If you didn’t know that Alabama and Clemson had basically owned the college football world for nearly the last decade, you might be surprised to see that Ohio State isn’t the No. 1 team in the country this week after what the Buckeyes have done over the first five weeks of the season.
You might also wonder why Oklahoma ranked in the Top 3 after what the Sooners have looked like through their first four games.
Yet, Alabama and Clemson are part of the college football world and still remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings, although we have a new top-ranked team in the country this week after North Carolina nearly pulled off the upset of the year at home against Clemson. UNC failed on a 2-point conversation that could have won the game for the Tarheels but instead, Clemson survived, 21-20.
Voters are getting off the Clemson bandwagon this week after a few poor showings but they are 5-0 as they head into their bye-week. Alabama, the new No. 1, is also on bye.
Below we take a look at some of the big games involving Top 25 teams this weekend, including a huge one in the SEC.
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Friday, Oct. 4
No. 19 UCF (-4) at Cincinnati
This is a really interesting game that will get played on Friday night. The Bearcats have only lost to Ohio State this season while UCF lost its last road game to Pitt. UCF QB Dillion Gabriel has thrown for 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions but he will face a rowdy crowd and a feisty defense which has only given up 27 points since the blowout loss to the Buckeyes.
Saturday, Oct. 5
No. 3 Georgia (-24.5) at Tennessee
Coming off a bye and with both Alabama and Clemson off this week, this is a big spot for the Dawgs to grab headlines. With what has happened with Oklahoma and Ohio State recently, Georgia needs some style points after their close win over Notre Dame two weeks ago. That could be really bad news for the Vols who have already lost to Georgia Southern and BYU at home this season.
No. 4 Oklahoma (-33.5) at Kansas
OU QB Jalen Hurts has been nothing short of tremendous so far this season. The Sooners’ new QB has now thrown for nearly 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns after a 55-16 destruction of Texas Tech last week. Kansas has lost two straight games after losing 51-14 at TCU last week. The Jayhawks will be lucky to keep the Sooners under 50 in this one.
No. 23 Michigan State at No. 5 Ohio State (-20)
The Buckeyes just set a record for the largest victory in a game where ESPN’s College Gameday was on site to see. Nebraska was also handed its largest home loss in years as the Huskers could do nothing to stop OSU QB Justin Fields and company. The 48-7 final doesn’t explain how one-sided that game really was, but Michigan State has a defense that might be able to slow Ohio State down a little. The question for this game is can the Spartans score against the Buckeyes? Ohio State has only given up a total of 43 points this season.
Utah State at No. 6 LSU (-27.5)
LSU is coming off an open week but the lack of a game did nothing to slow down the hype train for QB Joe Burrow. The Tigers signal caller has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Utah State is going to have its hand full as Tiger Stadium will be rocking with Cajuns who believe they have a complete team now, one capable of making the playoffs.
No. 7 Auburn (-2.5) at No. 8 Florida
This is the game of the weekend and a massive game for Auburn’s hopes of making the playoffs. The Tigers are coming off a very impressive blowout of Mississippi State at home. For Florida, the Gators have only given up three points in the last two weeks combined and haven’t been tested since their road win at Kentucky. This is going to be an awesome battle of SEC powers.
Kent State at No. 9 Wisconsin (-34.5)
After a big win over Michigan, the Badgers were tested by Northwestern last week. The defense led UW to a 24-15 win but it wasn’t an easy victory like many had expected. This is basically a week off for Wisconsin before it welcomes Michigan State to Madison.
Bowling Green at No. 10 Notre Dame (-45.5)
The Irish were able to take care of business against Virginia last week in the Cavs’ first-ever trip to South Bend. It was a hard-fought victory and the Irish return to their home stadium this week to face a team that is catching one of the largest numbers this week.
Purdue at No. 11 Penn State (-28)
This is a big game for the Boilermakers. Purdue had high hopes for this season but they have lost 2 straight games and now have to play at Penn State. The Nittany Lions had the most impressive win, even more than Ohio State’s over Nebraska, by beating Maryland 59-0 on the road last week.
No. 12 Texas (-10.5) at West Virginia
Texas under Tom Herman has not fared well as a double-digit road favorite in the Big 12. The Mountaineers beat Kansas on the road last week but they are facing their biggest test of the season this week. The Longhorns had a week off to prep for this road trip but with Oklahoma and the annual Dallas game on deck, you have to wonder about this being a trap game for UT.
Cal at No. 13 Oregon (NL)
Cal is coming off its first loss of the season and now has to face the Ducks on the road in a really tough spot. Oregon was off last week and has played really well since its opening game loss to Auburn. Oregon’s offense will need to protect QB Justin Herbert from Cal’s stellar pass rush.
No. 14 Iowa at No. 18 Michigan (-4)
The way to get your season on track is to play Rutgers. Both Iowa and Michigan have played the Scarlet Knights and won by a combined score of 82-0. Rutgers fired its head coach after what Michigan did to the program last week. Iowa crushed MTSU last week and heads into Ann Arbor undefeated. The Wolverines can’t afford to lose a game like this if they want to play in the Big 10 title game.
No. 15 Boise State (NL) at UNLV
UNLV is a complete mess. The Rebels need to make a bowl game to keep head coach Tony Sanchez employed at the school. UNLV is 1-3 and has been blown out in three straight contests. Boise State is undefeated and shouldn’t have much of an issue on the road this week.
No. 16 Washington (-14) at Stanford
QB Jacob Eason and the Huskies offense did enough against USC last week at home to get a win and cover the 10.5-point line. Washington’s defense has been extremely opportunistic this season and their pass rush is one of the best in the Pac-12. Stanford had hopes of competing for the Pac-12 title but it has struggled against quality competition so far this season.
No. 23 Memphis (-14) at UL Monroe
The Tigers are undefeated and go on the road to face a UL Monroe team that won their last game but was beaten 72-20 at Iowa State in week 3. Memphis beat Ole Miss in their opener and are coming off a big win over Navy at home.
No. 25 Oklahoma State (-10) at Texas Tech
The Cowboys might be getting Tech at the right time. The Red Raiders got whipped by Oklahoma last week in Norman and lost at Arizona the week before. This week, Texas Tech returns home to face an Oklahoma State team that beat Kansas State last week at home and pushed Texas on the road in week 4.