College Gameday 2013: Week 5 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

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College Gameday 2013: Week 5 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
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Week 4 of the college football season is jam-packed with marquee matchups.

The chosen spot for ESPN's College GameDay broadcast is none other than Athens, Ga., as the Georgia Bulldogs will host the LSU Tigers in a key SEC matchup.

According to the show’s producer, Lee Fitting, there will be a pair of celebrities on the panel to join ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler Davis and Lee Corso.

Fowler later expounded on the celebs who would be on set. Golf star Bubba Watson and Willie Robertson of Duck and Buck Commander will be the dueling pickers.

Here’s a look at the LSU-Georgia matchups.

 

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Georgia has played the most challenging schedule in the nation through four weeks. Sure the Bulldogs had a break last week against North Texas, but its game against LSU on Saturday will be the Bulldogs' third contest against a Top 6 team.

If Georgia can finish its first four games of the season at 3-1, the Bulldogs have to consider themselves in good shape. The schedule the rest of the way figures to be much easier for them with only one team left on the ledger that is currently ranked in the Top 25.

If the Bulldogs get some help along the way, they could still play for a national championship even with one loss.

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LSU hasn’t been tested as of yet this season. The Tigers won their only game against a ranked opponent in Week 1, when they defeated No. 20 TCU, 37-27.

While LSU is 4-0, Georgia marks the beginning of a difficult stretch for the Tigers, who will play five more games against ranked opponents the rest of the way.

This could be the beginning of an impressive run for the Tigers, or it could be a fall from contention for a national championship.

 

Prediction

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Aaron Murray’s play has been solid this season.

He has tossed seven touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He has also eclipsed the 300-yard mark in passing every game this season. Despite those gaudy numbers, the Bulldogs haven’t been the most efficient team on third downs.

The Bulldogs rank just 76th in the nation in third-down conversions, per CFBStats.com. If that trend continues, it could create a problem against the Tigers. LSU's pass defense has been a strength despite a young secondary.

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LSU has allowed only 173 yards passing per game and has three interceptions to only one touchdown pass allowed. This could be a function of having played against lesser competition, but there is no doubt that the Tigers’ defense will still represent a challenge for the Bulldogs.

Getting pressure on the quarterback has been a problem for LSU, though. The Tigers have only managed seven sacks through three games, as Jordan Allen leads the team with just two quarterback takedowns.

Expect to see the Tigers blitz Murray to create more pressure. The way Murray handles the LSU blitz will play a major role in determining the winner.

LSU will need to use eight men in the box to try and slow down Bulldogs’ stud running back Todd Gurley. If the Tigers can mask blitzes with those players in the box, it will create some tough scenarios for Murray. 

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Ultimately, I see Murray stepping up to play a smart and strong game at home. The Tigers won’t be able to shut down the Bulldogs’ attack and that will force Zach Mettenberger to step outside of his normal role as a game manager.

This one will be a shootout and the Bulldogs simply have more firepower. Georgia wins, 40-28, at home.

Take a look at the full college football schedule for Week 4.

Week 4 College Football Schedule
Friday, September 27
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV/Live Stream
9:00 PM Utah State at San Jose State ESPN/Watch ESPN
9:00 PM Middle Tennessee at Brigham Young ESPN U/Watch ESPN
Saturday, September 28 Saturday, September 28 Saturday, September 28
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
12:00 PM No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia ESPN/Watch ESPN
12:00 PM No. 12 South Carolina at UCF ABC
12:00 PM No. 15 Miami (FL) at South Florida ESPN U/Watch ESPN
12:00 PM Miami (OH) at Illinois BTN
12:00 PM Northern Illinois at Purdue ESPN 2/Watch ESPN
12:00 PM Southern Methodist at TCU FOX Sports 1
12:21 PM South Alabama at Tennessee ESPN 3
12:30 PM East Carolina at North Carolina ESPN 3
12:30 PM Virginia at Pittsburgh ESPN 3
2:00 PM Navy at Western Kentucky ESPNEWS/Watch ESPN
2:30 PM Akron at Bowling Green ESPN 3
3:00 PM Troy at Duke ESPN 3
3:00 PM Colorado at Oregon State Pac-12 Network
3:00 PM Toledo at Ball State ESPN 3
3:30 PM Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson ESPN U/Watch ESPN
3:30 PM No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia CBS
3:30 PM No. 8 Florida State at Boston College ABC, ESPN 2/Watch ESPN
3:30 PM No. 14 Oklahoma at No. 22 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 PM UTEP at Colorado State CBS Sports Network
3:30 PM Iowa at Minnesota ABC, ESPN 2/Watch ESPN
3:30 PM Central Michigan at North Carolina State ESPN 3
3:30 PM Connecticut at Buffalo ESPN 3
4:00 PM Army vs. Louisiana Tech* FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Houston at UTSA
5:00 PM Temple at Idaho
6:00 PM Albany at Old Dominion
6:30 PM No. 21 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama ESPN/Watch ESPN
7:00 PM No. 10 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN 2/ESPN
7:00 PM Arizona at No. 16 Washington FOX
7:00 PM No. 20 Florida at Kentucky ESPN U/Watch ESPN
7:00 PM Florida Atlantic at Rice
7:00 PM Wyoming at Texas State Longhorn Network
7:00 PM Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN 3
7:00 PM Kent State at Western Michigan ESPN 3
7:30 PM Arkansas State at Missouri ESPN 3
7:30 PM UAB at Vanderbilt ESPN 3
8:00 PM No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 4 Ohio State ABC
8:00 PM San Diego State at New Mexico State ESPN 3
8:00 PM UNLV at New Mexico
8:00 PM Air Force at Nevada CBS Sports Network
10:00 PM No. 5 Stanford at Washington State ESPN/Watch ESPN
10:15 PM Southern Miss at Boise State ESPN U/Watch ESPN
10:30 PM California at No. 2 Oregon Pac-12 Network
10:30 PM USC at Arizona State ESPN 2/Watch ESPN
Sunday, September 29
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
12:00 AM No. 25 Fresno State at Hawaii

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