College Football Schedule 2022: Week 5
Kentucky–Ole Miss leads off our picks for the best college football games this week.
Week 4’s games largely went as expected, so let’s take a moment to appreciate the less expected: Stephen F. Austin’s 98–0 whomping of Warner University this weekend.
Shutouts happen occasionally, but spectacular losses like Stephen F. Austin’s game require a beautiful confluence of events: scheduling mishaps, general coaching ineptitude, and an opposing team stricken with a biblical amount of misfortune. But not all giant shutouts are built the same!
For this week’s edition of the CableTV.com College Football Watch Guide, let’s break down Week 5’s best games.
CableTV.com Game of the Week: #7 Kentucky at #14 Ole Miss
A quick appreciation for the rare instances when a coach, school, and football team are aligned vis-à-vis the fit of their britches:
Kentucky had long been an afterthought in the SEC East, but under head coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky was willing to wait, and the school’s patience has paid off in spades. The Wildcats have cracked the top ten in the AP rankings for the first time since 2007, and quarterback Will Levis has gone from an afterthought backup to a potential first-round NFL pick.
Ole Miss hasn’t faced a schedule as tough as Kentucky’s so far, but they’ve performed as well as anticipated, beating their last three opponents by a combined 136–30 margin. If Kentucky can get past the Rebels, expect them to be one of the front-runners for the Best Non-Georgia SEC East Team.
#2 Alabama at #20 Arkansas
Speaking of coaches and football teams finding their perfect matches: see Sam Pittman, a head coach who embodies both the grit and build of the razorback hog and who’s assembled the Arkansas Razorbacks in this image.
Arkansas has built its record so far on a phenomenal run game, although its defense has been average. On paper, Alabama’s offense can take advantage of this gap. But this game should also confirm if Alabama’s close game against Texas was a fluke or a red flag.
#9 Oklahoma State at #16 Baylor
Oklahoma State opens up Big 12 conference play with a revenge game against Baylor after last year’s Big 12 Championship Game loss. The Cowboys’ defense got off to a rickety start against Central Michigan, but they steadied themselves during Week 2 and Week 3 wins.
As for Baylor, the Bears have sandwiched a narrow overtime loss against BYU against an equally narrow win against Iowa State this season. This matchup should also clear up the logjam between Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Kansas at the top of the Big 12 standings.
Purdue at #21 Minnesota
On the field, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm lives life at MAXIMUM SPEED and believes that anything less is a sign of cowardice. Sometimes, this leads to moments of transcendence, and sometimes, it leads to headlines that have the words “Purdue” and “debacle” within spitting distance of each other.
Despite having a top-20 passing offense, Purdue’s need for speed has caused Purdue to spend much of the season zooming off cliffs like Wile E. Coyote. The Boilermakers dropped winnable games against Penn State and Syracuse in disastrous fashion, and they’ll be facing a 4–0 Minnesota team that just ground up Michigan State into a fine powder.
Best college football schedule this week
|Tulane at Houston||Friday, September 30||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Washington at UCLA||Friday, September 30||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Kentucky at Ole Miss||Saturday, October 1||12:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Purdue at Minnesota||Saturday, October 1||12:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Illinois at Wisconsin||Saturday, October 1||12:00 p.m.||BTN|
|Texas Tech at Kansas State||Saturday, October 1||12:00 p.m.||Big 12 Network/ESPN+|
|Alabama at Arkansas||Saturday, October 1||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Oklahoma State at Baylor||Saturday, October 1||3:30 p.m.||FOX|
|Iowa State at Kansas||Saturday, October 1||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Virginia Tech at UNC||Saturday, October 1||3:30 p.m.||ACCN|
|NC State at Clemson||Saturday, October 1||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
Data effective as of post date.