Welcome to Week 5 of the College Football Flash. Here, in 10 minutes or less—depending on how quickly you read—we will give our bold predictions for the outcomes of the AP Top 25.
I will pick the winners of each Top 25 game for the upcoming week. Beside the prediction will be a 10-word-or-less reason for my choice.
For the new fans to college football, read it, learn it and impress your friends with your knowledge. For those who have been at it awhile, here is an opportunity to debate me if you think I have it wrong.
WARNING: I'm getting better at this.
Last week, I was right on 19 of the top 20 games. Here is the single game I missed:
I picked Oklahoma to beat Kansas State by three points at home. Actual score was Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19. My comment on the pick was "I shouldn't pick against the old guy." So right, yet so wrong.
Last week: 19 correct, one wrong
Year to date: 84 correct, 12 wrong
September 27 through September 29
No. 24 Boise State 20, New Mexico 14: Boise State finally scores an offensive touchdown!
No. 22 Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 17: Cornhuskers win at home.
No. 20 Michigan State 38, Ohio State 24: Bam! Welcome to the real world, Urban Meyer!
No. 19 Louisville 35, Southern Miss 24: Louisville continues streak. So does Southern Miss.
No. 18 Oregon State 35, Arizona 24: Rich Rodriguez drops two in a row.
No. 17 Clemson 42, Boston College 24: Dabo Swinney gets his team back on track.
No. 15 TCU 38, SMU 17: Horned Frogs ride them ponies to a win.
No. 12 Texas 53, Oklahoma State 48: Mack Brown's team breaks the scoreboard with final TD.
No. 9 West Virginia 30, Baylor 35: A mountain man ought to know better than to take on a bear.
No. 8 Stanford 28, Washington 14: Sorry Huskies, still tied to a tree.
No. 6 South Carolina 45, Kentucky 13: There's gonna be hell to pay come basketball season.
No. 5 Georgia 77, Tennessee 75: Twelve overtime periods, and Georgia intercepts a two-point attempt and returns it.
No. 4 LSU 56, Towson 10: Tigers win no matter what.
No. 3 Florida State 52, South Florida 20: Close game until first-quarter kickoff.
No. 2 Oregon 67, Washington State 13: Ducks rolling along.
No. 1 Alabama 35, Ole Miss 10: Nick Saban football. Alabama wins; nobody gets embarrassed.