Week Five Predictions
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A wet and wild college football weekend is among us - or at least is among Clemson and Notre Dame fans as they prepare for their showdown in Death Valley with raindrops falling from the Heavens...I have never been so pumped for a game (ok, maybe I have in the many years that have gone by) and as I get ready for company coming to visit and the excitement of a top 15 matchup with ESPN's "Gameday" in town and everything else, one thing is on most people's minds: the weather. Hurricane Jouqain is spinning off rain systems across the East Coast, reeking havoc on the college football world. But we will battle through it and give 110% Saturday Night!
Here are my predictions for the games of week 5...
Iowa (4-0) at #19 Wisconsin (3-1) - The Hawkeyes have climbed onto the radar for most college football fans, but as soon as we see them, we see them go. Wisconsin isn't a powerhouse like usual, in fact, they are currently outside the top 50 in rushing offense, but they should have enough to win at home here. Wisconsin, 35-24.
#3 Ole MIss (4-0) at #25 Florida (4-0) - We know Ole Miss can play, we've seen them in action already, with a cocky - but good - leader on offense in quarterback Chad Kelly (12th nationally in passing offense), and a solid D with Robert Nkimdechi and crew shutting folks down. But we don't know tons about the Gators. Is John McElwain's team ready to enter the national spotlight? I see Ole Miss holding on to their unbeaten record with another SEC road win. Ole Miss, 30-20.
#13 Alabama (3-1) at #8 Georgia (4-0) - Could the ever so powerful Crimson Tide take a second straight loss in the SEC? Will UGA finally have the breakthrough season under Mark Richt that Dawg fans have longed for for 15 seasons? Georgia has a good balance of passing and running, and I am going to go with them here to start thinking about that #1 spot in the polls. This game will feature two of the top running backs in the nation as Derrick Henry of Alabama will go up against Nick Chubb and UGA. That in itself will be worth tuning in for. Georgia, 35-27.
#21 Mississippi State (3-1) at Texas A&M (4-0) - Gonna go Aggies here. They are kind of hit or miss, and this weekend I believe they hit. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin needs to have a big year. He has been popular so far, but has gone from 11-2 to 9-4 to 8-5...Not a good pattern. A successful 2015 season is critical to his longevity in College Station. Texas A&M, 24-21.
Boston College (3-1) at Duke (3-1) - Going to go with Duke at home. BC is always a tough foe, though never possessing the fire power to outscore people. They will give the Devils fits, but lose. Duke, 28-20.
#6 Notre Dame (4-0) at Clemson (3-0) - This game was hard enough to predict before a tropical storm decided to park itself in the South Carolina upstate. Now, all factors are basically out the window. It will be wet. It will be soggy. It will be one of those games where the game plan has to be changed. Passing will be limited, running will be at a premium. And again, there it is again hard to predict. Clemson has a strong running game with the Wayne Train - Wayne Gallman - and as many as 4 others to give him some rest. ND counters with CJ Prosise running behind a strong offensive line....Both teams have solid defenses with several NFL type dudes roaming around....So how do I pick a winner? How do I know if it will be a light rain or a heavy downpour? How do we know which team will care more about this game? Well, it's college football and there is no way to know. This game had become a "Pick'em" in Vegas long before the rains set in. Now, it is a toss-up game if ever there was one. And in those games, I usually always go home team. Clemson, 28-23.
Louisville (1-3) at NC State (4-0) - Here is my upset of the week, so I am going with the Cardinals to get their 2015 season heading in the right direction with an ACC road win. The Pack are unbeaten, but haven't played a soul yet. Louisville, 30-27.
Arizona (3-1) at #18 Stanford (3-1) - I've always liked the Wildcats for some reason - maybe their navy blue with red and white uniforms, or the fact that they are out in the desert...Anyway, in this one, I'd like to see them win, but I think Stanford is too strong - and at home. Stanford, 37-27.
Washington State (2-1) at #24 Cal (4-0) - Gonna go Cal big here. I am certainly not a fan of the Bears as they are a perennial mediocre team, but in this one, a 5-0 start will be realized in Berkeley. Yes folks, the Cal Bears could crack the Top 20 this week...Cal, 40-20.
#23 West Virginia (3-0) at #15 Oklahoma (3-0) - I'm going to call for an upset here. The Mountaineers always field a pretty solid ball squad, and they have been known to spring big wins at times. WVU currently leads the nation in turnover margin with a +3....OU is probably more talented, but hey, you have to go out on a limb every now and again! West Virginia, 31-24.
Kansas State (3-0) at #20 Oklahoma State(4-0) - This should be a good one. Both teams come in undefeated and are positioning to make a mid-season run at the Big 12 crown. As you all know, in games like these, when I just cannot decide who to pick, I almost always go with the home team. Oklahoma State, 38-28.
#5 Baylor (3-0) at Texas Tech (3-1) - This will be a very good game for 3 quarters. That's how TTU does things. They stick around for a while, then fizzle late when playing a big time game. In this one, I predict the same. Baylor will have a hard time putting the Red Raiders away until late. Baylor, 50-40.
Nebraska (2-2) at Illinois (3-1) - The Huskers are not off to the greatest start under Mike Riley, but sometimes it takes a few minutes to get the train rolling. The Illini are one of those big schools that have just never figured out how to be good at football. They are in there with the UNC's, the Cal's, the Washington State's, the Indiana's....You get the point. Nebraska, 28-21.
#1 Ohio State (4-0) at Indiana (4-0) - Hoosier fans have been screaming that they wanted "Gameday" and all of this hoopla the last few weeks. Why? So the whole nation can watch you get destroyed by the Buckeyes? Indiana will get beat down in this one. Stick to basketball - and even there you might want to step things up. Ohio State, 46-10.
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