What a week we had in College Football with a seven-pack of games in Week 4. The games did not disappoint as we had six AP Top 25-ranked matchups. Not to mention the start of conference play. Can’t believe we are into Week 5 of the College Football season.
Again, Full Press Coverage continues to bring you the best college football coverage. Early on, we gave you conference previews based on odds. In addition, Full Press Coverage will give you the AP Top 25 Poll each week, along with must-watch games for each week.
Look we know Colorado is must watch. But they have fallen out of the Top 25. While their game makes the list, there are more intriguing matchups as we head into week 5 of the college football season. However, we will stay in the Pac-12 with Utah Utes taking on the Oregon St. Beavers. In addition, other games that have made the list are LSU taking on Ole Miss and Notre Dame heading to Durham to take on Duke.
While last week gave us a lot of great matchups, especially inside the Top 25, that does not mean this week’s slate is bad. There are just not as many, but there are still a lot of good games on the schedule.
Let’s Dive into the games to watch as we enter Week 5 of the College Football season.
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(11) Notre Dame vs. (17) Duke – Game of the Week
Let’s begin in Durham, North Carolina. Think about what the Duke Blue Devils have done. Especially head coach Mike Elko has done with this team. After coming off a nine-win season last year, Duke is off to a 4-0 start. One of their wins came over Clemson. Now they have Notre Dame coming in. The Fighting Irish are coming off a last-minute loss to Ohio State last week. Notre Dame had chances to win that game against the Buckeyes but could not close the deal. The Fighting Irish will want to get off to a good start. We did not see that high-powered offense last week with Sam Hartman. Do we see it this week? We are going to find out against a top-10 Duke defense. Not to mention the Blue Devils can score points as well. Fighting Irish already have one loss and another one and you really can kiss the playoff goodbye.
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(10) Utah vs. (19) Oregon St.
One of the big games on the schedule happens in the Pac-12 as the two-time defending Pac-12 champs the Utah Utes head to Corvallis to take on the Oregon St. Beavers. Utah remains undefeated even without starting quarterback Cam Rising. This will be a tough test for the Utes. They are a better home team than a road team. Nate Johnson has filled in nicely, but Utah is a better team with Rising in the lineup. Look we see what Utah is on both sides of the ball. Physical on both sides of the line as they returned most of their team from last year. Jonathan Smith’s team gave up 38 points in a road loss to Washington St. last week. Don’t sleep on the Cougars. But we know Oregon St. is a good defensive team. Expect DJ Uiagalelei to have a better game.
(8) USC vs. Colorado
Early on Saturday, we have USC heading to Boulder, Co. Look, Oregon gave Colorado a bit of reality. Don’t know who was crowning the Buffs Pac-12 champs, but everyone knew Colorado could not hang with the Ducks. That offense for the Ducks is something else with Bo Nix. Well, things do not get easier with the Trojans offense coming to town led by Caleb Williams. We know USC can score points, but it is their defense that has been the question mark. That defense is still giving up way too many points, but they are getting to the quarterback this season. Shedeur Sanders will be under pressure in this game. He has been sacked 22 times already this season. That trend will continue. Look if Colorado can find a way to keep Shedeur Sanders upright they have a chance, but it is a small one. But it has to be a shootout for them to win. Colorado gets another dose of reality this week with USC.
(24) Kansas vs. (3) Texas
Off to the Big 12 for another ranked matchup. Kansas is having another good season. Just look at the basketball schools making waves in college football this season. The Jayhawks have to play a very good Longhorns team. We know the Big 12 is known as the no-defense league except for this season. However, Kansas is averaging 37.8 points per game, and Jalon Daniels is one of the most exciting QBs in the nation to watch. Texas is averaging 35 points per game, so yeah, we may go back to the old Big 12 this week. But that being said, Texas has the 13th-ranked scoring defense in the nation. That is going to be the difference maker. Texas blew out Kansas last year in Kansas, and this year, the Longhorns are better, and the game is being played in Austin.
(13) LSU vs. (20) Ole Miss
It is a battle in the SEC between LSU and Ole Miss. The Tigers had trouble beating Arkansas last week when they were 17.5 favourites. However, LSU looks to be one of the better teams in the SEC this year. However, it is a down year for the SEC and everyone knows it. Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss had a chance to knock Alabama out of the conversation, but per usual Nick Saban found a way to beat Lane Kiffin. Jaxson Dart had an off-game for the Rebels. Not to mention that defense was giving up huge plays which does not favor them against an LSU offense led by Jayden Daniels. And history shows LSU has won six of the last seven games; however, the last game played in Oxford, Ole Miss won. But Ole Miss will need to hold LSU to under 20 points to do so.
Week 5 of College Football is shaping up to be another good one. Other matchups include Alabama going to Mississippi State. That should be an interesting one. Let’s see if Bama has truly turned it around.