For some teams week five means over one third of the season is already complete. Our College Football Preview Week Five edition will get you up to speed with what you need to know heading into some huge games for both FBS and FCS Schools. There are some blockbuster matchups in the SEC this week!
Once again we start with a Virginia team that is coming off another loss. This week they face a tough but not impossible task as they face Miami. Miami are fresh off the huge win in week four but have looked mediocre at times so far this year. Only 5.5 point favourites Miami could again face an upset in this high scoring affair. Duke are now 3-1 and have looked good so far this year, but face a tough test this week. They take on a North Carolina team coming off a thumping by Georgia State. NC are -20 point favs in this one and I only see Sam Howell and Co getting the win.
Florida State host a Syracuse team that is performing much better than we thought they would at the start of the season. They beat a good Liberty team last week and look to scalp another big name in week 5. Admittedly it was a walk-off field goal that sealed the deal last week but against FSU it might be by more. FSU may have given up on Mike Norvell and if so, expect an upset in Florida.
The Wolfpack takes another victim
NC State welcome Louisiana to town and should roll over the 2-2 Bulldogs without much of a fight. -20.5 might be generous in all fairness here. The high flying Cardinals travel to Wake Forest in a matchup that could be spectacular. Malik Cunningham has Louisville slugging right now and their Defence is also playing well. Wake find themselves 4-0 and after three easy games in weeks 1-3 a good win last week against UVA has set them up nicely for this contest. Wake are currently -6.5 point favourites but I think the world is still sleeping on Louisville and I think they could squeak this one by a FG.
Finally before game of the week we find a buzzing 4-0 Boston College traveling to Death Valley to play a struggling Clemson. BC can attack and Clemson can defend which sets us up nicely for a dud. Clemson are in trouble all over the field and being -15.5 point favs is a joke. they are averaging 16 points a week on Offence and are dead last in the ACC in yards per game. Do we really think they keep BC to 0? NO! this could be the easiest spread cover for BC this year even with the backup Quarterback in.
ACC Game of the Week – PITT @ Georgia Tech
Kenny Pickett and Pitt are balling out right now and bring a high flying Offence to GT. Pitt is the second-highest scoring team in the country at 52.5 points per game and Pickett is 2nd in the country in TDs thrown. Thats the task Georgia Tech face this weekend. On top of that The Panthers have racked up over 40 points in every game over the first fur weeks. Whilst GA Techs Defence was good against Clemson last week, this is a whole different beast. Feels weird to say that but its true.
Cue Jeff Sims and The Yellow Jackets. Sims return last week was enigmatic and has given them life again. After losing narrowly to Clemson they stomped NC last week and the new Offence with Sims back can cause Pitt some issues. GT’s Defence is creating havoc, and havoc brings takeaways. They have eight on the season so far and if they can confuse Pickett just once for a takeaway they might stay in this one. Pitt are marginal favourites right now at +3.5 so if it gets down to 3 I might jump on GT.
Written by Stocks@5yardcollege
Oklahoma travel to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. A trap team in years past, watch out for the upset again with the horizon view of Texas a potential distraction for the Sooners. Texas, led by Casey Thompson travel to TCU who are coming off a loss to SMU. Patterson will be looking for a strong response against the Longhorns. Texas Tech make the cross country trip to face West Virginia and Iowa State look to get back on track at home to Kansas.
BIG XII Game of the Week – Oklahoma State @ Baylor
There are a couple of games on the BIG XII slate that could easily qualify for the ‘Game of the Week’ slot in week five. Texas @ TCU has all the trimmings to be perfect college football comfort food, with two very explosive offences. Eyes are also on Oklahoma going up against Kansas State, a trap game for them in recent seasons.
However, we would be remiss if a game between two 4-0 teams fighting for the top spot in the BIG XII wasn’t the choice this week. Oklahoma State host Baylor in Stillwater, Oklahoma in a game that really could go either way.
Gundy’s Cowboys are Vegas favourites (-4) being at home and having beaten arguably stronger opponents to date. However, the only win of note between the two teams came last weekend as Baylor narrowly beat Iowa State. The Cyclones seem to have lost all of last season’s shine so to say we know what either Oklahoma State or Baylor are would be negligent.
Spencer Sanders hasn’t looked good so far and Bohannon hasn’t played anyone that would tell us much. That leaves the QB position up in the air for this game: are they strengths or weaknesses? And, how can each defence force the opposing QB’s into errors. Bohannon hasn’t thrown a single INT so far this year and the Cowboys defence has struggled to force turnovers. Sanders, on the other hand, has thrown INTs but the Bears defence has been the weakest part of their team, a surprise under defensive guru HC Dave Aranda.
Bears running backs Trestan Ebner and Abram Smith are running for 80+ and 100+ yards a game. They will likely be the focus of the Cowboys’ defensive efforts. Aranda’s defence will probably focus on Jaylen Warren, the Cowboys’ leading rusher, as well as Tay Martin who leads in receiving. Sanders has running capability too and I think Gundy may utilise that this weekend.
Before the season nobody would’ve picked this game out as one that might carry weighty implications. A strong win here could be the perfect platform for either team to gather the confidence needed for a championship game run. Expect a close one in Stillwater.
Prediction: Baylor 34 – 36 Oklahoma State
Written by Jake@dyanstybrit
Week 5 throws up an absolute feast of college football! I do not blame anyone for missing the Big Ten action this week because the matchups elsewhere are just so good! However, there are some enticing storylines and lots of in-conference games to dig into.
Michigan will face their first real test of the season when they travel to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Wolverines will be keen to prove that their success this year is replicable against stronger opposition and a stingy Badgers defence gives them an immediate chance to do so. Wisconsin need to get more going on offense to turn these tight games into wins and may need to assess the QB situation as Graham Mertz is misfiring.
Ryan Day has said that CJ Stroud is his quarterback when healthy, so we could see him back under centre on Saturday against Rutgers. The Buckeyes need to take the confidence boosting performance last week and build upon it to get their season back on track. Rutgers will be looking to bounce back after losing their unbeaten record to Michigan in week 4, but only just. The Scarlet Knights have impressed so far in 2021 and will be looking for a statement, shock win over Ohio State.
Just got for it on 4th and short Illinois!!
Can Illinois qualify for an upset alert the way they’ve played? They are favoured in their game against Charlotte but the Illini have been dreadful and I wouldn’t put it past the 49ers to take the dub. Look out for quarterback Chris Reynolds for Charlotte. He is a dual threat QB who can make a play out of nothing – he’s a lot of fun to watch. Purdue should pile on more misery for a Minnesota team that were nationally embarrassed last week by Bowling Green. Hopefully they can respond positively and show some fight but the Boilermakers are my choice in this one.
Penn State look to cement their top 4 ranking against the Indiana Hoosiers in week 5. A big win would give their playoff push a real boost. Western Kentucky face a Big Ten team for the second week running as they travel to Michigan State. They put up plenty of yards and points against Indiana but that will be a tougher task against the Spartans defense. Finally Northwestern goes up against Nebraska in a game of two teams that have disappointed so far in 2021 – maybe don’t stay up late for this one!
B1G 10 Game Of The Week – Iowa @ Maryland
Iowa and Maryland kickoff the Big Ten action on Friday night/Saturday morning with perfect records on the line. Maryland have been winning through the air while Iowa have a 4-0 record thanks to their rock solid defense – a tantalising battle awaits!
Taulia Tagovailoa is completing over 76% of his passes and averaging more than 300 yards per game. With Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus lighting up the field the Terrapins have been great to watch, but they have left points on the field. That cannot happen if they want to beat the Hawkeyes because that defense will not give them many opportunities to score.
Iowa have launched themselves into the national spotlight on the back of one of the best defenses in the country. They only give up 16 points per game, the 6th best record in college football and have made 6 interceptions in 4 games. They won’t be afraid of Maryland’s passing game and will relish the chance to shut the Terps down. The offense, led by Spencer Petras, has done just enough to win games. Running back Tyler Goodson has done a lot of the hard work for the Hawkeyes, rushing for 91 yards per game and accounting for 5 touchdowns – the Hawkeyes have only scored 11 on offense in total. It will be interesting to see whether they are challenged to win this game – so far the defense have been the ones carrying the team across the line.
Written by Jack@JackCDCTT
Only 5 games this week, all in conference match ups. Utah and Arizona both have their bye weeks. All the PAC North teams are in action and all play a fellow north team. Washington State travel to Berkley to take on California. Both teams are routed to the bottom of the North with a 3-1 record, with the Cougars losing 2 in conference game already. After a disastrous 0-2 start to the season, Washington have won their last two game. They have a big game at surprise package Oregon State. The Beavers are 3-1 and coming off a huge win against USC.
The final all North match up is number #3 ranked Oregon at Stanford. The Ducks are the only unbeaten team left in the PAC-12 and have playoff aspirations. Stanford will be hoping they can halt the charge and add another big win on the season after beating USC in week 2. In the South, USC have had a torrid season so far. They welcome Colorado to the coliseum, who are still searching for their first win of the year.
PAC-12 Game of the Week – Arizona State @ UCLA
It’s a clash between the top two teams in the South as Arizona State travel to the Rose Bowl, to take on number #20 ranked UCLA. Both teams are sitting at 3-1 and both coming off wins last week after losing their first games in week 3. Although it’s only week 5, this is a massive game in the PAC-12 South title race. A win for either team puts them in pole position at the top of the South. The Sun Devils have mainly won their games on the ground. In four games they have 840 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Rachaad White and Daniel Nygata have been excellent, but Jayden Daniels has also been a handful for defences.
UCLA is one of the top run stoppers nationally. Look for them to stifle that ASU run game and make Jayden Daniels beat them with his arm. UCLA also has a potent run game, with running backs Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown accumulating 623 rushing yards between them in 4 games. Add Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s running ability and they have been deadly. DTR did show against Stanford he can do it with his arm, but I’m sure the Sun Devils defence will have a similar game plan to the Bruins defence. This has PAC-12 classic written all over it and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the game of the season. How ever it turns out, I wouldn’t want to predict the result.
Written by Jordan Merritt@Jordm87
All 14 SEC teams are in action in week 5, with six in-conference match ups. Tennessee travel to Missouri in the early kick off window on Saturday, both teams sitting on a 2-2 record. The other early kick-off is a fantastic match up between two unbeaten teams. The surprisingly impressive #8 ranked Arkansas travel to Athens to take on #2 ranked Georgia. South Carolina welcomes Troy from the Sun Belt Conference and should have more than enough to win.
Kentucky are 4-0, but take on a strong Florida side whose only loss came narrowly against Alabama. One of three all SEC East affairs sees Mississippi State travel to Texas A&M, both teams coming off SEC conference losses. Another one of those all SEC East games sees LSU welcome Auburn. Both teams are coming off wins, but not looking convincing. After being brutally taken apart by Georgia Saturday, Vanderbilt have way easier opposition in the winless UConn Huskies.
SEC Game of the Week – Ole Miss @ Alabama
After last season’s breath-taking game between this two teams, in which Alabama took the spoils 63-48, I thought it was only right to have this as the game of the week. It was a different Crimson Tide back then, with lots of talent heading off to the NFL. Nick Saban has reloaded with talent and I think he would admit it hasn’t been as good as he would have liked this season. Still Bama sit 4-0 and even at this early stage, look set to be in the playoffs once again. Although the team has had some struggles, one new starter this season has taken it all in his stride. The Sophomore QB has looked every bit of what he has been billed as. Young will need to be on the same type of form when the Rebels come to town this weekend.
Ole Miss are still unbeaten at 3-0 after their bye week last weekend. They have a star quarterback of their own in Matt Corrall. The Junior has always had the talent, but bad decision-making last season had people asking questions. So far this season he has answered them, against lesser opposition admittedly. Saturday is a chance to take another big step in his progression. Alabama are still heavy favourites in this game, but Ole Miss pushed them close last season. They will believe they are a better team than last season and the Crimson Tide are still figuring things out. This game is being hyped massively and I don’t see how it can’t disappoint.
Written by Jordan Merritt@Jordm87