College Football Rankings 2011: The 5 Best Matchups for Week 5
Week 5 of the college football season will showcase some of the better games of the year. Alabama against Florida. Clemson against Virginia Tech. Nebraska against Wisconsin.
It's the first real week for inner conference competition and it's going to be a great week for college football.
There will be upsets and there will be unbeaten teams getting their first losses. There are teams getting much needed bye weeks and teams that have so much momentum going for them that this game is exactly what they need.
Here are the best matchups for Week 5.
5. Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Braxton Miller made his first start of his young career for Ohio State against Colorado this past week and it looks like the Miller era has officially begun. After getting beaten bad by Miami the week before, Ohio State bounced back against Colorado.
Michigan State also bounced back from their loss against Notre Dame by beating Central Michigan with ease.
Now both teams are looking for a big win and will get the opportunity against each other when the Buckeyes host the Spartans this Saturday.
Michigan State has a very good offense and might have a slight advantage, but they will be playing in the Horseshoe and that's always a problem for any opposing team.
Both teams are also going to be playing for a top 25 ranking.
4. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
Texas A&M and Arkansas are both coming off of their first losses of the year to very good teams in Oklahoma State and Alabama.
Now they have to face each other and bounce back right away.
Who needs it more?
Arkansas can't fall too far behind in the SEC and they still have to play against LSU.
Texas A&M still has Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma on the schedule so they can't afford to lose this game either.
The game is a top 25 matchup and will consist of two exciting offenses led by two good quarterbacks in Ryan Tannehill and Tyler Wilson.
The game will be very good (as it was last season) and will be one of the best games of the week.
3. Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
This game is most likely going to be a preview of the ACC Championship. Clemson getting by Florida State almost cements their spot in the ACC Championship and nobody is challenging Virginia Tech on their side of the division.
Both teams have good offenses and stout defenses.
David Wilson for Virginia Tech is one of the better running backs in the country. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are the best young combination at quarterback and wide receiver in the country. If Clemson is able to get by the Hokies, it's hard to see them losing to anyone.
Clemson right now is this year's version of Auburn and they have the attitude to match it.
2. Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
Welcome to the Big Ten Nebraska.
What better way to be welcomed into the conference than a game at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is firing on all cylinders right now and they don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Russell Wilson is fast becoming a household name, if he wasn't already. Wisconsin's offense looks like a professional offense and their defense is just starting to pick up speed.
Nebraska's offense is full of speed, which is something that Husker fans haven't seen in a while, but their defense is struggling to find an identity.
This should be a very good game that features two of the best teams, if not the best, in the Big Ten.
1. Alabama vs. Florida
This is the first real SEC game that has a lot of meaning.
Alabama is coming off a very impressive performance against Arkansas. Florida has yet to play a big name team and that is counting Tennessee. Alabama has played Penn State and Arkansas and their defense has the look of an NFL defense.
'Bama does have to go into the swamp against a very fast Florida team. Both defenses are great and both offenses are starting to find their stride.
Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey are finally putting together a complete season and they aren't hampered by injuries yet.
AJ McCarron is fast becoming a good quarterback for the Crimson Tide and Trent Richardson is starting to put up Heisman numbers.
This will be the game of the week and could end up being the game of the year depending on where both teams end up when the season concludes.