After a dreadful first four weeks of the college football season in which only seven games matched up ranked teams, including just one game last week, things finally are looking up for the final weekend of September.
All of the conferences are starting their schedules in earnest, and with that, the quality of the matchups improves significantly.
There are four games featuring ranked opponents this week, with six involving teams ranked in the top 30 of the simulated BCS standings. A trio of games—all from the Pac-12—just missed being listed as our Top BCS Impact Games of the Week:
- No. 24 Arizona at No. 16 Washington (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX) should give us a much better idea about which of those two unbeaten teams is more legit
- No. 5 Stanford vs. Washington State (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Seattle will tell us just how much progress Mike Leach has made since taking over in the Palouse last season
- USC at Arizona State (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) serves as a possible elimination game in the Pac-12 South race.
But these are merely Week 5 undercards. For the main events, check out this week's top five games.
Rankings according to simulated BCS standings at BCSGuru.com.