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College Football Saturday Week 5 Open Thread

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Join your fellow Dawg fans watching the action throughout week 5

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Washington will be taking on Oregon State at 6:00p but that leaves plenty of time to tune into the other action throughout the country before that. So if you’re looking to chat about the games with other Dawg fans then the comments below are the place for you.

Need help figuring out what to watch today? That’s what we’re here for.

SUGGESTED VIEWING GUIDE (all times PT)

9:00 am- #8 Arkansas vs. #2 Georgia (-18.5), ESPN

There are two top-ten teams playing which means it gets to be the winner but the point spread clearly indicates that this one shouldn’t really be close. Arkansas has one of the more impressive resumes in the sport if you just look at teams they’ve beaten but Georgia’s defense has demolished every team they’ve played. Would love to see the Pigs compete in this one but it could get ugly.

Alternate game: #14 Michigan at Wisconsin (-2), ABC

I’m kind of shocked that Wisconsin is favored in this game despite playing at home given that they’re 1-2 on the season. Michigan has seemingly become Wisconsin with their ground based attack this season and we’ll see if that gives the Badgers any kind of edge in defending it.

11:30 am- #7 Cincinnati (-2) at #9 Notre Dame, NBC

Here we get yet another top-ten matchup before noon. What a treat. Notre Dame hasn’t really seemed like the #9 team in the country as they’ve scraped by a number of games but they obviously have the brand name appeal. If Cincinnati wants any chance at getting a Group of 5 team to the playoff then they have to win this game and likely in decisive fashion. A win here could also help propel Luke Fickell to Los Angeles after the season.

12:30 pm- #12 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama (-14.5), CBS

Lane Kiffin has somehow ended up in the hands of one of the most entertaining offenses in college football at Ole Miss being piloted by Matt Corral. Alabama barely scraped by Florida a few weeks ago and now this looks like it might be the best chance for them to trip up before the SEC title game. Ole Miss also has their recent history of being one of the only teams to give Alabama problems which may help.

Alternate game: #6 Oklahoma (-10.5) at Kansas State, FOX

The Sooners have looked extremely vulnerable this year as Spencer Rattler hasn’t lived up to expectations and Oklahoma has beaten Tulane, Nebraska, and West Virginia at home by only a combined 15 points. Kansas State flummoxed Stanford in week 1 and their defense could very easily give Oklahoma fits in this one. If you want chaos then go Wildcats.

4:30 pm- #21 Baylor at #19 Oklahoma State (-3.5), ESPN2

If Kansas State can’t manage to take care of Oklahoma above then the winner of this game probably ends up having the best chance of dethroning the Sooners. Neither has looked spectacular this season but it’s a matchup on undefeated teams in week 5 so it’s still probably worth monitoring.

6:00 pm- Washington at Oregon State (-2.5), Pac-12 Networks

Duh.

7:30 pm- Arizona State at #20 UCLA (-3), FS1

The winner of this game becomes the favorite in the Pac-12 South and I could really see this going either way based on how each has played this season. Both teams have dominant rushing attacks so whoever can at least slow down the other’s running game should have an edge.