NCAA Football: Week 5 game rankings
Let's take a look at the best games on the Saturday slate.
5. #5 Stanford at Washington State - 10 PM ET, ESPN
On the surface, this may look like an absolute blowout. But the Cougars may keep this interesting for a while. It'll be interesting to see how Mike Leach's offense fares against the Stanford defense. Washington State made noise this season by beating USC, but as we all know, the Trojans aren't who we thought they were. The Cardinal offense will obviously be the toughest challenge they've faced thus far, so a few early stops would be a huge momentum boost. Again, I can see Washington State hanging around for a half, but ultimately, Stanford's talent will win out. Still, this will be an intriguing game to watch.
4. #23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio State - 8 PM ET, ABC
Don't expect an Ohio State quarterback to throw for six touchdowns in the first half of this one. All signs point toward Braxton Miller returning from injury to get the start, so that's good news. Both of these teams have solid rushing attacks that will go right at the defense, and it will be interesting to see who wins the battle at the line of scrimmage. I think the Badgers might catch Ohio State off guard and jump out to an early lead. But will they be able to hold onto it? This has the makings of a Big Ten classic.
3. #14 Oklahoma at #22 Notre Dame - 3:30 PM ET, NBC
It seems like every year at this point in the season, we're asking whether or not Notre Dame is for real. We'll find out this week when they take on a Sooner team with a lot of momentum. Blake Bell has reinvigorated the offense since taking over at quarterback and I'm not sure the Irish defense will be able to stop him. Yes, it's his first game as a starter in a hostile environment, but the kid seems ready for this type of stage. We'll find out how ready he is on Saturday afternoon.
2. #21 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama - 6:30 PM ET, ESPN
This Ole Miss/Alabama game has the same type of feel that the Texas A&M/Alabama game had a season ago. It feels like the potential is there for a major upset. The Rebels have had two weeks to prepare, but ultimately, could that be their downfall? They were red hot coming off the win over Texas, but it'll be interesting to see if the down time stripped some of that momentum away from them. Despite the offensive concerns for the Tide, it's nearly impossible to pick against them. It will be an outstanding football game though.
1. #6 LSU at #9 Georgia - 3:30 PM ET, CBS
It's a good week to be an SEC fan. First we have Ole Miss/Bama, and now the game of the week between LSU and Georgia. In my opinion, these are the two biggest roadblocks in Bama's march to another national championship. But one of them has to go down here. The Tigers have made a ton of progress offensively under Cam Cameron, while the Georgia defense has had their fair share of struggles at times. And what about the LSU defense against the Aaron Murray-led offense? It's quite possible that this game could see both teams reach the 30s. No matter what the score is, this game should be special.
Which game are you looking forward to most this weekend?