Games to Watch

Peter Sblendorio

No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 6 South Carolina

The best game of the week pits the two best teams in the SEC East against each other in what will be either squad’s toughest game of the year. Georgia has been one of the top offensive teams this season, scoring 48.2 points per game and averaging 536 total yards on offense. The Dawgs have rallied behind the arm of Aaron Murray, who has thrown for 12 touchdowns, and the legs of freshman back Todd Gurley, who has rushed for nine. This dominant offense will be up against its toughest test so far, as the Gamecocks have held opponents to a slim 11.2 points per contest. Marcus Lattimore, who has rushed for 440 yards and eight scores, leads a solid South Carolina offense that will be tested by the strong defense of the Bulldogs, which is also efficient in holding opponents to 22 points per game. In a matchup of two undefeated teams that are strong across the board, this one should not disappoint.

Game at 6:00 CT on ESPN

No. 4 LSU vs. No. 10 Florida

The second-best game in the SEC features two balanced teams that are led by their defenses. LSU has held opponents to just 12.6 points per game through five games this season and Florida is not doing much worse in allowing an average of just 12.8 points. Neither team is a slouch on offense, either, as they both average more than 30 points per contest coming in. The Tigers have benefitted from more consistent quarterback play this season, as Zack Mettenberger has completed over 65 percent of his passes and eclipsed 1,000 passing yards through five games. Florida is also versatile on offense, averaging 407.5 yards per game so far. These teams are similarly constructed and whoever takes advantage of chances on offense will likely come out on top.

Game at 2:30 CT on CBS

No. 21 Nebraska vs. No. 14 Ohio State

The most intriguing game in the Big Ten will take place in Columbus between a pair of ranked teams. The Cornhuskers are coming off of a big win against Wisconsin last week and they have been led by a strong offense that is 13th in college football with 521.4 yards per game. They will be opposed by an undefeated Ohio State team that has one of the strongest defenses in the conference and a quarterback in Braxton Miller that leads the team in both passing and rushing. Ohio State is 4-0 at home so far and Nebraska has lost its only road game of the season, so the Cornhuskers will have to play well to pull of a significant conference victory.

Game at 7:00 CT on ABC

No. 23 Washington vs. No. 2 Oregon

Washington earned itself a spot in the Top 25 after upsetting No. 8 Stanford last week and it will be looking for an even bigger upset Saturday. Oregon is having another explosive season on offense, averaging 52.4 points per game in five wins to start the year. The Ducks have been led by a dominant run game which averages 303 yards per game on the ground and the 605 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns from all-everything back Kenjon Barner have paced them. Washington has struggled on offense to an extent this year but has been strong defensively, holding opponents to under 20 points per game. The Huskies beat Stanford in a low-scoring affair and a similar game plan will most likely be the only way they have a chance against the Ducks.

Game at 9:30 CT on ESPN