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College Football: Week 5 Predictions

By Brian Smith,


The 4-0 and #18 Miami Hurricanes are on a bye week prior to hosting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Oct. 7). In the meantime, there are good games within the ACC and across the college football landscape, several of which directly impact the Canes.

Whether battling for the top spot in the ACC and/or within the AP Poll, here are the best games of the week, including final score predictions and players of the week picks for each of the Power 5 conferences.


Louisville 23 North Carolina State 20

Clemson 28 Syracuse 20

#11 Notre Dame 34 #17 Duke 21

ACC Player of the Week Prediction: Louisville running back Jawhar Jordan helps Louisville grind out an old-fashioned power football battle in Raleigh, N.C. Jordan goes for 115 yards and 1 touchdown, and it will be the game winner, versus NC ST.


Kentucky 24 #22 Florida 21

#13 LSU 34 #20 Ole Miss 21

#1 Georgia 34 Auburn 13

SEC Player of the Week Prediction: LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels runs and passes for a combined 360 yards, plus 3 touchdowns, as LSU leads throughout in Oxford, Miss.

Big 10

#2 Michigan 27 Nebraska 10

#6 Penn State 34 Northwestern 16

Big 10 Player of the Week Prediction: PSU cornerback Kalen King does not give up a completion, intercepts one pass, has another pass breakup, and 5 total tackles.

Big 12

#3 Texas 38 #24 Kansas 31

#14 Oklahoma 31 Iowa State 17

Big 12 Player of the Week Prediction: In a losing effort, Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels throws for two touchdowns and runs for two more, totaling 310 yards of total offense.

Pac 12

#8 Southern California 45 Colorado 14

#7 Washington 38 Arizona 17

Pac 12 Player of the Week Prediction: Southern California freshman wide receiver Zachariah Branch catches four passes for 100 yards and a score, and returns a punt for a score as well.

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