NCAA Games of the Week: Sooners face Frogs after off week

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger

@mattdmcclain

 

Every week, I think college football might be boring. Every week, I’m wrong. In Week 4, Tennessee came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Florida. LSU’s would be game-winning touchdown was overturned because the Tigers didn’t get the play off in time. Then the Tigers fired coach Les Miles. Wisconsin shocked fans when it routed Michigan State 30-6. Can Week 5 live up to the hype? Here are the games that will try to do so.

 

Stanford at Washington, 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN

We get an early treat this week with this primetime top 10 matchup. The storyline, as it is every week with the Cardinal, is running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey leads the team in both rushing and receiving. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning leads the way for Washington. He’s incredibly efficient when he throws the ball – 14 touchdowns, two interceptions. Stanford’s pass defense is shaky, allowing 242 yards per game through the air. I envision McCaffrey to continue his struggles on the road. He’s never scored in a true road game. I’ll take the Huskies.

Washington 31, Stanford 17

 

Wisconsin at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

All right, my soapbox is ready. Wisconsin is overrated. There, I said it. Yes, I understand they’ve played two top 10 teams and beat them. But, no, I don’t understand the Badgers’ ranking. No. 8? Let’s look at whom they have defeated. An overrated LSU team that has a shaky quarterback situation and was without running back Leonard Fournette most of the game. Michigan State, also overrated. The Spartans lost quarterback Connor Cook and are on year two without Pat Narduzzi, the entire reason that defense used to be daunting. The poll’s knee-jerk reaction should not give Wisconsin faithful false hope. OK, rant over. To be fair, Michigan hasn’t played a significant team yet, but they have been dominant in doing so. Michigan wins big.

Michigan 34, Wisconsin 21

 

Tennessee at Georgia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS

This game is crucial for both teams. It’s an inner-division matchup with long-term implications. It will most likely be a three-team race for the SEC East crown. Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are the top contenders. Tennessee willed its way back to earn a victory against Florida last week but Georgia looked miserable against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs put up a lowly 14 points last week. Georgia has struggled with its opponents, and Tennessee is much better than Georgia’s former foes. I’ll take Tennessee.

Tennessee 31, Georgia 16

 

Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are back in action against TCU on Saturday. (Devin Wilber, O'Colly)
Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are back in action against TCU on Saturday.
(Devin Wilber, O’Colly)

Oklahoma at TCU, 4 p.m. Saturday on FOX

This is the best Big 12 matchup of the weekend. OU comes in off a bye after getting dominated by Ohio State. TCU is fresh off a 33-3 trouncing of SMU. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has returned to mortal status for the Sooners in 2016. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill has been outstanding in his first season in purple. Hill has thrown for about 1,500 yards. This will be one of the closest games this weekend because of the lack of defense brought by both teams. I’ll take Kenny Football and the Horned Frogs in a close one.

TCU 51, Oklahoma 45

 

Louisville at Clemson, 7 p.m. Saturday on ABC

Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson is facing his toughest test of the season in Week 5. The breakout star has faced minimal adversity this season. Clemson has its own star at quarterback. Deshaun Watson had a slow start to the season but has picked up the pace. I’m most interested to see how Louisville’s defense performs. The Cardinals held Florida State to 20 points and 284 yards, but Watson and the Tigers are a more experienced bunch. I think Jackson is unstoppable, so I give a slight edge to Louisville.

Louisville 38, Clemson 34

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