NCAA Week 5 Early Lookahead: Big Ten Game of the Year

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:26 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 21, 2018 12:26 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 5 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

North Carolina at No. 21 Miami, Thursday

5Dimes summer line: NA

The Heels are a mess with all their suspensions and then their Week 3 game vs. Central Florida canceled due to Hurricane Florence. That cancellation didn’t impact the expected return date for 13 Tar Heels players suspended for selling Nike gear this offseason. That’s good news because some key guys could thus debut here.

It’s the ACC opener for Miami, which has routed three cupcakes since its opening loss to LSU – which is looking better by the week. Last year, the Canes avoided a big upset at North Carolina, 24-19, as 20-point favorites. Malik Rosier threw for 356 yards with three touchdowns. UNC had a late fumble when it was driving for a potential winning score. The Tar Heels did win their last trip to Miami in 2016 when the Canes were ranked 16th. Look for a preview of this game Monday.

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Chip Kelly confronts Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the sideline after the freshman QB's first career INT. Tensions boiling over for UCLA. pic.twitter.com/aHUGQh1l9e

— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) September 16, 2018
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UCLA at Colorado, Friday

5Dimes summer line: NA

Both schools come off bye weeks. Things are not going well for new UCLA coach Chip Kelly. Not only are the Bruins 0-3 for the first time since 1971, losing each game by at least nine points (to Oklahoma, fine, but home to Cincinnati and Fresno State?), but the father of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson ripped Kelly last Sunday night on Twitter.

Michael Robinson tweeted that Kelly is a “million-dollar coach who bares [sic] no responsibility.” Thompson-Robinson, a highly-touted freshman has started the past two games after Michigan transfer Wilton Speight suffered an injury early in the opener against Cincinnati. Thompson-Robinson has passed for 522 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on the season. He wasn’t very good vs. Fresno State.

Colorado is 3-0 but really hasn’t played anyone. Sure, the Buffs won at Nebraska, but the Huskers stink. CU is on the verge of joining the AP Top 25 and actually could win the Pac-12 South Division, which is incredibly weak this year.

The Bruins lead the all-time series 10-3 and won last year at home 27-23. Josh Rosen, now with the Arizona Cardinals, threw for 372 yards and a touchdown. CU, just 4-for-16 on third down in the game, got to the UCLA 37 on its final drive but a Steven Montez Hail Mary was incomplete. It was CU’s fourth straight loss at UCLA since joining the Pac-12.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame

5Dimes summer line: Irish -8

NBC has this prime-time game from South Bend that will have potentially huge College Football Playoff ramifications but obviously none on whether either team plays for its conference title (the Irish aren’t in one).

The Irish lead the all-time series 19-13 but have lost the past three by an increasing amount each year. Stanford prevailed 38-20 on the Farm late last season when it was ranked 20th and the Irish ninth. The Cardinal outscored Notre Dame 21-0 in the fourth quarter, with the Irish turning it over twice in the opening minutes of the quarter.

Stanford QB K.J. Costello threw four TD passes, two in the fourth. Bryce Love had 25 yards rushing on 20 carries. Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush completed just 11 of 28 with two picks but did threw for 249 yards and two scores while leading the team with 62 yards rushing. This preview will be posted Monday.

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 10 Penn State

5Dimes summer line: OSU -1.5

The Buckeyes welcomed back Coach Urban Meyer on Saturday for a “scrimmage” vs. Tulane before what well could be the most important regular-season game in the Big Ten this year at Penn State. OSU has zero chance of losing after this until perhaps Nov. 10 at Michigan State, and the Spartans look quite overrated thus far. Remember, too, that Michigan visits Columbus this year and hasn’t won there since before anyone knew what Facebook or Twitter were.

At least Ohio State has played a good team thus far, beating ranked TCU 40-28 last Saturday at a neutral site. PSU’s schedule has sucked thus far, with the Lions barely escaping vs. Appalachian State in Week 1 before handling Pittsburgh, Kent State and then Illinois in the Big Ten opener on Friday. The Lions in a way need this more in hopes of winning the Big Ten East Division because they have a way tougher schedule left in the conference, hosting Michigan State and Wisconsin and visiting Michigan.

Ohio State leads the all-time series 19-13 and won an epic last year 39-38. PSU was up 38-27 with less than five minutes left before J.T. Barrett (now in NFL) went to work, hitting Johnnie Dixon on a 10-yard TD toss with 4:20 to go (2-point conversion failed) and then Marcus Baugh from 16 yards out with 1:48 left. The Nittany Lions went four-and-out on their next possession. That Buckeyes defense held Saquon Barkley in check as the current New York Giant had just 44 yards on 21 carries.

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