Week 5 of the college football season is exploding with potentially great games. Four matchups between Top 25 teams highlight the week’s TV schedule in what is sure to be the most exciting action we’ve seen yet.
We’ll look at those four intriguing games in greater detail. But first, here’s a schedule of every game on this weekend’s slate and listings on where to catch them:
No. 21 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
The perennial SEC kings face off against Huge Freeze’s up-and-coming Ole Miss Rebels in both of these undefeated teams’ biggest test of the young season. But are the Rebels ready to make the leap to SEC contender?
Chances are, no.
But the Rebels have a shot.
Bo Wallace has led Ole Miss to wins over Vanderbilt, Southeastern Missouri State and Texas. As a passer he’s been as good as Freeze could ask, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 648 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Look for the Rebels to make this one closer than expected, but it’s hard to imagine an upset in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide’s stout defense.
No. 14 Oklahoma at No. 22 Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s BCS hopes are on life support as they prepare to host the unbeaten Oklahoma Sooners in South Bend. After losing to Michigan two weeks ago, the Irish have had close calls against Purdue and Michigan State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma has made it look easy, albeit against seemingly lesser competition. Are the Sooners better at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball? The Irish have looked susceptible in those areas and have failed to rush for over 100 yards in each of their last three games.
This one is going to come down to the trenches.
No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia
Zach Mettenberger and LSU’s new-look offense engineered by coordinator Cam Cameron look better, by far, than they did a season ago. Mettenberger looks a lot calmer and is making big league throws on a consistent basis. The team’s 221 rushing yards per game don’t hurt, either.
Georgia has looked better since dropping its opener against third-ranked Clemson, but its defense has been a significant concern. The Bulldogs are uncharacteristically ranked 68th in the nation in total defense, surrendering 388.7 yards per contest.
The Tigers are too sound on both sides of the ball and will most likely walk out of Georgia with their BCS title hopes still intact.
No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 4 Ohio State
Is this year’s version of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes destined for another unbeaten season? The Buckeyes will face their first true test in Week 5 against the Wisconsin Badgers. If not for a last-second gaffe by officials, the visiting Badgers would also be undefeated entering Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.
Luckily for the Buckeyes, starting quarterback Braxton Miller will be back after missing most of the last three weeks, per CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson. Kenny Guiton, though, was phenomenal in Miller’s absence and is currently listed as the team’s co-starter at quarterback, according to ESPN’s Austin Ward.
Whether it’s Guiton or Miller behind center, the Bucks have proven to have a lethal offense.
Their ability to stop Wisconsin’s rushing game will be the key to this one, and it really could go either way.