5 Games to Watch - NCAAF Week 5
#15 Oklahoma State (3-1) @ Texas Tech (3-0)
Saturday 9/30, 8 PM ET
Jones AT&T Stadium
During the last six meetings between these two teams, Oklahoma State has averaged 56 points per game. They lost last week to TCU, but the season is not lost for the Cowboys. Win out and they’ll be in the conference championship game with a chance at the College Football Playoff. Texas Tech isn’t just the pass only team of the last few years. They actually have a defense this year. They already have 9 takeaways and are very opportunistic. These teams will combine for 1000+ yards of offense and score over 100 points this game.
Prediction- Oklahoma State 56, Texas Tech 52
Northern Illinois (2-1) @ #19 San Diego State (4-0)
Saturday 9/30, 10:30 PM ET
The Aztecs rank fifth nationally in rushes of 20+ yards this season. Three of their five passing touchdowns have been for 21+ yards. They can score from anywhere on the field, at any time, and on any down or distance. The Aztec's, Rashaad Penny, is this year’s dark horse from the Group of Five teams to win the Heisman. The Huskies defense have 6 interceptions already this season and a big-time win over Nebraska on the road. Coming off a bye week they will be ready to take on this potent offense.
Prediction- San Diego State 28, Northern Illinois 21
#24 Mississippi State (3-1) @ #13 Auburn (3-1)
Saturday 9/30, 6 PM ET
Get ready for an SEC West division title eliminator game. Win and you are still on course to challenge Georgia for the division title. Lose and you’re playing for pride the rest of the season. MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald struggled last week against the Georgia pass defense, especially on third down. This Tiger defense hasn’t been tested yet but they are stout and will continue to cause problems for the Bulldogs.
Prediction- Auburn 23, Mississippi State 21
#5 Southern California (4-0) @ #16 Washington State (4-0)
Friday 9/29, 10:30 PM ET
Washington State is completing 76% of their passes this season. But, has only played against one team so far that has a win against an FBS opponent, Boise State. USC has beaten Texas, Stanford, and Cal in their marquee matchups. The Cougar offense has 17 passing touchdowns but has also given up 17 sacks. The Trojan defense has been really good getting to the QB with 8 sacks in their last two games. USC QB Sam Darnold has had some lapses this season and the WSU secondary has 5 picks already. This game should go back and forth and be a great start to the college football weekend.
Prediction- Southern California 38, Washington State 34
#2 Clemson (4-0) @ #12 VT (4-0)
Saturday 9/30, 8 PM ET
This could be the first of two games between these two teams this season. There's a strong possibility they'll meet again in the ACC Championship game. Clemson’s run defense has been incredible this season allowing only 2.5 yards per carry. They bottled up Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner from last season, Lamar Jackson, and looked nigh unbeatable. Josh Jackson, freshman QB for the Hokies, has looked really good this season and will try to solve the Tiger defensive puzzle. His offensive line has only allowed 4 sacks so far this season and they are 15th in the nation in turnover margin. Virginia Tech won’t beat themselves and will make Clemson beat them.
Prediction- Clemson 27, Virginia Tech 20