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PSF College Football Weekly Pick’em: Week 5 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Man, this upcoming week of college football has incredible potential to be the best week of the young season to date. It’s been an incredible season already and there are is so much more action to go, with multiple ranked matchups headlining the Week 5 slate. Week 4 was very interesting, similar to the first three weeks. We saw ranked teams such as Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, and Virginia Tech go down without a fight. Alabama continued to assert their dominance with a win over a ranked Texas A&M team and Stanford continued to represent the PAC-12 on a national stage, squeaking out an overtime victory against 19th ranked Oregon. With all of that said, this sets up another exciting week of action-packed college football for us! Your favorite writers are set to pick tons of this week’s games, and hopefully gain ground in the overall standings.

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers on Twitter:

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through three weeks of play!

1. Tristan Beckmann (79 PTS)

2. Travis Calvin (73 PTS)

3. Brian Willis (71 PTS)

4. Chris Chastain (69 PTS)

5. Eric Jensen (59 PTS)

6. Obstructed Viewer (55 PTS)

7. Heath Kyser (52 PTS)

8. Ian Cusick (50 PTS)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#19 Miami (FL) over North Carolina.

(Thu. 9/27, 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MIA -18.0)

#2 Georgia over Tennessee.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, UGA -31.5)

#19 Oregon over #24 California.

(Sat. 9/29, 10:30 p.m. EST, FS1, ORE -2.5)

#6 Oklahoma over Baylor.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, OKLA -23.5)

#13 UCF over Pittsburgh.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU, UCF -13.5)

#5 LSU over Ole Miss.

(Sat. 9/29, 9:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, LSU -12.0)

Now let’s look at the game picks that most of the staff agreed on for the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#11 Washington over #20 BYU. Ian Cusick and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked #20 BYU to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 8:30 p.m. EST, FOX, WASH -17.5)

#4 Clemson over Syracuse. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Syracuse to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, CLEM -24.0)

#18 Texas over Kansas State. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Kansas State to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, FS1, TEX -9.0)

#14 Michigan over Northwestern. Tristan Beckmann and Travis Calvin were the only writers who picked Northwestern to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 4:30 p.m. EST, FOX, MICH -14.0)

#23 Mississippi State over Florida. Heath Kyser and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Florida to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 6:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSST -8.0)

Now let’s look at the game picks that the staff had a lot of mixed feelings on for some of the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on #12 West Virginia and #25 Texas Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed all picked #12 West Virginia to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked #25 Texas Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, WVU -3.5)

The writers split on #22 Duke and Virginia Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser all picked #22 Duke to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Brian Willis, and Obstructed all picked Virginia Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, DUKE -5.0)

The writers split on #7 Stanford and #8 Notre Dame. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed all picked #8 Notre Dame to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked #7 Stanford to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, NBC, ND -5.5)

#17 Kentucky over South Carolina. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser were the writers who picked South Carolina to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, SECN, UK -1.0)

The PSF Game of the Week:

#4 Ohio State @ #9 Penn State

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, ABC, OSU -3.5)

It will be a madhouse at University Park In Pennsylvania on Saturday night. The fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are taking on another test this season with a road battle against conference rival and the ninth ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This game certainly has the potential to be the game of the year in college football. These two teams don’t like each other and the winner of this battle may very well be on their way to a bid in the Big Ten Championship game and perhaps a College Football Playoff berth.

Urban Meyer will be back for his second game of the season and is in for a tough challenge against James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. Both teams are undefeated and have dominated all of their opponents up to here, so we will know a lot more about them after seeing them go head to head. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins has looked like a stellar quarterback and is making a case for the Heisman early on. The Nittany Lions’ Trace McSorley is a veteran quarterback who we’ve all seen and know how talented he can be. Saquon Barkley is in the NFL now, and while that obviously hurts Penn State a lot, they’ve got a talented running back in Miles Sanders who is filled with potential.

J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber Jr. headline the Ohio State running game and both will see significant action on Saturday night. They both are extremely talented and can be beneficial to changing the pace against Penn State’s defense. Nick Bosa will be our for the Buckeyes and that is certainly a major loss, and a big thing to watch will be how the Ohio State defense plays without their leader. I’m also intrigued by whether Penn State’s relatively young defense can handle the high flying offensive attack of Ohio State.

I think that this matchup will end up being decided by the defenses, and even with Bosa out, I think Ohio State has a better defense than Penn State. I think that they almost certainly have a better offense than the Nittany Lions as well. I’m taking Ohio State in a close battle going down to the wire. #4 Ohio State 26, #9 Penn State 23.

Other Staff’s Picks:

Travis Calvin: #9 Penn State 31, #4 Ohio State 28.

Chris Chastain: #4 Ohio State 29, #9 Penn State 15.

Ian Cusick: #9 Penn State 38, #4 Ohio State 31.

Eric Jensen: #4 Ohio State 35, #9 Penn State 28.

Heath Kyser: #9 Penn State 38, #4 Ohio State 31.

Brian Willis: #9 Penn State 48, #4 Ohio State 43.

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