I am headed to West Lafayette today in search of pleasant surprises. We are the embarrassing home underdog to a MAC team, but a win over a Northern Illinois team that is very good would actually be a very big step for the program. I think NIU is a better team than the Cincinnati one that drilled Purdue to start the season, so it would be a step forward in that regard.
Purdue also needs this victory going into the bye week. I have a good feeling about today. I will be in section 127 in my regular seats for the first time this season hoping that good feeling plays out.
Also, the good luck charm is there. Purdue is 1-0 all-time when my son is there in person to watch. He is with me today.
Oklahoma's visit to South Bend provides an excellent non-con game, while conference play brings us a full day's worth of compelling football games in Week 5, highlighted by the SEC's trio of quality match ups, as Ole Miss visits Bama, LSU plays between the hedges, and A&M visits the Hogs.
Links of Interest
* Dan Rubenstein Picks This Week's Games [Video]
Week 5 TV Line Up and Game Lines
|Oklahoma St. at West Virginia|| ||OSU -21 (68)||12:00 PM|
|Northern Illinois at Purdue|| ||UNI -3.5 (61)||12:00 PM|
|SMU at TCU|| ||TCU -18.5 (57)||12:00 PM|
|Miami (FL) at South Florida||MIA -20 (48.5)||12:00 PM|
|Miami (OH) at Illinois|| ||OSU -24.5 (57)||12:00 PM|
|South Carolina at Central Florida||USC -7.5 (48)||12:00 PM|
|Colorado at Oregon St.||OSU -10 (64)||3:00 PM|
|Oklahoma at Notre Dame|| ||OU -3 (48)||3:30 PM|
|LSU at Georgia|| ||UGA -3 (60)||3:30 PM|
|Iowa at Minnesota|| |
|MN -1 (48)||3:30 PM|
|Florida St. at Boston College|| |
|FSU -22.5 (49)||3:30 PM|
|Wake Forest at Clemson||CLEM -27.5 (61)||3:30 PM|
Army vs Louisiana Tech (Dallas, TX)
|LA TECH -1 (52)||4:00 PM|
|Ole Miss at Alabama||AL -16.5 (63)||6:30 PM|
|Arizona at Washington|| ||UW -7 (67)||7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M at Arkansas||A&M -3 (68)||7:00 PM|
|Florida at Kentucky|| ||UF -14 (45.5)||7:00 PM|
|Wisconsin at Ohio St.|| ||OSU -7.5 (60)||8:00 PM|
|Stanford at Washington St.||STAN -9.5 (52)||10:00 PM|
|USC at Arizona St.||ASU -7 (52)||10:15 PM|
|Southern Miss at Boise St.||BSU -26 (55)||10:15 PM|
|Cal at Oregon|| ||UCLA -34.5 (80)||10:30 PM|