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College Football Schedule 2022: Week 5

Kentucky–Ole Miss leads off our picks for the best college football games this week. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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!

A Brief Taxonomy of College Football Shutout Whompings

The “Goliath Teeing Off On David”

When a team has an easy game against a small school, they can give the entire roster an opportunity for sunshine and exercise. (See: Western Kentucky 87, West Virginia Tech 0.)

The “I Don’t Respect You, Your Couch, Or The Ground You Walk On”

Occasionally, there’ll be games where one team can’t coach its way out of a wet paper bag, and the other team is fully aware of this. (See: Michigan 78, Rutgers 0; Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0; and Western Kentucky 73, Florida International 0. Let Western Kentucky be known for two things: its spectacular mascot and uncouthness as a football host.)

The “Old-Timey Vicious Beatdown”

A few things defined pre-1930s college football: the forward pass was an act of demonry, a leather cap could be a safe football helmet, and teams clowned opponents by insane margins. (See: Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0.)

For this week’s edition of the College Football Watch Guide, let’s break down Week 5’s best games.

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Please enter a valid zip code. 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.

What time is Kentucky at Ole Miss?

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Date: Oct. 1
Channel: ESPN

#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.

What time is Alabama at Arkansas?

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Oct. 1
Channel: CBS

#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.

What time is Oklahoma State at Baylor?

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Oct. 1
Channel: FOX

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.

What time is Purdue at Minnesota?

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Date: Oct. 1
Channel: ESPN2

Best college football schedule this week

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
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

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