Week 5 of the college football season brings us three games matching ranked teams against each other. Before I get into those I would like to introduce a feature called:
Games That Matter to Me That May Not Matter to You
Purdue (2-1) at Notre Dame (2-1)
Prediction: Notre Dame 21, Purdue 17
This game is the Cornhuskers chance at a coming out party. I would not be surprised to see them in the Top 25 next week if they can earn an impressive victory against Tech. Despite being 3-1 this is a down year for Tech. Their defense is as good as ever, but on the other side of the ball, the offense is as bad as ever. The Nebraska defense still has a ton of questions to answer, but the offense is for real. Nebraska will score enough in this game to offset any possible problems the defense might have.
This game is tonight on ESPN. Oregon State defeated USC at Corvallis in 2006 but that won't be happening this year. Oregon State will keep it close for a quarter, then USC runs away with the game.
#24 TCU (4-0) at #2 Oklahoma (3-0)
Prediction: Oklahoma 37, TCU 20
Alabama announced their presence on the national stage with an opening weekend thumping of Clemson and have continued to impress the last 3 weeks. Georgia is busting ouy their black uniforms for this one, which were last seen when they destroyed Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. Part of me wants to pick the upset here but the home field advantage will carry Georgia.
Mississippi (2-2, 0-1) at #4 Florida (3-0, 1-0)
Prediction: Florida 38, Mississippi 6
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom seemed to have the Bulldogs going in the right direction after last year but an opening game loss to Tulane has proven to be prophetic. LSU earned a hard fought victory at Auburn last Saturday. They will show the effects for a half, then cruise to victory.
Arkansas (2-1) at #7 Texas (3-0)
Prediction: Texas 45, Arkansas 10
Michigan is really bad, Wisconsin is really good. The Big House is the quietest gathering of over 100,000 people you will ever hear.
#22 Illinois (2-1) at #12 Penn State (4-0)
Prediction: Penn State 42, Illinois 24
NC State knocked off potential BCS buster East Carolina at home last weekend, now they get their shot at South Florida. That win prevented any potential overlooking South Florida might have done.
Minnesota (4-0) at #14 Ohio State (3-1)
Prediction: Ohio State 37, Minnesota 13
Tennessee is terrible, losing to a UCLA team that has since then been outscored by BYU and Arizona by a combined score of 90-10. Auburn lost a heartbreaker at home last week to LSU, Tennessee will bear the brunt of that frustration.
Navy (2-2) at #16 Wake Forest (3-0)
Prediction: Wake Forest 38, Navy 24
I know Weber State beat North Carolina in the NCAA basketball tournament when I was in high school. I know San Francisco 49ers QB and huge bust Alex Smith went to Utah, beyond that I have nothing.
Maryland (3-1, 0-0) at #20 Clemson (3-1, 1-0)
Prediction: Maryland 27, Clemson 24
East Carolina's BCS chances ended with last week's loss but hey they can still win Conference USA!
#25 Fresno State (2-1) at UCLA (1-2)
Prediction: Fresno State 21, UCLA 7