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Week 5 Editor’s Picks: Death Valley Will Prove to Be Too Much for Notre Dame

Week 5 has all the makings of being a game-changer when it comes to the College Football Playoff layout.

Today’s U Assistant Managing Editor Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) and a featured guest will be providing their weekly Top 25 picks, testing their knowledge by contesting me (@Tyler_Waddell) for bragging rights (and maybe a gratifying pat on the back) at the end of the season.

With us this week is one of our very own: FanRag Sports Assistant Director of Content Jaime Eisner. You can follow him here (@JmeEisner), and you can follow the network here (@FanRagSports).

Editors went a combined 49-11 in Week 4, and it will be challenging to reach that mark again with today’s lineup.

Let’s get to pickin’.




TCU logoTexas (1-3) at 4 TCU (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: TCU
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: TCU


Oklahoma logo23 West Virginia at 15 Oklahoma

Tyler Waddell: Oklahoma
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: Oklahoma


Michigan State logoPurdue (1-3) at 2 Michigan State (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Michigan State
Adam Biggers: 
Michigan State
Jaime Eisner: Michigan State


Northwestern logoMinnesota (3-1) at 16 Northwestern (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Northwestern
Adam Biggers:
Jaime Eisner: Northwestern


Iowa logoIowa (4-0) at 19 Wisconsin (3-1)

Tyler Waddell: Iowa
Adam Biggers:
Jaime Eisner: Iowa


Michigan logo22 Michigan (3-1) at Maryland (2-2)

Tyler Waddell: Michigan
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: Michigan


Baylor logoTexas Tech (3-1) at 5 Baylor (3-0)

Tyler Waddell: Baylor
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: Baylor


Ohio State logo1 Ohio State (4-0) at Indiana (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Ohio State
Adam Biggers: 
Ohio State
Jaime Eisner: Ohio State


Alabama logo13 Alabama (3-1) at 8 Georgia (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Alabama
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: Alabama


FSU logo11 Florida State (3-0) at Wake Forest (2-2)

Tyler Waddell: Florida State
Adam Biggers: 
Florida State
Jaime Eisner: Florida State


Oklahoma State logoKansas State (3-0) at 20 Oklahoma State (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Oklahoma State
Adam Biggers: 
Oklahoma State
Jaime Eisner: Kansas State


Cal logoWashington State (2-1) at 24 California (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: California
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: California


Ole Miss logo3 Ole Miss (4-0) at 25 Florida (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Ole Miss
Adam Biggers: 
Ole Miss
Jaime Eisner: Ole Miss


LSU logoEastern Michigan (1-3) at 9 LSU (3-0)

Tyler Waddell: LSU
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: LSU


Texas A&M logo21 Mississippi State (3-1) at 14 Texas A&M (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: Texas A&M
Adam Biggers: 
Texas A&M
Jaime Eisner: Texas A&M


UCLA logoArizona State (2-2) at 7 UCLA (4-0)

Tyler Waddell: UCLA
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: UCLA


Clemson logo6 Notre Dame (4-0) at 12 Clemson (4-0)—TU Game of the Week

Tyler Waddell: This is DeShone Kizer’s first game as a starter in a hostile environment, and Death Valley will not be very welcoming. Notre Dame has had success running the ball the season, especially with C.J. Prosise, but the Irish haven’t seen anything close to the stout front seven like the one Clemson will field. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and his ability to pick apart Notre Dame’s average secondary will be the difference.

Adam Biggers: After smacking Texas, 38-3, in Week 1, Notre Dame started gaining a little bit of attention. Two weeks later, a 30-22 win over then-No. 16-ranked Georgia Tech really gained some steam.

Deshone Kizer, the Irish quarterback, facing off vs. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is a QB-lover’s dream — they’re two of the more exciting guys in the game today, despite neither being among the top 40 in FBS passing leaders.

Clemson (3-0) has something to prove, not only for itself but for the ACC. Like Clemson, Notre Dame (4-0) is trying to keep playoff hopes alive.

Prediction: Notre Dame 31, Clemson 24

Jaime Eisner: Clemson hasn’t lost at Death Valley in nearly two years and that trend won’t be broken on Saturday. While Notre Dame is undefeated and coming off a 35-point win over UMass, this is the week when all the injuries finally catch up. Clemson’s long layoff is a bit of a concern, but playing at home with the energy of the crowd should help the Tigers avoid a sluggish start. Deshaun Watson takes care of the ball and the Tigers extend their home winning streak to 12 in a tight game.


Stanford logoArizona (3-1) at 18 Stanford (3-1)

Tyler Waddell: Stanford
Adam Biggers: 
Jaime Eisner: Stanford



Waddell: 71-13 (.845)
Biggers: 73-11 (.869)
Guest: 75-9 (.893)

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