Big Weekend Set for College Football Top-25 Match-Ups

College football is in full swing this weekend, with Week 5 pitting some major match-ups between top-25 teams.

None of the games are bigger than No. 4 Ohio State traveling to No. 9 Penn State.  The Nittany Lions have spoiled things before against the Buckeyes, so Coach James Franklin expects more of the same on Saturday.  Penn State will featured their dreaded “White Out”, where the entire fan base wears white throughout the stadium.  For Penn State to win, they have to find a way to stop Ohio State’s potent offense and their Heisman Trophy candidate QB Dwayne Haskins.  Haskins is big, physical, and accurate.  Very tough game but I think Ohio State survives.

No. 7 Stanford travels to No. 8 Notre Dame for a traditional match-up that has taken on new meaning in the College Football Playoff era.  Stanford should be going into the game 3-1, but instead are undefeated.  Oregon dominated them last week but, somehow, found a way to blow a big lead late and let the Cardinal off the hook.  Now Stanford faces a much stronger defense in Notre Dame.  The pundits have this close, but I think Notre Dame dominates both sides of the ball.

No. 20 BYU travels to No. 11 Washington to play the Huskies in Seattle.  This is a weird game for both schools because, quite frankly, you have no idea how good either team can be.  BYU has a marquee win on the road at Wisconsin, while Washington turned it over when the chips were down to blow a chance against Auburn.  Since then, both teams have squeaked by.  Expect Chris Peterson and Washington to be ready.  They have an experienced quarterback and they are playing at home in a very tough environment.  Go Huskies!

No. 12 West Virginia and the Will Grier Show travels to upstart Texas Tech, currently ranked No. 25.  Grier is putting up Heisman-like numbers and has a wealth of receivers to choose from.  On the other side, Texas Tech went into Oklahoma State and won, which is no easy task.  Expect this to end up being Kliff Kingsbury’s best team, and so it makes sense they make a statement this weekend by upsetting West Virginia.

Finally, No. 19 Oregon, fresh off laying a fourth quarter egg in a game they should have easily won, travel to No. 23 Cal to take on former Oregon assistant Justin Wilcox.  The Ducks have the best quarterback in the country in junior Justin Herbert, but don’t count out Cal’s defense.  Wilcox established himself as one of the top, young defensive minds in the country when he worked at Wisconsin and then at Washington.  I think Oregon is banged up, and Cal is ready to bust out.  Regardless, Herbert is too good.  Oregon wins a close one.

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