Indiana hosts Michigan State under the lights at Memorial Stadium this week (8 PM, BTN). Student attendance could continue to be an issue, because IU thought it would be a great idea to schedule the I-Core marketing midterm during the game (meaning over 1,300 students will be stuck doing that). No matter how many fans end up filing into the stadium, it should be a great game. Check out Kyle’s preview to find out why the Hoosiers have a great chance to win one of college football’s weirdest rivalry trophies.
The rest of Week 5 features three Top 10 matchups and plenty of intriguing games. All games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
#7 Stanford at #10 Washington (Friday at 9 PM, ESPN)
As early as it is in the season, this could be for the Pac-12 North title. Stanford’s offense has been struggling mightily this season outside of Christian McCaffrey, and someone is going to have to step up against Washington. The Huskies barely survived their first real competition of the season at Arizona. Both teams have something to prove and should come out with a lot of energy, but Stanford’s defense will be the deciding factor in this one.
Prediction: Stanford 24, Washington 20
#14 Miami at Georgia Tech (Noon, ESPN2)
Miami has gone from unranked to 14th in the country thanks to its wins over perennial powers Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, and Appalachian State. First-year Miami coach Mark Richt faces Georgia Tech for the 16th straight season—he is 13-2 as a head coach against the Yellow Jackets. Brad Kaaya (whose mom, as you may recall, helped make “Bye, Felicia” a thing) and the Hurricane offense should be too much for Georgia Tech.
Prediction: Miami 40, Georgia Tech 27
#8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan (3:30 PM, ABC)
When Michigan fans assumed their favorite team would start at least 9-0 in the preseason, no one expected Wisconsin to be this good. The Badger defense should give Wilton Speight fits, but it’s unlikely that Wisconsin’s offense will be able to put up enough points.
Prediction: Michigan 28, Wisconsin 20
#11 Tennessee at #25 Georgia (3:30 PM, CBS)
After last week’s comeback win over Florida, this is the toughest SEC East game Tennessee has left. Georgia’s offense looked pitiful against Ole Miss, and things on that side of the ball could be even worse this week. Running back Nick Chubb, who blew his knee out on the first play from scrimmage against Tennessee last year, is questionable with an ankle injury. If he’s out, Georgia might not be able to move the ball at all.
Prediction: Tennessee 35, Georgia 21
#3 Louisville at #5 Clemson (8 PM, ABC)
This game is truly strength vs strength. Louisville’s offense has been so ridiculous that last week’s 59-28 win over Marshall was the Cardinals’ smallest margin of victory this year. Clemson’s defense is giving up just 219 yards and 11 points per game. Something has to give, and it’ll probably be the Tiger defense.
Prediction: Louisville 31, Clemson 23