What you need to know about college football's Top 25 games for Week 5




 

College football's biggest teams continue their 2022 seasons during Saturday's Week 5 action. Here's a rundown of the day.

No. 1 Georgia at Missouri

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

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What to know: Georgia is looking for a crisper outing this week than last, particularly in the red zone, and wants more explosive runs from their running backs. The Bulldogs could be without wideout AD Mitchell, nickel Javon Bullard and defensive tackle Jalen Carter. - Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald

No. 2 Alabama at No. 19 Arkansas

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: CBS

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What to know: Alabama's run defense has been good, but it hasn't faced a test like this one yet. The Razorbacks feature Raheim "Rocket" Sanders, whose 127 rushing yards per game is fourth-best in the nation. Plus, KJ Jefferson is a dual-threat quarterback. Arkansas has the country's ninth-best rushing attack. - Nick Kelly, Tuscaloosa News

Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network

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What to know: While Rutgers brings the Big Ten's highest-ranked rush defense to Columbus, its pass defense has been more susceptible. It gives up an average of 6.8 yards per pass attempt, ranking ninth out of the 14 teams in the conference and should lead quarterback C.J. Stroud to spot enough holes in the Scarlet Knights' secondary. Stroud is clicking. He's thrown for 16 touchdowns over four games, more than any other passer in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Ohio State should look to keep stretching the field. - Joey Kaufman, Columbus Dispatch

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No. 4 Michigan at Iowa

Kickoff: noon

TV: Fox

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What to know: It's worth wondering if the run-heavy strategy employed by co-offensive coordinators Sherrone Moore and Matt Weiss in last week's game against Maryland - the first Big Ten start of quarterback J.J. McCarthy's career - will be duplicated in Iowa City as McCarthy makes his first road start in one of the league's tougher environments. The challenge Corum and McCarthy face is one of the best defenses in the nation through the first month of the season. The 23 points allowed by Iowa in its opening four games represent the lowest total in 66 years. - Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press

No. 10 North Carolina State at No. 5 Clemson

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

TV: ABC

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What to know: This game will feature two of the ACC's premier quarterbacks in Clemson's DJ Uiagalelei and NC State's Devin Leary, which could lead to quite a show, weather permitting. In 2022, Uiagalelei has 10 touchdowns against only one interception. He's also coming off a 371-yard, five-touchdown game at Wake Forest. Leary isn't quite the running threat that Uiagalelei has become, but last year broke Philip Rivers' school record with 35 touchdown passes, including four in a double-overtime win against Clemson. - Scott Keepfer, Greenville News

Arizona State at No. 6 Southern California

Kickoff: 10:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN

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What to know: Quarterback Caleb Williams and No. 6 USC had to scratch out a 17-14 win against Oregon State after experiencing no difficulty against an easy non-conference slate. While Williams completed under 50% of his throws, he did lead the Trojans on an 84-yard drive in the final minutes for the game-winning score. - Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY

No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 14 Baylor

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: Fox

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What to know: There is perhaps no more important player in this game than OSU's dual-threat leader, quarterback Spencer Sanders. Last year's struggles against Baylor are well documented - primarily the seven interceptions in two games. But through three games, this appears to be the best version of Sanders we've seen. Since that four-pick day against Baylor in December, he's actually been phenomenal, a trend that if it continues Saturday will carry OSU. - Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman

No. 8 Kentucky at No. 11 Mississippi

Kickoff: Noon

TV: ESPN

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What to know: The Wildcats' defense has been the most consistent phase in a 4-0 start, but Mark Stoops took issue with its performance last week against Northern Illinois, calling it "undisciplined." Cleaning up those errors is critical against an Ole Miss team averaging 41 points per game. The Rebels average 280 rushing yards, fourth-most in the FBS. Running backs Quinshon Judkins (107.2 yards per game) and Zach Evans (91.2) anchor the running game, but quarterback Jaxson Dart can make plays with his feet, as well. - Brett Dawson, Louisville Courier-Journal

Northwestern at No. 12 Penn State

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN

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What to know: Penn State should be able to blast off to a big lead early, especially leading on their rotating rookie running backs, Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. And that's where the potential good of this kind of day shows itself. If the Lions can take advantage. - Frank Bodani, York Daily Record

Oregon State at No. 13 Utah

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Network

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Stanford at No. 15 Oregon

Kickoff: 11 p.m.

TV: FS1

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No. 16 Oklahoma at TCU

Kickoff: Noon

TV: ABC

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What to know: OU's defense looked to be the team's biggest strength during non-conference play, which wasn't very competitive. But the group's weaknesses were exposed against Kansas State, and it'll continue to get tested in Big 12 play. Up next is a TCU offense that erupted for 42 points and 487 yards against SMU last weekend. Is OU's defensive performance against Kansas State just an outlier, or is it what we can expect moving forward? - Justin Martinez, Oklahoman

No. 17 Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Kickoff: 4 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

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What to know: The Aggies will be without leading receiver Ainias Smith for the remainder of the season after he suffered a lower body injury in last week's loss against No. 19 Arkansas. The emphasis on slowing down running back Devon Achane only increases. Achane is fifth in the SEC with 355 rushing yards on 65 attempts (5.5 per rush). - Stefan Krajisnik, Clarion Ledger

No. 21 Wake Forest at No. 22 Florida State

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ABC

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What to know: Florida State head coach Mike Norvell compared Wake Forest's offense to another unique scheme that requires defenses to extensively prepare for it: The triple option. Dubbed as the "slow mesh," Wake Forest's offense features a delayed run-pass option look that can be difficult to defend. Having to defend such an unpredictable play is only part of the challenge. Add in talented players like quarterback Sam Hartman and wide receiver A.T. Perry, and Wake Forest has quite the vaunted offense overall. - Carter Karels, Tallahassee Democrat

Purdue at No. 23 Minnesota

Kickoff: Noon

TV: ESPN2

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What to know: What seems sure is that the Golden Gophers appear to be the only team in the division with a functional offense. OK, functional isn't giving them enough credit. Mo Ibrahim might be the nation's best running back, averaging 141.8 yards a game, and veteran QB Tanner Morgan exploited the leaky Michigan State pass defense in Minnesota's first real test of the season. - Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY

Georgia Tech at No. 24 Pittsburgh

Kickoff: 8 p.m.

TV: ACC Network

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Wagner at No. 25 Syracuse

Kickoff: 5 p.m.

TV: ACCNX

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What to know: This week's home date with FCS member Wagner is followed by an open week, so the Orange will almost certainly be 5-0 on Oct. 15. But that's when an extremely difficult six-game stretch begins, starting at home against North Carolina State followed immediately by a trip to Clemson. - Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College football scores: Top 25 schedule, highlights, TV info for Week 5

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