Welcome to college football’s Week 5. We have an old-school blue-blood matchup, Ohio State-Nebraska, and a couple of intriguing Pac-12 games, USC-Washington and Washington State-Utah. And there’s a little history being made: Oklahoma became the sixth team to join the 900-win mark, joining Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama and Nebraska. Notre Dame can become the seventh with a win today too.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Injury updates and latest news
Picks and gambling tips
Scott Van Pelt picks his winners for Week 5 of the college football season.
Here are Week 5 trends to know. Among them: Alabama is just 8-18 ATS in its past 26 games as a favorite of 35 points or more — and they’re 37.5-point favorites today.
College football betting tips: Notre Dame, which can be boom or bust because of its outsider status with the College Football Playoff, appears to be still fighting despite its Georgia setback.
Actress Gabrielle Union, an Omaha native who grew up a huge Nebraska sports fan, is pumped for today’s game against Ohio State and was the guest picker on GameDay (she picked… the Huskers). But Ohioan LeBron James isn’t ready to let her enjoy this moment.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 28, 2019
Union took the bet.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 28, 2019
Dwyane Wade, Union’s husband and James’ BFF and former teammate, just tried to keep the peace.
Can we all just get along https://t.co/0HkMZKtFjL
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 28, 2019
Honoring a Husker family
After she was selected to appear on GameDay, Union asked her Twitter followers whose jersey she should wear. Nebraska senior offensive lineman Christian Gaylord responded with a special request. To honor his father, Scott, who died in a car accident last week in Nebraska, he offered the jersey his dad wore in the stands during Christian’s games.
@itsgabrielleu I’m a senior on the team. I tore my acl this year and awaiting a medical redshirt. My father was killed in a car accident last Friday. You’re more then welcome to wear my fathers jersey he wore during my games. It would be an honor. pic.twitter.com/02d7q2AhEN
— Christian Gaylord (@Big_Chris_65) September 26, 2019
Union said she’d be honored, and Nebraska helped get the jersey to her. After Saturday’s show, Union offered her condolences to the Gaylord family.
Truly humbled and honored to wear Scott Gaylord’s jersey today. Sending so much ❤ to the Gaylord family. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/WZPBUqkZeJ
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 28, 2019
Week 5’s best
Polar Bears have to like this atmosphere
Up in Havre, Montana (about 35 miles south of the Canadian border), the Montana State Orediggers took on the Montana State-Northern Polar Bears. While the Diggers have beaten the Polar Bears by a 147-28 margin the past two seasons, you gotta play the game. Even if it looks like this on the field.
— Montana Tech Football Equipment (@tech_equipment) September 28, 2019
Our new celebration overlords
Cheerleaders and mascots of the world, take notice. Virginia Tech already has a robot ready to take your place in the world of post-score celebratory pushups.
Virginia Tech shows off their push-up robot during its loss vs. Duke.
That’s a spicy nugget
Spotted on Union Bay outside Husky Stadium in Seattle: what appears to be a floating fast-food establishment. Wendy’s replied, confirming it is operational and does have a “sail-thru”.
There’s a floating @Wendys outside Husky Stadium in Seattle
— Matt (@matthewverygood) September 27, 2019
Everything old is new again
For its Sun Belt opener against Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State is wearing helmets featuring its mascot, Yosef, which is a caricature that dates to 1942. According to App State: “Yosef is mountain talk for ‘yourself,’ with the idea being that if you are an Appalachian alumnus, fan or friend and have a heart filled with black and gold, you are Yosef.”
Appalachian State @AppState_FB last wore the old Yosef logo on a yellow/gold helmet Sept 29, 2012 with the logo on both sides of the helmet (L). Tomorrow it will be on one side with numbers on the other (R).#CFB2019HelmetWatch#SeasonTotal91@UniWatch @PhilHecken @SimplyMoono pic.twitter.com/fjDAEANWZ4
— Blaise D’Sylva (@wtfcoach) September 28, 2019
Charlotte, meanwhile, is featuring its own pipe-smoking mascot, a throwback depiction of Norm the Niner, on its helmets for its homecoming game against FAU.
𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙾𝙻𝙳 𝙽𝙾𝚁𝙼
𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝙉𝙊𝙍𝙈
9.28 | Homecoming | vs. FAU pic.twitter.com/K16UETTBid
— Charlotte Football (@CharlotteFTBL) September 27, 2019
Texas Tech is wearing all-white throwback uniforms for its trip to Oklahoma.
— TexasTechEquipment (@TTU_EQUIPMENT) September 26, 2019
An unnatural selection
Clemson’s social media folks received a lot of attention with this, uh, interesting teaser for the North Carolina game featuring the Tigers’ captains acting as shepherds leading sheep to their assumed demise. See, the North Carolina mascot is Ramses, a Horned Dorset sheep. And Clemson is the Tigers. Tigers would probably eat sheep. Especially if Tigers (the football guys) were guiding them toward Tigers (the animal kind). Pretty normal stuff, really, if you think about it.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 27, 2019
Top 25 games
All lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Towson at No. 9 Florida
Time: 4 p.m. ET
How to watch: SEC Network and ESPN app
And our best line: Kyle Trask threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns in his first start last week. The last Florida player to throw for 275 or more yards in back-to-back games was Tim Tebow in 2007.
Mississippi State at No. 7 Auburn
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN and ESPN app
Line: Auburn -10
And our best line: Auburn is averaging 259.5 rush yards per game, most in the SEC. Mississippi State is allowing 4.5 yards per rush, third most in the SEC.
UConn at No. 22 UCF
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN2 and ESPN app
Line: UCF -42.5
And our best line: UConn has lost 18 straight against FBS opponents, last winning against Tulsa in 2017. That’s the longest active streak in FBS and nine games longer than any other active streak.
No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN+
Line: Oklahoma State -4.5
And our best line: Oklahoma State has won its past four home games as an unranked team against a ranked one. That’s tied for the longest active winning streak with Mississippi State.
No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ABC and ESPN app
Line: Ohio State -17
And our best line: Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Ohio State is 4-1 with four straight wins against the Huskers by an average of 24.8 points.
Washington State at No. 19 Utah
Time: 10 p.m. ET
How to watch: FS1
Line: Utah -6
And our best line: Washington State is averaging 52.8 points and more than 605 yards, both in the top 5 in FBS. Utah’s defense gives up 14.8 points and 275 yards per game, both in the top 3 of the Pac-12
What the results mean
No. 6 Oklahoma 55, Texas Tech 16
The Sooners weren’t challenged on Saturday by Texas Tech and from the looks of it, they won’t be until they meet Texas in the Red River Showdown on Oct. 12. That will be the true test for where this Oklahoma team is. Until then, Jalen Hurts will continue to rack up Heisman-like statistics and the defense will continue to look improved under new coordinator Alex Grinch. — Sam Khan Jr.
No. 8 Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 15
Nothing came easy for the Badgers, who needed two defensive touchdowns, but Wisconsin is undefeated heading into October. Heisman hopeful running back Jonathan Taylor had another 100-yard game, but the defense was what stood out. The Badgers finished the month ranking in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They have to take advantage of home field against Kent State and Michigan State, as four of the last six games are on the road. — Heather Dinich
No. 12 Penn State 59, Maryland 0
The Nittany Lions thoroughly embarrassed Maryland in front of a sold-out crowd on Friday night, showing the Big Ten East could run deeper than Ohio State. Could. Penn State’s status as a contender won’t be revealed until October, when the Nittany Lions play three straight ranked opponents: No. 14 Iowa, No. 20 Michigan and No. 25 Michigan State. The only game left they’re not favored to win? Nov. 23 at Ohio State. — Heather Dinich
No. 14 Iowa 48, Middle Tennessee 3
Iowa had too many athletes for Middle Tennessee’s defense to handle, and the Hawkeyes spread the ball to a lot of them. Nate Stanley averaged more than 16 yards per completion, a trio of Iowa running backs averaged 8.6 yards per carry, and if you’re into the transitive property, the Hawkeyes handled MTSU far better than next week’s opponent, Michigan, did. Now comes a trip to Ann Arbor that could define both teams’ respective seasons. — Bill Connelly
Arizona State 24, No. 15 Cal 17
Cal was the last remaining undefeated team in the Pac-12 before losing at home to Arizona State, but the Bears’ biggest concern now is the status of starting quarterback Chase Garbers, who left in the first half with an apparent shoulder injury. The Bears have as good a defense as there is in the conference, but were already offensively challenged before Garbers went down. If his injury keeps costs him more time, backup Devon Modster will have to be much more effective than he was against Arizona State (5 of 14, 23 yards, 1 interception). — Kyle Bonagura
No. 20 Michigan 52, Rutgers 0
The Wolverines got exactly what it needed: a convincing win without further disaster. Michigan had faced criticism since its sound defeat at Wisconsin last week, but was able to get its stagnant offense moving — albeit against a team that has now lost 14 straight conference games — but not without another turnover. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Notre Dame can all benefit from Michigan improving and staying ranked, as it can impact all of their schedule strengths. — Heather Dinich
No. 23 Texas A&M 31, Arkansas 27
Here are two things we know about A&M-Arkansas games: They’re going to be really close and A&M’s going to win. With 10 fourth-quarter points, the Aggies won their eighth straight in the series, but this was the fifth in six years to be decided by one score. But hey, whatever — survive and advance. Now 3-2, A&M gets a bye week before hosting Alabama, its third top-10 opponent of the year. — Bill Connelly
Casey O’Brien has defeated osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, four times and is defying the odds again by playing football for the Golden Gophers.
Casey O’Brien has defeated cancer four times and is defying the odds again by playing football for the Golden Gophers.