This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Week 5 is here and conference play is starting to get into full swing. We're getting treated to a number of great matchups this weekend, highlighted by USC's trip up to Pullman to face Washington State and a battle of ACC powerhouses between Clemson and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. With conference play now in action, the Start/Sit conundrums get a bit tougher to parse. Let's look at who to fire up and who to bench for the last weekend of September.
PLAYERS TO START
Darius Tice, RB, South Florida (at East Carolina): Entering the season, it looked like D'Ernest Johnson was the USF back to own as Marlon Mack's replacement. Yes, Johnson has had more carries, but Tice looks like the superior back. Not only does Tice have six touchdowns compared to Johnson's two, he's averaging nearly two yards a carry more than Johnson (5.92 vs. 4.22). Tice is coming off his second consecutive 100-yard outing and draws about as favorable a matchup as he'll see all year against East Carolina, which has already allowed 12 rushing touchdowns through four games.
Mark Walton, RB, Miami (at Duke): This might seem like an obvious choice at first glance after Walton's huge outing against Toledo last week (11/204/1), but he'll be on a short week going against a Duke defense that's been great against the run. The Blue Devils are holding opponents to 2.3 YPC and have allowed just one team to cross the 100-yard mark ... and