College Football Week 5 TV Schedule: When and Where to Watch Marquee Matchups

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 28, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 1:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is sacked by Chris Norman #10 of the Michigan State Spartans during the second half on October 1, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 10-7. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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College football's Week 5 is everything we hope for when looking over the schedule when the season starts. A myriad of marquee matchups, including several top-25 clashes, highlight this week's schedule and make for an interesting slate of football.

Among the matchups are two Big 12 games that could have title implications—the debut of West Virginia in the Big 12 and an undefeated Ohio State team taking on what's sure to be their biggest challenge of the season on the road.

Here's a look at every marquee matchup this weekend, where you can watch it on your TV and what to look for as the games wear on. 


25 Baylor at 9 West Virginia

When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. ET

TV: FX   

West Virginia opens up their first ever Big 12 game against the Baylor Bears. Fitting, because these Mountaineers are expected to go hunting, and will be a heavy favorite with Heisman candidate Geno Smith at the helm. 

But Baylor is no slouch, and senior QB Nick Florence, while not as explosive, has done a great job in transitioning this offense into a new era. As usual, it will be about defense and getting stops for Baylor. If they can force some early turnovers, this could turn into a very interesting ball game.


Tennessee at 5 Georgia

When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Tennessee was exposed in the loss to the Florida Gators, as they didn't have the speed to keep up with Florida down the stretch. Expect much of the same this week, although Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter are two of the best QB-WR combos this country has to offer.

Georgia looks to gain some momentum after a big win over Missouri, and they also look to get the ground game going early against a smaller Tennessee squad.


14 Ohio State at 20 Michigan State

When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Although the Buckeyes have the higher ranking, it's the Spartans who will head into this top-25 matchup as the favorites. Ohio State has played four home games against inferior opponents, but they have struggled against California and even UAB.

Braxton Miller leads the Buckeyes into East Lansing, but Le'Veon Bell waits on the other sideline. Should be a great matchup of speed and power, as well as the stark contrast in offensive strategy for both teams.


12 Texas at Oklahoma State

When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:50 p.m. ET


FOX's game of the week will feature the 'Horns and the 'Pokes in a matchup of some high-powered offensive against Texas' hard-hitting, smash-mouth game.

Just a game removed from running all over Ole Miss, Texas should look to establish much of the same with their four-headed monster at running back. David Ash finally looks comfortable in Bryan Harsin's offense, but Okie State will bring the pain of their own on offense, and look to pull the upset at home against Mack Brown's resurgent Longhorns.


Wisconsin at 22 Nebraska

When: Saturday, Sept. 39 at 8 p.m. ET


Both "big reds" are coming off unexpected losses to Pac-12 opponents, but have a chance to get their Big 10 schedules moving in the right direction on prime-time TV.

Montee Ball is itching to return for the Badgers, while Taylor Martinez looks to have his all-star running back, Rex Burkhead, back in the lineup. Lots of running the football and tough defense for both teams, who's styles don't contrast much in their ability to run the football well enough to win.