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The 4 Tastiest Cupcake Games of College Football Week 5

Tajh Boyd and Clemson face a very weak opponent. How many points can the Tigers score?
Tajh Boyd and Clemson face a very weak opponent. How many points can the Tigers score?Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
David KenyonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2013

What defines a cupcake game in the realm of college football?

Well, Week 4 of the 2013 season did its collective best to give the nation a clear-cut definition as four ranked teams dropped at least 70 points on their respective opponents.

Ohio State, Louisville, Miami and Baylor each lambasted its respective "competition," and a handful of teams have a chance at a huge margin of victory during Week 5—though maybe not of last Saturday's magnitude.

Thankfully, in the eyes of many, including Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer, this weekend's slate is not full of top teams squaring off against overmatched schools.

But hey, who doesn't like a delicious cupcake once in a while?

 

Florida State vs. Boston College

Sep 21, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) returns to the field after talking with head coach Jimbo Fisher during the first half of the game against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Doak Campbell Stadium. Man
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Jameis Winston has exploded onto the college football landscape, completing an absurd 78.1 percent of his passes, gaining 11.2 yards per attempt and tossing eight touchdowns.

Oh yeah, Florida State runs for 266 yards per game too. The Seminoles, led by Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and James Wilder Jr., have scored 11 more times on the ground. What's more, at 251.0 yards, the FSU defense allows the seventh-fewest yards per contest in the country.

Boston College's offense has tallied just 303.7 yards per game against the likes of Villanova, Wake Forest and (the No. 4 defense) in USC. Plus, the Eagles D allows 6.0 yards per play, ranking 80th nationally, and that does not bode well as Florida State comes to town.

The Seminoles will easily dispatch Boston College and improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play.

TV Note: Saturday, September 28, ABC or ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. ET

 

Wake Forest vs. Clemson

CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31:  Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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For a while, it looked like Clemson might fall victim to "Clemsoning" against North Carolina State last Thursday night, but Tajh Boyd and Co. will be looking to rebound from a somewhat disappointing performance as a far less competitive Wake Forest team comes to town.

The Demon Deacons have scored just 21.3 points per game against the likes of Presbyterian, Boston College, Louisiana-Monroe and Army.

On the other hand, Clemson has averaged 45 points at home, including dropping 38 against Georgia during the opening week of the 2013 season.

This ACC contest will not be anywhere near a close game on the scoreboard as the clock hits triple-zeros, and the Tigers will earn the all-important first conference win.

TV Note: Saturday, September 28, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET

 

Southern Miss vs. Boise State

Sep 20, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Boise State Broncos running back Aaron Baltazar (29) runs for a touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 41-40. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-U
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The 2013 campaign has not been kind to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Texas State defeated Southern Miss 22-15, and that 15 points is the most the Golden Eagles have scored in a single game this season.

Southern Miss has tallied only 15, 13 and three points throughout three losses. Additionally, the Golden Eagles rank 112th nationally in total offense, gaining just 312.7 yard per outing.

Although Boise State fell to No. 25 Fresno State 41-40 last week, Joe Southwick completed 31 passes for 313 yards, and the ground game collected four touchdowns. The Broncos return to the familiar blue turf, and they will have no issues winning this nonconference matchup.

TV Note: Saturday, September 28, ESPNU, 10:15 p.m. ET

 

California vs. Oregon

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks looks to throw a pass against the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Cal is pretty bad defensively, and Oregon is decent on offense.

This season, the Golden Bears have already allowed 44 points to Northwestern, 30 to Portland State and 52 to Ohio State. Cal also ranks third-worst in the nation, allowing 556.3 yards per outing.

Conversely, Oregon has tallied at least 59 points in every contest so far, scoring 25 offensive touchdowns through three games. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown for 889 yards and seven scores while running for 262 yards and four more touchdowns so far this season, and De'Anthony Thomas is averaging 8.0 yards per carry in 2013.

As long as two plus two no longer equals five, Oregon is certainly in great shape to dominate this PAC-12 tilt under the lights at Autzen Stadium.

TV Note: Saturday, September 28, PAC-12 Network, 10:30 p.m. ET

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