After Week 4, there was a sense the college Football Playoff landscape was about to be altered. The biggest games of Week 5 lived up to the hype, as one contender was put on life support and another was anointed out of the dust in the west. Here are the top four playoff contenders after Week 5.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama was entirely out of the spotlight this weekend, allowing them to quietly take care of their business against Kentucky, 34-6. The bigger issue for the Crimson Tide this week was the arrest of star linebacker Tim Williams on a misdemeanor gun charge. He was suspended for the first half of the game against the Wildcats, but isn’t expected to face any further discipline from the school.

Alabama travels to Arkansas for a primetime game on Saturday.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State didn’t have much of an issue against Rutgers, roaring to a 58-0 shutout win. Quarterback J.T. Barrett became the all-time leader in passing touchdowns in school history after throwing for more on Saturday – he’s only a junior. The Buckeyes host Indiana during Week 6.

3. Clemson Tigers

In a game that lived up to all the hype, Clemson held off fellow title contender Louisville, 42-36. Quarterback Deshaun Watson took the time to remind critics why he was a Heisman Trophy favorite before the season instead of opposing quarterback Lamar Jackson, completing 20 of 31 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns.

Clemson should have a relatively easy game at Boston College on Friday night.

4. Washington Huskies

Many people will call for Michigan to occupy this space and they’d be justified – they are the fourth-ranked team in the nation and just put on a defensive showcase against the eight-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

They didn’t look that impressive to me, though. A team that looked mighty impressive nailed their opportunity on Friday night. Washington limited star running back Christian McCaffrey and kicked Stanford’s doors in with a 44-6 blowout. The Huskies are now the undisputed favorite in the Pac-12 and will travel to Oregon next weekend.

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