The top eight college football teams in the nation are ready to defend their ranking in Week 6. While top-ranked Alabama shouldn't have much trouble dispatching an overmatched Georgia State squad, other elite teams face tougher tests.
A trio of undefeated matchups highlight the jam-packed slate. No. 4 Ohio State travels to face No. 16 Northwestern. No. 5 Stanford should receive its biggest challenge to date from No. 15 Washington. And No. 8 Florida State welcomes No. 25 Maryland to Doak Campbell Stadium.
Those games are sure to steal the spotlight throughout the day. Before the action gets underway, let's check out a couple of the top Heisman Trophy candidates that will be in action and a few injury updates on key players.
Heisman Contenders to Watch
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Boyd is coming off a tremendous performance in a blowout victory over Wake Forest. He completed over 70 percent of his passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 69 yards and a TD to show off his dual-threat ability.
Now, the senior quarterback and Clemson go up against Syracuse. The Orange gave up 48 points in their only clash with a ranked opponent (Northwestern) so far this season. Boyd should be in line for another highlight-reel showing.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Murray has continued the trend of making steady improvement with each season. Not only has he become a much better decision-maker, but an increased accuracy has allowed him to play at a Heisman level.
The Bulldogs go out on the road to face Tennessee in Week 6. The Volunteers rank 74th in the country in points against per game at nearly 27. That includes a 59-point outburst by Oregon. Murray should be able to pick apart the secondary.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Gurley was on his way to a huge game against LSU last week before being forced to exit due to an ankle injury. The dynamic back had gained 73 yards on just eight carries. Keith Marshall stepped in to fill the void in a narrow victory.
The Bulldogs' starter is listed as questionable for the matchup with Tennessee by USA Today. If the ankle doesn't respond well or Georgia wants to play it safe, the pressure will be on Marshall and Murray to pick up the offensive slack.
Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern
A leg injury has kept Mark, who averaged six yards per carry and scored 12 rushing touchdowns last season, sidelined for the past three games. His return would provide a big boost to a Northwestern squad that needs every advantage it can get against Ohio State.
Luckily for the Wildcats, it sounds like Mark is ready to roll. USA Today lists him as probable for the high-profile matchup. If, for whatever reason, he isn't able to go, Northwestern will likely fall back to the committee approach in the backfield.
Keep checking back throughout the day for updates on Heisman hopefuls, key injuries and more as what should be another exciting day of college football takes center stage.