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ESPN Analysts Make Score Picks For Week 5’s Biggest Games

Penn State fans cheer on their team during whiteout.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer before the start of their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Week 5 of the college football season starts tonight. Saturday features a number of match-ups between top-ranked teams, including a huge Big Ten East showdown.

Penn State hosts Ohio State in the weekend's biggest game, while Notre Dame brings in Stanford for another Top 10 battle. We also have a really fun one out in Big 12 country between ranked West Virginia and Texas Tech teams.

ESPN’s panel of experts made score picks for Penn State-Ohio State, Notre Dame-Stanford, Texas Tech-West Virginia and Cal-Oregon. They released those predictions today.

The breakdown of the ESPN panel's picks for the biggest games of College Football Week 5:

  • Despite being on the road, Ohio State is the pick at Beaver Stadium. 12 of 17 voters have Urban Meyer's club.
  • The voters favor the home team in South Bend, with 11 of 17 going Notre Dame over Stanford.
  • West Virginia was the biggest favorite, with 15 of 17 picks on the road at Texas Tech.
  • Most think that Oregon will bounce back from Week 4's disappointment vs. Stanford, with 14 of 17 picking the Ducks at Cal.

Here’s a look at a few of the score predictions for the weekend.

ESPN writers' score predictions for College Football Week 5.

You can check out all of ESPN’s picks here.

Most of these picks are fairly lopsided, but huge upsets happen every week in college football. Last week, 16 of 17 voters took TCU over Texas. Andrea Adelson was the lone holdout.

[ESPN]