College Football Preview (Week #5)

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville QB
Week 4 of the NCAA Football season had a few blowout games where the Miami Hurricanes laid a 77-7 beating on Savannah State, The Louisville Cardinals smashing Florida International 72-0 and the Ohio State Buckeyes easily defeated Florida A&M by a score of 76-0. After the scores that those three teams had put up last Saturday, they definitely silenced any critics they might have had. Week 4 also saw the Notre Dame Fighting Irish barely squeak out a victory against the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 17-13. The Wolverines of Michigan also narrowly survived by beating UCONN 24-21.
Here are some great games to watch for in week 5 of the NCAA Football season.
#6 LSU Tigers vs. #9 Georgia Bulldogs
Last week the LSU Tigers were at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they played host to the Auburn Tigers, an SEC rival of Louisiana State. LSU was able to come away with a 35-21 victory against Auburn, which saw them improve to 4-0.
Last week, the Georgia Bulldogs earned themselves a 45-21 victory over North Texas and improved their record to 2-1 and are looking to attain another win at home Saturday afternoon against LSU.
If LSU wants to be successful on the road this week in Georgia, they’re going to have to rely heavily on their highly ranked defense to come up big and keep that potent Bulldogs offense off the field. The Tigers will also need QB Zach Mettenberger and RB Jeremy Hill to have great days if they want to put up points against the ‘Dogs.
If Georgia want to earn another win against a ranked SEC opponent, they will need Senior QB Aaron Murray to step up and lead the team by having a great day and limit his mistakes. If Georgia RB Todd Gurley can heat up and catch fire early in this game, it will be tough for the LSU Defense to put a stop to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.
#14 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Last week the Oklahoma Sooners put up over 50 points against their state rivals Tulsa with a 51-20 victory. The Sooners were able to improve their record to 3-0 and move into 2nd place in the BIG 12 conference. Led by Junior QB Blake Bell, the Sooners are looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Fighting Irish by heading into their home in South Bend, Indiana and proving to them that they can compete against one of the Nations best teams.
Last week the Fighting Irish were able to squeak out a 17-13 win over Michigan State and improve their overall record to 3-1. This week they face another tough team in the Oklahoma Sooners. Notre Dame cannot afford another loss this season, so they will need QB Tommy Rees to kick-start the offense and try to stack up the points against the Sooners.
This very well could end up being a defensive battle seeing as how both of these teams are highly ranked nationally in overall defense; however, the team that makes the fewest mistakes will come out on top in this game.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
#21 Ole Miss (Mississippi) Rebels vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide
The Rebels of Ole Miss are coming off a much needed bye week, after they went into Austin, Texas and laid a 44-23 beating on the Texas Longhorns and improved their record to 3-0. The Rebels are starting to play with a little more confidence now and will be looking to surprise the nation by coming up with an upset victory over the Crimson Tide in Alabama. Led by Junior QB Bo Wallace and Senior RB Jeff Scott, the Rebels have somewhat of a dual threat offense, they can beat you with the run from either the RB or the QB of Bo Wallace, but they can also beat you with the passing game. If they want to come out of Alabama with the victory, their offence has to come out fast and furious while limiting the number of mistakes that can happen.
The Crimson Tide are coming off of a week 4, 31-6 victory over the Colorado State Rams and have improved their record to 3-0. Led by Senior QB AJ McCarron and Sophomore RB T.J. Yeldon, the Crimson tide have a dangerous passing and running attack, which had proven to be successful against any defense in NCAA Division 1 football. Alabama’s defense is not joke either, led by linebacker C.J. Mosley and DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, they can impose fear in nearly every opposing team’s offense.
Look for the Alabama defense to dictate the pace of the game and try to throw off the Ole Miss offense.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 6:30pm at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
#23 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes
Last week the Badgers routed the Purdue Boilermakers by a score of 41-10 and improve their overall season record to 3-1. Led by Sophomore QB Joel Stave and the three-headed running attack of RB’s Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement and James White, the Wisconsin Badgers are ranked 12th in the nation in overall offense and are looking to give the powerful Buckeyes a run for their money.
Last week the Buckeyes pounded Florida A&M by a score of 76-0 and improved their record to 4-0. Led by QB’s Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton, Senior RB Jordan Hall and WR Devin Smith, the Ohio State Buckeyes are dynamite on the offensive side of the ball and have put up some big numbers so far this season against all of their opponents.
Both of these teams have very highly ranked defenses and are more than capable of stopping the run and pass. Look for the Buckeyes offense to push the pace of this game and try to tire out the Badgers defense and keep their offense off the field.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 8:00pm at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Here are some other very good games to watch for in week 5 for the 2013 NCAA Football season.
#8 Florida State Seminoles vs. Boston College EaglesKickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
#10 Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks – Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Arizona Wildcats vs. #16 Washington Huskies – Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Kickoff on Thursday at 7:30pm in Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia
California Golden Bears vs. #2 Oregon Ducks – Kickoff on Saturday at 10:30pm at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.


 Matt Kassabian
Twitter: @PassDaKassabian

Author: Matthew Kassabian

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