You want close football games with lots of drama? Set your DVRs, tune in on your television or live stream, and get ready for Week 5 of the college football season.
Some conferences have already begun to play meaningful games, but others are just kicking off those crucial matchups this weekend.
Along with an exciting slate of big matchups, some really intriguing storylines are brewing. We'll take a look at three storylines to watch this weekend, and a complete viewing guide for every game this weekend will follow.
Are the Ohio State Buckeyes for Real?
After going unbeaten in 2012, the Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked second heading into the season in both prominent NCAA polls. Things haven't gone smoothly for the Bucks, though, and they have dropped to No. 3 in the USA Today poll and to No. 4 in the AP Top 25.
They get their first true test of the season against Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium in Week 5. There are several big storylines within this clash, including the return of Braxton Miller and Wisconsin's juggernaut rushing attack—averaging 349.8 yards per game—against Ohio State's stout defense—allowing 79.8 rushing yards per game.
Can Miller return in top form, or will the Badgers run all over the Buckeyes on the Buckeyes' home field? If Miller struggles, will Urban Meyer turn to Kenny Guiton, the senior quarterback who threw a school record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M last week?
LSU at Georgia: Can Bulldogs Get Back in BCS Title Picture?
It's been five long years since the Georgia Bulldogs have gotten the better of Les Miles' LSU Tigers. After losing their season opener against Clemson, Georgia is in as close to a must-win situation as a team can be in college football.
On the flipside, the Tigers are facing a daunting schedule that features five ranked teams, including Georgia. This is their time to stand up and declare their intentions to make a run at a BCS title by defeating a good Bulldogs team on the Bulldogs' home field.
Both teams boast rushing games that are averaging over 200 yards per game, but defense will decide this SEC clash. Can Georgia hold a well-rounded Tigers attack? Or will Georgia's weakened defense—68th in the nation, allowing 388.7 yards per game—effectively end its title hopes?
These Aren't Your Father's Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Something is, well, off about this year's Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They're holding people from moving the football pretty well on defense but not like they were during last year’s BCS title run. Teams could not run the football against them last season—well, except for Alabama in the title game.
Oklahoma was the first team to rush for a touchdown against the stingy Irish rush defense last season. This year, they have given up two scores on the ground and are allowing 114.3 yards per game on the ground.
Their rushing offense hasn't been phenomenal—or existent—to this point. They have failed to crack the 100-yard mark during their last three matchups—something they will have to rectify if they hope to beat the Oklahoma Sooners this week.