College Football Week 5 Schedule: Breaking Down Most Exciting Games to Watch
The first month of the college football season featured a lot of elite teams taking on overmatched opponents. While the top squads picked up the wins they were looking for, the quality of play wasn't appealing for the fans at home.
That should change in Week 5. Finally, there's a strong slate of games on the schedule that should keep fans engrossed throughout Saturday. With that in mind, let's take a look at three of the most anticipated matchups to keep an eye on.
No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia
Even though both teams enter the game undefeated, this will be the first true test for each. Baylor's best win came against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia's most impressive victory came against Maryland, so they haven't exactly been knocking off powerhouses so far.
Quarterback Nick Florence inherited the difficult task of replacing Robert Griffin III for the Bears and has handled it like a pro. He hasn't been getting much support from his defense, however, so there's a lot of pressure on him from week to week.
He better be ready for a shootout against Geno Smith and the Mountaineers. West Virginia ranks third in the nation in passing yards and should be able to score at will against Baylor. It should be a back-and-forth clash with no shortage of points.
Which team will win?
No. 14 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State
The intensity level always goes up when Ohio State and Michigan State battle. Last season, the Spartans used a strong defensive effort to pick up a key victory over the Buckeyes and hope to use the same game plan this time around.
Braxton Miller has matured a lot at quarterback for Ohio State since that last meeting, though. His passing ability has improved the most and should allow him to cause more problems for the Michigan State defense than he did last year.
Whatever magic Miller produces for the Buckeyes will need to get offset by Spartans star running back Le'Veon Bell. He's averaging more than five yards per carry and has already scored five touchdowns. It should be an epic encounter at Spartan Stadium.
No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is averaging an eye-popping 62 points per game, which leads the nation. Texas isn't too far behind at 49. If these two offenses going drive for drive doesn't sound like fun, college football probably isn't the sport for you.
The Cowboys' defense was exposed in a loss to Arizona a couple weeks ago, but Oklahoma State is still a dangerous team to face because Joseph Randle and Co. can score with anybody. The Longhorns must be prepared for a high-scoring game.
They should be in good shape thanks to David Ash, who has been terrific under center, and rising star Malcolm Brown. It's a big game for Texas as the team will attempt to prove it's a legitimate contender, and Oklahoma State will make the Longhorns earn the win.
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