Week four was the week that exposed LSU and ensured us that Florida State is for real.
The marquee games of week five are a little harder to come by, but it’s a big week for a couple of teams. Arkansas and Missouri both face must win games or their season could be in the dumps for good. Heisman hopeful Geno Smith will face his first ranked opponent #25 Baylor in what should be a shootout.
Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 5:
10 A. Missouri @ Central Florida – Saturday - 11:00am CST
If Missouri looses this game they will fall to 2-3 and with a tough SEC schedule ahead of them things could get ugly fast. The name Central Florida might not jump out at you as a power house, but the Knights are a good football team that will push Missouri.
10 B. Arkansas @ Texas A&M – Saturday – 11:00am
Will this be Arkansas’s last stand? The former preseason top 10 team has fallen on the worst of times, and need a win in the worst way. Tyler Wilson is back, but the Razorback defense is horrible. Texas A&M is a young team, but showed in the Florida game that they can get after it. If Arkansas falls to 1-4 their post season hopes might go out the window along with John L Smith.
9. #22 Nebraska vs. Wisconsin – Saturday – 6:00pm CST
Wisconsin is another desperate team; granted they’re 3-1, but that record is misleading. The Badgers in 2012 have been one of the most disappointing teams’ struggling to beat the “cupcake” opponents week after week. Nebraska has been a very up and down team as well.
8. Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati – Saturday – 2:30pm CST
Virginia Tech is a hard team to figure out; on paper they’re a top 15 team, but then they go out and lay an egg versus Pittsburg. A victory over a good Cincinnati team could put the Hokies back on track. The undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats can make a statement with a victory that will boost them into the national rankings.
7. #4 Florida State vs. South Florida – Saturday – 5:00pm CST
Florida State made a big statement in the second half of the Clemson game as they took complete control. We’ve seen teams in years past have letdowns after big victories so it will be interesting to see if Jimbo Fisher can keep his team focused. I don’t see a scenario that includes the Seminoles loosing, but I would not be shocked if this was a close game at halftime.
6. #8 Stanford vs. Washington – Thursday – 8:00pm CST
Last time we watch a Washington game they were getting blown out by LSU and the last time we watched Stanford they just pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the college football season. So that should provide a snapshot of Thursday night’s primetime game, but in the words of Lee Corso “Not so fast” Stanford wins it, but close.
5. #1 Alabama vs. Ole Miss – Saturday – 8:15pm CST
Ole Miss will hope to catch Alabama sleeping in the late kickoff, but after watching the 3-1 Rebels versus Texas it’s clear they don’t have the defense yet to match their surprisingly good offence. In the Tide’s first four games they have yet to be tested and it will be interesting to see how they will play if they become tested. I’m not sure if Ole Miss can give the Tide a good game, but if the Tide is sleeping at the wheel the Rebels have enough firepower to play them closer than the Tide is used to.
4. #12 Texas @ Oklahoma State – Saturday – 6:50pm CST
The Texas Longhorns have been impressive thus far, but going into Boone Pickens Cowboy country for a night game is always dangerous. The Cowboys have the number 1 scoring offense averaging over 62 points per game, and they will need all 62 if they want to have a chance at upsetting Texas.
3. #5 Georgia vs. Tennessee – Saturday – 2:30pm CST
This matchup has been very unpredictable over the years, and Tennessee knows the only chance they have at getting back into the race for east is to win this game. I think both offensives are about equal, but the Dogs have a huge advantage on defense and I think that will be the difference in the game.
2. #14 Ohio State vs. #20 Michigan State – Saturday -2:30pm CST
Excuses me, may I have your attention please? Will the leader of the Big 10 please stand up? The Big 10 sits right in the heart of Eminem country, but the Big 10 seems like it has lost its self in the moment. Is there a clear leader in this conference? Maybe this game will help sort it all out. On another note two Heisman hopefuls will be playing in this game Ohio States Braxton Miller and Michigan States Le’Von Bell.
1. #9 West Virginia vs. #24 Baylor – Saturday – 11:00am CST
If you like offense then this will be the game for you. Both West Virginia and Baylor can and will put up big numbers on offense and neither of them are really good at stopping others from putting up big numbers on them. It will be the first real test for Heisman hopeful leader Geno Smith, and a big test for Baylor in their quest to stay relevant after RGIII. This is West Virginia’s first Big 12 conference game and it’s in Morgantown, this should give West Virginia the edge meaning no sofa is safe Saturday night.
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13