Sep 22, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers runner Ameer Abdullah (8) breaks away for a touchdown against the Idaho State Bengals defender Mitch Beckstead (46) at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 73-7. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Five must watch college football games of Week Five


No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia – Noon on FX

Baylor will be the first real test for Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense this season. Although Baylor does not feature a strong defense, the Bears have a great offense, and this game should appear to be a track meet for both teams. I think this game will be a race to see who can score 50 points first.

Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati (neutral site game) – 3:30 PM on ESPNU and Watch ESPN App

This could be the game that catapults Virginia Tech back into the national picture as far as the AP Top 25 Poll is concerned. Cincinnati has an exciting duel-threat quarterback in Munchie Lagaux and the Bearcats are undefeated, hoisting a record of 2-0. VaTech is 3-1, with a bad loss to Pitt, but the Hokies should be able to become relevant again to college football fans, assuming Logan Thomas and his offense puts away Cincinnati.

No. 4 Florida State at South Florida – 6:00 PM on ESPN and Watch ESPN App

Florida State just came off an exhilarating 49-37 win against Clemson, and this could be a week where the Seminoles take its opponent for granted, seeing as USF is 2-2 and most likely headed to a 6-6 finish in the Big East. How embarrassing would it be if the Bulls play spoilers to Florida State this week? I wouldn’t rule this out, especially seeing as Florida State is heading on the road to Tampa to play against USF at Raymond James Stadium.

No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State – 7:50 PM on FOX

Texas has been the most surprising team for me so far this season. They are beating teams and they are doing it in an impressive fashion each weekend. Given the quarterback mess the Longhorns had last year, I never would have expected Texas to start its 2012 season 4-0. OK State has one blemish on its schedule, but seeing as the Cowboys have only played three games, we still don’t really know how good Oklahoma State actually is.

Wisconsin at No. 22 Nebraska – 8:00 PM on ABC

This game is arguably more important than the Ohio State and Michigan State football game on Saturday. Both Wisconsin and Nebraska were trampled on the road by Pac-12 schools that should have been handled easily by these Big Ten giants. Nebraska lost to UCLA without Rex Burkhead and Wisconsin didn’t realize that quarterback Joel Stave was a better option than Danny O’Brien at that stage of the season when the Badgers lost to Oregon State. Nebraska has a very impressive run game with Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah is one my new favorite players to watch and he is only outmatched by Northwestern’s Venric Mark on my list. I like Nebraska to win this game big, but it should be interesting to see how long Stave can hang with the Cornhuskers.

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