Week 5 Preview

Games of Note:

#16 USC @ Utah

Scott- Don’t look now, but after a forgivable season-opening loss to Bama in JerryWorld, Clay Helton is slowly working his way off of the hot seat. What does this mean you may ask? I think USC is due for a letdown. A Friday night in Salt Lake City seems like a prime opportunity for one against a Utes team that is coming off a devastating loss to Cal. Utah rebounds at home and knocks off the Trojans. Utah 36, USC 33

Gavin- I don’t know Scott, Utah just haven’t been all that impressive thus far. Last week’s big loss was perhaps indicative of the way they had played so far this season. USC will be by far the best team they’ve faced yet, and I don’t think they are up to the task. USC 38, Utah 24

#17 Oklahoma State @ #23 TCU

Scott- I went back and forth on this game multiple times. These are two very evenly matched teams, both 3-0 and looking to get off to a strong start in conference play. Chuba Hubbard and the Cowboys are coming off a bye. The Frogs may be drained after an emotionally draining rivalry win last week. Advantage OSU. Oklahoma State 40, TCU 34

Gavin- Yes this one is definitely tough. But the Horned Frogs proved a point against SMU, and are looking a much improved side. At home, I like them to sneak past the Cowboys. TCU 45, Oklahoma State 42

#14 Texas A&M @ Mississippi State

Scott- Starkville is a very tough place to play, especially in sleepy 11 AM kickoffs. This is a solid upset opportunity as well, with the Bulldogs coming off an extremely disappointing loss to Tulane. This will be the toughest game this season for TAMU, but that’s not saying a ton so far. Kellen Mond and the Aggies silence the cowbells and move to 2-0 in the SEC and tie up the all-time series. Texas A&M 42, Mississippi State 24

Gavin- It may not be the case in real-life, but in our season A&M has looked to be every bit as good as their #14 ranking indicates. That being said, they haven’t exactly faced a gauntlet so far. But with both the offense and the defense rolling, I just don’t think the Bulldogs can keep up. Texas A&M 42, Mississippi State 17

Washington @ #15 Oregon

Scott- This heated rivalry game ushers in a new coach for the Huskies. The jury is still out on the Jimmy Lake era 3 games in and they have 2 comfortable expected wins after a season opening loss to Michigan that is looking very respectable as the Wolverines roll. This will be a fantastic measuring stick game, however. The Ducks appear to be the class of the North for the time being, even if they may not be a playoff contender like we thought at the beginning of the season. Too much defense here for UW to escape Eugene with a victory. Oregon 31, Washington 14

Gavin- Each team comes into this one with a loss to a highly rated B10 foe. Each team has looked impressive in every other game so far. But for now, I have to believe that Oregon is the better team. They are just too well rounded, and at home I think the Ducks roll. Oregon 28, Washington 10

#18 Baylor @ #5 Oklahoma

Scott- In a rematch of last year’s Big XII championship, the Bears are looking solid through four games, but this will be a huge test against the perennial conference front-runner. Oklahoma has to avoid looking ahead to next week’s Red River Rivalry. Fortunately for them, Baylor may be even better than Texas. I think the Sooners will remain focused, and the offense carries them once again. Oklahoma 47, Baylor 30

Gavin- Oklahoma has looked solid on both sides of the ball, while Baylor might still have a few questions to answer on defense. I think that proves to be the difference here, as Oklahoma is just thankful they aren’t playing Kansas State. Oklahoma 38, Baylor 24

#11 Minnesota @ Maryland

Scott- At first glance, a very surprising prime-time selection by Fox. But Maryland is 3-0 for the first time since 2016, and the Gophers look every bit as solid as last season’s record breaking season. I think Maryland is very untested thus far, and Fleck’s boys get the job done easily and row their way back to the Twin cities with a 5-0 record. A trip to the rival Badgers loom next week. Minnesota 48, Maryland 18

Gavin- Minnesota does need to be careful here. Wisconsin next week will be a potential decider in the B10 West race. This one has trap game written all over it. You know what, in fact, I’m going to take the Terrapins. Maryland 28, Minnesota 24

#6 Penn State @ #8 Michigan

Scott- In our simulated season, there is one thing that is quite unrealistic. College Gameday is going to the best game each week. No excuses. So the crew heads to Ann Arbor for the 2nd consecutive week. Last year, Michigan trailed big early in a Happy Valley whiteout, but clawed their way back into the game with an offensive spark before ultimately falling by a touchdown. Do the Wolverines have what it takes to defend the Big House against the high powered Nittany Lions? Michigan pulled the upset last week, but their luck runs out here. PSU moves to 2-0 in the B1G in the 3rd Top 10 matchup this season. Penn State 31, Michigan 15

Gavin- This is a marquee matchup, and very deserving of a second straight trip to Ann Arbor for College Gameday. I’m with you though Scott, I think Michigan is still riding the high of a big win last week, and this one is a major letdown. Penn State win their second straight over Harbaugh. Penn State 35, Michigan 21

#10 Notre Dame vs. #12 Wisconsin

Scott- Let me sum up how I feel about this game. These are my two least favorite teams in college football, and Lambeau Field is hosting this game. Yes, I am a Chicago Bears fan as well. While this is a very cool opportunity for these teams in a historic venue, could you imagine these teams facing off in Camp Randall instead? Campus environments are the way to go. I can hear “Jump Around” in my head. Now to the game. Wisconsin is coming off a loss, which could rally the team. However, Notre Dame has looked shaky at times this season, and I am expecting a better showing from the Irish offense against an elite defense. On the (frozen?) tundra in Green Bay, ND squeaks one out in the first meeting between these two programs since 1964. Notre Dame 24, Wisconsin 20

Gavin- Haha, yeah this one covers all the bases for you doesn’t it Scott? An enticing matchup here, with Notre Dame coming off of a little bit of a scare and Wisconsin a heartbreaking loss. But Wisconsin teams don’t lose at Lambeau (Go Pack, go). Wisconsin 21, Notre Dame 17

Upset Picks:

Scott- Army @ Miami-Ohio

The defending MAC champs are off to a 2-2 start, losing the games they were supposed to, and taking care of business as favorites. This week that changes. Yes, they are slight favorites, and Army has a tough loss on their resume, but they held their own last week against the Sooners. The Black Knights benefit from the lesser competition. Army 29, Miami (OH) 19

Gavin- Arizona @ UCLA

Arizona and UCLA were both humbled last week. But for the Bruins it came at the hands of Stanford, a team Arizona beat in week 3. Not only that, but even prior to last week Arizona had looked the better of these two teams by far. Arizona 45, UCLA 35

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