NCAA Football Game Thread: Week 5

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as seen during a game between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

If kings at a round table were sitting around trying to figure out who was the best college football team in the land, each one of them may come up with a different team. It is that wide open at this point in the season.

Some of the more intriguing match-ups this weekend could influence that.

Last week both LSU and Oklahoma beat the teams they played but it was the Tigers that moved ahead in to the No. 1 spot. Oklahoma beat Missouri, a team that has given the Sooners fits in the past couple of seasons but did not pour on a blow out. LSU on the other hand, really dished it out to West Virginia.

The teams following the No. 1 and No. 2 teams are not too far behind either. Alabama is sitting right behind the Sooners breathing down their neck at No. 3, and behind them Boise State at No. 4 and Oklahoma State at No. 5. Any, and all of those teams have an outside shot at creeping up in to that No. 1 slot.

Follow after the jump to check out some of today's key match-ups and games.

No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 18 Arkansas:

This game is in progress and it appears as though the Aggies are running away with the game. Right now the score is 35 - 17. A&M has steam-rolled up to this point and is on pace for 70. They already have 225 yards on the ground led by Christine Michael who has a majority of that total with 128 yards.

No. 13 Clemson vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech:

Clemson has been on fire up to this point. They came out of the gates just flat out ripping their opposition apart. Quarterback Tahj Boyd has really started to make a name for himself, among others. But Virgina Tech has been a bit better and I believe that they will be better in this one as well.

No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 12 Florida:

The Crimson Tide rolls on in to the swamp later this evening where they will try and possibly move up and push the Sooners back even one more spot. If Alabama can beat the Gators tonight, and beat them by a large margin, it's quite possible that even with a Sooner blowout of Ball State at home, that 'Bama moves on up to the No. 2 spot in the national rankings. But the Gators have a blue-collared team that knows how to win. The crowd will need to stay heavily involved in this game in order to help lift the Gators to the 'W'.

No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 7 Wisconsin:

This could be the biggest game implication wise. If either team blows the other out, then it could shake up the rankings quite a bit. Particularly if someone else in the top 5 happens to lose. Wisconsin's transfer quarterback Russell Wilson has been blazing it up through the air and is also a threat on the ground. The Badgers have a pretty solid ground game as well and both Nebraska's run and pass defense will be tested heavily today. Wisconsin may stack the box and force Nebraska's quarterback Taylor Martinez to beat them through the air.

 

Here is the rest of today's schedule:

Saturday, October 1
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV MOBILE TICKETS
12:00 PM ET No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 18 Arkansas*  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Northwestern at No. 24 Illinois  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Mississippi State at Georgia ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Penn State at Indiana Tickets
12:00 PM ET Rutgers at Syracuse ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Toledo at Temple ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Tulane at Army Tickets
12:00 PM ET Texas Tech at Kansas Tickets
12:00 PM ET Air Force at Navy CBS Tickets
12:21 PM ET Kentucky at No. 1 LSU ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET Wake Forest at Boston College ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET Buffalo at Tennessee ESPN 3 Tickets
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati at Miami (OH) ESPN 3 Tickets
1:00 PM ET Akron at Eastern Michigan Tickets
2:00 PM ET Kent State at Ohio Tickets
2:30 PM ET Nevada at No. 4 Boise State Versus Tickets
3:30 PM ET Auburn at No. 10 South Carolina CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State
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  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Southern Methodist at No. 20 TCU Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 21 Georgia Tech at North Carolina State
Coverage map "
  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Bowling Green at No. 22 West Virginia ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Arizona at USC Tickets
3:30 PM ET Washington State at Colorado Tickets
3:30 PM ET Western Michigan at Connecticut ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Marshall at Louisville ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Towson at Maryland ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Michigan State at Ohio State
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  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Idaho at Virginia ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Northern Illinois at Central Michigan ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL) Tickets
4:00 PM ET San Jose State at Colorado State Tickets
4:00 PM ET Arkansas State at Western Kentucky ESPN 3 NeuLion Webcast Tickets
6:00 PM ET No. 13 Clemson at No. 11 Virginia Tech  ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Ball State at No. 2 Oklahoma Tickets
7:00 PM ET No. 17 Texas at Iowa State FX Tickets
7:00 PM ET North Texas at Tulsa Tickets
7:00 PM ET Washington at Utah Tickets
7:00 PM ET Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN 3 NeuLion Webcast Tickets
7:00 PM ET Duke at Florida International Tickets
7:00 PM ET Hawaii at Louisiana Tech ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Memphis at Middle Tennessee ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET UAB at Troy Tickets
7:30 PM ET Rice at Southern Miss Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida CBS Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Wisconsin Tickets
8:00 PM ET North Carolina at East Carolina Tickets
8:00 PM ET New Mexico State at New Mexico Tickets
8:00 PM ET Notre Dame at Purdue  ESPN 3 Tickets
9:15 PM ET Ole Miss at Fresno State  ESPN 3 Tickets
10:30 PM ET UCLA at No. 6 Stanford Tickets
10:30 PM ET Oregon State at No. 25 Arizona State Tickets

 

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