The 2019 college football season is well underway. There are games that get more attention than others every week, such as Ohio State at Nebraska this week. Whether it’s within the power 5 or group of 5, there are games that can be interesting to watch even if there are not always playoff implications involved. Here are four college football games that can be well-played in week 5:
Florida Atlantic Owls (2-2) vs. Charlotte 49ers (2-2)
When: Saturday, September 28 | 3:30 PM EST
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Both of these teams sit at 2-2 through four games. However, losses to Ohio State and Clemson are understandable. This game is important for them because starting off conference play with a win can really help these teams moving forward.
Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad has been balancing their offense in terms of running and passing plays. If they can keep Charlotte’s defense off-balance, it’ll help them in trying to put up points.
Charlotte has showed they can score by averaging just over 47 PPG in their first three games. Putting up 10 against Clemson is even something to look at considering the Tigers held ACC opponent Syracuse to just 6 points and 10 to a ranked Texas A&M team. They’ll look to get back in the higher-scoring range against a less talented Florida Atlantic defense.
Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (2-1)
When: Saturday, September 28 | 5:00 PM EST
If you’re looking for a pro-style college football game, this one might be for you. These teams can be seen as similar in terms of play-style. They both have the ability to stop a lot of offenses, along with using clock throughout the game.
For Cincinnati, they’ve been running the football efficiently this season. This has contributed to their ability to wear defenses down. This can help their defense by not having to be on the field as much, causing them to potentially have more in the tank when they are out there.
Marshall is coming off a close win against the Ohio Bobcats. Running back Brenden Knox had 16 carries that went for 133 yards and a touchdown. He’s been splitting carries with Sheldon Evans who can also run the football, and having multiple backs healthy can help an offense out a lot.
It’ll be interesting to see who sets the tone early, as whoever controls the trenches can come out on top in this one.
#24 Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-1)
When: Saturday, September 28 | 7:00 PM EST
After a win at Mississippi State, the Kansas State Wildcats have found themselves ranked in the AP Poll. They’ll get a chance to improve to 4-0 to start conference play against Oklahoma State. After coming off of a BYE week, this team should be rested and prepared for this one. A 4-0 start will be the teams first since 2012 when they started their season 10-0.
Oklahoma State is coming off a tough loss against a talented Texas Longhorns team. Nonetheless, the team is off to a 3-1 start, so they can still finish with a great record. As in recent years, Oklahoma State’s offense has been performing well as they’ve put up at least 30 points in all of their first four games. Running back Chuba Hubbard has been the clear workhorse in the backfield as he piled up 37 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns against the Longhorns. If they can utilize him Saturday evening, it’ll give them a good chance to continue scoring points.
Houston Cougars (1-3) vs. North Texas Mean Green (2-2)
When: Saturday, September 28 | 8:00 PM EST
It’s hard to tell if either of these teams are legit or busts, but neither have gotten off to the start they would like.
After the 1-3 start, Houston decided to Redshirt quarterback D’Eriq King. After a loss to Tulane, there remains multiple unanswered questions for this team. Whoever goes under center Saturday night, Houston will still try to go out there and win football games.
North Texas is 2-2, but after a blowout 45-3 win last week, they likely have some momentum going with them. Their defense has sharpened up these last two games as they gave up just 17 points to a ranked California Golden Bears team, and held UTSA to just a field goal. With Houston trying to figure things out on both sides of the ball, North Texas could look to capitalize on that.
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