The 7 biggest games to watch in college football today

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Week 5 of the college football season is here, and that means another Saturday of non-stop action.

Like most weekends in the fall, there is no shortage of games to choose from. But even though it is still early in the season, we already have a sense of which teams are in the playoff hunt and which games are the most important.

This week we have four head-t0-head matchups of Top-25 teams, one ranked team on the road, and two contenders that need to make a statement. All the games have playoff implications.

Here are the can’t-miss college football games to watch this weekend.

Syracuse @ (3) Clemson

Mike Comer/Getty ImagesTrevor Lawrence.

Network and Time: ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET

Records: Both teams are 4-0

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Clemson (3)

Why it is important: Clemson made a change at quarterback and freshman Trevor Lawrence will be making his first start. Lawrence has been the better quarterback this season, but now that senior Kelly Bryant intends to redshirt and transfer after the season, there is no more room for error or injury.

(12) West Virginia @ (25) Texas Tech

John Weast/Getty ImagesKliff Kingsbury.

Network and Time: ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET

Records: West Virginia (3-0), Texas Tech (3-1)

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: West Virginia (13), Texas Tech (20)

Why it is important: Texas Tech thumped Oklahoma State on the road a week ago to get into the Big 12 title race. Now they have to do it again. The loser of this game is likely out of the playoff picture.

Baylor @ (6) Oklahoma

Brett Deering/Getty ImagesKyler Murray.

Network and Time: ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET

Records: Baylor (3-1), Oklahoma (4-0)

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Oklahoma (5)

Why it is important: The Sooners needed overtime to beat Army. Luckily for the Sooners, hardly anybody saw the game with the only broadcast on pay-per-view. People still saw the score, and now OU needs to show once again that they are the class of the Big 12.

(14) Michigan @ Northwestern

Network and Time: Fox, 4:30 p.m. ET

Records: Michigan (3-1), Northwestern (1-2)

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Michigan (11)

Why it is important: Michigan has a stretch coming up where they will play three ranked teams in a row over four weeks. Going on the road against a Northwestern team that is better than their record feels like a spot that might be more dangerous than the Wolverines realise.

(4) Ohio State @ (9) Penn State

Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesK.J. Hamler.

Network and Time: ABC, 7:30 p.m. ET

Records: Both teams are 4-0

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Ohio State (4), Penn State (6)

Why it is important: Simply put, the winner of this game will emerge as the favourite to win the Big Ten and the best shot to represent the B1G in the playoff.

(7) Stanford @ (8) Notre Dame

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Network and Time: NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET

Records: Both teams are 4-0

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Stanford (10), Notre Dame (9)

Why it is important: The other marquee game of the day will take place at the same time as Penn State-Ohio State. If Stanford loses here, the Pac 12 will be in serious danger of not getting a team in the playoff. Notre Dame could survive one loss, but it would put them in a huge hole.

(20) BYU @ (11) Washington

Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesTanner Mangum.

Network and Time: Fox, 8:30 p.m. ET

Records: Both teams are 3-1

CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Washington (8)

Why it is important: This game will get buried by the Ohio State-Penn State and Stanford-Notre Dame games that will be going on at the same time. If things break right, you should be able to catch the fourth quarter of this matchup. BYU has already played spoiler with a win over Wisconsin. A win over Washington would eliminate the Huskies from playoff contention.

Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesNow check out the rest of the schools still in the playoff hunt.

The 20 schools that still have a legit shot at making the College Football Playoff

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