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.
|Game||Time (ET)||Network (Channel Guide)|
|Thursday, September 26th|
|Howard at North Carolina A&T||7:30 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Iowa State at Tulsa||7:30 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech||7:30 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Cal Poly at Portland State||10:00 p.m.||RSNW / RSRM / Big Sky Video|
|Friday, September 27th|
|Middle Tennessee at BYU||9 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Utah State at San Jose State||9 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Saturday, September 28th|
|Miami at South Florida||12 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Miami Ohio at Illinois||12 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Northern Illinois at Purdue||12 p.m.||ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Oklahoma State at West Virginia||12 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|SMU at TCU||12 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|South Carolina at UCF||12 p.m.||ABC (HD) / WatchABC *9|
|South Alabama at Tennessee||12:21 p.m.||SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3|
|East Carolina at North Carolina||12:30 p.m.||(ESPN-GP / espn3) *2 / ACC Network (HD)|
|Virginia at Pittsburgh||12:30 p.m.||FSN Affiliates / RSN (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2|
|Bryant at Wagner||1:00 p.m.||ESPN-GP (not confirmed) / espn3|
|Navy at Western Kentucky||2:00 p.m.||ESPN News (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Colorado at Oregon State||3:00 p.m.||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|Florida State at Boston College||3:30 p.m.||ABC / WatchABC or ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Iowa at Minnesota||3:30 p.m.||ABC / WatchABC or ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|LSU at Georgia||3:30 p.m.||CBS (HD) / CBS Video|
|Oklahoma at Notre Dame||3:30 p.m.||NBC (HD) / NBC Video|
|UTEP at Colorado State||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN (HD)|
|Wake Forest at Clemson||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN *9|
|Army vs. Louisiana Tech (Dallas)||4 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|Houston at UTSA||4 p.m.||FSN Affiliates (HD)|
|Maine at Richmond||4 p.m.||(CSMA / CSNE) *5 / NBC Regional / CSS (cable)|
|Temple at Idaho||4 p.m.||ALT|
|Ole Miss at Alabama||6:30 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|DII: Angelo State at Valdosta State||7 p.m.||ESPN-GP / espn3|
|Arizona at Washington||7 p.m.||FOX (HD)|
|Florida at Kentucky||7 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|James Madison at Delaware||7 p.m.||CSMA *5 / SNY (jip) NBC Regional / Video / Video?|
|Kentucky Wesleyan at Liberty||7 p.m.||ESPN-GP / espn3 / Video / Flames Sports (cable)|
|Texas A&M at Arkansas||7 p.m.||ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|Wyoming at Texas State||7 p.m.||LHN / $Video?|
|Youngstown State at Southern Illinois||7 p.m.||ESPN-GP / espn3 / $ULive Video / Mediacom (cable)|
|Arkansas State at Missouri||7:30 p.m.||CSCA *5 / ESPN-GP / espn3 / (CSS / CST) (cable)|
|Brown at Harvard||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN (HD)|
|UAB at Vanderbilt||7:30 p.m.||FS South (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2|
|Air Force at Nevada||8 p.m.||CBSSN (HD)|
|San Diego State at New Mexico State||8 p.m.||ALT / FSSD / ESPN-GP / FCSP (cable) / espn3|
|Wisconsin at Ohio State||8 p.m.||ABC (HD) / WatchABC *9|
|Montana at Northern Arizona||9 p.m.||RSNW / DTV: 101|
|Stanford at Washington State||10 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN *9|
|Southern Miss at Boise State||10:15 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN *9|
|California at Oregon||10:30 p.m.||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|USC at Arizona State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN *9|
|Games online only or not yet scheduled for nationally available networks.|
|Akron at Bowling Green||2:30 p.m.||espn3|
|Albany at Old Dominion||6 p.m.||$Video|
|Alcorn State at Alabama State||6 p.m.||Video|
|Butler at Jacksonville||12 p.m.||CW17 (cable)|
|Central Michigan at North Carolina State||4:30 p.m.||espn3|
|Central State at Tennessee State||3 p.m.||OVC Video|
|Charlotte at Presbyterian||2 p.m.||espn3|
|Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois||2:30 p.m.||espn3|
|Eastern Washington at Sam Houston State||3 p.m.||CSN Houston / CSN NW (cable)|
|Florida Atlantic at Rice||7 p.m.||FCSA (cable)|
|Fordham at Saint Francis||12 p.m.||NEC Front Row Video|
|Fresno State at Hawaii||12 a.m.||Oceanic PPV / KSEE24 (cable) / MWC Video|
|Hampton at South Carolina State||2 p.m.||espn3|
|Idaho State at UC Davis||9 p.m.||Big Sky Video|
|Illinois State at Missouri State||2 p.m.||Mediacom (cable)|
|Kent State at Western Michigan||7 p.m.||espn3|
|Indiana State at Tennessee Tech||7 p.m.||OVC Video|
|Montana State at North Dakota||3:30 p.m.||(Max Media / Midco) (cable) / Big Sky Video|
|Murray State at Jacksonville State||4 p.m.||OVC Video|
|New Hampshire at Lehigh||12:30 p.m.||PLN Video / SE2 (cable)|
|North Dakota State at South Dakota State||3 p.m.||(ND NBC / Midco) (HD cable)|
|Point at Gardner Webb||6 p.m.||Big South Video|
|Prairie View at Stephen F. Austin||7 p.m.||ULive Video|
|Robert Morris at VMI||1:30 p.m.||Big South Video|
|Sacramento State at Weber State||8 p.m.||Big Sky Video|
|Sacred Heart at Bucknell||6 p.m.||PLN Video|
|Southern Utah at Northern Colorado||3:30 p.m.||Big Sky Video|
|Toledo at Ball State||3 p.m.||espn3|
|Troy at Duke||3 p.m.||espn3|
|Tulane at Louisiana Monroe||7 p.m.||espn3|
|UConn at Buffalo||3:30 p.m.||espn3|
|UNLV at New Mexico||8 p.m.||MWC Video|
|UT Martin at Southeast Missouri||7 p.m.||OVC Video|