CFB Week 5: Previews & Predictions

After a relatively boring Week 4, it’s predecessor could prove to be one of the most exciting and impacting weeks of the year. Four interesting matchups that pit top-25 teams against each other, many key conference games, and a plethora of potential upsets highlight this week’s slate, and the college football bigger picture will be much clearer once the weekend is said and done. That being said, let’s get started with the Previews and Predictions for Week 5.

Thursday Night Recap: Bud Foster and the Virginia Tech defense led the Hokies to a 17-10 upset of Georgia Tech last night. I didn’t get the score right, but I predicted the upset win for VT, so my record so far in Week 5 is 1-0. And might I say, I might need that win after the intriguing matchups this week.

#12 South Carolina (2-1, (1-1 SEC) @ Central Florida (3-0), 12:00 P.M. (ABC) The Knights earned a nice road win over Penn State last week, while Spurrier’s Gamecocks got its first conference win against Vandy. The Gamecocks struggled to defend Aaron Murray and the Georgia passing game three weeks ago, and they could have the same problem against UCF QB Blake Bortles, one of the more underrated passers in the country. Expect the Knights’ defense to play well at home, which is part of the reason I’m picking Central Florida to upset the 12th ranked Gamecocks. UPSET – Central Florida 31, South Carolina 28

East Carolina (2-1, 1-0 C-USA) @ North Carolina (1-2, 0-1 ACC), 12:30 P.M. (GamePlan/ESPN3) Two weeks ago the Pirates were handed their first loss by Virginia Tech, while UNC is 1-2 with defeats to South Carolina and Georgia Tech. North Carolina is still waiting for senior QB Bryn Renner and the passing game to play up to potential, and Shane Carden and ECU may have some problems of their own after a poor offensive showing versus the Hokies. That being said, the Tarheels are the ones who will have a breakout game, and barring an amazing performance from Carden, North Carolina should take this one. North Carolina 34, East Carolina 24

#6 LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) @ #9 Georgia (2-1, 1-0 SEC), 3:30 P.M. (CBS) For the full preview of this game, click here:  Georgia 38, LSU 34

#14 Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) @ #22 Notre Dame (3-1), 3:30 P.M. (NBC) Blake Bell looks to be the quarterback of the foreseeable future for the Sooners, and they might need a big game from him in his second ever start against Notre Dame. Both running games play a major factor in these team’s offenses, but against the Fighting Irish look for the Sooners to be passing to get the ball down the field, rather than rushing. Brian Kelly and Notre Dame will get the home-crowd advantage, but unless the defense can stop the newly engineered Oklahoma offense they could get blown away in the second half. Look for turnovers and special teams play to be a key factor in this game. Oklahoma 26, Notre Dame 16

#8 Florida State (2-1, 1-0 ACC) @ Boston College (2-1, 1-0 ACC), 3:30 P.M. (ABC/ESPN2) In BC’s last game, I predicted an upset over USC, but boy was I wrong. Running back Andre Williams for the Eagles rushed for over 200 yards against Wake Forest, but unless they can get him again the Noles defense will shut this offense down. Florida State freshman QB Jameis Winston is playing as good as anyone in the country right now, and has a dream matchup here. Expect FSU to score early and often, and force multiple turnovers on the way to ACC win number two. Florida State 38, Boston College 10

#21 Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0 SEC) @ #1 Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 6:30 P.M. (ESPN/WatchESPN) If Ole Miss has a chance at upsetting the top-ranked Tide, they will have to score early and often, just as Texas A&M did. They will obviously have to force QB A.J. McCarron into making some mistakes, but it will also take a little luck to take down Alabama. Rebels QB Bo Wallace and HB Jeff Scott combine to make an unstoppable combo at times, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide will again win in Tuscaloosa. Alabama 37, Ole Miss 21

#10 Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) @ Arkansas (3-1), 7:00 P.M. (ESPN2/WatchESPN) Considering the poor state of the Texas A&M defense, Arkansas will be no pushover. Johnny Manziel might light up the scoreboard, but the Razorbacks have a very solid running game with big-play backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. A couple of turnovers by Manziel could change the course of the game, but the Aggies will be hungry for SEC win number one. Expect the offense to be too much for Arkansas to handle. Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 28

Arizona (3-0) @ #16 Washington (3-0), 7:00 P.M. (FOX) In a clash of unbeatens, expect points to be scored early and often between Arizona and Washington. The Wildcats have a prolific pass game with QB Keith Price, while Arizona’s 4th-ranked running game led by Ka’Deem Carey and Daniel Jenkins is just as dangerous. UW will have the upper-hand due to home-field advantage, but if the Wildcats can get their offense clicking all four quarters they will take the win. Expect a close one either way. Washington 34, Arizona 30

#23 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) @ #4 Ohio State (4-0), 8:00 P.M. (ABC) In a matchup between the Badgers’ ground game versus the Buckeyes’ pass game, points will not be sparse. Buckeyes Stadium will be fired up for their first test of the year, which gives the upper hand to Ohio State. Wisconsin sill keep it close, but look for Braxton Miller to have a big day in his first game back. Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 21

Other notable games in Week 5

#11 Oklahoma State @ West Virginia
Virginia @ Pittsburgh
Iowa @ Minnesota
Wake Forest @ #3 Clemson
#20 Florida @ Kentucky
#5 Stanford @ Washington State
USC @ Arizona State
Cal @ #2 Oregon


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