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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 5 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 1-3, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 1

7:30 pm Miami (FL) (-6, 68) at Cincinnati - The Bearcats played Memphis to nearly a draw last week, finally succumbing by a score of 53-46, so, Cincinnati's offense can get it going, though the defense leaves much to be desired.

The 3-0 Hurricanes, who had last week off after topping Nebraska, 36-33 in OT on the 19th, are still somewhat of an unknown quantity. Being on the road in a non-conference game makes for an interesting match-up. Look for lots of scoring and a late surge by the Bearcats for a mild upset to start the week.

Prediction: Bearcats 41 Hurricanes 38

Friday, October 2

7:00 pm Memphis (-9 1/2, 62) at South Florida - After a win in week one over Florida A&M (51-3), the Bulls have lost two straight - to Florida State and Maryland - and the games were not competitive.

Now they get to face the 4-0 Tigers in their first American Athletic conference game, and, despite home field advantage, it's going to be a long haul. Memphis has outscored its first four opponents by an average of 24.5 points per game.

Looks like maybe only a heavy rain storm can save the Bulls.

Prediction: Tigers 35 Bulls 20

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10:15 pm Connecticut at BYU (-18 1/2, 45 1/2) - UConn's 2-2 record may be a bit deceiving, as they barely scratched by Villanova and Army in their first two games, then lost at Missouri, 9-6, and last week, to Navy, 28-18, so they may not be that bad a team, especially on defense.

BYU had high hopes after beating Nebraska and Boise State in weeks one and two, but dropped a 24-23 decision at UCLA and then the wheels fell off in a 31-0 loss to Michigan.

Figure this one to be a lot closer than the Vegas line indicates.

Prediction: Cougars 24 Huskies 17

Saturday, October 3

12:00 pm Minnesota at Northwestern (-5, 40) - Northwestern is off to another hot start, going 4-0 and having wins over Stanford and Duke on their resume.

This marks the start of conference play for both Big Ten teams, and the Gophers are no slouches either, their only loss in four games a 23-17 defeat by TCU.

Last season, the Gophers topped the Wildcats, 24-17, but the venue has switched, making Northwestern the choice, if only marginally. Should be a well-played, close game, but the Wildcats should come out on top by a TD.

Prediction: Wildcats 21 Golden Gophers 14

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12:00 pm West Virginia at Oklahoma (-7, 58) - Both squads head into conference play with 3-0 marks, but the Mountaineers have been absolutely mauling the opposition, last week hammering Maryland, 45-6.

The Sooners survived a scare at Tennessee, winning 31-24 in week two, then outscored Tulse, 52-38, so the defense is very questionable, and, as most around Sooner Nation understand, Bob Stoops coached teams are always vulnerable early in the season.

Last season, the Sooners won, 45-33, at West Virginia, but the Mountaineers are a better team this time around and can score the upset.

Prediction: Mountaineers 38 Sooners 28

12:00 pm Iowa at Wisconsin (-7, 47) - The Hawkeyes have been on the fringes of greatness for at least the last ten years and a win over a highly-regarded Bifg Ten opponent like Wisconsin would go a long way toward solidifying their image as a no-nonsense contender in the West division.

Iowa is 4-0, two of those wins coming over Iowa State (31-17) and Pitt (27-24), so they've played some quality opponents.

Wisconsin opened the season with a 35-17 loss to Alabama, but has since reeled off three straight wins over pushover foes, outscoring them 114-3. That means nothing in terms of conference play. Look for the Hawkeyes to show up in a big way and turn the Big Ten upside down.

Prediction: Hawkeyes 27 Badgers 21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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