This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
After a week that was low on marquee matchups and high on weirdness (looking at you, Virginia Tech), we have an absolutely loaded Week 5 slate. In fact, outside of Week 1 last year, this might be the best and most significant slate of September games in recent memory. There is a pair of top-10 matchups between Ohio State and Penn State along with Stanford and Notre Dame. We also have Texas Tech and West Virginia playing in a game that might set defensive football back a decade and a sneaky interesting matchup between a ranked Oregon team against a ranked (!) California squad. We also get to see just how real Kentucky is after the program's first 4-0 start since 2008. You all know the drill, let's get into the meat and potatoes for this week's Start vs. Sit.
PLAYERS TO START
Michael Warren II, RB, Cincinnati (at Connecticut)
Until Gerrid Doaks (groin) gets back, it's clear that this is the Warren show out of the Cincinnati backfield. He gobbled up 68 percent (23 total) of the Bearcats' rushing attempts in Saturday's come from behind win over Ohio. Warren isn't just getting a ton of work, he's making the most of it; his eight rushing touchdowns rank second in the nation behind FAU star Devin Singletary. With a matchup against Connecticut's defense that allows a laughable 7.97 yards per rush attempt, Warren has legit RB2 upside in Week 5.
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (vs.