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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 5 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 25-27

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 25

7:30 pm Texas Tech at Oklahoma State (-14, 71) - What could have been a big game in the Big 12 got a little smaller in stature after Tech fell to Arkansas, 49-28, on September 13 and now travel for their first conference game of the season.

The Cowboys rebounded from their 37-31 defeat to Florida State on opening weekend with a pair of wins over inferior opponents (Missouri State, UTSA) and appear ready to face better teams.

Oklahoma State has superior offense, but their defense - like Tech's - is questionable. Oklahoma State prevailed in last season's meeting, 52-34. The Cowboys win again, but not by much.

Prediction: Cowboys 34 Red Raiders 30


10:00 pm UCLA (-4, 60 1/2) at Arizona State - Monster PAC-12 match-up pitting ranked, undefeated teams in an important conference game. While the Bruins are the favorites, they are on the road and that bears some distinction, as the Sun Devils dropped their Bruins last season 38-33, in LA.

Arizona State thumped Colorado, 38-24, in their first conference game and is scoring at a torrid pace of 47 points per game. Their defense is also quite good, and, underrated.

UCLA will probably have trouble keeping up in a hostile environment.

Prediction: Sun Devils 41 Bruins 31


Friday, September 26

8:00 pm Fresno State (-5 1/2, 73) at New Mexico - Seriously, the Mountain west is the best the networks can come up with for a Friday night. worse yet, Fresno State is 1-3, while the Lobos are only marginally better, at 2-1, but, the Bulldogs were solid last season and this year's losses were to some strong teams - USC, Utah, Nebraska, a combined 9-1.

New Mexico is likely to score some points, but the Bulldogs are going to score many more in a meaningless game.

Prediction: Bulldogs 38 Lobos 21


Saturday, September 27

12:00 pm Tennessee at Georgia (-17, 55 1/2) - Both of these SEC East teams are 2-1, Georgia's loss coming on the road at South Carolina, 38-35, while the Vols took one on the chin at Oklahoma, September 13, 34-10, and have had an additional week to recover from that encounter.

While Georgia is supposed to be vastly superior, don't count out the Volunteers. Their defense is exceptional (20 ppg) and they'll have to be to slow down the Bulldogs, who come in as the 4th highest scoring team in the nation (48.7 ppg). An upset is looming in the wide open SEC.

Prediction: Volunteers 24 Bulldogs 23


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12:00 pm Northwestern at Penn State (-10, 45) - The Nittany Lions are 4-0, already have a conference win (over Rutgers), and, while ineligible for post-season play this year, are going to spoil a lot of teams' plans in the Big Ten.

1-2 Northwestern losses were to Cal and Northern Illinois, and maybe the Wildcats weren't so concerned about those games as they will be about this conference opener, so figure them to keep it close with a decent defense and marginally-effective offense.

Penn State will be 5-0 after this, but just barely.

Prediction: Nittany Lions 27 Wildcats 21


3:30 pm Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (-9 1/2, 70) - What used to be a Southwest conference game (many moons ago), is now a border rivalry pitting two top teams from the SEC.

A&M has continued to roll after they opened the season with a stunning, 52-28 win at South Carolina, taking three more in a row, by massively-lopsided scores. The Aggies are the second-highest scoring team in the country, checking in at 55.3 points per game, behind Baylor (59.3).

Arkansas felt the sting of defeat on opening weekend, losing to powerful Auburn, 45-21, but has reeled off three straight wins and are right behind the Aggies in scoring, at 48.8 per game. The Razorbacks are looking for respect and will get some with a notable upset.

Prediction: Razorbacks 38 Aggies 34


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3:30 pm Florida State (-18 1/2, 58) at North Carolina State - The Jameis Winston circus heads up to Tobacco Road, with the troubled QB back at the controls for the Seminoles after a 23-17 OT scare over Clemson last week without last year's Heisman winner.

The Wolfpack has been making some noise with a 4-0 mark over some very questionable opposition, but, despite their gaudy work this season, are not close to the caliber of last year's national champions.

If Winston can just shut up and play, maybe his critics will quiet down as well.

Prediction: Seminoles 45 Wolfpack 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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