College Football Viewing Guide – Week 5

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Week 5 Featured Games

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 7:30/4:30 PM, ESPN

Spread: Georgia Tech -7
Announcers: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack

All-Time Series: Virginia Tech leads 7-3
Last Meeting: 9/3/2012  Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17

Reason to Watch: This is a fairly important ACC Coastal match-up with the winner joining Miami as the favorites to win the division. Virginia Tech’s defense is superb and they’ve done a reasonably good job of defending the Yellow Jacket’s option attack in recent years. Logan Thomas though continues to regress as a quarterback as he’s completed less than 50% of his passes so far this year.

Back Up Game: Iowa State at Tulsa, 7:30/4:30 PM, FOXS1

Utah State at San Jose State, 9:00/6:00 PM, ESPN

Spread: Utah State -9.5
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell

All-Time Series: San Jose State leads 17-14-1
Last Meeting: 10/13/2012  Utah State 49, San Jose State 27

Reason to Watch: Did you know that these two were ranked #16 and #21 respectively in the final AP poll last year? Don’t expect that to happen this year as both have already matched their 2012 loss totals of two. Both do have quarterbacks that are worth checking out. The Aggies’ Chuckie Keeton might be the best quarterback in the country not playing in a BCS conference.  The Spartans’ David Fales is getting some attention from NFL scouts and has perfectly acceptable, game manager, back up NFL quarterback written all of him.

Back Up Game: Middle Tennessee at BYU, 9:00/6:00 PM, ESPNU

Early Saturday
#12 South Carolina at UCF, Noon/9:00 AM, ABC

Spread: South Carolina -7.5
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese

All-Time Series: South Carolina leads 3-0
Last Meeting: 9/1/2005  South Carolina 24, UCF 15

Reason to Watch: You don’t see too many games from SEC teams where they travel to take on a non-high profile opponent. Okay you don’t see a lot of SEC teams traveling out of conference period but I digress. UCF has managed to give the AAC at least one other team with a pulse besides Louisville and scored a nice road win over Bad Touch State two weeks ago.

Back Up Game: #11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia, Noon/9:00 AM, ESPN

Mid-day Saturday
#6 LSU at #9 Georgia, 3:30/12:30 PM, CBS – ***GAME OF THE WEEK***

Spread: Georgia -3
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson

All-Time Series: LSU leads 16-12-1
Last Meeting: 12/3/2011  LSU 42, Georgia 10

Reason to Watch: Georgia’s early season gauntlet concludes with their third Game of the Week already this year. Zach Mettenberger appears to be on his way to a breakout year at LSU. The Tigers with a good offense is a frightening proposition for the rest of the SEC and you could argue they’ve looked better than any team in the country so far this year. Although Georgia is at home I’m kind of surprise they are the favorite.

Back Up Game: #14 Oklahoma at #22 Notre Dame, 3:30/12:30 PM, NBC

Primetime Saturday
#23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio State, 8:00/5:00 PM, ABC

Spread: Ohio State -7
Announcers: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit

All-Time Series: Ohio State leads 55-18-5
Last Meeting: 11/17/2012  Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14

Reason to Watch: Wisconsion/Ohio State games usually mean one thing, that is the Badgers will lose in excruciating fashion and make the viewing public despise Ohio State that much more. Although aren’t we all just rooting for the Buckeyes to make it to the BCS title game this year just for Nick Saban to give Urban Meyer another heart attack? Match up to watch is the Buckeyes’ not so great defense against Wisconsin’s three headed running back monster of Melvin Gordon, James White, and Corey Clement.

Back Up Game: #21 Mississippi at #1 Alabama, 6:30/3:30 PM, ESPN

Late Night Saturday
USC at Arizona State, 10:30/7:30 PM, ESPN2

Spread: Arizona State -6
Announcers: Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti

All-Time Series: USC leads 19-10
Last Meeting: 11/10/2012  USC 38, Arizona State 17

Reason to Watch: For all of the crap USC is taking these days, with most everyone abandoning them as a serious threat in the Pac-12 South, they do have one thing still going for them and that is an outstanding defense. The Sun Devils had trouble for three quarters against another elite defense last week in Stanford before the Cardinal eased up in the 4th. But in a match-up of Lane Kiffin vs. Todd Graham, no matter who wins, the nation loses.

Back Up Game: #5 Stanford vs. Washington State, 10:00/7:00 PM, ESPN

Week 5 Game Rankings

1. LSU at Georgia
2. Wisconsin at Ohio State
3. Mississippi at Alabama
4. Oklahoma at Notre Dame
5. Arizona at Washington
6. South Carolina at UCF
7. USC at Arizona State
8. Stanford vs. Washington State
9. Texas A&M at Arkansas
10. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (Thur.)
11. Iowa at Minnesota
12. Virginia at Pittsburgh
13. California at Oregon
14. Oklahoma State at West Virginia
15. Florida State at Boston College
16. Toledo at Ball State
17. Utah State at San Jose State (Fri.)
18. East Carolina at North Carolina
19. Colorado at Oregon State
20. Iowa State at Tulsa (Thur.)
21. Air Force at Nevada
22. Florida at Kentucky
23. Northern Illinois at Purdue
24. Wake Forest at Clemson
25. SMU at TCU
26. Navy at Western Kentucky
27. Middle Tennessee at BYU (Fri.)
28. Arkansas State at Missouri
29. Houston at UTSA
30. UAB at Vanderbilt
31. Troy at Duke
32. South Alabama at Tennessee
33. Miami at South Florida
34. Kent State at Western Michigan
35. Wyoming at Texas State
36. Florida Atlantic at Rice
37. Connecticut at Buffalo
38. Fresno State at Hawaii
39. Army vs. Louisiana Tech
40. UNLV at New Mexico
41. Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe
42. Central Michigan at N.C. State
43. UTEP at Colorado State
44. Temple at Idaho
45. Southern Miss at Boise State
46. Akron at Bowling Green
47. San Diego State at New Mexico State
48. Miami (OH) at Illinois


Written by Allen Bored

Is a rabid Oakland A's fan who has never forgiven Jeremy Giambi for not sliding

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