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Is 5 the Magic Number?

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We are entering Week 5 of the college football season. There are five matchups between ranked teams this weekend. Additionally, five new teams have cracked the top 25. I’ve used the number “5” three times already, hence the title. Here, I’ll preview the five ranked matchups this Saturday and take a look at the five new ranked teams.

New Top 25 teams

No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats: The Wildcats got the attention of many with their dominating win over previously ranked  Mississippi State. Kentucky has shown that they are the biggest threat to Georgia in the SEC East. Do we need to keep an eye on Kentucky, or was their win against Mississippi State a fluke?

No. 18 Texas Longhorns: People declared “Texas is back” after their win over USC. Although they also said the same thing following their recent victory over TCU. The Longhorns have certainly played much better since their disappointing season-opening loss to Maryland, but the game that will tell me a lot about the Longhorns is their upcoming showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners.

No. 22 Duke Blue Devils: Duke is ranked, and no, we aren’t talking about basketball. We will see how the Blue Devils fare this Saturday against Virginia Tech, who is coming off of an awful loss to Old Dominion.

No. 24 California Golden Bears: The California Golden Bears are one of the newly ranked teams. This Saturday, they will try to stay undefeated as they take on the No. 19 Oregon Ducks.

No. 25 Texas Tech Red Raiders: The Red Raiders entered the top 25 after blowing out No. 15 Oklahoma State on the road. Texas Tech has another test this weekend as Will Grier and the Mountaineers invade Lubbock, TX.

Ranked Matchups this Weekend

No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech: If you like points, then this is the game for you. The Red Raiders are fifth in the nation in points per game, and the Mountaineers average over 40 points a contest. This game should be a shootout in typical Big 12 fashion.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame: A top 10 showdown between two undefeated teams. Last Saturday, Notre Dame showed that they are better off with Ian Book at QB, as he provided the Irish with an edge through the air. Now for Stanford, they were very fortunate to come out of Oregon with a win. Between having an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown when the Ducks were in a position to go up 31-7, and Oregon fumbling in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter, Stanford caught several breaks. Given that this showdown is in Notre Dame, and how Stanford looked against Oregon, the Irish should definitely be favored in this matchup.

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State: The past two games between these two teams have been absolute thrillers. The Buckeyes have been a dominant team so far this season, but they will be without their star defensive end Nick Bosa, who could be a top 3 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

No. 20 BYU at No. 10 Washington: The Cougars will look to show that their win on the road over previously undefeated Wisconsin was no fluke. For Washington, they already have one loss, and another defeat would put their hopes of making the College Football Playoff into serious doubt.

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 California: Oregon will look to bounce back after their shocking loss to Stanford in a road game against newly-ranked California.

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