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Game Day Kickoff: A look at Week 5′s early games


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Any Big Games?

Central Florida (3-0) vs. No. 12 South Carolina (2-1), 12:00 p.m. ABC

Unanimous Staff Pick: South Carolina (More)

The Central Florida Knights kick things off with one of the biggest home games in program history. After a win at Penn State and a bye week, Central Florida looks for another eye-opener as they host Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, Steve Spurrier and South Carolina. Let's see if Blake Bortles can lead Central Florida to a 4-0 record that would make them a legitimate threat to Louisville's throne in The American.

Other Ranked Teams in Action

South Florida (0-3) vs. No. 15 Miami (3-0), 12:00 p.m. ESPNU

West Virginia (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State (3-0), 12:00 p.m. ESPN
Unanimous Staff Pick: Oklahoma State (More)

We could have a couple of blowouts on our hands with these two match-ups. Miami looks for another in-state victory against a South Florida team that appears to have missed the bus. Meanwhile, in Morgantown, the Mountaineers look to find some offense after getting shutout by Maryland last week. They will need to find a lot of it though because Oklahoma State coudl easily run away with this one.

BCS Buster Watch

Last year's BCS Buster, Northern Illinois, is back on the road in Big Ten territory this afternoon. Already with a win against Iowa in their pocket, Jordan Lynch and the Huskies look to improve to 4-0 with a win at Purdue. The Boielrmakers are struggling to get on track under Darrell Hazell but perhaps they can derail Northern Illinois on their BCS train. Northern Illinois is chasing Fresno State in the early BCS Buster race, but there's plenty of football to play.

Rivalry Renewed

TCU and SMU square off at high noon on FOX Sports 1. The old foes have gone their separate ways amid conference realignment, and both are looking to even their season record at 2-2. Can Gary Patterson's defensive minded Horned Frogs keep the offensive system of June Jones and Hal Mumme?

Navy looks to go 3-0

The Midshipmen are off to a nice little 2-0 start and take on Western Kentucky on the road. Western Kentucky has been struggling at times and is prone to make mistakes. Just ask Tennessee. If Navy can create turnovers and take advnatage, a 3-0 start is entirely wihtin reach.

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Managing editor of Crystal Ball Run and contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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