The schedule promises a great week for college football.
Week 4 was infested with blowouts. Four teams scored at least 70 points, and 17 others won by a margin of 30 points or higher. Only one game pitted two ranked opponents against each other, but Stanford quickly blew past Arizona State.
Luckily, this week features some marquee matchups to help turn the tide. Four contests feature two ranked teams, and there's plenty of other action to keep football fans busy.
Before delving into the week's most intriguing bouts, here is a look at the complete schedule and some vital viewing information.
|Date/Away Team||Home Team||Time (ET)||TV|
|Thursday, Sept. 26|
|Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Iowa State||Tulsa||7:30 p.m.||FOX Sports 1|
|Friday, Sept. 27|
|Utah State||San Jose State||9:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Middle Tennessee||Brigham Young||9:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Saturday, Sept. 28|
|Oklahoma State||West Virginia||12:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|South Carolina||UCF||12:00 p.m.||ABC|
|Miami (FL)||South Florida||12:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Miami (OH)||Illinois||12:00 p.m.||BTN|
|Northern Illinois||Purdue||12:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Southern Methodist||TCU||12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|South Alabama||Tennessee||12:21 p.m.||ESPN3|
|East Carolina||North Carolina||12:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Navy||Western Kentucky||2:00 p.m.||ESPN News|
|Akron||Bowling Green||2:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Colorado||Oregon State||3:00 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Toldeo||Ball State||3:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Wake Forest||Clemson||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Florida State||Boston College||3:30 p.m.||ABC/ESPN 2|
|Oklahoma||Notre Dame||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|UTEP||Colorado State||3:30 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
|Central Michigan||North Carolina State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Army||Louisiana Tech||4:00 p.m.||FOX Sports 1|
|Albany||Old Dominion||6:00 p.m.|
|Ole Miss||Alabama||6:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Texas A&M||Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Florida Atlantic||Rice||7:00 p.m.|
|Wyoming||Texas State||7:00 p.m.||Longhorn Network|
|Kent State||Western Michigan||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Arkansas State||Missouri||7:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Wisconsion||Ohio State||8:00 p.m.||ABC|
|San Diego State||New Mexico State||8:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|UNLV||New Mexico||8:00 p.m.|
|Air Force||Nevada||8:00 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
|Stanford||Washington State||10:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Southern Miss||Boise State||10:15 p.m.||ESPNU|
|California||Oregon||10:30 p.m.||Pac 12 Network|
|USC||Arizona State||10: 30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, Sept. 29|
|Fresno State||Hawaii||12:00 a.m.|
Oklahoma at Notre Dame
Notre Dame eked out two close victories following its loss to Michigan, but Oklahoma can sink the Fighting Irish ship Saturday.
The Fighting Irish escaped with a 17-13 victory over Michigan State last weekend, but it was ugly. Tommy Rees completed 14 of 34 passes for 142 yards, and the running backs averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Michigan State finished with more total yards (254) than Notre Dame (220) in a losing effort.
But the Fighting Irish salvaged another single-digit victory when Spartans wide receiver R.J. Shelton threw a costly interception on a trick play. Getting the benefit of four pass interference calls also helped.
Bleacher Report's lead college football writer Adam Kramer summed up Notre Dame's offensive efforts during the afternoon:
Notre Dame's best offensive player is [flag is thrown on the tweet].— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 21, 2013
Notre Dame will move on to face the Oklahoma Sooners, who were last seen trouncing Tulsa in a 51-20 win on Sept. 14. Blake Bell shined in his first taste of prolonged action, completing 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
The Sooners have only surrendered 27 points through three games this season, which doesn't bode well for the Fighting Irish.
LSU at Georgia
Circle this one on your calendar.
Two premier SEC squads will square off with bragging rights and possibly a higher ranking on the line when LSU takes on Georgia this Saturday.
LSU jumped out to a 21-0 lead to seal a victory over Auburn last week, improving to a perfect 4-0 on the season. Jeremy Hill had a day to remember, rushing for a career-high 183 yards yards and three touchdowns.
The Tigers have won every game by double digits and can make a strong case to factor into the championship hunt with an impressive showing against the Bulldogs, who certainly cannot afford another loss.
Georgia had the unfortunate task of opening the season with a major battle against Clemson, and Clemson escaped with a 38-35 victory despite Georgia gaining 78 more yards. While the Bulldogs have remained high in the rankings, voters might not treat them so kindly after another defeat.
Wisconsin at Ohio State
Kenny Guiton is the real deal.
In his second start filling in for the injured Braxton Miller, Guiton set a single-game school record by firing six passing touchdowns in Ohio State's 76-0 decimation of Florida A&M.
All six scores came during the first half.
The senior has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 664 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions since taking over for Miller, who missed his second straight game with a knee injury. Should Miller be unavailable again, Guiton will face his biggest test yet in Wisconsin.
The Badgers bounced back from a nail-biter loss to Arizona State and held Purdue to 180 yards in a 41-10 victory last week. They allowed 32 points to the Sun Devils but a combined 10 against their other three opponents.
Melvin Gordon continues to dominate for Wisconsin, upping his tallies to 624 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He'll square off against a defense that ranks ninth in rushing yards allowed per game.