June 16, 2006
Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Friday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the worst each week and a few others that have piqued our interest.
The absence of any major theme in Week 5 of the college football season doesn't mean there aren't things worth noting, especially as teams around the country begin to settle in for conference play.
The weekend will get off to an early bang with two great matchups on Thursday night. It'll be must-see TV in the SEC and MWC as the two conferences showcase some of their better teams. And they should have a nice audience with the MLB regular season winding down and the playoffs still a few days away.
Week 5 also presents a chance to see some pretty good offenses face off. Expect to see some big numbers put on the board Thursday night and again on Saturday afternoon, when two of the premier Big Ten programs square off.
Game of the Week
This one will feature a great QB matchup, as the Hawkeyes' Drew Tate and the Buckeyes' Troy Smith will lead two top notch offenses.
Games to Watch
Thurs., Sept. 28 - BYU at TCU (CSTV, 7 pm)
Great early season matchup in the Mountain West. Getting the Cougars at home makes the possibility of TCU running the table in the MWC a little easier. This one should feature plenty of fireworks - both teams boasted offenses that averaged over 399 yards per game last season. BYU has only four starters returning on defense which could pose a problem trying to slow down the high-risk, high-reward offense of TCU.
This is Northwestern's chance to make a statement that they're serious contenders in the Big Ten, but it will be a tall order in
This game is significant because it will be the first one played in
Rivalry of the Week
Sat., Sept. 30 - Michigan at
It's installment No. 95 of the Little Brown Jug rivalry as these two teams have been playing each other since 1903. While
Mismatch of the Week
Sat., Sept. 30 -