos Hyde will start in his place.
Hall suffered an ankle injury last week against Michigan State and is currently Ohio State’s No. 2 back.
Status: Out vs. Iowa State
Junior quarterback Casey Pachall has been suspended indefinitely from the team after being booked on DWI charges during the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 4.
Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin will suit up as Pachall’s replacement against Iowa State.
Status: Game-Time Decision vs. Iowa State
Running back Matthew Tucker's ankle injury comes at a bad time for the Horned Frogs, who are without the aforementioned Pachall, as well as No. 1 back Wayman James.
Tucker is currently the Frogs' leading rusher, and his participation in Saturday’s game against Iowa State is listed as a “game-time decision.”
Status: Out vs. Maryland
According to a report Saturday morning on ESPN.com, starting cornerback Merrill Noel, starting safety Daniel Mack, starting linebacker Mike Olson and starting guard Frank Souza have all been suspended for one game and will not play in Saturday’s game at Maryland.
The suspensions, which also included running back Deandre Martin and wide receiver Airyn Willis, who are not listed as starters, are purportedly due to a violation of team rules.
Status: Out vs. West Virginia
A huge hit to the Longhorns, especially given their task Saturday night against West Virginia, sophomore running back Malcolm Brown is out of action due to an ankle injury.
Brown is currently Texas’ No. 2 back, and his loss is a big deal to a rushing attack that ranks No. 19 nationally through four games.