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FBS College Football Predictions - Week Five
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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below is a compilation of The Sports Network's predictions for the top games in Week 5 of the college football season. (Detailed previews for each game can be found by following the "Top 25 scoreboard" link within the FBS college football section of sportsnetwork.com)

(5) West Virginia (4-0) at (18) South Florida (3-0), Friday, 8 pm

This may be just the first league game of the season for both programs, but there is no downplaying the importance of this contest. WVU has yet to be stopped on offense, but it hasn't faced a defense like this. USF will surely benefit from its home crowd support and if its defense is as good as the hype surrounding it, expect the Bulls to pull off the major upset in this one.

Predicted Outcome: South Florida 31, West Virginia 27

- Ralph Lauro

(21) Penn State (3-1) at Illinois (3-1), Saturday, 12 pm

If the Nittany Lions can get consistent play from quarterback Anthony Morelli and continue their dominant ways on defense, they should be able to get back in the win column. That's not to say the Illini won't put up a fight, but Ron Zook's club, while showing signs of improvement, isn't on par with the Big Ten's upper crust just yet.

Predicted Outcome: Penn State 31, Illinois 17

- Frank Haynes

(2) L-S-U (4-0) at Tulane (1-2), Saturday, 12 pm

There is no reason to believe that this game will be close. The Green Wave is no match for the Tigers, who may be the best team in the nation.

Predicted Outcome: LSU 63, Tulane 3

- Pat Taggart

North Carolina (1-3) at (17) Virginia Tech (3-1), Saturday, 12 pm

The Tar Heels will be a much improved team in the near future thanks to Butch Davis and his ability to recruit. However, it will be a year or two before that potential is realized. In the here and now, UNC is simply no match for the Hokies, especially in Lane Stadium.

Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 33, North Carolina 10

- Scott Haynes

Mississippi State (3-1) at (16) South Carolina (3-1), Saturday, 12:30 pm

Expect the home team to take care of business in what should be a fairly close game. Both clubs will be starting an inexperienced quarterback, so a low-scoring affair is likely.

Predicted Outcome: South Carolina 17, Mississippi State 9

- Pat Taggart

Ole Miss (1-3) at (15) Georgia (3-1), Saturday, 1 pm

Expect Georgia to win this game, although it won't be surprising if Ole Miss keeps things close. The Bulldogs are solid on both sides of the ball, but they are not on the level of SEC rivals Florida and LSU.

Predicted Outcome: Georgia 27, Ole Miss 17

- Pat Taggart

Florida Atlantic (3-1) at (14) Kentucky (4-0), Saturday, 1 pm

Expect a dominant effort by Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson and company, as the 'Cats are far superior to the Owls. This one should be decided by intermission.

Predicted Outcome: Kentucky 49, Florida Atlantic 14

- Pat Taggart

Massachusetts (4-0) at (12) Boston College (4-0), Saturday, 1 pm

Appalachian State proved earlier this season that elite teams from the FCS can beat well-respected programs from what was formerly referred to as Division I-A. UMass will not be embarrassed this weekend, but a win over Boston College isn't likely.

Predicted Outcome: Boston College 31, Massachusetts 14

- Pat Taggart

(3) Oklahoma (4-0) at Colorado (2-2), Saturday, 1:30 pm

The Boulder crowd will be tremendously supportive this weekend, but Colorado simply isn't good enough to hang with Oklahoma. The Sooners will jump on top early and never look back.

Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 43, Colorado 13

- Pat Taggart

Iowa State (1-3) at (25) Nebraska (3-1), Saturday, 2:05 pm

Nebraska has been less than impressive over the last few weeks and if the defense can't tighten things up, this team could be in serious trouble. Still, the Huskers have owned ISU in Lincoln and they should be able to continue that domination behind their potent offensive attack.

Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 34, Iowa State 20

- Ralph Lauro

Kansas State (2-1) at (7) Texas (4-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Texas has a ton of talent and may have sparked some confidence with the blowout victory over Rice. The Longhorns need to avoid looking past Kansas State, as mighty Oklahoma awaits. Expect Mack Brown's club to take care of business.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 34, Kansas State 14

- Pat Taggart

(6) California (4-0) at (11) Oregon (4-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

This one may be one of the most enjoyable games of the season to watch, especially if you are a fan of offense. Both teams have the ability to put points on the scoreboard at will, so it will be decided by the defense which makes the most plays. Oregon has owned this series at home of late and that could be just enough of an edge to get the win here.

Predicted Outcome: Oregon 38, California 35

- Scott Haynes

Michigan State (4-0) at (9) Wisconsin (4-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Camp Randall is as tough a place to play as there is in the country, and while this year's collection of Badgers isn't as formidable as in the recent past, expect them to prevail in what should be a physical battle throughout.

Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 27, Michigan State 23

- Frank Haynes

(13) Clemson (4-0) at Georgia Tech (2-2), Saturday, 3:30 pm

On its own field, Georgia Tech should be able to keep this game close. However, the Tigers will pound the ball with James Davis and C.J. Spiller, allowing opportunities for Cullen Harper downfield. Clemson should make enough plays on both sides of the ball to get the victory.

Predicted Outcome: Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 20

- Scott Haynes

Maryland (2-2) at (10) Rutgers (3-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Rutgers hasn't exactly faced the toughest opponents this season, but it will surely be tested by a sound Maryland team this weekend. It won't come easy, but the Knights, behind their power run game and solid defense, should be able to wear down the Terps and pull away late for the victory.

Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 31, Maryland 20

- Ralph Lauro

(22) Alabama (3-1) vs. Florida State (2-1), Saturday, 5 pm

Expect this matchup to be close on a neutral field. In a game that should be decided in the closing minutes, give a narrow edge to Florida State.

Predicted Outcome: Florida State 23, Alabama 20

- Pat Taggart

(19) Hawaii (4-0) at Idaho (1-3), Saturday, 5 pm

The Warriors have been slow starters the last couple of games, but having scored in every quarter this season and in 19 straight overall, the squad shouldn't have to worry about a shaky start versus the Vandals.

Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 56, Idaho 13

- Gregg Xenakes

(1) U-S-C (3-0) at Washington (2-2), Saturday, 8 pm

The Huskies are just 1-8-1 all-time against top-ranked teams, and it doesn't look like they will break into the win column again in this one. The Trojans are clearly the better team on both sides of the ball and should be able to open up a sizeable lead in the second half, en route to a rather easy win.

Predicted Outcome: USC 34, Washington 17

- Scott Haynes

(8) Ohio State (4-0) at Minnesota (1-3), Saturday, 8 pm

OSU has never lost to Minnesota in the Metrodome and that doesn't figure to change this weekend. The Buckeyes are simply the better team on both sides of the ball and they should have no trouble exploiting a weak Gopher defense for the victory.

Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 20

- Ralph Lauro

Auburn (2-2) at (4) Florida (4-0), Saturday, 8 pm

Last season, Auburn beat Florida in a fierce battle. Expect the Gators to return the favor this weekend, as they are clearly superior to the Tigers.

Predicted Outcome: Florida 41, Auburn 14

- Pat Taggart

(23) Arizona State (4-0) at Stanford (1-2), Saturday, 10 pm

The Cardinals' weakness, namely, defending the pass, plays right into the Sun Devils' strength. On paper, Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter should be poised for a big day. But remember, this marks the first road contest of the season for Arizona State, which now finds itself dealing with the pressures of a national ranking.

Predicted Outcome: Arizona State 45, Stanford 23

- Mike Castiglione

(24) Cincinnati (4-0) at San Diego State (1-2), Saturday, 10 pm

Cincinnati has had the luxury of playing some rather weak foes to this point, while the opposite can be said for the Aztecs even with both teams having a strength of schedule somewhere in the middle of the pack. Quarterback Kevin O'Connell will get his yards for SDSU, but having a mistake-free outing may not be in the cards for the home team.

Predicted Outcome: Cincinnati 27, San Diego State 17

- Gregg Xenakes

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Scott Haynes at shaynes@sportsnetwork.com.
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