Lamest time window: The primetime games are the weakest, but this is an impressive slate. Plan accordingly.
Noon: Who would have thought in August that No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia would be one of the SEC’s biggest games of the year?
2:30: If No. 7 Cincinnati beats No. 9 Notre Dame on the road, it’s time to start a serious discussion about the Bearcats crashing the College Football Playoff.
3:30: I’m not bold (or stupid) enough to say No. 12 Mississippi will upset No. 1 Alabama. But I’m saying there’s a chance.
4: How will USF’s Timmy McClain fare now that he’s officially the starter for the Bulls’ AAC opener at SMU?
7: No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State is a pivotal Big 12 game about two teams I still haven’t figured out.
10:30: Chip Kelly’s No. 20 Bruins host an Arizona State team that hasn’t crumbled, despite an NCAA investigation.
Local of the week
Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford (Armwood High)
Only 10 players in the nation have more rushing touchdowns this season than Ford (six). He’s averaging six yards per carry and is facing a mediocre Irish run defense that Florida State gouged for 264 yards in Week 1. Look for Ford to have a big day if Cincinnati is going to earn one of the biggest victories in program history.
There shouldn’t be any secrets between Arkansas and Georgia. Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman spent four years as a Bulldogs assistant under Kirby Smart. This should come down to physical, old-school line play. Will Arkansas be able to crack a loaded defensive front that leads the nation’s top scoring defense? Or will Georgia puncture an Arkansas team that hasn’t allowed a first-quarter score all season?
Ex-Buc at B.C.
If you don’t remember the two years Jeff Hafley spent as an assistant coach in the Bucs’ secondary (2012-13), that’s understandable. But pay attention now. The second-year head coach has Boston College 4-0 for the first time since 2007, and don’t be shocked if his Eagles hang with (or upset) Clemson. The Tigers are shaky, and Boston College led Clemson going into the fourth quarter last year.
Eye on the NFL draft
In a year where some of the top quarterback prospects have struggled, Mississippi’s Matt Corral has played like a Heisman Trophy contender and potential first-round pick. The one-time UF commit has a chance for a statement game against Alabama.
By the numbers: Week 5
23-0 — Nick Saban’s record against former assistants at Alabama heading into his third game against Lane Kiffin
234 — Combined points Vanderbilt and UConn have been outscored by heading into their matchup Saturday. Sad thing is, this isn’t even the worst game of the year. That happens next week when UConn travels to UMass.
5 — Touchdowns T.J. Finley threw (in 140 passes) last year for LSU
2 —Touchdowns Finley has thrown (in 23 passes) this year for Auburn. He might end up starting against his former LSU teammates Saturday
0 —Times FSU has lost at home to Syracuse
1998 —The last time Arkansas started 5-0, which it can do with a win over Georgia
11-6 — Kirby Smart’s record against top-10 teams
1,290 yards — Rushing yards for UF, the Gators’ most through four games since at least 1965
1 —Team to face three ranked opponents already: USF
723 —All-purpose yards for Michigan running back Blake Corum, who leads the country. Can he add onto that against Wisconsin’s top-ranked rushing defense?
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