College Football: Five Games to Watch in Week Five
We are through four full weeks of college football. There are some huge games this week with College Football Playoff implications. Let’s dive right in.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FIVE GAMES TO WATCH
West Virginia @ Texas Tech, 11 am ESPN2
This game became huge in the Big 12 after the Red Raiders knocked off Oklahoma State last week. The Texas Tech offense has been on fire since true freshman Alan Bowman has entered the lineup. Bowman has thrown for 1557 yards, ten touchdowns, and only two picks. Kliff Kingsbury can take his buttocks off of the hot seat with a win over West Virginia.
The Mountaineers offense, led by Will Grier, had their way with Kansas State a week ago. What has been the surprising aspect for them has been the play of the defense. WVU is only giving up 304 yards and 12 PPG. They will have to step up again this weekend in Lubbock to avoid the upset.
Syracuse @ Clemson, 11 am ABC
A revenge game for the Tigers. Clemson was upset in the Carrier Dome a year ago. For the first time in his career, true freshman QB Trevor Lawrence gets the start. He replaces Kelly Bryant. Bryant’s injury against the Orange in 2017 was the catalyst for the upset.
Syracuse senior QB Eric Dungey will have to play nearly flawless to keep this game close, much less pull off an upset.
Stanford @ Notre Dame, 6:30 pm NBC
A tall task is upon the Cardinal this week. Stanford must re-focus after their miraculous come-from-behind win over Oregon. David Shaw’s club needs a big game from Bryce Love. The senior back has been quiet this season.
After a near upset by Vanderbilt, the Fighting Irish switched QBs. Brandon Wimbush was out, and Ian Book entered. The offensive improvement was like night and day. Ian Book led a 56-point barrage of Wake Forest. The Cardinal defense will provide a more challenging affair.
Ohio State @ Penn State, 6:30 pm ABC
The control of the Big Ten East is on the line in the college football Game of the Week. Not discounting Michigan, they have been playing great, but I think these are the two best teams in the B1GE.
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins has been phenomenal. The redshirt sophomore is completing 75% of his passes. Haskins has thrown 16 TDs to only one pick. Unfortunately for OSU, they will be without the future top-ten pick, edge rusher Nick Bosa, for the next 6-8 weeks.
Penn State is coming off of a Friday night win over Illinois. Junior RB Miles Sanders rushed for 200 yards in the win. He will need to have a big game, along with QB Trace McSorley, for the Nittany Lions to get the W.
Oregon @ Cal, 9:30 pm FS1
How will the Ducks react after their epic collapse against Stanford? Oregon blew a game they had no business losing. QB Justin Herbert threw two incomplete passes in regulation before throwing five in overtime. Oregon needs to come out aggressive and get ahead of Cal to put the Stanford game behind them.
Cal is a surprising 3-0. However, the Golden Bears haven’t played a meaningful game in three weeks. After dispatching Idaho State, Cal had last week off. The boys from Berkley have two narrow wins over North Carolina and BYU. I am anxious to see how they handle the speed of Oregon.
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