By Max Zuiker
I can’t believe the college football season is already one-third of the way over. That being said week five is pivotal for most teams. Let’s look at the week’s big matchups with in the power five conferences.
In the ACC let’s take a look at #11 Florida State vs. Wake Forest. In this classic match up between Florida State and Wake Forest, Florida State has outscored the Demon Deacons 154-6 in their previous three contests. Florida State QB Everett Golson has completed 64% of his passes and has yet to throw an interception all year. Wake Forest ranks 11th in the country in pass defense, should be tough test for Golson. Wake Forest has lost their previous eleven contests against ranked opponents.
Taking a peek at the Big 12, I believe the most important match up is #23 West Virginia taking on #15 Oklahoma. West Virginia has the fourteenth most wins in FBS history, yet have never won a national championship. They play al, ranked opponents in the month of October (#15 OK, #20 OKST, #5 Baylor and #4 TCU). If they can beat all of these teams is West Virginia a playoff team this year? Their defense is the best in the country only giving up 7.7 points per game. Looking at Oklahoma, they have developed another solid QB in Baker Mayfield. The transfer junior has over 1000 passing yards and ten touchdowns compared to only two picks.
I am very interested in the Iowa and #19 Wisconsin game for big ten play this Saturday. Iowa is trying to become 5-0 for the first time since 2009. Senior running back coming off a hot weekend where he rushed for 115 yards and four scores. On the other side Wisconsin has been a lot better on the ground since week one loss vs. Alabama only putting up 40 rush yards. Last week they ran for 326 yards vs. Troy. Wisconsin’s defense has held their opponents to a total of three points over their past three contests.
Breaking down the Pac 12 this week I want to look at Arizona vs # 18 Stanford. After a tough loss to UCLA last Saturday the Arizona Wildcats will look to get back on track this week. The Wildcats are hoping star QB Anu Solomon will be able to play as he was injured early in last week’s game. Solomon has eleven touchdowns and zero interceptions this year. Arizona is the fifth best rushing team in the country averaging 329 yards per game. Speaking of running Stanford’s halfback Christian McCaffery is having a decent year on the ground averaging 5.1 yards per carry, but has yet to score a touchdown. This will be the team’s first meeting since 2012.
The SEC match up of the week I would like to examine is #3 Ole Miss vs #25 Florida. Ole Miss is second in the FBS in points for with an average of 55 points per game. Junior QB Chad Kelly is leading the way on offence with 1219 passing yards ten touch downs verses the picks, and a rating of 174.3. Ole Miss pulled an early season upset on the road at #2 Alabama 43-37 in week three. Florida will be relying on freshman QB Will Grier and junior tailback Kevin Taylor to have great games if they want to stay undefeated.