The Top 25 college football schedule for Week 5 kicks off tonight with two games as Texas Tech faces No. 24 Oklahoma State followed by No. 11 UCLA visiting No. 15 Arizona State. Autumn officially arrived earlier this week and that means one thing for college football fans, conference play begins and every game has big implications!
According to a NewsOK report on Sept 24, Oklahoma State looks to continue their dominance over Texas Tech on Thursday night as the Cowboys shoot for their sixth straight win in the series. OSU is currently ranked No. 24 in the nation, yet they are better than many experts give them credit for.
The Cowboys only loss this year came in Game 1 vs. defending champion Florida State. OSU may have lost that game, but it seemed to give them confidence – even in defeat.
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder thinks the opener did wonders for this young squad.
“You couldn’t have put them on a bigger stage, in a better environment,” Holder said. “And it kind of tests their mettle. And I think we passed every test with flying colors except the final score.”
OSU fell short vs. FSU 37-31, however they still have a great shot at becoming a top 10 team if they can beat the big boys like Baylor, Oklahoma and K-State later in the year.
On the local front, Michigan Wolverines open Big Ten play with a home game vs. the Minnesota Golden Gophers. While the Wolverines have not lived up to expectations, a good start in conference play is something they need. The 2-2 Wolverines have alternated wins and losses on the young season, and have looked very sluggish at times in doing so. However starting out 1-0 in Big Ten play could semi-quiet the critics who are already calling for Brady Hoke to be fired.
The Spartans of Michigan State will face the Wyoming Cowboys in East Lansing. MSU is a whopping 31 point favorite in Saturday’s game, but don’t think for a minute that coach Mark Dantonio will let his team sleep walk through this one. Michigan State knows if they run the table from here on out they may have a shot at the postseason this December.
Here is a look at this weekend’s Top 25 schedule, TV listings and the current Las Vegas odds.
Thu, Sept. 25
- Texas Tech at # 24 Oklahoma State (-14) — (ESPN/WatchESPN) 7:30 p.m. ET
- # 11 UCLA (-5) at # 15 Arizona State — (FOX Sports 1) 10 p.m. ET
Sat, Sept. 27
- Tennessee at # 12 Georgia (-17) 12:00 PM ET — (ESPN/Watch ESPN)
- Wyoming at # 9 Michigan State (-31) 12:00 PM ET — (ESPN2/Watch ESPN)
- Texas-El Paso at # 25 Kansas State (-25) 12:00 p.m. ET
- South Florida at # 19 Wisconsin (-33) 12:00 PM ET (ESPNU)
- # 1 Florida State (-22) at North Carolina State 3:30 PM ET (ABC/Watch ESPN)
- Arkansas at # 6 Texas A&M (-9) 3:30 PM ET (CBS)
- Louisiana Tech at # 5 Auburn (-32) 4:00 PM ET (SEC/Watch ESPN)
- # 16 Stanford (-7.5) at Washington 4:00 PM ET (FOX)
- Cincinnati at # 22 Ohio State (-15) 6:00 PM ET (Big Ten Network)
- Missouri at # 13 South Carolina (-6) 7:00 PM ET (ESPN/ESPN3)
- New Mexico State at # 17 LSU (-43) 7:30 PM ET (SEC Network/
- Memphis at # 10 Ole Miss 7:30 PM ET (ESPN Game Plan)
- # 8 Notre Dame (-12) at Syracuse 8:00 PM ET (ABC)
- # 7 Baylor (-21) at Iowa State 8:00 PM ET (FOX)
- Illinois at # 21 Nebraska (-18) 9:00 PM ET (Big Ten Network)
- Oregon State at # 18 Southern California 10:30 PM ET (ESPN/Watch ESPN)