College Football Week 5: Ultimate TV Schedule For This Weekend's Best Games
Saturday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week.
I perfectly time my sleep schedule so that I can wake up on Saturday mornings to college football on my TV. Did I say TV? I meant TVs, three to be exact.
It is the perfect viewing experience for a college football fan. I neglect any and all concerns, and enjoy college football from sunup to sundown while never bothering to take a look at my personal appearance.
And this week will be no different.
The Week 5 college football schedule has plenty of games that will keep you parked on the couch all day, including five huge conference games.
Here are the top 10 games that will prevent you from being productive this Saturday.
No. 10: North Carolina State Vs. Virginia Tech (3:30 PM ET On ABC Or Gameplan)
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North Carolina State put the entire ACC on notice in Week 4 with a win over Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack hasn’t started the season this well since Philip Rivers was the team’s quarterback.
The Wolfpack will face Virginia Tech, which started the season off on the wrong foot: a heartbreaking loss to Boise followed by an incredibly embarrassing defeat at the hands of James Madison, which got its biggest victory since 1808.
The Hokies have three big-time playmakers on offense, but the heralded running back duo of Darren Evans and Ryan Williams ranks just 40th in the country with 180 rushing yards per game.
This game may come down to Virginia Tech’s ability to run the ball effectively, and keep Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson (289.3 yards passing per game) on the sidelines.
No. 9: Florida State Vs. Virginia (12:00 PM ET on ESPN3.com, Gameplan)
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Florida State takes on a Virginia team that has started 2-1, but those two wins came against Richmond and Virginia Military Institute.
The Seminoles came into the season with big expectations in their first year under Jimbo Fisher, but were demolished by the Oklahoma Sooners. The Florida State defense responded to the loss with pretty impressive showings against Wake Forest and BYU in which the Seminoles allowed just 10 points.
Quarterback Christian Ponder needs this game to show why he was a popular preseason Heisman candidate, and why Florida state was ranked in the top 25 when the season started.
The main thing to look for in this game is whether or not Florida State can put together a blowout victory, and make its way back into the rankings.
No. 8: Notre Dame Vs. Boston College (8:00 PM ET on ABC)
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The Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame has gotten off to a rough 1-3 start following two extremely close losses and a shellacking at the hands of Stanford.
The Fighting Irish give up about four points more than they score per game, and face a Boston College team that ranks 90th in points scored—not far behind Notre Dame
Notre Dame needs this game bad. Not just a win either, but a big victory that sets the tone for the rest of the season. No Irish fan wants to see a 1-4 start.
And Kelly doesn’t want to see it either.
No. 7: LSU Vs. Tennessee (3:30 PM ET On CBS)
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Something just isn’t right with my alma mater—that’s LSU—and I think any Tiger fan knows what that is.
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson has just 28 completions, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Tigers last three games. Oh yeah, he hasn’t thrown for more than 96 yards in any of those games.
LSU fans will want to watch this game to see if Jefferson even makes it through the game while Tennessee fans hope to see the Volunteers hang with the Tigers for an entire game.
Tennessee looked like they had a shot against the Oregon and Florida before falling apart in the second half again. If the Volunteers keep the came close late into the game in Tiger Stadium, we could see Jarrett Lee take over at quarterback for LSU.
No. 6: Texas Vs. Oklahoma (2:30 PM ET On ABC Or ESPN Gameplan)
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Deep in the heart of Texas there are thousands of angry Longhorn fans who are wondering what in the world happened against UCLA last week.
The Longhorns lost to the Bruins despite holding them to 27 yards passing on just 5 completions. How? Fumbles.
The Texas offensive players must have stuck their hands in a bucket of Vaseline before the game. That’s the only explanation for how they can have five turnovers against a weaker opponent on their home field.
In Week 5, Texas meets archrival Oklahoma after the Sooners themselves nearly bit the dust against Cincinnati last week.
Both teams should be fired up for their most important game of the regular season after poor showings in Week 4. But Oklahoma has the more experienced quarterback and the better running back, so the Sooners should take care of business.
No. 5: Michigan State Vs. Wisconsin (3:30 PM ET On ABC, ESPN, ESPN3.com)
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Michigan State and Wisconsin are both 4-0, but six of their wins came against these schools: UNLV, San Jose State, Austin Peay, Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, and Northern Colorado.
The Spartans and Badgers did have close games against Notre Dame and Arizona state respectively, but neither team has seen an opponent like they will this Saturday.
The 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year John Clay and the Badgers are 10th in the nation in rushing with 257.5 yards per game while the Spartans aren’t far behind at 231.5 yards per game.
This will be a smash mouth football game, and the winner of this game will likely establish itself as the second best team in the conference behind Ohio State.
No. 4: Penn State Vs. Iowa (8:05 PM ET On ESPN, ESPN3.com)
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I’ve been told that I stereotype all Big Ten games as low scoring contests that rely on defense, but do I really stereotype them or do I have evidence to back it up?
Iowa comes into the game with a disappointing 3-1 record due to a loss at Arizona while Penn State’s lone blemish came against top-ranked Alabama.
Despite the losses, both defense have been pretty stout through the first four games. The Nittany Lions allow 12.8 points per game, and Iowa gives up just 12.
I’m not expecting a shootout between two very solid defense, and the only notable difference in this game is between the quarterbacks. Penn State true freshmen Robert Bolden goes against Iowa’s third-year starter Ricky Stanzi.
How Bolden fairs in his second huge game of the season will be something to watch for.
No. 3: Clemson Vs. Miami (12:00 PM ET On ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
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Following a poor showing against Ohio State, Miami responded well with a big 31-3 win at Pittsburgh while Clemson is coming off a bye week after a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Auburn.
The problem with the Tigers is that their two wins came against North Texas and Presbyterian, which I didn’t even realize was actually a college.
Although the Hurricanes looked far from good against the Buckeyes, they came storming out like a Category 5 against the Panthers, and dominated that game from start to finish.
Miami has the hot hand and is coming off a Thursday game which should negate some of the advantages provided by Clemson’s bye week.
It’ll be interesting to see if Clemson can rebound against a solid Miami squad.
No. 2: Stanford Vs. Oregon (8:00 PM ET On ABC, ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
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I know it’s only Week 5, but this game could decide who wins the Pac-10 title.
Oregon’s offense leads the country in scoring at 58.7 points per game while Stanford ranks fourth with 48. The Ducks are third in scoring defense and the Cardinal is ranked 12th.
Two unstoppable forces, and two immovable objects face off—it can’t stay that way. Neither team has played an opponent like they will in Week 5, so I’d expect this one to be a shootout.
It’s one thing to be stop Sacramento State, Portland State, or New Mexico. It’ s another thing to stop one of the country’s best offenses.
This one will be a shootout, but Oregon has home field advantage. Will Andrew Luck and Stanford be able to pull off the upset on the road?
No.1: Alabama Vs. Florida (8:00 PM ET On CBS)
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As big as the Oregon-Stanford game is, Alabama-Florida could determine who goes to the BCS National Championship game.
The Crimson Tide are breathing a sigh of relief after pulling off a heck of a comeback against Arkansas last week in one of the best games of the young college football season. Meanwhile, the Gators are finally starting to show some life on offense.
Florida revealed a new weapon against Kentucky last week who could play a crucial part in this game: Trey Burton. The Gators used Burton much like they used Tim Tebow during his freshmen year, and he provided a Spark for Florida against the Wildcats.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram looks like has regained his Heisman form, and I fully expect the Crimson Tide to pound the ball again in Week 5.
This game is in Tuscaloosa, so I give Alabama the edge. But I think this game will be close in the fourth quarter until Alabama pulls away at the end.