College GameDay 2012 Schedule: Wildest Options for Week 5 Destination

Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 22, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1:  Kent Kern #43 of the Miami Redhawks hits Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he throws the ball downfield during the second quarter on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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For the Week 4 action, the ESPN College GameDay crew will be on campus to witness the highly-anticipated action between No. 10 Clemson and No. 4 Florida State. 

The Clemson Tigers are hoping to establish themselves as a legitimate contender in 2012, while the smoking hot Seminoles are contending for a national title and will look to hand Clemson a lopsided defeat in what should be a terrific ACC showdown. 

And a week ago, GameDay traveled to Knoxville for an exciting matchup between the Florida Gators and Tennessee, while we witnessed Texas A&M's SEC debut the previous week. 

Every week, ESPN searches for a college football game that's guaranteed to entertain and it sets up its GameDay broadcast at that location. 

Its ability to find enticing games is uncanny, and it's always interesting to see which teams it decides to follow. 

Week 5 will be lacking in high-level showdowns between ranked teams, at least in comparison to other weeks, but there are still some solid options to look forward to. 

As we look forward to the Week 5 action, here are four games ESPN will surely be keeping an eye on as possible GameDay candidates. 


No. 16 Ohio State at No. 21 Michigan State

The Ohio State Buckeyes were barely able to escape an upset against the California Golden Bears, but a 35-28 victory allowed them to preserve their perfect record. 

With small-school University of Alabama next on the schedule, the Buckeyes will likely enter Week 5 with a 4-0 record, barring a devastating upset. 

Meanwhile, the Michigan State Spartans were ranked No. 10 when they were upset by No. 20 Notre Dame in a devastating loss. 

The Spartans will be looking to get their season back on track, while the Buckeyes need a win against a legitimate opponent after nearly being upset. 

As a result, this is a great GameDay option between two ranked teams. 


Wisconsin at No. 25 Nebraska

The Wisconsin Badgers were expected to have a great season riding on the shoulders of Heisman hopeful Montee Ball. 

They were ranked No. 13 when they entered their matchup against unranked Oregon State, but they had their season derailed after becoming the victims of a 10-7 upset loss. 

Nebraska, who didn't have the same lofty expectations as Wisconsin, also suffered a loss to No. 22 UCLA, but at least it was against a ranked opponent. 

Nebraska will be trying to establish itself as a competitive team, while Wisconsin will be attempting to once again enter the Top 25. 


Oregon State at No. 22 Arizona 

Quarterback Sean Mannion was able to throw for 276 yards and a touchdown as he led the unranked Oregon State Beavers to a victory over No. 13 Wisconsin. 

A victory over another ranked opponent, such as No. 22 Arizona, will do great things for the Beavers and will practically guarantee them a spot in the Top 25. 

Arizona is also riding high after taking down No. 18 Oklahoma State in Week 2, but its matchup against No. 3 Oregon will likely bring it back to reality. 

Either way, this should be a competitive game between two solid teams. 


No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State

As mentioned, Oklahoma State was ranked No. 18 before its disastrous loss to Arizona, which knocked it out of the top 25. 

Meanwhile, Texas has looked good in its first three games, but it needs to beat a legitimate opponent before it's taken seriously. 

Oklahoma State is a tough team and will challenge the Longhorns, while also providing them with a chance to flex their muscles and show the NCAA that they're serious.