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College Football Preview, TV Schedule, Rooting Guide and Open Thread

Penn State vs Ohio State and Stanford vs Notre Dame headline a busy Week 5

NCAA Football: Penn State at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

There are some great football games coming in Week 5. The two best offensive teams in the nation square off in the Big 10. A couple of upstart ranked Big 12 teams battle it out for conference supremacy. The PAC has a couple of very interesting out of conference games both involving ranked opponents.

This a good weekend for some football. Let’s jump in to the UW Fan’s Week 5 Rooting Guide.

UCLA at Colorado (Friday Night)

Root for: decent television announcing

It really doesn’t matter to UW fans who wins this. The real interest here is the fact that UW plays both of these teams, including UCLA in one week’s time. So watch this game.

#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech

Root for: Texas Tech

The Mountaineers are one of two remaining undefeated teams left in the Big 12. Since it is my dream that the eventual Big 12 champion ascend to their title with two losses, it is imperative that we start sticking some losses on some teams.

The Red Raiders have been surprising this season and already have one win in their conference. But they also already have one loss and, I don’t think, should be taken as anything more than an dark horse candidate in the Big 12 this season. Thus, you should have no compunction about rooting for Kliff Kingsbury and his rising young defense to take down Will Grier and high flying West Virginia compatriots.

#18 Texas at Kansas State

Root for: Kansas State

I think now would be a good time for the wheels to fall off of the Texas bus and to stick the Longhorns with their second loss of the season. I’d be fine for them to win the Big 12 after that.

#7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame

Root for: the PAC

Here is an interesting factoid: the last time an undefeated Stanford played an undefeated Notre Dame gentlemen with names like Knute Rockne and Pop Warner were still coaching (h/t to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports). The Cardinal and Irish have never played each other when both were ranked as top 10 teams. So this is a big deal.

It should be obvious that UW benefits if Stanford defeats, maims or destroys Notre Dame. Recall last year that these same Golden Domers destroyed the eventual PAC 12 champion USC Trojans 49-14 in an October affair that permanently damaged the perception of the conference for the remainder of the year.

The conference is running out of opportunities for really meaningful out of conference wins. This would be a big one for the PAC should the Cardinal pull it off. Should it happen, it would also have the added benefit of compromising the resume of an independent contender for a playoff spot. This could be especially meaningful if UW runs the table in the PAC and is in contention for the final playoff spot.

#19 Oregon at #20 Cal

Root for: Cal

How strange is it to see Cal ranked in the top 20? I get that they are undefeated ... but they didn’t even play last weekend.

Either way, the rooting guide for this game is really about divisional positioning. If you think as do I that the biggest “watch out” for UW on the schedule this year is the road trip to Eugene, then it is to UW’s benefit to see Oregon get hit with their second loss. That way, UW can still recover from a possible loss to Oregon and still win the division by handling business head to head with Stanford and Cal.

#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State

Root for: the placekickers

The Penn State Nittany Lions lead the nation in scoring with 55.5 points per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes are second with 54.5 points per game. Between the two of them, 61 TDs have been scored in 8 games (> 7 per game). In that same time, only four field goals.

Just four!!! That is insane.

The Nittany Lions have kicked only one FG this season against their 31 touchdowns. They have as many safeties as they have FG conversions. If I were a kicker for the Nittany Lions, or for either team in this game, I would have a strong desire to feel some love.

So, let’s root for the kickers in this prime time match up.

It should be a good weekend for football. Your TV and Streaming guide is below. This is your Week 5 Open Thread.

Friday Night Lights

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Memphis at Tulane 5:00 PM ESPN
UCLA at Colorado 6:00 PM FS1

Saturday Gameday

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Louisiana at #1 Alabama 9:00 AM SEC Network
Syracuse at #3 Clemson 9:00 AM ABC
#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech 9:00 AM ESPN2
Central Michigan at #21 Michigan State 9:00 AM FS1
Arkansas at Texas A&M 9:00 AM ESPN
Indiana at Rutgers 9:00 AM BTN
Army at Buffalo 9:00 AM CBSSN
Oklahoma State at Kansas 9:00 AM FSN
Temple at Boston College 9:00 AM ESPNU
Bowling Green at Georgia Tech 9:00 AM ACC Network
Virginia at NC State 9:20 AM ACC Network
UMass at Ohio 11:00 AM None
UL Monroe at Georgia State 11:00 AM ESPN+ ESPN+
Kent State at Ball State 12:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Tennessee at #2 Georgia 12:30 PM CBS
Baylor at #6 Oklahoma 12:30 PM ABC
Pittsburgh at #13 UCF 12:30 PM ESPNU
#18 Texas at Kansas State 12:30 PM FS1
Cincinnati at UConn 12:30 PM CBSSN
Old Dominion at East Carolina 12:30 PM None
Coastal Carolina at Troy 12:30 PM None
Western Michigan at Miami (OH) 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Alabama at Appalachian State 12:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Rice at Wake Forest 12:30 PM ACC Network
Purdue at Nebraska 12:30 PM BTN
Florida State at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPN2
Southern Mississippi at #10 Auburn 1:00 PM SEC Network
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt 1:00 PM SEC Network
Nevada at Air Force 1:00 PM ESPNews
#14 Michigan at Northwestern 1:30 PM FOX
Florida at #23 Mississippi State 3:00 PM ESPN
Utah at Washington State 3:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan 3:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Virginia Tech at #22 Duke 4:00 PM ESPN2
Houston Baptist at SMU 4:00 PM None
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee 4:00 PM None Facebook
Boise State at Wyoming 4:00 PM CBSSN
Hawai'i at San Jose State 4:00 PM Spectrum Sports PPV
Charlotte at UAB 4:00 PM None
Iowa State at TCU 4:00 PM ESPNU
#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State 4:30 PM ABC
#7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame 4:30 PM NBC
South Carolina at #17 Kentucky 4:30 PM SEC Network
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Florida Intl 4:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at North Texas 4:30 PM beIN Sports
Marshall at Western Kentucky 4:30 PM Stadium
#20 BYU at #11 Washington 5:30 PM FOX
Ole Miss at #5 LSU 6:00 PM ESPN
Oregon State at Arizona State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
#19 Oregon at #24 California 7:30 PM FS1
USC at Arizona 7:30 PM ESPN2
Toledo at Fresno State 7:30 PM ESPNU