Guide to Week 5 Of NCAA Games


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The next interesting games await fans of football at the SEC conference, among which the rating duel of seeded Georgia (4) and Auburn (7) stands out. However, the battle of Bulldogs and Tigers will not end there. Getting ready for the main games of the weekend.

Main matches of the week
Alabama (2) - Texas A&M (13) Saturday October 3 @ 10:30 pm EDT

Last week, Texas A&M disappointed with their game, albeit victorious, against Vanderbilt. Alabama, by contrast, looked like Alabama, having dealt with Missouri without much difficulty.

Mac Jones drew 249 yards with two touchdowns, Najee Harris landed three touchdowns on the ground, and the defense made three sacks and forced two losses. The Crimson Tide will be the clear favorites of the game, and the Aggies haven't defeated Alabama since Johnny Manziel. It was in 2012.

Boston College vs North Carolina (12th) Saturday October 3rd 10:30 pm EDT

North Carolina and their quarterback Sam Howell are returning to the game, having been forced to rest since September 12 due to positive tests for COVID-19. Boston College managed to play two games, winning. Inside the ACC conference, rivals have one success.

In general, the conference table looks pretty tight: Clemson is the clear favorite here, Miami, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame follow without defeat - all of them are among the seeded teams. In case of victory, Mack Brown's wards will strengthen their positions in the ranking, and Boston College has a chance to get into it.

SMU vs Memphis (25) Saturday 3 October @ 10:30 pm EDT

Memphis's game calendar is even more ragged than that of North Carolina: after the September 5 victory over Arkansas State, the team lost matches with Houston and Texas-San Antonio. The reason, as you might guess, is the same. During this time, the SMU ran through three modest programs from the Group-5 and FCS conferences. This meeting will be the first serious test for the Mustangs.

The rivalry between the teams' quarterbacks looks intriguing. Before retiring, Brady White from Memphis scored four touchdowns, while his counterpart Shane Buechele scored 852 yards with seven touchdowns on two interceptions in three games.

Georgia (4) vs Auburn (7) Sunday 4th October 02:30 UTC

It is a rare case that the centrality of the SEC is a game without Alabama. This match promises to be very interesting. Georgia won last week, but experienced serious problems with quarterbacks: D'wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett were not convinced that they could become leaders. Now everyone is waiting for the debut of JT Daniels, who transferred from Southern California, who recovered from the breaking of the crosses. Auburn can be calm for his quarterback: Bo Nix started with 223 yards and three touchdowns, and has not thrown interceptions since October 26 of last year.

For both teams, this game is extremely important from the point of view of the prospects of fighting for reaching the final of the conference. Georgia is on the heels of Florida (and even ahead of it in the ranking). Auburn is trying to compete with Alabama, having received an unexpected competitor in the form of the Mississippi State.

Clemson (1) vs Virginia, Sunday 4th October 03:00 UTC

Have you forgotten what Trevor Lawrence looks like? This is the game for you. The teams played in the conference finals last season and Clemson took a solid 62-17 win. He looks the same unconditional favorite now. We add that the Tigers have not lost in the conference since October 13, 2017.

As part of Virginia, you can watch quarterback Brennan Armstrong play great against Duke (316 yards, 3 touchdowns). Perhaps the Cavaliers will still force Clemson out of economy.

Top questions of the week
Are Oklahoma's Playoffs Still Possible?

This year is special, but the defeat to the Kansas State has driven Oklahoma into a corner. Anything has happened in history, for example, in 2007 we won the championship title with two defeats, but then there was no playoff system. Over the six years of its existence, we have seen 24 teams in the semi-finals - 9 of them went there without defeat, 15 with one lost match. If now it was the normal season, then Oklahoma would have long been forgotten.

The good news for the Sooners is that they only lost once. Bad - ahead of a meeting with Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Chances for the conference finals remain, but even there they will have to fight with a rating opponent. To avoid any more misfires, Oklahoma will have to seriously work on its defensive play.

Will Mississippi State compete for the SEC final?

Any team that wins Death Valley deserves attention. The Mississippi State did it brilliantly, with a conference record for passing yards from KJ Costello. Mike Leach's Air Raid made a triumphant return to the SEC.

How serious are the team's claims? In a week, it soared to 16th place in the ranking, even with the return of the Big-10 and Pac-12 teams. This is a significant achievement. The question is whether the Bulldogs offense will be able to deliver such a productive game in the future.

While the main difficulty for the Mississippi State looks like the schedule: in October matches against Texas A&M and Alabama, in November three games in a row with Auburn, Georgia and All Miss. The SEC is the SEC, there is no time to rest.