College Football Games To Watch – Week 5

We’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what the race for the College Football Playoff will look like.  With conference play finally beginning for most teams, true contenders will begin to emerge.  Last week’s games left something to be desired, but this week the slate is absolutely loaded.  All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time.  All rankings reflect the AP Poll.

 

Thursday September 29

UConn @ #6 Houston

TDECU Stadium – Houston, TX

Kickoff: 7:00pm

TV: ESPN

Why you should watch: Weird, crazy things tend to happen in Thursday night games.  Houston is looking to run the table and have a shot at making the Playoff.  UConn is looking to get back to a bowl game for the second straight year.

 

Friday September 30

#7 Stanford @ #10 Washington

Husky Stadium – Seattle, WA

Kickoff: 8:00pm

TV: ESPN

Why you should watch: It’s a pair of top 10 teams.  This game will probably decide the outcome of the Pac-12 North division.  Christian McCaffery has been unstoppable for Stanford and Chris Petersen finally seems to have gotten it rolling at Washington.

 

Saturday October 1

#22 Texas @ Oklahoma State

Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK

Kickoff: 11:00am

TV: ABC

Why you should watch:  Texas had a bye week to attempt to correct some defensive issues, which if they’re able to do so, could lead to a run at the Big XII title.  Oklahoma State’s season has fallen off the rails with losses to Central Michigan and Baylor.

 

Navy @ Air Force

Falcon Stadium – Colorado Springs, CO

Kickoff: 2:30pm

TV: CBSSN

Why you should watch: Not only are they service academies, they’re also both undefeated.  Troy Calhoun and Ken Niumatalolo are criminally underrated coaches.  Both schools also run the triple option.  Both teams are playing for the Commander In Chief’s Trophy (along with Army).

 

#11 Tennessee @ #25 Georgia

Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA

Kickoff: 2:30pm

TV: CBS

Why you should watch: After beating Florida last week, Tennessee could grab a stranglehold on the SEC East with a win against the Dawgs.  Georgia will still be smarting from the beating they took in Oxford last Saturday.  The Verne Lundquist Farewell Tour enters its fifth week.

 

#8 Wisconsin @ #4 Michigan

Michigan State – Ann Arbor, MI

Kickoff: 2:30pm

TV: ABC

Why you should watch: The second of three top 10 matchups this week.  Wisconsin comes in having already won two massive games (against LSU and Michigan State).  It’s the first real test of the season for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

 

Oklahoma @ #21 TCU

Amon G. Carter Stadium – Ft. Worth, TX

Kickoff: 4:00pm

TV: FOX

Why you should watch: TCU seems to have bounced back after a tough OT loss against Arkansas.  Oklahoma had a bye week to figure things out after getting mashed by Houston and Ohio State in the first three weeks.

 

Memphis @ #16 Ole Miss

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS

Kickoff: 6:00pm

TV: ESPN2

Why you should watch:  After Memphis crushed Ole Miss last year, this may be turning into a real rivalry game.  Memphis’ offense has been explosive under new coach Mike Norvell, but Ole Miss will be the best defense they have faced yet.

 

#3 Louisville @ #5 Clemson

Memorial Stadium – Clemson, SC

Kickoff: 7:00pm

TV: ABC

Why you should watch: The biggest game of the week.  A matchup of top 5 teams.  Preseason Hesiman Trophy favorite DeShaun Watson takes on current Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson.  Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney are two of the best coaches in the game.

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I was born in Las Vegas and moved to the Memphis area in 2005.I became a soccer referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. I write for two soccer websites: World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA, in addition to writing several pieces for the Rogue Squadron (the supporters group for Memphis City FC).I did commentary in high school for football, basketball, baseball and soccer at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and did commentary for Lafayette High School football in Oxford, MS for two seasons.
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