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College Football Week 5 Schedule: Top 25 Home Teams on Alert on Saturday

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 07: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly checks out his team before playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 28, 2013

We have ourselves some epic Top-25 clashes on Saturday, featuring some dynamic offenses and menacing defenses.

Whether it's a Top Five team needing to slow down a high-octane rushing attack or a former championship contender hoping to put more points on the board, Week 5 of the 2013 college football campaign offers plenty to be excited about.

Here's a look at some Top 25 teams in danger of falling at home.

*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com

 

Ohio State (4) vs. Wisconsin (23)

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 21: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Wisconsin Badgers hurdles a defender into the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Madison,
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Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ABC

Ohio State has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, but Wisconsin isn't far behind.

The Badgers rank 23rd in the country in points per game this season (41.0) and they are coming off a 41-10 beatdown of Purdue. That includes ranking third in rushing yards per contest (349.8).

Ohio State ranks 10th in the nation in yards allowed per carry (2.61). The Buckeyes have also allowed only one rushing touchdown. But this isn't just any rushing attack Urban Meyer's squad will be facing. 

Last year, Badgers running back Montee Ball racked up 191 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the Buckeyes' harrowing 21-14 overtime win. The Badgers don't have Ball anymore, but they do have sophomore Melvin Gordon, who has simply been outstanding.

Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards so far this season (624). That includes seven rushing touchdowns (tied for third). Did I mention he's averaging 11.8 yards per carry?

 

Georgia (9) vs. LSU (6)

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers and Vadal Alexander #78 celebrate after Hill scored a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Georgia ranks 85th in the country in points allowed per game, while LSU ranks 15th in points per contest.

The Bulldogs may have an explosive offense of their own, but that's quite the disparity.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger may be playing at a high level for LSU this season, but the Tigers still like to generally keep the ball on the ground. They rank 53rd in the nation in carries per game and 113th in pass attempts per game. 

Georgia ranks 58th in the country in yards allowed per carry. The defense will be tested against a Tigers unit that ranks 25th in the nation in yards per carry, led by stud sophomore Jeremy Hill (350 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 8.3 yards per carry).

This game may be in Athens, but that won't mean anything if the Bulldogs can't slow down LSU's rushing attack.

 

Notre Dame (22) vs. Oklahoma (14)

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 07: Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish gets ready to take on the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

It's pretty clear by now that this isn't the same Notre Dame team that rolled to the national championship game last season.

The Fighting Irish have taken a step back on both sides of the ball. They rank 77th in points per game and 45th in points allowed per game. They lost 41-30 to Michigan in Week 2, and they eked by Michigan State last week 17-13.

With Notre Dame's running game creeping along this season, Brian Kelly has had to call on Tommy Rees to spark the offense. Rees has averaged 39.3 pass attempts in the last three games. 

The problem with that is that Oklahoma ranks 14th in the country in yards allowed per pass attempt. The Sooners are also one of only three FBS teams in the nation yet to allow a passing touchdown.

I would be surprised if Rees doesn't at least toss one touchdown on Saturday, but I do expect him to struggle for the most part. He tossed two interceptions in the showdown against Michigan while averaging 6.2 yards per pass attempt. He averaged 4.2 yards per pass attempt against Michigan State last week.

 

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