The games get bigger and bigger as the college football season progresses, and there is no question that some huge clashes are on tap in Week 6. Although most of the nation's top teams should be able to get through the week unscathed, there are definitely some tricky games to look out for.
Three Top 10 teams will have to deal with fellow Top 25 opponents, which means there could be some significant movement in the polls following Week 6. Whatever the case, several high-pressure matchups will allow fans to see what some of the nation's best teams are truly made of.
In addition to this week's full college football schedule, here is some further analysis regarding the weekend's top games.
No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Northwestern
Following an undefeated 2012 season, there were great expectations surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013. Urban Meyer's squad has certainly lived up to its billing thus far with a 5-0 record, including an impressive win over Big Ten rival Wisconsin last week. The Buckeyes' main storyline has related to its quarterback situation, as both Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton have been spectacular. But as ESPN tweeted, Miller may have ended the controversy last week.
Miller threw for just 198 yards against the Badgers, but he was efficient, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. Because of that performance, Ohio State remains Miller's team. The Buckeyes could have their hands full with an explosive Northwestern team when the undefeated Wildcats host Ohio State in a battle for Big Ten supremacy.
Northwestern's rushing offense has been great this season thanks to the play of running back Treyvon Green and quarterback Kain Colter, who have combined for more than 600 yards on the ground. The Northwestern game plan will undoubtedly focus on controlling the ball and keeping it out of Miller's hands. The Buckeyes are allowing just 17 points per game, though, and they should have enough offense to extend their winning streak.
No. 15 Washington vs. No. 5 Stanford
While most consider Alabama to be the class of college football, the Pac-12 could very well have something to say about that by the end of the season. Oregon is currently in the catbird seat, but both Stanford and Washington are undefeated, and they will meet Saturday. The No. 5 Cardinal will host the No. 15 Huskies this weekend in a game that could go a long way toward loosening up the logjam that currently plagues the conference.
After allowing inferior opponents to hang around in the season's first couple of weeks, Stanford answered the bell by outlasting Arizona State and walloping Washington State. Quarterback Kevin Hogan stepped up against the Cougars with 286 yards and three scores, and he'll need a similar performance against the Huskies. Stanford and Washington have appeared in 27 combined Rose Bowls, according to ESPN College Football, and this game could have a huge say in who makes it this year.
Even though Washington is a decided underdog, it certainly won't back down from a challenge. The Huskies have been great since winning big against Boise State in Week 1 thanks to a high-powered offense led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey. Washington has also been dominant defensively by allowing fewer than 11 points per game. Truth be told, Washington seems to have a more complete team, and Stanford is absolutely on upset alert.
No. 25 Maryland vs. No. 8 Florida State
Like the Pac-12, the ACC has been overlooked by college football pundits thus far. It boasts four undefeated teams—including Maryland and Florida State, who will lock horns in Week 6. While it isn't necessarily shocking to see the Seminoles with a perfect record, they have transitioned quite well from quarterback EJ Manuel, who is now with the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Freshman Jameis Winston has stepped in and put up some spectacular numbers, according to Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat.
As good as Winston has been, Maryland signal-caller C.J. Brown hasn't been too far off. He has over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns through the air and nearly 300 yards and six scores on the ground, so he is a true dual threat. Brown also has a great rapport with explosive sophomore receiver Stefon Diggs, who has 400 yards on just 18 catches, which translates to a ridiculous 22.3-yard average.
Because of Maryland's offensive talent, Florida State has to be wary. Maryland is also third in the nation in points against, although that probably has more to do with level of competition than anything else. The Terrapins haven't played a team with the talent Florida State possesses, and there is little doubt they'll be challenged. It should be a great game, but Florida State will prevail at home.
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