The 2021 college football season has been filled with upsets and AP ranked losses that have left analysts and fans stunned. On Saturday, October 2nd, 9 AP ranked teams lost on the same day; This is the 24th time this has occurred during the AP Poll’s history.
The AP top 10 teams for week 5 of this season look very different than previous years. As we head into the 6th week of college football in 2021, there are some key games you will not want to miss.
#3 Iowa vs. #4 Penn State: This is a no brainer. Two top 5 teams are going head to head in Kinnick Field. If you want defense, this game is going to have it. The Nittany Lions are ranked 2nd in the country in points per game, allowing an average of 10.8 so far. The Hawkeyes are 3rd in the country allowing only an average of 11.6 points per game to opponents. After Iowa’s 41-21 win over Penn State in 2020, neither team has lost a game since for a combined 20-game win streak between the Big Ten competitors. This game is going to be a deciding factor in who is in control of the Big Ten, so make sure you don’t miss it. My prediction for this game is a close one with Penn State winning 21-17.
#2 Georgia vs. #18 Auburn: Georgia’s defensive unit is talented enough to give any FBS offense serious problems. The Bulldogs’ relentless defense has only allowed 4.6 points per game through 5 weeks. Some of their key wins include a 37-0 shutout over then #8 Arkansas and a 62-0 shutout against Vanderbilt where Georgia’s defense allowed 77 total yards of offense compared to their 532 yards. Despite the star-studded Georgia defense, Auburn is still a tough SEC opponent so the Bulldogs better not underestimate Bo Nix and Tank Bigsby. With JT Daniels sitting out of throwing practices to rest and recover, Stetson Bennett will likely get the start if Daniels is not fully recovered. Daniels opened the season as the starter but has missed 2 games due to a lat injury. If Georgia plays like they have all season, I’m taking the Bulldogs to win 38-10.
#13 Arkansas vs. #17 Ole Miss: Arkansas is still recovering from the blowout loss to Georgia in week 5, but the Razorbacks stayed in the top 15. As for Ole Miss, they faced the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in week 5 and put up three touchdowns in a 41-21 loss. Arkansas needs to show mental strength and come into this game with a 1-0 mindset. If the Razorbacks let their loss to Georgia get inside their heads, Matt Corral and the Ole Miss offense will rip them apart. Mississippi ranks 3rd in the country in average offensive yards per game with 522.3. This game could easily become a shootout or a blowout. Because Corral is facing a defense that just gave up 345 yards to Georgia’s offense, I’m taking the Ole Miss Rebels to win 48-13.