|Kenny Hill, Texas A&M QB|
Week 5 of the 2014 NCAA College football season was a great one to say the least. It was a week filled with tight, closely contested games between conference rivals, and it made for some fantastic football action.
Week 5 saw Oklahoma State top their BIG 12 rivals, Texas Tech and move on to a 3-1 record. UCLA met with their PAC 12 rivals, Arizona State in a battle of the unbeaten, and they were able to hammer the Sun Devils by a score of 62-27 as they improved to 4-0 on the season. Georgia played host to their foes from the Volunteer state, Tennessee, and were barely able to hold on for the win as they edged out their opponents by a score of 35-32. Stanford was able to edge out the Washington Huskies by a score of 20-13, the Huskies defence kept them in the game, it’s a shame they couldn’t muster anything on offence, or else they had a solid shot at upsetting their rivals from Northern California.
Week 5 also saw South Carolina play host to the Tigers of Missouri only to fall short and lose the game to their SEC rivals by a score of 21-20. The game of the week, to many, would have to be the Southwest Classic between Arkansas and Texas A&M. It was a back and forth game that needed overtime to settle the score and in the extra frame the Kenny Hill led Aggies put up a touchdown which earned them the 35-28 victory against their SEC rivals.
All we can hope for is that Week 6 is just as thrilling as Week 5 was. That being said, here are the top games to watch for this week on the 2014 NCAA College football schedule.
Arizona Wildcats vs. #2 Oregon Ducks
The Arizona Wildcats are coming off a bye week; however, they are coming into this game with a 4-0 record which they earned after their last win against Cal on September 20th. Arizona is led by QB Anu Soloman who has looked affective thus far and has put up some solid numbers. If the Wildcats want to do some damage against the Ducks they will need their offence to click on all cylinders with the help of WR Cayleb Jones and RB Nick Wilson. The Oregon Ducks are also coming off of a bye week and they also come into this game with a 4-0 record having earned that with a close win over Washington State in week 4. The Ducks are led by QB Marcus Mariota and a core group of running backs and wide receivers that know how to put up points. However, the Oregon offence isn’t a major problem, though they have suffered some offensive line woes, it’s their defense which ranks 94th in the nation. This is simply unacceptable if you’re Oregon because without a decent defence, there’s no way they can compete for a National Championship. Though the Ducks are heavy favourites in this game, we cannot forget what happened last season, Oregon travelled down to Arizona and were stunned by the Wildcats. This game could essentially go either way, regardless of how many points Oregon is favoured by. If Oregon wants to pull off the victory, they must play some very stout defence and attempt to move the ball with ease against the Wildcats of Arizona.
Game details: Kickoff on Thursday, October 2nd at 10:30pm from Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
#6 Texas A&M Aggies vs. #12 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Last weekend the Aggies of Texas A&M dueled with their SEC foes, the Arkansas Razorbacks and were able to emerge as victors in a very closely contested game and with that victory the Aggies improved to 5-0 on the season. The Aggies are led by QB Kenny Hill on offence and he will be looking to lead his team to victory against another conference foe, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are coming into this game with a 4-0 record, fresh off a bye week and massive victory over the LSU Tigers in week 4. Their 12th ranked offence is led by QB Dak Prescott and RB Josh Robinson. This game has the potential to be a fantastic back and forth game or a blowout for Texas A&M, it all hinges on how well the Bulldogs can move the ball on the Aggies. If Mississippi State wants to emerge victorious in the SEC tilt, they will need Dak Prescott to play his best football in order to keep up with Aggie QB Kenny Hill and that high octane offence.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday, October 4th at 12:00pm from Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi.
#3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #11 Ole Miss Rebels
The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming into this game with a 4-0 record and fresh off a bye week, however, in week 4 they were able to beat their SEC foes, the Florida Gators, in what was a fantastic game to watch. The Crimson Tide are led by QB Blake Sims, WR Amari Cooper and RB’s Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon and they will ensure that their 4th ranked offence punishes Ole Miss. The Rebels of Ole Miss are coming off of a 24-3 win over Memphis and have started the season 4-0. They are led by QB Bo Wallace, RB Jaylen Walton and WR Laquon Treadwell on offence. Ole Miss control their own destiny in this one, if they want to have a shot at upsetting the Crimson Tide they will need to let their 4th ranked defence control the game; however, they will need to be near perfect in their offensive execution, and that means no turnovers and scoring on nearly every drive if possible, they need to have an aggressive game plan going into this game. Look for Blake Sims and the Alabama offence to try and exploit the Rebel defence in this one.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday, October 4th at 3:30pm from Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.
#15 LSU Tigers vs. #5 Auburn Tigers
The LSU Tigers are coming into this game with a 4-1 record and are fresh off a massive 63-7 win over New Mexico State. Their only loss came to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in week 4. QB Brandon Harris, RB Leonard Fournette and WR Travin Dural will lead the LSU Tigers into Auburn for their duel against their SEC foes. The LSU can be dangerous at times but they will need it to be fantastic if they want to earn themselves a victory against Auburn this weekend. The Auburn Tigers are coming off a 45-17 win against Louisiana Tech last weekend and will come into this game with a 4-0 record. Auburn is led by QB Nick Marshall, RB Cameron Artis-Payneand WR D’haquille Williams on the offensive side of the ball. Both of these teams are very evenly matched up, which means this game can go either way, so it all depends on which team executes better and limits the amount of mistakes they make. Look for both teams to try and get their ground game going in this one.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday October 4th at 7:00pm from Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.
#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. #10 Michigan State Spartans
Nebraska is coming into this game with a 5-0 record and a solid victory over conference rivals, Illinois. They are led by QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., RB Ameer Abdullahand WR Kenny Bell on offence. The Husker offence ranks 7th overall in the country and they will try their very best to try and be successful against a stout Michigan State defence. Michigan State come into this game with a 3-1 record which included a 56-14 win over Wyoming last weekend. Their only loss of the season came to the Oregon Ducks in week 2; however, they still have the 17th ranked offence in the nation and the 11th ranked defence, which tells us a lot about their squad. If Nebraska, the underdogs, want to stun the Spartans, they will need to be very aggressive on offence and take the game to the Spartans because if they sit around and try to keep it low key, the Spartans will pounce on them and it could get ugly in a hurry. Look for the Spartan defense to try and control this game and limit the amount of big plays the Huskers will look to use on them.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday, October 4th at 8:00pm from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.
Author: Matthew Kassabian