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College Football Week 5 Schedule: Two top-ten matchups in Prime Time

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A Big Ten East clash should have fans of the conference buzzing this week.

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Separated by a stretch of Interstate-80 that is a little less than 500 miles long are cities home to a pair of top-ten programs in college football and the sites of the two biggest games in week five of the 2018 schedule. South Bend, Indiana is home to Notre Dame, the 8th-ranked team in the country, while Penn State University resides in University Park, Pennsylvania, nearly due east.

Both teams will kick off at 7:30 on Saturday, with #8 Notre Dame hosting #7 Stanford as #4 Ohio State visits #9 Penn State. College GameDay is in Happy Valley today for the Big Ten clash, with the winner taking command of the Big Ten’s East division in the early going. Those two teams represented the division in the Big Ten Championship Game the last two years, with Ohio State winning in 2017 and Penn State doing so in 2016.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame hopes to continue its climb up the rankings by beating a second ranked team this season. The Fighting Irish beat Michinga in week one but defeated Ball State and Vanderbilt by single digits before finally exploding for a 56-27 win over Wake Forest a week ago.

Wisconsin Badgers fans get the week off, as Paul Chryst’s team gets a breather before hosting Nebraska next week at Camp Randall Stadium.

Here’s the full schedule of top 25 games and other notable matchups.

Early Games

Syracuse Orange at #3 Clemson Tigers

12:00 Noon ET
Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
ABC

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies

11:00 AM CT (12 Noon ET)
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
ESPN

#12 West Virginia Mountaineers at #25 Texas Tech Red Raiders

11:00 AM CT (12 Noon ET)
Jones-AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
ESPN2

Central Michigan Chippewas at #21 Michigan State Spartans

12:00 Noon ET
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
FOX Sports 1

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

11:00 AM CT (12 Noon ET)
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
SEC Network

Afternoon Games

Baylor Bears at #6 Oklahoma Sooners

2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
ABC

Tennessee Volunteers at #2 Georgia Bulldogs

3:30 PM ET
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
CBS

#18 Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats

2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
FOX Sports 1

Pittsburgh Panthers at #13 UCF Golden Knights

3:30 PM ET
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ESPNU

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at #10 Auburn Tigers

3:00 PM CT (4:00 ET)
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
SEC Network

#14 Michigan Wolverines at Northwestern Wildcats

3:30 PM CT (4:30 ET)
Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
FOX

Evening Kickoffs

Florida Gators at #23 Mississippi State Bulldogs

5:00 PM CT (6:00 ET)
Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
ESPN

Virginia Tech Hokies at #22 Duke Blue Devils

7:00 PM ET
Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
ESPN2

#4 Ohio State Buckeyes at #9 Penn State Nittany Lions

7:30 PM ET
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
ABC

#7 Stanford Cardinal at #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

7:30 PM ET
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
NBC

South Carolina Gamecocks at #17 Kentucky Wildcats

7:30 PM ET
Kroger Field, Lexington, KY
SEC Network

#20 BYU Cougars at #11 Washington Huskies

5:30 PM PT (8:30 ET)
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
FOX

Ole Miss Rebels at #5 LSU Tigers

8:15 PM CT (9:15 ET)
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
ESPN

#19 Oregon Ducks at #24 California Golden Bears

7:30 PM PT (10:30 ET)
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
FOX Sports 1