College Football Week 5 Picks: Top-25 Powerhouses Guaranteed to Keep Rolling
There haven't been a lot of surprises early on this season, which perhaps is a comfort to many a college football fan.
Stability looks pretty good right now, in light of the disaster that has become the 2012 NFL season.
Most college football fans are content to just sit back and watch the officiating crews do their jobs competently, watch the top teams keep winning big and watch the expected results keep coming (with very few notable exceptions, of course).
Here's a look at the top teams that will experience more of the same—continued success—in Week 5. No drama, no upsets, just wins.
No. 2 Oregon at Washington State
Oregon has been winning so big over the last few weeks that it jumped a spot in the polls over a team that couldn't win big enough. And once again, the Ducks will justify their spot with a decisive victory over mediocre Washington State.
In a way, the Ducks are lucky: every one of their games in the month of October looks very winnable. Obviously, if Oregon wants to hold on to the No. 2 spot—especially when the other teams in the top five look so formidable—its offense is going to have to continue putting up huge numbers, and the defense is going to have to continue to improve, the way it has every week since Sept. 1.
And Washington State should be a good opportunity to keep rolling. The Cougars are coming off a debilitating one-point loss to Colorado, and even in victory, it has only won by an average of six points. This defense (82nd in the country) isn't going to stand a chance against Oregon's stellar attack.
No. 24 Boise State at New Mexico
The Broncos need a game like this right about now. They're back in the polls, finally, and after a couple of up-and-down weeks, they could use a matchup against a lower-rung conference opponent.
Say what you will about Boise State's offense—which certainly wasn't remotely good in last week's 7-6 win over BYU—but its defense has been pretty excellent over the last couple of weeks, holding opponents to an average of nine points.
Given the defensive momentum, now is the perfect time to be facing a New Mexico team that has only averaged 13.6 points per game ever since putting up 66 against Southern University in the season opener. Meanwhile, the Lobos have allowed 36 points during that stretch.
Music to Boise State's ears. Looks like they'll be able to hold on to that ranking for a little while longer.
Pick: Boise State
No. 6 South Carolina at Kentucky
Missouri may not be ranked, but facing the Tigers was a huge test for South Carolina in Week 4. South Carolina fans are often in a perpetual state of waiting for the other shoe to drop, and the Missouri game looked like a great big trap. And yet, the Gamecocks passed this test with no problem whatsoever, winning their fourth straight, 31-10.
Who will win the biggest this weekend?
Now they can breathe a bit easier as they go on the road for the first time since August to face a team that is coming off an embarrassing 38-0 shutout loss to then-No. 14 Florida. Already, Kentucky has faced two ranked opponents in 2012, and the Wildcats have lost by a combined score of 70-14.
Even better is the fact that South Carolina is ranked higher than each of the teams that have already victimized the Wildcats.
Ever since sneaking by Vanderbilt 17-13 in the season opener, South Carolina has looked excellent. The Gamecocks have averaged nearly 43 points per game in their last three, and they're now preparing to face a team with the 84th-ranked defense in the nation. Looks like another recipe for success for Steve Spurrier's crew.
Pick: South Carolina
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