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Florida Atlantic at Central Florida (7 p.m. ET Friday):
We’ll be treated to an offensive showdown on Friday night as Lane Kiffin’s Owls face off against Josh Heupel’s Golden Knights. The Owls may not have enough depth to upset UCF, but quarterback Chris Robison and running back Devin Singletary are capable of making this a game worth watching. Plus, Mackenzie Milton may be the best quarterback in the nation, so at least this game will be entertaining.
Texas A&M at Alabama (3:30 p.m. ET):
The Aggies experienced one of the best morale victories as they pushed Clemson to the brink of defeat two weeks ago. Alabama is better than the Tigers have shown to be thus far this season, but Jimbo Fisher has a quarterback who fits the mold that’s needed to beat Nick Saban. Kellen Mond is an adept runner and has improved his passing to the point that he’s a legitimate dual-threat for the Aggies. This upset would be huge, but there’s at least a small chance of it.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest (noon ET):
As well as the Notre Dame defense has played this season, suffocating every offense they’ve played, the Fighting Irish’s offense has yet to unlock a legitimate identity. The passing game is limited with Brandon Wimbush’s inconsistency, and Wake Forest can key in on creating pressure on him this week. The Demon Deacons are coming off a Thursday night loss against a good Boston College team but will force a tight game this week.
Mississippi State at Kentucky (7 p.m. ET)
Now at 3-0, it’s time to pay attention to Kentucky and how much noise they can make in the SEC. Led by Heisman Trophy contender running back Benny Snell Jr., the Wildcats are tough-nosed on both sides of the ball and can play keep-away from their opposition in order to shorten the game. They’ll have to be sharp again this week as the Mississippi State Bulldogs come to Kroger Field. The Bulldogs have good athletes all over the field and will stack the box to stop Snell. We’ll see an upset if they can’t contain him.
Stanford at Oregon (8 p.m. ET)
Week 4 was a slog for the Bryce Love-less Stanford offense. Traveling to Eugene, Oregon won’t be easy as the Ducks have been able to blowout each foe so far. This will also be the first quality team Oregon will face, so this one will have an adjustment period for both teams. If Love comes back, the Cardinal will have much better odds. But if his undisclosed injury keeps him out, then K.J. Costello and the rest of the offense may have too much on their plates to overcome.
Arizona State at Washington (10:30 p.m. ET)
Unfortunately for this game, Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils slipped out of the top-25 as they lost to San Diego State. But this will be one to watch to see if the Huskies take them for granted. Arizona State doesn’t have the pure talent to overwhelm Washington, but they’re gritty and can make life frustrating on the deeper Huskies.