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Week 5 Viewer's Guide: You Know, Other Than ND-Clemson

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If you want to watch football other than ND-Clemson, OFD has your guide.

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Thursday Night

Favorite Underdog Venue Time (ET) Network Line
Miami Hurricanes Cincinnati Bearcats Nippert Stadium (UC) 7:30 ESPN -6

There's only one real option for Thursday night this week, but it's an interesting one. The Canes are undefeated, but are flying under the radar with no one ready to declare them BACK! Even with the hot start, Al Golden is still on the hot seat with many in the fanbase pushing for the return of Butch Davis (and they're using a plane to make this known). The Bearcats will start their backup QB after Gunner Kiel was knocked out (literally) of their game last week against Memphis. Cincinnati might not miss a beat as Hayden Moore was excellent in relief throwing for a team record 557 yards. The rest of the Bearcats are talented enough to knock off the Canes especially playing at home.

Friday Night

Favorite Underdog Venue Time (ET) Network Line
Memphis Tigers USF Bulls Raymond James Stadium (USF) 7:00 ESPN 2 -9.5
BYU Cougars UConn Huskies Lavell Edwards Stadium (BYU) 10:15 ESPN 2 -18.5

Friday is also slim pickings for FBS action, but there's two choices if you just have to watch some football. First, undefeated Memphis takes on USF in Tampa. Memphis is looked fantastic on offense this season, but did allow 752 yards to Cincinnati last week. USF gave Florida State some trouble earlier in the year, so Memphis can't afford to take this game lightly. After that, BYU hosts Bob Diaco's UConn. The Cougars were blown out at Michigan last week while UConn lost to Navy. BYU is a heavy favorite, but mentioning this to Coach D is sure to get you labelled as an "energy vampire."

Early Shift

Favorite Underdog Venue Time (ET) Network Line
Wisconsin Badgers Iowa Hawkeyes Camp Randall Stadium (UW) Noon ESPN -6
TCU Horned Frogs Texas Longhorns Amon Carter Stadium (TCU) Noon ABC -14.5
Oklahoma Sooners West Virginia Mountaineers Gaylord Family Stadium (OU) Noon FS1 -6

Unlike previous Saturdays, there are some solid choices during the noon slate of games this week. First, undefeated Iowa travels to Wisconsin in the Heartland Trophy game. The latest in Wisconsin's never-ending line of stud RBs is Corey Clement, but he'll be out for at least a month with hernia surgery. His backup, Dare Ogunbowale will undoubtedly become a TD machine, but the former walk-on obviously lacks experience as the feature back. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz seems to have temporarily cooled his hot seat, but a win in this rivalry game (the Badgers have won the last three) would go a long way toward earning some more good will with the Iowa fanbase. The Big XII has two solid games during the noon window. In Fort Worth, Texas will hope to put their special teams woes behind them this week. The Horns should have forced overtime in their last two games, but were undone by a missed PAT against Cal and a punting mishap against Oklahoma State. The Horns look much better than the team that was blown out in South Bend, but they have yet to turn that into a win against anyone other than Rice. In Norman, two undefeated squads will face off when Oklahoma faces West Virginia. WVU hasn't played a close game yet, but they've yet to face serious competition (sit down Maryland, you lost to a MAC school). The Sooners won a memorable game at Tennessee in overtime, but struggled the following week against Tulsa giving up over 600 yards to the Golden Hurricane. This should feature points galore, and while TCU and Baylor are the two favorites in the conference, it's far too early to count out either of these two squads.

Afternoon Shift

Favorite Underdog Venue Time (ET) Network Line
Georgia Bulldogs Alabama Crimson Tide Sanford Stadium (UGA) 3:30 CBS -2.5

There's a few other decent games during this timeslot, but this is far and away the best choice. For the first time in over fifty games, the Tide are an underdog according to Vegas. With their loss to Ole Miss two weeks ago, Alabama could potentially fall out of the playoff race in early October. While a second loss wouldn't completely doom the Tide, they'd need major help to make the top four by season's end. For Georgia, Nick Chubb has been carrying the load having tied Hershel Walker's record for consecutive 100 yard games with 12 dating back to last season. UVA transfer Greyson Lambert has also impressed for the Dawgs through four games as well. This game will go a long way to determining who wins the SEC, and has major playoff implications, so if you only watch one game this weekend (other than ND-Clemson), make it this one.

Night Shift

Favorite Underdog Venue Time Network Line
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Clemson Tigers Memorial Stadium (Clem) 8:00 ABC -1
Tennessee Volunteers Arkansas Razorbacks Neyland Stadium (UT) 7:00 ESPN2 -6
UCLA Bruins Arizona State Sun Devils Rose Bowl (UCLA) 7:30 FOX -13.5
Texas A&M Aggies Mississippi State Bulldogs Kyle Field (A&M) 10:30 SECN -7

If you feel compelled to flip from the Notre Dame-Clemson game on ABC, there are a few other options. First, the SEC Sadness Bowl kicks off an hour before the Irish. Both Tennessee and Arkansas lost heartbreakers the last few weekends (Toledo, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Florida for Tennessee), and one of them has to lose again this weekend. The Vols and the Hogs were both tipped as preseason SEC darkhorses which goes to show how much offseason predictions are worth. Also in the SEC, Texas A&M faces Mississippi State in College Station. The Bulldogs QB Dak Prescott has fallen short of his preseason Heisman potential, but he still has the talent to end A&M's undefeated run. Lastly, UCLA faces Arizona State the week after their LA rival destroyed the Sun Devils 42-14. UCLA looked fantastic in their win over Arizona on the road last Saturday, and they'll hope to complete the Arizona sweep this weekend.