Week 5 of the College Football season is upon us. The quality of matchups continues to improve week after the week as the season moves forward. There are plenty of teams that have a chance to prove themselves this weekend as Penn State and Notre Dame both host top 10 opponents at home. Beyond that Dan Mullen and the Gators make his first trip back to Starkville after leaving in the off-season, and can Will Grier continue his hot start against the upstart Red Raiders? Lastly, is Kentucky real, or real real? We answer all these questions and more in our Week 5 Pick’em.Without further ado, let’s get started with this weeks top matchups.
Records coming into Week 5
#25 Texas Tech v. #12 West Virginia
Ben: Texas Tech absolutely dominated Oklahoma State last week. The Red Raiders shut down the Pokes offense and put up video game like numbers on offense. They may very well have the best freshman quarterback in the country in Alan Bowman. That’s all well and good, but I see Texas Tech’s roll coming to a halt this weekend. West Virginia’s defense is beginning to catch on and Will Grier will be the best player on the field. I’m looking for Grier to have another 350+ yard day through the air.
West Virginia: 45
Texas Tech: 41
Aaron: Will Grier is a beast, there’s no denying that. West Virginia has looked pretty unstoppable through the first 4 weeks of the season (only three games because of the hurricane). I think in a lot of ways this will be a huge test for them, it’s a chance for them to go up against an offense very comparable to their own. Texas Tech has looked strong on offense and Coach Kingsbury deserves a shoot out. Nonetheless Texas Tech just doesn’t have enough to take down West Virginia.
Texas Tech: 38
#23 Mississippi State v. Florida
Ben: Mississippi State was embarrassed on the road last weekend in Lexington. While the game was not as lopsided as the score indicated, losing by 3 touchdowns to Kentucky is not something Bulldog fans imagined when the season started. Now, the pre-season SEC West darkhorse is on the outside looking in. Luckily, the players are looking to bounce back with a vengeance this week and what better way to do that than against your coach that left you in the off-season. Look for Nick Fitzgerald to ball out and the State defense to dominate as Mullen is still searching for answers in Gainesville.
Mississippi State: 35
Aaron: Florida scored 45 points last week, showing how bad Tennessee really is. This game will be a bit of a snooze fest as Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs look to show their might against Dan Mullen’s Gators. On the 10 year anniversary of Tim Tebow’s most inspiring moment, his team will fall just short of pulling off their first quality win of the season.
Mississippi St.: 27
#8 Notre Dame v. #7 Stanford
Ben: I’ve had this game circled on my calendar ever since Notre Dame squeaked by Michigan. After watching them nearly give away the game to Vanderbilt and watching my Gamecocks dismantle Vanderbilt in Week 4, I’m the lead conductor on the “Notre Dame is overrated” train. Hop on board this week because Stanford is on a roll after beating two top 20 teams in three weeks. Look for Love to run wild as the Irish are finally put in their place.
Notre Dame: 10
Aaron: I think the Irish have a lot to prove here, after nearly losing to SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt, Notre Dame looks to prove their worth against Bryce Love and Stanford. Unfortunately for them, they won’t. Week in and week out Stanford has proved their worth against quality opponents, they’ll continue their hot streak here against the weakest team in the Top 10.
Notre Dame: 14
#4 Ohio State v. #9 Penn State
Ben: After this off-season I wanted Ohio State to lose every game that they play in. While this still holds true, I can’t argue the fact that they are a stellar football team. While the win against TCU doesn’t look nearly as good as it once did, Dwayne Haskins is one of the top quarterbacks in the country and the defense seems to finally be hitting its’ stride. Happy Valley will be an absolutely raucous environment and I see Penn State hopping out to a quick lead. Yet in the end the Nittany Lions will miss Saquon and Ohio State will steal one by a hair on the road.
Ohio State: 31
Penn State: 28
Aaron: I think this will be one of the best games of the year. Ohio State is riding high and with Coach Urban Meyer at the helm I think it’ll be a big day for this team. That being said, Happy Valley is not a place I want to be for white out. The loss of Nick Bosa will be a huge factor in this one for the Buckeyes as you can’t give QB Trace McSorley enough time because he’s proven he can make plays. Penn State will get their marquee win and the Big 10 will get a little more murky after this one.
Penn State: 34
Ohio State: 28
#11 Washington v. #20 BYU
Ben: There is no doubt that BYU is a solid team, but they’ve already had their upset for the year. Washington has a good chance at a quality victory and they’re going to need all of the quality wins they can get after falling to Auburn in Week 1. It won’t be a blowout, but I see Washington winning this game without much fuss.
Aaron: Washington is just too talented to lose to this team, BYU has been fun to watch and has definitely made a mess of things this year. But they don’t have much of a shot in this one. It’s gonna be all Huskies.
#17 Kentucky v. South Carolina
Ben: This game almost feels like a complete role reversal. Typically, it is South Carolina that is ranked/riding high going into the Kentucky game while Kentucky is plotting for the upset. Kentucky is a good football team, but I feel that they are a little over-valued due to a win against a bad Florida team and a Mississippi State team that may have been overrated as well. I think that Coach Will Muschamp will sell out to stop the run and force Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson to beat him through the air. Lastly, I don’t think Kentucky has good enough quality defensive backs to cover Deebo, Bryan Edwards, and Shi Smith all at the same time. Look for Jake Bentley to have the kind of day that will finally get Gamecock fans off of his back.
South Carolina: 38
Aaron: This game has all the makings of a “monkey off the back” game for the Gamecocks and Jake Bentley, but I’ve just seen too much of him to believe. I think the Cocks will try hard to stop the run, but don’t think they will have a lot of success in doing that. It’ll be a close one but the Wildcats are gonna be too much for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina: 24