College Football Week 5: Showcasing Most Intriguing Narratives and Storylines

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 31: Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans looks for running room during a third quarter run while playing the Boise State Broncos at Spartan Stadium on August, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Let's not mince words here—Week 5 of the college football season isn't the most exciting week we'll see this season. 

Still, while there are just two games pitting ranked teams against one another, the week is still full of intriguing storylines and interesting games to discuss. Can a new team make a big splash in its debut game in a new conference? How will key Big Ten games play out?

And will Top-25 teams with trap games a week before major clashes fall prey to upsets?

Questions, so many questions. Let's take a look at this week's top storylines.


Will Ohio State or Michigan State survive a huge Big Ten clash?

The Buckeyes will finally get a major test this season, and it should be interesting to see how Braxton Miller and the rest of Urban Meyer's Ohio State squad will respond. 

For Michigan State—a team whose already unlikely national championship aspirations were dashed by Notre Dame—will be looking to avoid falling behind in the Big Ten race as well.

This game promises to be won or lost in the trenches, with each team capable of running successfully and playing solid defense. But Andrew Maxwell will also play a huge part in this one—if Michigan State can't take shots down the field, Ohio State will bottle up the running game and escape with the win.

This one should be fun.


Can Top 25 Teams Avoid Dangerous Trap Games?

Ahead of a huge SEC clash next week between Georgia and South Carolina, the Bulldogs still have to handle a very talented Tennessee team this weekend—in what promises to be one of the games of the weekend—while the Gamecocks have a less dangerous affair against Kentucky.

Texas can't afford to look ahead to a contest next week against West Virginia, as the Longhorns have to travel to Stillwater for a tough one against Oklahoma State, while Nebraska can't focus too much on next week's clash with Ohio State with a dangerous Wisconsin team coming to town.

If you think Montee Ball and the Badgers aren't still thinking about claiming the Big Ten title, you've got another thing coming.

And if LSU looks past Towson to next week's game against Florida, well... nothing bad will happen, because LSU is way too good. But you get the idea.


Can Geno Smith Lead West Virginia to a Big 12 Debut Win over Baylor?

The Heisman hopeful will be looking to lead West Virginia to its first Big 12 win, but Baylor and one of the country's best offenses will hardly be an inviting welcome party.

Behind quarterback Nick Florence and a handful of dangerous receivers, the Bears are fifth in passing offense and fifth in points scored this season. 

But Smith in the Mountaineers are just as dangerous through the air, currently third in passing offense and 10th in points scored on the season. 

With neither defense looking capable of slowing this game down, expect a track meet and more than a few fireworks. This looks to be one of the most exciting games of the young college football season.


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