We are entering week 5 of the college football season. There are 5 matchups between ranked teams this weekend. Additionally, 5 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
#17 Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats got the attention of many with their dominating win over previously ranked #14 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?
#18 Texas Longhorns
People declared “Texas is back” after their win over USC. People did the same after their recent victory over TCU. The Longhorns have certainly played a lot 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 Sooners.
#22 Duke Blue Devils
Duke is ranked, and no, we aren’t talking about basketball. We will see how the Blue Devils will fare this Saturday against Virginia Tech, who is coming off of an awful loss to Old Dominion.
#24 California Golden Bears
The California Golden Bears are one of newly ranked teams. This Saturday, they will try to stay undefeated as they take on the Oregon Ducks.
#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders entered the top 25 after blowing out previously ranked #15 Oklahoma State on the road. Texas Tech has another test this weekend as Will Grier and the Mountaineers come into town.
Ranked matchups this weekend:
#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech
If you like points, than this is the game for you. The Red Raiders are 5th 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.
#7 Stanford at #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 gives the team a significant boost in the passing game. 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 position to go up 31-7, and Oregon fumbling in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter when they were trying to run the clock out, Stanford caught a lot of breaks. Given that this showdown is in Notre Dame, and how Stanford looked against Oregon, the Irish should definitely be favored in this matchup.
#4 Ohio State at #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. Who will win this pivotal showdown?
#20 BYU at #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, another defeat would put their hopes of making the college football playoff into serious doubt.
#19 Oregon at #24 California
Oregon will look to bounce back after their shocking loss to Stanford in a road game against newly ranked California.