College football schedule today: TV channels, start times for every Week 5 top 25 game

The stakes have never been higher in the 2021 college football season than in Week 5, which features four games between undefeated, ranked opponents on Saturday.

The biggest game, rankings wise, is the top-10 SEC showdown between No. 2 Georgia and visiting, No. 8 Arkansas. The Bulldogs can make a compelling argument as the best team in the country, but Sam Pittman is leading a renaissance at Arkansas no one expected this early into his tenure. Both have impressive top-10 wins this season (the Bulldogs over No. 3 Clemson and Razorbacks over No. 7 Texas A&M), and the winner will have another after this cross-division meeting.

Another top-10 matchup to watch: No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame. With the Fighting Irish’s dominant win over No. 18 Wisconsin — the team’s best win of the season thus far — Brian Kelly became Notre Dame’s winningest coach of all time. Will the team have a hangover against the Bearcats? Luke Fickell’s squad is still looking for respect as a potential Group of 5 buster. A win over one of college football’s premier blue bloods — one that has made the College Football Playoff twice — should look very good on Cincy’s Playoff resume.

Another intriguing matchup: No. 12 Ole Miss at top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a year after the Crimson Tide outlasted the Rebels 63-48 in a sloppy, defense-optional shootout in Oxford. Alabama has looked human through four games this season, struggling mightily in a road victory over No. 11 Florida. Lane Kiffin’s offense, meanwhile, leads the nation in yards per game (635.3) and points per game (52.7). This battle could also be an early battle for Heisman Trophy supremacy between Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral (68.8 completion percentage, 997 yards, nine touchdowns) and Alabama signal-caller Bryce Young (72.1 completion percentage, 1,214 yards, 15 touchdowns). Did we mention the nation’s top recruit, Arch Manning, will be in attendance?

Undefeated Big 12 teams in No. 21 Baylor and No. 19 Oklahoma State round out the top-25 action, facing off in Stillwater at 7 p.m. But don’t look over the Friday night matchup between No. 5 Iowa and undefeated Maryland, led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

It’s almost too much action to keep up with — luckily, Sporting News has you covered on how to watch every game involving a top-25 game for Week 5:

College football schedule today

Here’s every Week 4 college football game involving top 25 teams:

(All nationally broadcast games bolded)

Friday, Oct. 1

Saturday, Oct. 2

How to watch, live stream college football games

Fifteen games involving a ranked team will be broadcast on national TV in Week 4. Those games will appear on Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC. Live streaming options include the ESPN app,, ESPN+, Paramount+, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

College football scores Week 4

Friday, Oct. 1

Saturday, Oct. 2

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