College Football Buffet, Week 5: Florida Vs. Alabama, Stanford Vs. Oregon Are Must-Eats

GAINESVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Trey Burton #8 of the Florida Gators scores a touchdown as he is brought down by safety Winston Guy Jr. #21 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 25 2010 in Gainesville Florida. Florida defeated Kentucky 48-14 for head coach Urban Meyer's 100th career victory. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Herein Sean Keeley previews every noteworthy game being played this week, and tells you which ones are worth watching, and which aren't, along the way. Plus, TV information! Now, belly on up to the table.

GIVE ME A HEAPING HELPING

No. 7 Florida @ No. 1 Alabama (CBS, 8 p.m.) - Alabama still feels like a work in progress on defense, especially the front seven. For the Gators, its a rare feeling to go into a game as a clear underdog.

No. 13 Stanford @ No. 4 Oregon (ABC/ESPN2, 8 p.m.) - Just how big is this game? Some say it's the biggest regular season game for Stanford in 40 years. It's Oregon's speed vs. Stanford's strength, but Oregon fans feel good about their ability to go toe-to-toe.

 

I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE

No. 16 Texas vs. No. 8 Oklahoma @ Fair Park, TX (ABC/ESPN/GamePlan, 3:30 p.m.) - OU WR Jaz Reynolds will be watching this one at home just like you. Over in Austin, the UCLA loss has sent them into a panic over the state of Texas' defense.

No. 9 Wisconsin @ No. 21 Michigan State (ABC/ESPN, 3:30 p.m.) - Nothing gives Badger fans indigestion like a Big Ten road game. Michigan State is looking for a way to stop that Badger running game.

No. 20 Penn State @ No. 18 Iowa (ESPN, 8:05 p.m.) - The Iowa Hawkeyes have been the bane of Penn State's existence the past two seasons.  Nittany fans think QB Robert Bolden could be the guy to put a stop to all of that.

 

I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...

No. 17 Miami (FL) @ Clemson (ESPN2, ESPN3D, 12 p.m.) - Clemson vs. Miami has turned into one of the more enjoyable ACC games recently (not that that's hard), with the Tigers taking the last two in exciting fashion. Seantrel Henderson has been working out with Miami's first team but that doesn't mean he'll see PT in this one.

Tennessee @ No. 10 LSU (CBS, 3:30 p.m.) - As much as these are two prominent SEC teams, they actually don't play one another all that often. LSU is hoping to make the Vols kneel before Zod.

Virginia Tech @ North Carolina State (ABC/GamePlan, 3:30 p.m.) - NC State put on an A+ performance last week against Georgia Tech. They'll need to do it again to beat Virginia Tech, though the Hokies will be without RB Ryan Williams.

Washington @ USC (ESPN2/GamePlan, 8 p.m.) - Who is the real Jake Locker this season? Is he the Heisman hopeful we kept hearing about all summer or the "seasoned loser" of college football? A win over USC could do wonders for his reputation, even if the Trojans aren't as high in the polls as they usually are

 

I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP

Northwestern @ Minnesota (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 12 p.m.) - Don't look now but the Wildcats are 4-0. You especially shouldn't look if you're Minnesota, who's playing at double-facepalm status right now.

Florida State @ Virginia (ACC Network, 12 p.m.) - Last week FSU rekindled it's tradition of driving a nail through a baseball to signify a shutout. Your guess is as good as mine.

No. 19 Michigan @ Indiana (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.) - The Hoosiers 9-51 record against Michigan is IU's worst, other than against Penn State, by both number of wins and by winning percentage. Though, with Michigan's defense this year, that percentage could go up.

Arizona State @ Oregon State (FSN-Northwest/FSN-AZ/FCS-Central, 6:30 p.m.) - Oregon State might be 1-2 but two losses are about as respectable as anyone else's in the nation. Beaver fans didn't like the way last week went so they're looking for improvements...and a win.

Notre Dame @ Boston College (ABC/GamePlan, 8 p.m.)  - It's The Holy War, even if no one outside of South Bend and Boston notice. Irish fans are splitting into two groups, those with patience and those with none

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I DON'T KNOW...SMELLS KINDA FUNNY...

No. 2 Ohio State @ Illinois (BTN, 12 p.m.) - If the Illini want any chance in this game, Mikel LeShoure needs to have a career day. OSU expects this to be a better Illinois than the one they faced last year, but they also expect their Buckeyes to be better as well.

Vanderbilt @ Connecticut (Big East Network/GamePlan, 12 p.m.) - UConn is hopeful that Jordan Todman and Scott Lutrus will see playing time this week. Believe it or not, these two schools have met before with Vandy taking a 27-24 decision in 2002.

Washington State @ UCLA (FSN-PT/FSN-NW, FCS-Pacific, 3:30 p.m.) - UCLA's big concern? Not having a letdown this week after the big win over Texas. Washing State's big concern? Learning how to tackle properly.

Kentucky @ Mississippi (SEC Network/GamePlan, 12:21 p.m.) - Can Kentucky bounce back from a demoralizing loss to Florida? More importantly, can Ole Miss ever pick a new mascot?

Duke @ Maryland (ESPN3.com, 6 p.m.) - At 3-1, Maryland is exceeding expectations. They can really kick it up a notch with a win here.

Georgia @ Colorado (FSN-National, 7 p.m.) - A.J. Green's return means that Colorado's defense better be ready to stop the run. Georgia fans can see that their Bulldogs are close...but not there yet.

No. 25 Nevada @ UNLV (The Mtn., 10 p.m.) - Don't look now but Nevada's not just the best team in the state, but they might also be one of the best team's in the country.

 

NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL

BYU @ Utah State (ESPN/ESPN3.com, Friday 8 p.m.) - It's the blue & white vs. the blue & white, good luck figuring out who's rooting for who in the stands. The Cougars need to start racking up wins if they want get bowl eligible, that should start here.

Louisiana-Monroe @ No. 11 Auburn (ESPNU, 12 p.m.) Auburn is 4-0 for the second straight season and the fourth time in the last seven years. Me thinks you can make it 5-0.

Kansas @ Baylor (FSN-National, 12 p.m.) - Kansas should be able to run all over Baylor but they better keep an eye on QB Robert Griffin.

Alcorn State @ Mississippi State (FSN-South/Sun Sports/Gameplan, 12 p.m.) - The Bulldogs might have the same 2-2 record they started last season with but fans see a lot of improvement so far.

No. 5 TCU @ Colorado State (The Mtn., 2 p.m.) - TCU is tied for the highest ranked team ever to visit Hughes Stadium. They might end up putting up the most points ever allowed as well.

Tulane @ Rutgers (ESPN3.com, 2 p.m.) - Rutgers fans are wondering who's to blame for the team's uninspired start to the season. A poor showing against Tulane will only fan the flames.

East Carolina @ North Carolina (TWC/ESPN3.com, 3:30 p.m.) - You can excuse Butch Davis is his mind in on other pressing matters right now. Unfortunately for him and the Heels, East Carolina does not have any sympathy.

Buffalo @ Bowling Green (BCSN, 3:30 p.m.) - Both these teams might be 1-3 but they're a gutty 1-3. The Bulls aren't fooled by BGU's result last week against Michigan.

Florida International @ Pittsburgh (ESPN3.com 3:30 p.m.)  - The Panthers better not take FIU lightly. They might be the best 0-3 team in the nation, with well-played games against Rutgers, Texas A&M, and Maryland.

Louisville @ Arkansas State (ESPN3.com, 7 p.m.) - The Cardinals will be without senior wide receiver Doug Beaumont after undergoing knee surgery.

Florida Atlantic @ South Florida (ESPN3.com, 7:05 p.m.) - FAU is dead last in FBS in run defense, giving up 827 yards in three games. Expect that to come up.

No. 3 Boise State @ New Mexico State (WAC Network/GamePlan, 8 p.m.) - The Aggies have had a rough go of things this season, but have been remarkably consistent in allowing almost exactly 42 points per contest. Expect nothing less here.

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