Table 7 Top 6; NCAA College Football Week 5

Good morning everyone.  Week 5 of the college football season is already here, and I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.  Down below is our Top 6, that is, six college football games you might want to keep an eye on this weekend.

  1. (12)Penn State @ Maryland- This is a Friday night game that will be played under the lights in College Park, Maryland at 8 o’clock.  Maryland, according to CBS Sports are 6.5 point underdogs at home.  At this point they’re 2-1, which really sucks because they balled in that upset win against Syracuse on September 7th.  If you remember, the Orangemen were ranked then, but Marland came out nowhere and shocked a lot of people with a 63-20 win.  So it sucks to come out the following week and lose 17-20 against Temple, but hey, that’s how it goes.  Last week the Terrapins had a bye, which couldn’t have come at a better time now that the Nittany Lions are coming to town.  Penn State is ranked 12th in the Nation, and sports a perfect 3-0 record.  Junior receiver KJ Hamler, although relatively undersized at 5’9 and 175 lbs., has been really productive averaging 82 yards per game with 2 touchdowns.  In my opinion, Penn State is still unproven, so I’m going to conclude anything can happen here.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Maryland wins.
  2. Arizona State @ (15)California- This is another Friday night game scheduled to kickoff at 10:30.  California is undefeated (4-0) and favored by 5 at home.  I think Cal opened some eyes when the beat Washington on September 7th, who was ranked 17th at the time, and they’ve been rolling along ever since.  Nothing fancy, just getting the job done.  Arizona State is 3-1, and their most notable win this season was a 10-7 victory over Michigan State.  Last week, they lost to division rival Colorado 31-34.  In four games, QB Jayden Daniels has thrown for 1,073 yards, completing 61% of his passes.  Out of the depths of the backfield, Eno Benjamin is averaging 73 yards per game, and it is just that- average.  No one has taken over offensively yet as a “go-to-guy” or game breaker, but i guess that’s okay for now because their defense is playing well.  Before giving up 34 points to Colorado, they only gave up 7 points in each of their first three games.  Predictions point to a low scoring and close game, in which California wins by 5 at home.  We shall see.
  3. (18)University of Virginia @ Notre Dame- Last week Notre Dame lost to Georgia 17-23, and to be honest, I’m really happy about that because Notre Dame always seems to get way more credit and respect then they actually earn.  I mean, we obviously can’t count on their ranking, because they could probably lose 4 games and still play for the BCS National Championship (exaggeration, but I know you agree).   In their defense, they haven’t had any problems moving the ball or scoring so far.  They’re averaging 445 total yards per game.  UVA has wins against Pitt and Florida State and right now they’re undefeated (4-0).  You see what I mean, they’re ranked 18th, and Notre Dame is ranked 10th, and I’m not looking to the top 25 ranking as the answer for everything, but if the season ended today look at where these teams would finish.  If Notre Dame wants my respect they need to start winning games ON THE FIELD.  They get no more respect for ranking well, and if they’re not careful, UVA could leave Indiana with their 5th W.
  4. (1)Clemson @ UNC- North Carolina is a 27 point underdog at home this weekend.  There’s probably no way Clemson will lose this game, but I would like to mention, for all the hype Trevor Lawrence has received, it looks as if, statistically, the Tar Heels might have the better quarterback.  Sam Howell has a 64 percent completion rating.  He has thrown for 1,024 yards and 9 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions.  Like I said, Clemson probably won’t lose this game, but Lawrence’s 5 interceptions in four games won’t cut it against better teams.
  5. (5)Ohio State @ Nebraska- This game kicks off Saturday evening at 7:30 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Ohio State is fuc*ing blowing teams off the map!  The Buckeyes are undefeated (4-0) and look to keep that streak going.  Nebraska is 3-1, but records and stats might not necessary in this one because…trap, trap, trap!  Once upon a time, it was a dark and gloomy night in Lincoln, and for some strange reason, everything that could go wrong, went really wrong for the Buckeyes.
  6. Mississippi State @ (8)Auburn- Kick off is 7:00pm in Auburn, Alabama.  Auburn is undefeated (4-0), and Mississippi State is 3-1.  Auburn is ranked 27th in the country in rushing yards per game (259.5), and they’ve already beaten two teams ranked in the top 25 (Oregon and Texas A&M).  It’s early in the season, but they’ve been tested, and they’ve passed.  Mississippi State won’t just roll over and give Auburn the game though.  They looked quite impressive last week in that 28-13 win over Kentucky.

    Alright!  There it is, the Table 7 Top 6 matchups of week five in NCAA College Football.  Don’t forget to check back to this site this afternoon at 3pm for our NCAA College Football Feature Game Analysis.

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