Welcome to Week 5 of the college football season and peep the new rankings. My record last week went in the right direction as I finished with a 4-1 record. My overall record rose to 13-4, which improved my winning percentage from 69.2 to 72.2%. Alabama continues to be dominant after beating down the Texas A&M Aggies. In an improbable comeback, Stanford defeated the Oregon Ducks on the road. Georgia is still undefeated after beating Missouri on the road. Wisconsin went on the road to beat Iowa after they were upset by BYU the week before. After beating USC, the Texas Longhorns beat their in-state rival, then 17th ranked TCU Horned Frogs. This weekend, there’s five games that draw my interest, so we’ll see if I can keep my winning percentage at least 70. Let’s Get Started!
This is the first of two games that features a battle of teams in the top-10. The 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will hit the road to battle the 9th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. The controversy still looms over the Buckeyes program, but they keep winning. Ohio State had one tough matchup and it was the last game of Urban Meyer’s suspension. Can the Buckeyes head to Nittany Lions Country and pick up the win? After narrowly escaping their opener against Appalachian State with a win, Penn State has been on a tear. They have beat their last three opponents by an average of almost 46 points a game. Miles Sanders has filled in nice for Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley is doing fine. Can the Nittany Lions pull off the upset? I’m going with the Buckeyes to win on the road.
Ohio State Win 34-31
We have the other battle between top-10 teams, which could be early season playoff implications. The 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal will face the 8th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Stanford is coming off a great come from behind win at Oregon last weekend. Both of teams are viewed as possible playoff teams and this could very well be an elimination game. Can Stanford go on the road back-to-back weeks and come away with the win? Notre Dame brought in Ian Book to replace Brandon Wimbush last week against Wake Forest. Book looked great and now we have a little QB controversy. This is the toughest game left on the schedule for Notre Dame. This could be the win they need to possibly run the table and make the playoffs. This should be a tight game and the Fighting Irish will walk away with the win.
Notre Dame Win 26-24
We head out west for a top-20 matchup as the 11th ranked Washington Huskies will battle the 20th ranked BYU Cougars. Of course, BYU picked up the huge win over Wisconsin on the road a couple weeks ago. BYU is looking to go on the road again to pull out another win over a ranked team. The Cougars success comes from their tough and physical defense. Can they beat another ranked team on the road again? Jake Browning and the Huskies are coming off a tough, hard-fought win over Arizona State. The Cougars defense is tougher than Arizona State, so they are in for another tough game. If the Huskies will still be in contention for the playoffs, they need this win. I’m going with the Washington to edge out the Cougars in another good game.
Washington Win 24-17
We head to the Big-12 for a matchup between ranked teams. The 12th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will head to Texas to face the 25th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Will Grier has been great this season as he leads this high-powered offense. In three games, he’s tossed 11 TDs and he will have to put up those kinds of numbers against the Red Raiders. Can the Mountaineers pull off the win on the road in Texas? After dropping their first game against Ole Miss, Texas Tech has been on a serious run. They have piled up 181 points in three games, which includes a blowout win over Oklahoma State. They lead the nation in pass offense and 5th in points. The defense gives up 28 points a game, but can they come up with key stops? I’m going with West Virginia to win on the road.
West Virginia Win 41-38
We have yet another matchup between ranked teams. The 19th ranked Oregon Ducks will hit the road and battle the 24th ranked California Bears. Oregon is coming off a heartbreaking loss against Stanford after leading throughout the game. This is the second game of a tough stretch and they can’t afford another loss. Can the Ducks rebound from their loss to the Cardinal and pick up the huge win? California is undefeated so far and two of those wins came against North Carolina and BYU. California is flying under the radar and their defense is allowing under 20 points a game. If California leaves with the victory, this could be huge for them bringing legitimacy back to the program. This is a tough one, but I’m going with the Ducks to win on the road.
Oregon Win 27-24
What game intrigues you the most in college football? Do you see any upsets happening this weekend? What do you think about my predictions? Leave a comment below.