With one-third of the 2022 season on the books and college football rankings more normalized across the board, Week 5 offers a string of amazing top 25 matches with implications for individual conferences and the college football playoff picture. What’s more, these showdowns are scattered throughout the Saturday schedule, giving fans the opportunity to tune in to as much as possible throughout the day.
In fact, there are five ranked games per day, two such competitions each between SEC and ACC opponents. No. 14 Ole Miss takes No. 7 Kentucky as a touchdown favorite despite his higher ranking, while No. 2 Alabama hits No. 20 Arkansas as a 17-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook. Florida No. 23 is looking to go undefeated by playing a home game with Wake Forest No. 22 before No. 5 Clemson and No. 10 NC meet in prime time in the top 10 undefeated. Not to be left out, No. 16 Baylor aims to return to the top of the Big 12 race when he takes on the undefeated No. 9 from Oklahoma State.
By the time Saturday’s promotion ends, the top 25 will look noticeably different, and there may even be significant changes in CFP predictions. (Although there are two games scheduled for Sunday with Sunshine State teams having to postpone kickoffs due to Hurricane Ian, none of them have ranked programs.)
Be sure to stay on CBS Sports throughout the day to follow college football from the first game. Let’s take a look at our expert picks of the best games from week 5.
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No. 4 Michigan in Iowa
noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — When those teams met last December in the Big Ten championship game, Michigan completely crushed Iowa 42-3. No one can decide how good the Wolverines were last season, but Iowa seems to have regressed. The Hawks have only scored four offensive touchdowns in four games and now face an opponent far superior to anyone they’ve ever seen. Michigan gave up four touchdowns for 70 yards or more in last week’s 34-27 win over Maryland, but the Terrapins are much better equipped offensively than Iowa. Even if the Hawkeyes manage to slow down Michigan’s offense, it’s hard to imagine them reaching double figures without some ridiculous luck. The Wolverines must cover this spread with any account within 20s. Prediction: Michigan -10.5 — David Cobb
No. 7 Kentucky and No. 14 Ole Miss
noon | espn, fuboTV (Try for free) — The rebels are clear favorites in the match, despite the lower rating. However, don’t discount the Wildcats. Kentucky boasts a big defensive advantage as well as a lot of quarterback experience. Ole Miss’s offensive reputation under coach Lane Kiffin is well known, but Jackson Dart has not been tested for quality defense. This will change this week. Prediction: Kentucky +7 — Shehan Jeyaraja
No. 2 in Alabama and No. 20 in Arkansas
15:30 | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS sports app — One of the reasons Alabama wasn’t good on the road is because their offensive line wasn’t up to the typical standard. This year’s offense in Alabama hasn’t been as explosive in passing as we’ve seen in recent years. There is no true alpha receiver – at least not one that has taken the reins from the outstanding receivers that were on Alabama’s roster. All of this, combined with Arkansas getting into coverage and forcing teams to put together long drives to win, suggests this will be a less scoring and closer affair than expected. I don’t have a great level of confidence on this, but if I’m betting anything here, I’d rather be on Razorbacks. Prediction: Arkansas +17 — Tom Fornelli
No. 9 Oklahoma State No. 16 Baylor
15:30 | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Oklahoma State won the last two regular season games between these teams, but the Cowboys did not test in 2022 after losing defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to Ohio State. The Bears maintained their impressive defensive prowess and showed real passing potential in the win over Iowa State. Home field advantage takes over. Prediction: Baylor -2.5 — Shehan Jeyaraja
No. 10 NC State to No. 5 Clemson